This Act makes provisions for the alienation of private (custom) land and the use of public land by custom users, the development of public land and various other matters relative to land titles, use ad management.The Act consists of 23 sections divided into 12 Parts: Interpretation (I); Encumbrances (II); Alienated Land (III); Negotiations and Agreements Relating to Custom Land (IV); Management of Land (V); Public Land (VI); Registered Leases (VII); Rights of Entry (VIII); Land Corporations (IX); Roads (X); Use of Force and Damage (XI); Regulations and Offences (XII).The Minister shall have general management and control over all land (a) occupied by alienators where either there is no approved agreement in accordance with sections 6 or 7 or the ownership is disputed; or (b) not occupied by an alienator but where ownership is disputed; or (c) not occupied by an alienator, and which in the opinion of the Minister is inadequately maintained. The Minister may by Order establish corporate bodies for the better carrying into effect of the purposes of this Act.
Implemented by: Land Reform (Rural Alienated Land) Regulations. (2006)
Implemented by: Land Reform (Rural land Corporation) Regulations. (1988)
Amended by: Land Reform (Amendment) Act (No. 6 of 1992). (1992-06-23)
Amended by: Land Reform (Amendment) Act (No. 35 of 2000). (2000-09-12)
Amended by: Land Reform (Amendment) Act 2014 (No. 11 of 2014). (2014-06-19)
Amended by: Land Reform (Amendment) Act 2013 (No. 31 of 2013). (2013)
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Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.
Vanuatu is a parliamentary republic.