The Maintenance Act 1924 with the full title "An Act to amend 'The Maintenance Act 1921'" (Act no.15 Geo. V No.16) makes changes to three key parts of The Maintenance Act 1921. This act was repealed in 1968 by the Maintenance Act 1967 (Act no.36/1976).
Under the Maintenance Act 1921 individual maintenance orders made in other Australian States, England and Ireland were to be duly recognised and enforced under Tasmanian law and vice versa. This amendment adds New Zealand into this list of states and countries.
Section 46 of the Maintenance Act 1921 is repealed; this section classified the wilful and corrupt provision of false information as a misdemeanour that was punishable with up to three years imprisonment.
The final major amendments made by this act is to explicitly enable the employer of a defendant who is in default regarding maintenance payments to give evidence in support of their employee. The employer may be required to pay a certain amount of the defendant's wages to an individual authorised by the court.
Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Tasmanian Legislation', 20 January 2014, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Elizabeth Daniels
Created: 17 December 2014, Last modified: 15 October 2015