1.1.E.230 External territory
This definition applies to all payments.
An external territory is a territory which is NOT an internal territory. Internal territories are the:
- Australian Capital Territory,
- Jervis Bay Territory, AND
- Northern Territory.
The following territories are all part of Australia and are NOT external territories for social security purposes:
- the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands,
- the Territory of Christmas Island,
- Lord Howe Island,
- Macquarie Island, and
- Norfolk Island.
For social security law purposes, Heard and McDonald, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Coral Sea Islands and Australian Antarctic Territory are Australia's external territories.
Note: Prior to 1 July 2016, Norfolk Island was an external territory and not classed as part of Australia for social security purposes.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'external Territory'