The Torres Strait Islander Act 1971 provided for the conduct of reserves for Torres Strait Islanders and for the admission of those who wished to reside there and for assistance of Torres Strait Islanders who made such requests. The status of 'assisted Islander' was abolished. This act has the full title "An Act to provide for the conduct of reserves for Torres Strait Islanders and for the admission thereto of persons who wish to reside there; for the grant of assistance to Torres Strait Islanders who seek it; and for related purposes" (Act no. 60/1971) and was abolished in 1984 and replaced by the Community Services (Aborigines) Act 1984 (Act no.51/1984), which as of 2014 is known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984.
1884 - 1939 Native Labourers' Protection Act 1884
1897 - 1939 Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897
1939 - 1966 Aboriginals Preservation and Protection Act 1939
1939 - 1966 Torres Strait Islander Act 1939
1965 - 1972 Aborigines' and Torres Strait Islanders' Affairs Act 1965
1972 - 1984 Torres Strait Islander Act 1971
Sources used to compile this entry: To Remove and Protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Queensland Legislation, 2009, http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/collections-online/digitised-collections/remove-and-protect/queensland; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Queensland Legislation', 4 April 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Rosemary Francis
Created: 24 May 2011, Last modified: 13 March 2018