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Legislation

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This study guide has been designed to help you find information about Australian legislation, including bills, explanatory memoranda, second reading speeches, consolidated acts etc. The guide provides tables that help you to identify which resources are available online or in hard copy. Links are provided to the databases that provide online access to legislative materials. There is also a brief explanatory section that explains the terminolgy used in the life cycle of legislation. Information on older English legislation is also included.

Legislative Services

Legislative Materials

Acts / Statutes: Laws made by Parliament and given royal assent by the crown (Commonwealth and State)

Bills : A legislative document in the form of a proposed Act of Parliament that has not yet been passed by parliament or received royal assent

Delegated Legislation: Laws made by persons or authorities to whom parliament has delegated "law-making" authority within an act of Parliament

Explanatory memoranda (EM): Document explaining the aims and operation of a statute, if the meaning of a provision in an Act is ambiguous or obscure

Hansard: Provides a record of parliamentary debates and speeches made by of members of the houses of parliament

Parliamentary Papers: Reports of government departments and committees 

Statue Annotations provide access to historical information about Acts including: date of latest reprint, names of amending acts, regulations under the Act, amended sections, case notes, annotations and relevant journal articles. They are availalbe in hardcopy and electronic format via LexisNexis.au
Federal Statutes Annotations 344.94021/4

New South Wales Legislative Services

Acts in Force Acts as Made Bills & EN's

Hansard

New South Wales Legislation

1990

1997 1988-
LawOne 1998 2003 includes ENs 2003
2nd reading Speeches

Austlii

LawNow

1990

1999

includes ENs

 

2nd reading speeches

Hardcopy


344.944022/1

344.944015/1
EN's Interfiled with the Bills

328.94402/1

The Parliament of NSW also have Records of Legislative Proceedings from 1824 - 1856.
Includes access to selected earlier Reports of Parliamentary Debates

NSW Statute Annotations (LexisNexis.au)
344.944021/5

State Legislative Services

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales (Includes Point in Time)

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania (Includes Point in Time)

Victoria

Western Australia

Legislation Judicially considered (Cases referring to legislation)

Casebase | Firstpoint

 

Legislation by Subject (Commonwealth & State)

Lawone |Includes explanatory memoranda and second reading speeches

 LawNow (in LexisNexisAU) includes explanatory memoranda, second reading speeches and historical versions
Corporations Law | Criminal Law | Family Law | Franchising | Industrial Law | Intellectual property Law | Motor & Traffic | OH&S | Workplace Relations

Intellliconnect CCH
Business Law | Conveyencing Law | Corporations Law | Employment | Family Law | Industrial Law | OH&S | Superannuation Law | Tax Law | Torts Law | Trade Practices

Wicks Subject Index to Commonwealth Legislation
344.94023/2 (CC)

Subject Index to the Acts & Regulations of New South Wales
344.944021/3 (CC Reserve)

 

Finding Historical Statutes

Interpreting Old Citations

Citations to older English statutes follow the following pattern:

2 Hen 5, c. 7 

<regnal year>, c. <chapter number(s)> 

The regnal year is the year within a given monarch's reign. Regnal years start on the date of ascencion to the throne. As a result, they vary from monarch to monarch and do not correspond to calendar years.

 2 Hen 5, c. 7 refers to the 7th Act passed in the 2nd year of the reign of Henry V . The 2nd year of Henry V's reign ran from March 21, 1413 to March 20, 1422

 

Regnal Years

Regnal Years

William I 1066-1087
William II 1087-1100
Henry I 1100-1135
Stephen 1135-1154
Henry II 1154-1189
Richard I 1189-1199
John 1199-1216
Henry III 1216-1272
Edward I 1272-1307
Edward II 1307-1327
Edward III 1327-1377
Richard II 1377-1399
Henry IV 1399-1413
Henry V 1413-1422
Henry VI 1422-1461
Edward IV 1422-1483
Edward V 1483
Richard III 1483-1485
Henry VII 1485-1509
Henry VIII 1509-1547
Edward VI 1547-1553
Mary 1553-1554
Philip and Mary 1554-1558
Elizabeth I 1558-1603
James I 1603-1625
Charles I 1625-1649
Charles II 1649-1685
James II 1685-1688
William and Mary 1689-1702
Anne 1702-1714
George I 1714-1727
George II 1727-1760
George III 1760-1820
George IV 1820-1830
William IV 1830-1837
Victoria 1837-1901
Edward VII 1901-1910
George V 1910-1936
Edward VIII 1936
George VI 1936-1952
Elizabeth II 1952-

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