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  1. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Meteorology, Geological Hazards and Climate Change Act 2016 (Act No. 25 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-01-26 | VUT-2017-L-105148

    An Act to provide for the provisions of meteorology, geological hazards and climate change and for related purposes.

    The objectives of this Act are to:
    (a) ensure that high quality services are provided in relation to weather, climate, flood forecasting and geological hazards in Vanuatu; and
    (b) promote capacities of governments, communities and organisations to understand and respond to risks arising from weather events, climate change and geological hazards; and
    (c) specifically address the needs of operators of ships and aircrafts and of tourists, to access all necessary weather forecasts, bulletins, alerts, warnings and information concerning geological hazards which may impact upon the safety of their operations or activities; and
    (d) facilitate the use and application within Vanuatu of relevant information, forecasts, bulletins and warnings generated and disseminated to and by local, regional and international bodies; and
    (e) ensure that the government and the public are informed of matters related to weather, climate and geological hazards, and are able to make effective use of such information and data, and to respond to warnings and alerts about such events, in order to protect the environment and the safety and welfare of the community.

    Repeals the Meteorology Act [CAP 204].

  2. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Convention on the Conservation and the Management of High Sea Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean (Ratification) Act 2016 (Act No. 18 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-12-20 | Date of entry into force: 2017-03-16 | VUT-2016-L-105146

  3. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Immigration (Amendment) Act 2016 (Act No. 11 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-12-20 | Date of entry into force: 2017-01-13 | VUT-2016-L-105147

  4. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Penal Code (Amendment) Act 2016 (Act No. 15 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-12-20 | Date of entry into force: 2017-02-24 | VUT-2016-L-105150

    Amends the Penal Code, inter alia, by inserting a new section 92A entitled "Abduction of a person under 18 years of age" which concerns the sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18 years old.

  5. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Right to Information Act 2016 (Act No. 13 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-12-20 | Date of entry into force: 2017-02-06 | VUT-2016-L-105151

    An Act to provide for the guarantee of the right to information of all persons and to establish practical effective mechanisms supportive of that right and for related matters.

  6. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2016 (Act No. 16 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-12-20 | Date of entry into force: 2017-02-14 | VUT-2016-L-105153

    An Act to provide for the amendments to certain Acts. The following Acts are amended as set out in the Schedule:

    (1) Customs Act No.7 of 2013;
    (2) Employment Act [CAP 160];
    (3) Forestry Act [CAP 276];
    (4) Government Remuneration Tribunal [CAP 250]
    (5) Police Act [CAP 105];
    (6) Proceeds of Crime Act [CAP 284]
    (7) Vanuatu Financial Services Commission Act [CAP 229];

  7. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2016 (Act No. 20 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-12-15 | Date of entry into force: 2016-12-16 | VUT-2016-L-105144

  8. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2016 (Act No. 8 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-06-27 | Date of entry into force: 2016-07-08 | VUT-2016-L-105145

  9. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Paris Agreement (Ratification) Act 2016 (Act No. 9 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-06-27 | Date of entry into force: 2016-07-29 | VUT-2016-L-105149

  10. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2016 (Act No. 6 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-06-27 | VUT-2016-L-105152

    An Act to provide for the amendments to certain Acts. The following Acts are amended as set out in the Schedule:
    (a) Bill of Sale (Amendment) Regulation Act No. 6 of 2009;
    (b) Business Licence Act [CAP 249];
    (c) Companies Act No. 25 of 2012;
    (d) Customs Act No. 7 of 2013;
    (e) Employment Act [CAP 160];
    (f) Health and Safety at Work Act [CAP 195];
    (g) Labour (Work Permits) Act [CAP 187];
    (h) Maritime Zones Act No. 6 of 2010;
    (i) Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act [CAP 285];
    (ia) Oaths Act [CAP 37];
    (j) Parliament (Administration) Act [CAP 306];
    (k) Proceeds of Crime Act [CAP 284];
    (l) Tobacco Control Act No. 19 of 2008.

