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The ACT legislation register can be searched using a standard or advanced search. The standard search box appears in the top left hand corner of every page and searches the full text of all current legislation on the register.
For more control of your search results, the advanced search can be accessed from the Advanced link next to the standard search box.
The advanced search allows the scope of your search to be refined by three different groups: legislation version, legislation category and search in the full-text or title only. You may also further refine your search term with Boolean operators.
You can limit your search to the following version types or groups of legislation:
A current search searches for your search term in:
A repealed search searches for your term in legislation that is no longer in force. This includes:
A point-in-time search searches for your term in legislation that was current on a particular day. When you select a point-in-time search a "date" field will appear on the search form. Insert the day that you would like to find results for legislation that was current on that day. The date field accepts dates in the following formats:
An as notified search searches for your term in legislation that was notified in a particular year or range of years. When you select an as notified search a "From" and "To" date field appears for you to insert a year range for your search. For example:
An all search searches for your term in all versions of legislation. An all search is useful when you don't have enough information to refine your search further. However, as the legislation register is a large database, it will be slower to retrieve your results than a narrower search.
You can limit your search to different categories of legislation. By default, "Acts and ordinances" is selected but you can select or deselect all categories. You may select multiple categories at the same time.
You can choose to search for your term in either:
For a point-in-time search only a full-text search is possible so the "Search in" option is not available.
You can choose to search the register based on the Minister that presented the legislation, this option will only be available when the "current" legislation version option is selected.
Searches can also be conducted by specifying the administering directorate. This search option also requires the "current" legislation version option to be selected. This search option can assist in limiting the number of search results.
Enter your search term in the large text box at the bottom of the advanced search page.
All terms are considered for a word or phrase search. For example, commonly used words such as "an", "from", "in" and "this" will be searched and get results.
To build a Boolean search, use the buttons to the right of the text box. You cannot type Boolean operators into the search term box directly as the Boolean operators will be considered part of a phrase.
Only the dollar sign ($) and percentage symbol (%) are indexed and searchable on the register. All other punctuation and symbols will be ignored. For example, a search of "post-graduate" will also find "post graduate" as the hyphen (-) is ignored in the search term.
Numbers are indexed and searchable on the register.
The following special symbols can be used in search phrases to help refine or expand a query.
It is also possible to search for a term across some or all versions of a legislation title. Each republished legislation title has a "search this title" button on the item homepage.
Click on this button to take you to a search for the legislation title. Enter your search term in the large text box and then select the versions you would like to search across.
A summary of your search and the options selected is displayed at the top of your search results.
The results table lists the matches from your search in order of relevance. Relevance is worked out by the search engine using a combination of hit density, hit clustering, cluster proximity and other factors compared to the other documents in your search results. Relevance ranges from zero to 100, with 100 as the most relevant.
Clicking on the home page link will take you to the register item page for the matched result.
You may access the document in either pdf or rtf format. Once you have opened the document you will need to search for your term in the document again using the "find" function.
Some versions of Acrobat Reader support hit highlighting so your search term is easy to find in the document. To turn PDF hit highlighting on in Acrobat Reader 9, go to Edit>Preferences>Search, and select "Enable search highlights from external highlight server"
Unfortunately, this option is not available in the latest version of Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Reader X.
The results in the table can be sorted by the different categories by clicking on the column headers. For example, to change the table sort from relevance to an alphabetical sort of the home page link, click on the column header. Clicking on the effective column header will sort the results in date order.
Page URL: http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/search/searchtips.asp
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