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South Australia - Legislation

Mental Defectives Act 1935 (1936 - 1995)

Principal Act
Alternative Names
  • Mental Health Act 1935 (Later known as, 1935 - 1958)

The Mental Defectives Act 1935 (later: Mental Health Act 1935) (Act No. 2230/1935) was assented to on 5 December 1935 and commenced on 2 January 1936. Its full title was 'An Act to consolidate certain Acts relating to the care and control of mentally defective persons and to the administration of their estates'. The Mental Health Act (1935-1977) was repealed by the Mental Health Act 1993, commencing on 10 March 1995.


The Act was renamed in 1958 to read 'Mental Health Act 1935' by the Mental Defectives Act Amendment Act 1958 (Act No.51/1958). In 1979 it was renamed again to 'Mental Health (Supplementary Provisions) Act 1935' by the Mental Health Act Amendment Act 1979 (Act No.21/1979).

The following amendments apply to this Act:
Act No.2293/1936, Act No.4/1939, Act No.31/1939, Act No.42/1941, Act No.14/1945, Act No.40/1950, Act No.53/1953, Act No.51/1958, Act No.35/1959, Act No.35/1960, Act No.32/1961, Act No.28/1962, Act No.29/1962, Act No.50/1963, Act No.30/1964, Act No.54/1965, Act No.67/1966, Act No.57/1967, Act No.66/1967, Act No.17/1969, Act No.78/1969, Act No.54/1974, Act No.24/1977, Act No.21/1979, Act No.38/1983


 1847 - 1864 Lunacy Act 1847
       1864 - 1914 The Lunatics Act 1864
             1913 - 1936 The Mental Defectives Act 1913
                   1936 - 1995 Mental Defectives Act 1935
                         1995 - 2010 Mental Health Act 1993
                               2010 - Mental Health Act 2009

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: Christine Moje