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Bills and legislative instruments


A Bill is a draft Act that is under consideration by state or federal parliament.

Note: upcoming amendments or Bills can affect an Act or area of the law you are researching.

Finding Bills

Bills, Amendments and associated Explanatory Memoranda are located on government websites and databases:

Keeping up-to-date with legislative changes

Legislative updates are available through customisable alert services:

Legislative instruments

"Subordinate legislation" or "delegated legislation" (also known as "statutory instruments") covers a number of specific types of legislation which are enacted by delegated bodies rather than parliamentary process, including:

  • regulations
  • rules
  • orders
  • by-laws.

Statutory instruments are available on government legislation websites:

Local by-laws are located on council websites.

Court procedures are located on government or court websites or published in commentary services.