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Structure of legislation

These are the main parts found in an Act.

Federal Register of Legislation

This is an example of a database record for an Act located in the Federal Register of Legislation.

Short title

Acts are referred to by short and long titles. The short title for this Act is: “Migration Act 1958”.

Consolidation in force

Consolidation in force is the current Act. A consolidated Act is the Principal Act including any amendments that have occurred since it was originally passed. TIP: Always check currency as upcoming amendments or Bills can affect the area of law you are researching.

Long title

The long title for this Act is: “An Act relating to the entry into, and presence in, Australia of aliens, and the departure or deportation from Australia of aliens and certain other persons.”

Act title, number and year

Act title, number, and year. For example: Migration Act 1958, No. 62, 1958.


The compilation date is the date from which the text of the law shown in the compilation applies.
The compilation number is a version number for the compilation and is based on how many compilations have already been published of that title.