  11. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Police (Amendment) Act 2015 (No. 3 of 2015). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-08-04 | Date of entry into force: 2016-03-11 | VUT-2015-L-102537

  12. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Shipping (Amendment) Act 2015 (Act No. 9 of 2015). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-08-04 | Date of entry into force: 2016-06-27 | VUT-2015-L-105143

  13. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Immigration (Amendment) Act 2014 (Act No. 36 of 2014). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-12-19 | Date of entry into force: 2015-01-01 | VUT-2014-L-98713

  14. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2014 (Act No. 18 of 2014). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-06-19 | Date of entry into force: 2014-07-08 | VUT-2014-L-98710

  15. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Education Act 2014 (Act No. 9 of 2014). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-06-19 | Date of entry into force: 2014-06-23 | VUT-2014-L-98711

    An Act to make provision for early childhood and care, primary and secondary education in Vanuatu, and for related purposes.

  16. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Fisheries Act 2014 (Act No. 10 of 2014). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-06-19 | Date of entry into force: 2014-06-23 | VUT-2014-L-98712

    An Act to repeal the Fisheries Act [CAP 315] and to make provision for the management, development and regulation of fisheries within Vanuatu waters, and for the control of fishing vessels entitled to fly the flag of Vanuatu outside of Vanuatu waters in a manner consistent with Vanuatu's international obligations, and for related matters.

  17. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Industrial Development Act 2014 (Act No. 19 of 2014). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-06-19 | VUT-2014-L-98714

    An Act to make provision for the implementation of the National Industrial Policy to promote, facilitate and support the growth of sustainable and value added industry in Vanuatu and to provide for related matters.

  18. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Shipping (Amendment) Act 2014 (Act No. 21 of 2014). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-06-19 | Date of entry into force: 2014-09-09 | VUT-2014-L-98717

  19. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Vanuatu Qualifications Authority Act 2014 (Act No. 1 of 2014). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-06-19 | Date of entry into force: 2014-08-23 | VUT-2014-L-98718

    An Act to establish the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority and to prescribe its functions, powers and duties.

    The Vanuatu National Training Council Act [CAP 255] is repealed.

  20. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2013 (Act No. 39 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-01-16 | Date of entry into force: 2014-01-21 | VUT-2014-L-96916

  21. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Teaching Service Act 2013 (Act No. 38 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-01-16 | Date of entry into force: 2014-03-17 | VUT-2014-L-96920

    The purpose of this Act is to establish a Teaching Service and a Teaching Service Commission, to make arrangements for the effective management of the Teaching Service and to provide for the licensing of teachers.

  22. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Relating to Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (Ratification) Act 2013 (Act No. 25 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-01-14 | Date of entry into force: 2014-03-10 | VUT-2014-L-96913

  23. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (Ratification) Act 2013 (Act No. 23 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-01-14 | Date of entry into force: 2014-03-10 | VUT-2014-L-96914

  24. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Workmen's Compensation (Amendment) Act 2013 (Act No. 21 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-01-14 | Date of entry into force: 2014-05-06 | VUT-2014-L-98709

  25. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Constitution (Sixth) (Amendment) Act 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-12-20 | VUT-2013-L-96915

    Amends the Constitution to enable the recognition of dual citizenship.

  26. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean (Ratification) Act 2013 (Act No. 18 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-10-14 | Date of entry into force: 2013-10-30 | VUT-2013-L-96917

  27. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Immigration (Amendment) Act 2013 (Act No. 15 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-10-14 | Date of entry into force: 2013-11-04 | VUT-2013-L-96918

  28. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Labour (Work Permits) (Amendment) Act 2013 (Act No. 13 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-10-14 | Date of entry into force: 2013-11-04 | VUT-2013-L-96919

  29. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    1993 Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas (Ratification) Act 2013 (Act No. 24 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-01-14 | VUT-2013-L-96912

  30. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Public Service (Amendment) Act (No. 1 of 2011). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2012-08-17 | Date of entry into force: 2012-08-23 | VUT-2011-L-92300

    Amends various sections in the Act with respect to the meetings of the Commission as well as the role and functions of the Director General.

  31. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2012 (Act No. 10 of 2012). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2012-04-26 | VUT-2012-L-96910

  32. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Customary Land Tribunal (Amendment) Act (No 2 of 2011). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-08-23 | VUT-2011-L-92303

    Makes the following amendments:

    - Subsection 3(1) (definition of Director): Delete the definition, substitute "Director General means the Director General responsible for land tribunal;"
    - Subsection 3(1) (definition of Minister): Delete "lands", substitute "land tribunal"
    - Subsection 34(2): After "Director", insert "General"
    - Paragraph 38(1)(c): After "Director", insert "General"
    - Section 40 (Heading): After "Director", insert "General"
    - Subsection 40(1), paragraphs 40(1)(a), (b), (d), subsections 40(2) and (3)
    - After "Director" (wherever occurring), insert "General"

  33. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Employment (Amendment) Act 2010 (Act No. 25 of 2010). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-01-17 | Date of entry into force: 2011-02-07 | VUT-2010-L-88483

    Makes numerous amendments to the Principal Act in particular by introducing a new section 1A entitled Tripartite Labour Advisory Council.

