50A Power to declare situation of national interest in relation to special service

The Governor-General may from time to time, by Order in Council published in the Gazette, declare that the need for members of the territorial forces or reserve forces or other persons to offer themselves, under section 50, for special service is such that it is in the national interest that, for such period as is specified in the order, protection under the Volunteers Employment Protection Act 1973 be given to any such member or other person—


who undertakes special service under section 50; and


whose obligation to undertake that service under section 50 arises from the acceptance, during the period specified in the order, of an offer that was made by the member or other person under section 50; and


who was, at the time of the making of the order, employed by an employer.

Section 50A: inserted, on 1 April 2004, by section 6 of the Defence Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 13).