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  1. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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 - General provisions - 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.

  3. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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.

  4. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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];

  5. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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

  6. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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

  7. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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

  8. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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.

  9. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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

  10. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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.

  11. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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

  12. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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.

  13. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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

  14. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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.

  15. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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).

  16. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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.

  17. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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.

  18. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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.

  19. Vanuatu - General provisions - 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.

  20. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Penal Code (Amendment) Act 2006 (No. 25 of 2006). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2006-12-12 | Date of entry into force: 2007-03-01 | VUT-2006-L-88515

    Repeals sections 36-58 and inserts new Part IA concerning sentencing (sections 36-58ZH). Also enters new section 89A and amends sections 90-92, 94, 97-98, 99, and 101 concerning sexual offences.

  21. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act 2006 (No. 14 of 2006). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2006-07-17 | VUT-2006-L-88508

    Repeals Sections 118 (Promotion of reconciliation) and 119 (Account to be taken of compensation by custom).

  22. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Ombudsman Act [Cap 252] (No. 27 of 1998). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1999-01-11 | Date of entry into force: 1999-01-11 | VUT-1999-L-42141

    Establishes the post of Ombudsman with the power to investigate alleged unlawful acts by any branch of the Government.

    Repeals the Ombudsman Act 1995 (No. 14 of 1995).

  23. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Employment (Amendment) Act No. 8 of 1995. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1995-08-11 | Date of entry into force: 1995-08-28 | VUT-1995-L-42143

    Amends section 54(1) of Employment Act [Cap. 160] providing severance pay for employees who have worked at an establishment for more than 12 months. Also amends section 20 by substituting "1 year" with "3 years".

  24. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Vanuatu Act [Cap 236] (Act No. 4 of 1995). - Consolidated Edition 2006

    Adoption: 1995-06-05 | VUT-1995-L-83125

    An Act to provide for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vanuatu, local chambers and for connected purposes.

  25. Vanuatu - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Compensation (Forms) Regulations No. 29 of 1994.

    Adoption: 1994-10-12 | Date of entry into force: 1994-10-17 | VUT-1994-R-42137

    Provides forms for claims under Compensation Act No. 11 of 1994.

  26. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Companies Act 1986 [Cap. 191] (Act No. 12 of 1986). - Consolidated Edition 2006

    Adoption: 1986 | Date of entry into force: 1986-10-26 | VUT-1986-L-3798

    Amends and consolidates the whole of Vanuatu compamy law (including 413 sections and seven schedules).

  27. Vanuatu - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Employment Act 1983 - Employment (Employer's Register) Order 1983 (Order No. 43 of 1983). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1983-08-16 | VUT-1983-R-105156

  28. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Employment Act (Cap 160) - Consolidated Edition 2006

    Adoption: 1983-05-30 | VUT-1983-L-69554

    Comprehensive labour legislation. Divided into 13 parts.

    Part I: Labour Advisory Board
    Part II: Appointment, Powers and Duties of Officers
    Part III: General
    Part IV: Contract of Employment
    Part V: Remuneration
    Part VI: Hours of Work and Overtime Pay
    Part VIII: Employment of Women and Young Persons
    Part IX: Safety Precautions and Medical Facilities
    Part X: Termination of Contract
    Part XI: Severance Allowance
    Part XII: Repatriation of Employees
    Part XIII: Miscellaneous


  29. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Representation of the People Act (Act No. 13 of 1982) (Cap. 146). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1982-07-09 | VUT-1982-L-96911

  30. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Procedure Code [Cap 136] (Act No. 21 of 1981). - Consolidated Edition 2006

    Adoption: 1981-10-01 | VUT-1981-L-83130

    Provides rules for the conducting of criminal cases.

  31. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Penal Code [Cap 135]. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1981-08-07 | VUT-1981-L-88512

    To provide for criminal offences and the punishments therefore, principles of criminal law, criminal responsibility and matters connected therewith.

    Section 5 deals with international offences and provides for trafficking of persons. Section 102 prohibits slavery and trafficking in persons, the maximum penalty for this offence is 20 years in prison. Sections 90-101D deal with offences against morality, in particular offences committed against children. Section 150 deals with discrimination and makes it an offence to "discriminate against another person with respect to his right to the supply of goods or services, or to gain or continue in any employment, or to be admitted to any public place, by reason of the sex, ethnic or racial origin, or the religion of such other person." The penalty is up to 2 years in prison for breach of this offence.

  32. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Citizenship (Entitled Persons) Act [Cap 110] (Act No. 13 of 1980). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1980-07-30 | VUT-1980-L-83126

    1. Interpretation
    2. Application by entitled person
    3. Time for lodging applications
    4. Registration of entitled person
    5. Publication of names of registered citizens
    6. Register
    7. Loss of citizenship
    8. Retention of certificates and extension of time for renunciation
    9. Penalties

  33. Vanuatu - General provisions - Law, Act

    Citizenship Act [Cap 112] (Act No. 16 of 1980). - Consolidated Edition 2006

    Adoption: 1980-07-30 | VUT-1980-L-83127

    Provides for citizenship by naturalization, renunciation of citizenship, and the establishment of a Citizenship Commission.

  34. Vanuatu - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu, 1980. - Consolidated Edition 2006

    Adoption: 1980 | VUT-1980-C-44017

    As amended to the Third Amendment Act, 1983. The national language is Bislama; the official languages and languages of education shall be French and English. Chapter 2 contains fundamental rights and duties, including the right to life, liberty, and protection of the law; freedom of expression, assembly, religion and movement, as well as freedom from inhuman treatment and forced labour. Duties include the duty to work in "socially useful employment and, if necessary, to create ...legitimate opportunities for such employment." Chapter 3 governs citizenship; Chapter 4 Parliament; Chapter 5 the National Council of Chiefs; Chapter 6 the Head of State (the President); and Chapter 7 the Executive (Prime Minister). The judiciary is set forth in Chapter 8, including the Supreme Court. Chapter 9 relates to the public service, including the post of an Ombudsman. Chapter 10 governs emergency powers, allowing the promulgation of measures "justifiable in a democratic society," as long as they do not derogate from the right to life and freedom from inhuman treatment and forced labour (art. 69). Chapter 12 stipulates that land belongs to indigenous custom owners. Existing law shall remain in effect (s. 93).


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