  34. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Immigration Act 2010 (No. 17 of 2010). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-01-17 | Date of entry into force: 2011-02-07 | VUT-2011-L-88484

    An Act relating to immigration, and to regulate the determination of the status of refugees, and for related purposes.

    The Immigration Act [CAP. 66] and the regulations made under that Act are repealed.

  35. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Police (Amendment) Act 2010 (No. 22 of 2010). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2011-01-17 | VUT-2011-L-92299

    Makes numerous amendments to the Police Act to restructure the police force. In particular it amends the definitions, objectives and adds a new Part 2A entitled "Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner". Sets out the functions and powers of the different ranks in the police force.

  36. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Minimum Wage and Minimum Wages Board (Amendment) Act 2010 (Act No. 26 of 2010). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-12-30 | Date of entry into force: 2011-02-22 | VUT-2010-L-88485

    Amends sections 4-10 to include reference to the Tripartite Labour Advisory Council. Also amends the title by deleting the words "Minimum Wages Board" and inserting instead "the Tripartite Labour Advisory Council".

  37. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Maritime Zones Act 2010 (No. 6 of 2010). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-06-18 | VUT-2010-L-88478

    This Act declares the internal waters, archipelagic waters, territorial sea, contiguous zone, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vanuatu, defines the boundaries of the declared maritime zones and defines jurisdiction and rights of Vanuatu in respect of those zones. The Act also concerns, among other things, innocent passage, research in the territorial sea and archipelagic waters, resolution of disputes with other states and regulation-making powers of the Minister. The Act declares the rights of Vanuatu for the purpose of exploring and exploiting its natural resources in the continental shelf.

    Repeals the Maritime Zones Act 1981 (Cap. 138).

  38. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Foundation Act, 2009 (No. 38 of 2009). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-01-22 | Date of entry into force: 2010-04-28 | VUT-2010-L-88500

    PART 1 INTERPRETATION
    1. Purpose of this Act
    2. Definitions
    3. Meaning of foundation
    4. Meaning of founder
    PART 2 - ESTABLISHMENT OF A FOUNDATION
    5. Establishment and incorporation of a foundation.
    6. Application for registration
    7. Registration and incorporation of a foundation
    8. Management of foundation's assets
    9. Capacity of a foundation
    10. Capacity of councillors
    11. Name of foundation
    12. Change of name
    PART 3 - COUNCILLORS AND SECRETARY
    13. Councillors
    14. Qualifications of councillors
    15. Secretary
    16. Duties of councillors
    17. Confidentiality
    18. Indemnity
    19. Register of councillors
    20. Meetings of councillors
    PART 4 - THE GUARDIAN
    21. Appointment of guardian
    22. Qualifications of guardian
    23. Court may appoint guardian
    24. Functions and powers of guardian
    PART 5 - ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT
    25. Accounts
    26. Audit
    PART 6 FOREIGN LAW, RESTRICTION ON ALIENATION AND FORFEITURE OF BENEFITS
    27. Foreign laws
    28. Restriction against alienation
    29. Loss of benefits
    PART 7 INVESTIGATIONS INTO FOUNDATIONS
    30. Appointment of inspectors
    31. Powers of inspectors
    32. Search warrants
    33. Inspector's report
    34. Privileged information
    PART 8 CONTINUATION OF FOUNDATIONS
    35. Continuation of overseas foundation
    36. Charter of continuance
    37. Certificate of continuance
    38. Preservation of foundation
    39. Foundation leaving Vanuatu
    40. Discontinuance of foundation
    PART 9 - DISSOLUTION OF FOUNDATIONS
    41. Dissolution
    42. Dissolution by Court
    43. Dissolution by Commissioner
    44. Distribution of assets
    45. Revival of foundation
    PART 10 MISCELLANEOUS
    46. Establishment of Register
    47. Certificate as to registration of foundation
    48. Charter
    49. Amendment of charter
    50. By-laws
    51. Taxes and stamp duties
    52. Annual return
    53. Foundation's assets
    54. Records
    55. Fees
    56. Regulations
    57. Transitional
    58. Commencement

  39. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Employment (Amendment) Act 2009 (Act No. 33 of 2009). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-10-19 | Date of entry into force: 2009-10-26 | VUT-2009-L-88499

    Amends sections 29(1) (annual leave), 34(3) (medical certificate), 36(1), 36(2) and 36(2)(b) (maternity leave), 54(1)(d) is repealed and substituted with text concerning rights of employees after 6 years continuous service and minor numbering amendment is made to section 56(2)(a).

