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INTERPRETATION OF LEGISLATION ACT 1984 - SECT 57

Application of laws of Victoria in certain off-shore areas[4]

S. 57(1) amended by Nos 10/2010 s. 800(Sch. 6 item 7.1), 64/2012 s. 73.

    (1)     Subject to this section, the provisions of the laws in force in Victoria whether written or unwritten and as in force from time to time and the provisions of any instrument made under any of those laws apply in the offshore area.

S. 57(2) amended by No. 10/2010 s. 800(Sch. 6 item 7.2).

    (2)     The provisions referred to in subsection (1) apply to and in relation to—

S. 57(2)(a) amended by No. 10/2010 s. 800(Sch. 6 item 7.2).

        (a)     any act done or omitted to be done at a place in the offshore area which is within the outer limits of the coastal waters of Victoria;

S. 57(2)(b) amended by No. 10/2010 s. 800(Sch. 6 item 7.2).

        (b)     any act done or omitted to be done in the offshore area by a person connected with Victoria; and

S. 57(2)(c) amended by No. 10/2010 s. 800(Sch. 6 item 7.2).

        (c)     any matter, thing or circumstance existing or arising in the offshore area which involves or relates to persons connected with Victoria—

as if the offshore area were part of Victoria.

    (3)     This section does not operate—

S. 57(3)(a) amended by No. 10/2010 s. 800(Sch. 6 item 7.2).

        (a)     to apply in the offshore area the provisions of any law of the Commonwealth; or

S. 57(3)(b) substituted by No. 56/1999 s. 10(1), amended by No. 10/2010 s. 800(Sch. 6 item 7.2).

        (b)     to apply the provisions of the criminal laws of the State to or in relation to the offshore area or the sea-bed or subsoil beneath or the airspace above that offshore area; or

S. 57(3)(c) inserted by No. 56/1999 s. 10(1).

        (c)     to apply the provisions of the criminal laws of the State to or in relation to the coastal waters of Victoria or the sea-bed or subsoil beneath or the airspace above those waters.

    (4)     Subject to this section, the several courts of Victoria are invested with jurisdiction in all matters arising under the provisions of the laws applied by this section.

S. 57(5) amended by Nos 57/1989 s. 3(Sch. item 104.3), 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 71).

    (5)     For the purposes of proceedings for an offence against the law of Victoria an averment in an indictment, charge-sheet or complaint that—

        (a)     a person was at a specified time or in respect of a specified period a person connected with Victoria—

S. 57(5)(b)(c) repealed by No. 56/1999 s. 10(2).

    *     *     *     *     *

shall be evidence and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, conclusive evidence of the fact averred.

    (6)     In this section—

S. 57(6)(a) substituted by No. 56/1999 s. 10(3)(a), amended by No. 10/2010 s. 800(Sch. 6 item 7.3).

        (a)         offshore area means so much of the area described in item 2 of Schedule 1 to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 of the Commonwealth in relation to Victoria as is within the outer limits of the continental shelf and includes the space above and below that area;

S. 57(6)(b) amended by No. 11/2002 s. 3(Sch. 1 item 38).

        (b)         coastal waters of Victoria has the same meaning as the expression coastal waters of the State has in relation to Victoria under the Coastal Waters (State Powers) Act 1980 of the Commonwealth;

S. 57(6)(ba) inserted by No. 56/1999 s. 10(3)(b).

        (ba)         cooperative scheme has the same meaning as that expression has in the Crimes at Sea Act 1999 ;

S. 57(6)(bb) inserted by No. 56/1999 s. 10(3)(b).

        (bb)         continental shelf has the same meaning as in the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973 (Commonwealth);

S. 57(6)(bc) inserted by No. 56/1999 s. 10(3)(b).

        (bc)         criminal laws means the substantive criminal law, and the law of criminal investigation, procedure and evidence, within the meaning of the cooperative scheme;

        (c)         person connected with Victoria means a person who—

              (i)     is domiciled in Victoria;

              (ii)     is permanently or temporarily resident in Victoria;

              (iii)     being a body corporate has a place of business in or carries on business in Victoria or is registered in or incorporated or established under a law of Victoria;

              (iv)     is on or is operating from a ship, boat or vessel of any kind licensed or registered or required to be licensed or registered under a law of Victoria; or

              (v)     is on or operating from a rig or other structure or installation of any kind in the adjacent area the operation or function of which is regulated by a law of the Commonwealth or of Victoria.

S. 58
inserted by No. 108/1994 s. 11.



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