The Native Administration Act Amendment Act 1941 amended the Aborigines Act Amendment Act 1936, also known as the Native Administration Act 1936. It restricted Aboriginal people living in the north of Western Australia from travelling south of the 20th parallel. The Amendment Act 1941 was repealed by the Native Welfare Act 1963.
The stated purpose of the Native Administration Act Amendment Act 1941 was to 'limit the spread of leprosy' in Western Australia by (s.3) forbidding Aboriginal people living above the 20th parallel to travel south of that boundary, except for transfer to a hospital or other institution (s.3a), to receive specialist medical treatment (s.3b), as required by law (s.3c), or while employed to drive stock (s.3d). 'Leprosy Precaution' permits could be issued to authorize travel south.
1941 - 1963 Native Administration Act Amendment Act 1941
1963 - 1972 Native Welfare Act 1963
1972 - Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972
Sources used to compile this entry: To Remove and Protect: Aboriginal Lives Under Control [website], 2010, https://aiatsis.gov.au/collection/featured-collections/remove-and-protect; Tilbrook, Lois, Nyungar Tradition : glimpses of Aborigines of south-western Australia 1829-1914, Online version published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in 2007, University of Western Australia Press, 1983, http://aiatsis.gov.au/sites/default/files/catalogue_resources/m0022954.pdf. p. 5.; 'Western Australia Protectors Reports 1899-1959', in To Remove and Protect: Aboriginal Lives Under Control [website], Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, National Library of Australia, http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/collections-online/digitised-collections/remove-and-protect/western-australia. Annual Report of the Commissioner of Native Affairs 1945, p.7..
Prepared by: Debra Rosser and Leanne Howard
Created: 18 July 2011, Last modified: 21 October 2021