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How do I see all new legislation notified or published on the Legislation Register?

Newly notified and newly published legislation is listed on the Legislation Register ‘What’s New’ page which is updated each Friday.  It is accessible from the blue bar running along the top of every page of the website.

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How do I see all subordinate legislation made under an Act?

All subordinate legislation made under an Act is listed on the webpage for the Act under the heading ‘Legislative Instruments’.  The list is divided into instrument types for quick access to a specific instrument type but also has a link ‘Legislative instruments’ that goes to a complete list of all instruments made under the Act.  The link is accessible from the webpage for the Act and is located under the table of republications.

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How do I find the meaning of key words and phrases used on the Legislation Register?

Definitions of terms used on the Legislation Register are provided in the ‘Glossary’.  It is accessible from the ‘Information’ link in the blue bar running along the top of every page of the website.

Abreviation key

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How do I easily access ‘popular’ legislation?

Regularly accessed legislation is listed on the Legislation Register ‘Popular legislation’ page.  The list provides links for direct access to the webpage for the legislation listed.  It is accessible from the blue bar running along the top of every page of the website.

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How do I know if transitional provisions applied to an Act or regulation?

Information about transitional provisions affecting a law is provided in the ‘Notes’ column of the table of republications on the webpage for the law.  Additionally, a note about expired transitional or validating provisions is included in the endnotes for the republished law.

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How do I know if an Act or regulation is affected by a modification?

If a provision of a republished law is affected by a current modification, the symbol  M  appears immediately before the provision heading and the text of the modifying provision appears in the endnotes for the republished law.  Additionally, notes against the point-in-time version of the republished law have been added to the Legislation Register.

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How do I find out which Minister is responsible for what legislation?

The Administrative Arrangements is an instrument made by the Chief Minister allocating responsibility for certain matters, enactments and administrative units to Ministers (a Minister’s portfolio).  A quick link to the instrument is available on the Legislation Register from the grey pane running along the left hand side of every page of the website.  Additionally, on the webpage for each Act the responsible Minister and administering directorate is stated.

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How do I find superseded disallowable instruments or notifiable instruments?

Superseded instruments are accessible from either the ‘Repealed’ alphabetical listing for the instrument type or by using the legislative instruments links on the webpage of the Act that the instrument is made under.

Superseded instruments

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How do I easily access other legislation websites?

Links to legislation websites for other jurisdictions are provided on the Legislation Register ‘Related links’ page.  It is accessible from the blue bar running along the top of every page of the website.

Related links

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How do I know if a provision of an Act or regulation has been amended?

Information about what amended a law is provided in the ‘Notes’ column of the table of republications on the webpage for the law.  Commencement information for the amending law is provided in the republication ‘Legislation history’ endnotes section.  Each amended provision is annotated with information about the amending law in the republication ‘Amendment history’ endnotes section.

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How do I know if an Act or regulation has uncommenced provisions or uncommenced amendments?

If a provision of a republished law is uncommenced at the time of republication, the symbol  U  appears immediately before the provision heading.  If there are uncommenced amendments applying to a law a note appears on the Legislation Register webpage for the law.

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How do I find legislation applying to the ACT in relation to the National Land Ordinance?

The Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (Cwlth) provides that the relevant Commonwealth Minister may declare specified areas of land in the ACT to be National Land, as distinguished from Territory Land.  Under the National Land Ordinance 1989, the relevant Commonwealth Minister is generally responsible for the management of National Land.  In order to facilitate that management the Ordinance adopts, modifies and applies to National Land certain provisions of the following laws as in force immediately before self-government on 11 May 1989:

  • City Area Leases Ordinance 1936
  • City Area Leases Regulations
  • Crown Lands Act 1884 (NSW)
  • Dedication by User Limitation Act 1902 (NSW)
  • Lakes Ordinance 1976
  • Leases Ordinance 1918
  • Leases Regulations
  • Leases (Special Purposes) Ordinance 1925
  • Protection of Lands Ordinance 1937
  • Public Roads Act 1902 (NSW)
  • Recovery of Lands Ordinance 1929
  • Roads and Public Places Ordinance 1937
  • Trespass on Commonwealth Lands Ordinance 1932

These laws continue to have effect in relation to National Land.

A current version of the National Land Ordinance 1989 (administered by the Commonwealth) and the collection of associated pre self-government laws can be viewed at the Federal Register of Legislation.

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Why are there gaps in the effective date range of some republications eg Crimes Act 1900?

Before the ACT legislation register began in September 2001, it was not standard practice to produce a new republication every time a legislation event affected a law. This is especially true for very old legislation that was only available in printed form. As part of the republication backcapture program available historical legislation versions are progressively being added to the register. We are not currently creating historical republications for every amendment that affected a law (point-in-time) but adding the versions we already have either electronically or in printed form. The printed versions are scanned and added to the register.

A gap in the effective date ranges of a legislative item does not mean there is anything missing from the republication. It means there was not a version created for every specific point-in-time legislative event. The effective date range shows the last of the amendments listed in the version note was inserted on the start effective date and the next event that changed the law occurred on the day following the end effective date. To work out what a particular section looked like at a particular point-in-time, use the version notes to each republication as they indicate which amendments were incorporated in a version. In the endnotes the ‘Legislation history’ shows the commencements of specific legislation and the ‘Amendment history’ shows amendments to particular sections.

For example, see the item page for the Crimes Act 1900 below:

R0A (RI) has an effective date range of 23 May 1963 - 14 March 1968. This means the last amendment that affected version R0A (RI) commenced on 23 May 1963 and the next event that occurred commenced on 15 March 1968, therefore ending the effective date range for this version on 14 March 1968.

R0B (RI) has an effective date range of 18 November 1983 - 18 December 1984. This does not mean there are any amendments missing in the republication between 15 March 1968 and 18 November 1983—all the amendments are included in the versions. It means there was not a version created for every new amendment. Between 15 March 1968 and 18 November 1983 there were 9 amendments incorporated on 9 different dates so this version can only begin when the last of those amendments commenced (ie Ord1983-55 on 18 November 1983). The next amendment that affected the Crimes Act 1900 was Ord1984-78 which commenced on 19 December 1984 and is included in version R0C (RI). This means the end effective date of version R0B (RI) is 18 December 1984.

Crimes Act 1900 item page fragment

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