  40. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Companies (Amendment) Act 2009 (Act No. 5 of 2009). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-04-22 | Date of entry into force: 2009-05-05 | VUT-2009-L-88498

    Inserts a new section 99A entitled Application of Part 4 to the provisions of the Personal Securities Act No. 17 of 2008.

  41. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Family Protection Act 2008 (Act No. 28 of 2008). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-12-22 | Date of entry into force: 2009-03-02 | VUT-2008-L-88503

    An Act to provide for an offence of domestic violence and family protection orders in cases of domestic violence, and for related purpose.

  42. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Ratification) Act 2008 (Act No. 25 of 2008). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-06-12 | Date of entry into force: 2008-06-23 | VUT-2008-L-88501

    An Act to provide for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

  43. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Shipping (Amendment) Act 2008 (Act No. 12 of 2008). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-06-12 | VUT-2008-L-98716

  44. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Ratification) Act 2008 (Act No. 11 of 2008). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-06-11 | Date of entry into force: 2008-06-23 | VUT-2008-L-88504

    An Act to provide for the ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

  45. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Employment (Amendment) Act 2008 (No. 31 of 2008). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-06-08 | Date of entry into force: 2009-10-26 | VUT-2008-L-88502

    Makes numerous amendments to the Act in particular with respect to maternity leave.

  46. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Seasonal Employment Act 2007 (Act No. 23 of 2007). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-01-14 | Date of entry into force: 2008-02-08 | VUT-2007-L-96035

    An Act relating to the seasonal employment of certain persons outside of Vanuatu, and for related purposes.

  47. Vanuatu - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    National Disability Policy and Plan of Action 2008-2015.

    Adoption: 2008 | VUT-2008-M-87602

    Chapters:
    1. Introduction
    2. Development of the National Disability Policy and Plan of Action 2008-2015
    3. Collaboration/Consultation Between Government and NGOs
    4. Rational for the National Disability Policy
    5. Statement on Disability
    6. Framework for the National Disability Policy
    7. National Disability Policy and National Plan of Action
    8. Strategies and Actions to effect the National Disability Policy

  48. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Maritime (Amendment) Act 2008 (No. 13 of 2008). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008 | VUT-2008-L-88479

    This Act amends the Maritime Act [CAP 131] in relation with a reorganization of the administration regarding maritime affairs. The Office of the Commissioner of Maritime Affairs is vacated and certain functions of the Office and Maritime Appeal Tribunal are transferred to the Minister responsible for the administration of this Act. In addition, the Act provides anew for the appointment of the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs and the Maritime Administrator.

  49. Vanuatu - - Law, Act

    Maritime Authority (Repeal) Act (No. 22 of 2007). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-12-31 | Date of entry into force: 2008-01-01 | VUT-2007-L-88480

    This Act repeals the Vanuatu Maritime Authority Act and provides that any function, power or responsibility under any Act, other than the Vanuatu Maritime Authority Act [CAP 253], of the Vanuatu Maritime Authority or the Commissioner of Maritime Affairs may be transferred to such other person or persons as the Prime Minister may appoint in writing.

    The following Acts are repealed:
    - Vanuatu Maritime Authority Act (No. 29 of 1998) (28 December 1998)
    - Vanuatu Maritime Authority (Amendment) Act (No. 29 of 2002) (31 December 2002)
    - Vanuatu Maritime Authority (Amendment) Act (No. 9 of 2003) (21 July 2003)
    - Vanuatu Maritime Authority (Amendment) Act (No. 2 of 2004) (23 December 2004)

  50. Vanuatu - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Employment Act - Seasonal Employment Agency Regulation (Amendment) Order 2007 (Order No. 30 of 2007). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-08-02 | VUT-2007-R-105158

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