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South Australia - Legislation

Maintenance Act Amendment Act 1965 (1966 - 1972)

Amending Act

The Maintenance Act Amendment Act 1965 (Act No. 54/1965) further amended the Maintenance Act 1926. Its full title was 'An Act to amend the Maintenance Act, 1926-1963, and certain other Acts; to repeal the Children's Institutions Subsidies Act, 1961, and to make other provision in lieu thereof, and for other purposes'. It was passed on 23 December 1965 and commenced on 27 January 1966. The Maintenance Act 1926-1973 was repealed by the Community Welfare Act 1972.


With the passing of this legislation, the Children's Welfare and Public Relief Department was replaced by the Department of Social Welfare. The head of this department, the Director of Social Welfare, was responsible to a new Minister of Social Welfare. Under the terms of the Act, the Minister became the 'legal guardian of each State child to the exclusion of his parents or other guardians, until the child ceased to be a State child.'


 1865 - 1934 Lunatics Amendment Act 1865
 1915 - 1934 Apprentices (War Service) Relief Act 1915
       1911 - 1966 Inter-State Destitute Persons Relief Act 1910
       1934 - 1966 Statute Law Revision Act 1934
       1961 - 1966 Children's Institution Subsidies Act 1961
             1966 - 1972 Maintenance Act Amendment Act 1965
                   1972 - Community Welfare Act 1972

Related Organisations

Sources used to compile this entry:

Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - South Australia Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Karen George, Gary George, Christine Moje