Jervis Bay Territory

The Jervis Bay Territory (/ˈɜːrvɪs, ˈɑːr-/; JBT)[1][2][3] is an internal territory[4] of Australia. It was established in 1915 from part of New South Wales (NSW),[5][6] in order to enable the landlocked Australian Capital Territory (ACT) access to the sea.[7]

Jervis Bay Territory
Location of the Jervis Bay Territory in Australia
Coordinates: 35°8′55″S 150°42′49″E
Separation from New South Wales1915
Named forJohn Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent
 Administered by
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
Parliament of Australia
represented by Australian Capital Territory senators
included in the Division of Fenner
67.8 km2 (26.2 sq mi)
 March 2022 estimate
5.8/km2 (15.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+10:00 (AEST)
  Summer (DST)
UTC+11:00 (AEDT)
NSW 2540

It was administered by the Department of the Interior (and later by the Department of the Capital Territory) as if it were part of the ACT, although it has always been a separate Commonwealth territory. The perception that it is part of the ACT stems from the fact that under the terms of the Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915, the laws of the ACT apply to the Jervis Bay Territory.[8] In 1989, when the ACT achieved self-government, the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories took over responsibility for the JBT's administration; it has since been administered by various Commonwealth departments responsible for territories.

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