The Social Welfare Ordinance 1964 (Act No. 31/1964) repealed the Welfare Ordinance 1961. It was passed on 20 August 1964 and commenced on 15 September 1964. It was repealed by the Community Welfare Ordinance (Act) 1983, which commenced on 20 April 1984.
The Social Welfare Ordinance 1964 gave welfare officers the power to suspend the right of an Aboriginal person to enter or remain on a reserve. Under the Ordinance, the Department of Social Welfare restricted entry to reserves and provided assistance only to people the Director deemed 'socially or economically in need of assistance.'
1910 - 1918 Northern Territory Aboriginals Act 1910
1918 - 1953 Aboriginals Ordinance 1918
1957 - 1964 Welfare Ordinance 1953
1964 - 1984 Social Welfare Ordinance 1964
1984 - 2008 Community Welfare Act 1983
2008 - Care and Protection of Children Act 2007
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Northern Territory: Legislation', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2008, https://aiatsis.gov.au/collection/featured-collections/remove-and-protect; Social Welfare Ordinance 1964 [Document]; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Northern Territory Legislation', 1 February 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Karen George, Gary George and Christine Moje
Created: 9 February 2011, Last modified: 15 April 2015