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This guide will provide detailed information on how to find legislation, including:
Legislation is a general term covering laws enacted by Parliaments, plus laws made by persons or bodies granted law-making powers by the Parliament. It is also referred to as Acts or Statutes.
A Principal Act deals with a new area of law or additional Acts on a previously legislated area.
An Amending Act identifies specific sections of the Principal Act that are to be released, and can insert sections by amendment.
The Consolidated Act is the Principal Act including any amendments that have occurred since it was passed.
"Delegated legislation" or "subordinate legislation" refers to laws made under delegated authority of the Parliament.
Sarah van Straalen, 2016. How laws are made in Australia.