Sandalwood Act 1929

This Act was repealed by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 s. 281 (No. 24 of 2016) as at 1 Jan 2019 (see s. 2(b) and Gazette 14 Sep 2018 p. 3305)



Sandalwood Act 1929


1.Short title1

2.Power to limit quantity1



5.Meaning of “sandalwood”2


Compilation table4

Defined terms


Sandalwood Act 1929

An Act to regulate the quantity of sandalwood to be pulled or removed from Crown and other land.

1.Short title

This Act may be cited as the Sandalwood Act 1929 1, and shall be read as one with the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984, hereinafter referred to as the principal Act.

[Section 1 amended by No. 74 of 1996 s. 3.]

2.Power to limit quantity

The Governor may from time to time, by Order in Council, limit and restrict the quantity of sandalwood, other than sandalwood grown on a plantation, that may be pulled or removed from Crown land and alienated land during a period therein stated.

[Section 2 amended by No. 74 of 1996 s. 4.]


(1)No person shall pull or remove sandalwood —

(a)from Crown land, except under a licence granted pursuant to regulations under the principal Act; or

(b)from alienated land, unless such person (being the grantee or lessee thereof, or a person lawfully claiming under him) is authorised to do so by a licence in the prescribed form granted to him by the CEO under this Act.

Penalty: $200.

(1a)Subsection (1)(b) does not apply to sandalwood grown on a plantation.


(3)The granting of licences under subsection (1)(b) shall be in the order of priority of application, and the allocation to each licensee of the quantity of sandalwood to be pulled or removed under licence shall be determined by the Minister.

(4)In this section the words alienated land mean and include any land granted by the Crown for an estate in fee simple and any land held on conditional purchase or other lease or tenure under the provisions of the Land Administration Act 1997, or the Mining Act 1904 2, but shall not include any land granted or demised subject to the reservation to the Crown of sandalwood thereon.

[Section 3 amended by No. 113 of 1965 s. 8; No. 74 of 1996 s. 5; No. 59 of 2000 s. 51; No. 70 of 2003 s. 47; No. 28 of 2006 s. 218.]


The Governor may make regulations under the principal Act for the purposes of this Act, and by such regulations may (subject to such conditions as are prescribed) exempt from this Act any land in process of clearing for agricultural purposes.

5.Meaning of “sandalwood”

For the purposes of this Act the word sandalwood means and includes the wood of any tree of the genera Santalum or Fusanus, and any other species of aromatic wood which is or may be used as a substitute for sandalwood.

[Section 5 inserted by No. 13 of 1934 s. 2.]




1This is a compilation of the Sandalwood Act 1929 and includes the amendments made by the other written laws referred to in the following table. The table also contains information about any reprint.

Compilation table

Short title

Number and year



Sandalwood Act 1929

27 of 1929
(20 Geo. V No. 25)

5 Dec 1929

5 Dec 1929

Sandalwood Act Amendment Act 1930

43 of 1930
(21 Geo. V No. 43)

22 Dec 1930

22 Dec 1930

Sandalwood Act Amendment Act 1934

13 of 1934
(25 Geo. V No. 12)

26 Nov 1934

26 Nov 1934

Reprint of the Sandalwood Act 1929 approved 16 May 1958 in Volume 13 of Reprinted Acts (includes amendments listed above)

Decimal Currency Act 1965

113 of 1965

21 Dec 1965

Act other than s. 4‑9: 21 Dec 1965 (see s. 2(1));
s. 4-9: 14 Feb 1966 (see s. 2(2))

Reprint of the Sandalwood Act 1929 approved 14 Jul 1971 (includes amendments listed above)

Sandalwood Amendment Act 1996

74 of 1996

13 Nov 1996

11 Dec 1996

Land Administration Amendment Act 2000 s. 51

59 of 2000

7 Dec 2000

10 Apr 2001 (see s. 2(2) and Gazette 10 Apr 2001 p. 2073)

Reprint of the Sandalwood Act 1929 as at 4 Jan 2002 (includes amendments listed above)

Acts Amendment and Repeal (Competition Policy) Act 2003 Pt. 12

70 of 2003

15 Dec 2003

21 Apr 2004 (see s. 2 and Gazette 20 Apr 2004 p. 1297)

Machinery of Government (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2006 Pt. 7 Div. 4

28 of 2006

26 Jun 2006

1 Jul 2006 (see s. 2 and Gazette 27 Jun 2006 p. 2347)

Reprint 4: The Sandalwood Act 1929 as at 25 Jan 2008 (includes amendments listed above)

This Act was repealed by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 s. 281 as at 1 Jan 2019 (see s. 2(b) and Gazette 14 Sep 2018 p. 3305)

2Repealed by the Mining Act 1978.



Defined terms


[This is a list of terms defined and the provisions where they are defined. The list is not part of the law.]

Defined termProvision(s)

alienated land3(4)