The Northern Australia Act was passed in 1926 and took effect from 1 February 1927. The Act provided for the division of the Northern Territory into two regions, North and Central, along the 20th parallel. Each region was administered separately with Government Residents located in Darwin and Alice Springs respectively. The Act also created the North Australia Commission, the role of which was to prepare plans for the development of North Australia. The Act was repealed in 1931 and the two regions once again became the Northern Territory.
Sources used to compile this entry: Donovan, Peter F, At the other end of Australia: The Commonwealth and the Northern Territory, 1911-1978, University of Queensland Press, 1984, 280 pp; Ling, Ted, Commonwealth Government records about the Northern Territory : Research guide, National Archives of Australia, 2011, https://www.naa.gov.au/help-your-research/research-guides/commonwealth-government-records-about-northern-territory; 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 and Gary George
Created: 13 February 2012, Last modified: 24 September 2014