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Australian Cases, Legislation and Law Reform: Legislation

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Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly

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Authorised ACT legislation

The ACT Legislation Register is the authorised source for ACT legislation. 

You can access authorised printed legislation by downloading authorised files from the ACT Legislation Register website and printing them yourself. This means that a document printed from an authorised file is legally presumed to be an accurate copy of the piece of legislation.

Prior to this, ACT legislation was authorised only when viewed electronically on the ACT Legislation Register website or when the copy was printed by the government printer.  Further information is available on the ACT Legislation Register website

Australian Capital Territory Acts

As made

Sessional Acts from 1989 are available from the ACT Legislation Register.

In force

Acts currently in force are available from the ACT Legislation Register.


Current and historical consolidated versions of Acts are available under the list of current Acts from the ACT Legislation Register.


All repealed Acts (including ordinances) are available from the ACT Legislation Register.

Commencement Information

The commencement date is the date on which an Act comes into effect. This can be specified in the Act itself, notified through the Government Gazette, or specified in general in an Interpretation Act.

Relevant sections of legislation include:

Commencement notices from 1989 to current are available from the ACT Legislation Register.

Australian Capital Territory Bills

The ACT Legislation Register holds the following information on bills:

  • bills currently before Parliament
  • bills presented before Legislative Assembly from 1989
  • bills passed and awaiting notification
  • annual listing of bills discharged, negatived, withdrawn or lapsed, from 1989

Australian Capital Territory Explanatory Statements

Since 1989, ACT explanatory statements have been issued as separate documents along with the bills since 1989. They are known as explanatory statements. Where available, explanatory statements can be found with the corresponding bill on the ACT Legislation Register.

From 1975 to 1981, a form of explanatory memorandum was attached to “Messages from the Minister” [for the Capital Territory] and was included in ACT Hansard.  Source and further information: GovPubs

Australian Capital Territory Parliamentary Debates


Hansard records and publishes the debates of the Legislative Assembly and the evidence taken during hearings of the Assembly committees.

Documents from previous Assemblies (1989 - ) are available here. This includes minutes of proceedings, notice papers and bills lists.

Australian Capital Territory Government Gazettes

A gazette is an official publication for the purpose of notifying the actions and decisions of the government. Government Gazettes are available online from 1989 onwards, via the ACT Legislation Register.

Australian Capital Territory Statutory Rules

Subordinate laws currently in force are available from the ACT Legislation Register.

Subordinate laws as notified, by year, from 1914 are available from the ACT Legislation Register.

Repealed subordinate laws are being progressively added to the ACT Legislation Register.

Disallowance and amendment resolutions, from 1998, are available from the ACT Legislation Register.

Discussion of legislative provisions in journal articles

Journals are useful in finding discussion of legislation. 

Use AGIS to browse legislation discussed in journalsThe index feature allows you to search using indexed terms legislation and jurisdiction.  AGIS contains indexed articles from 1970 and full text articles from 1995.

Lexis Advance Pacific includes journals that cover a range of legislative areas. Journals include the Australian Journal of Corporate Law, Australian Journal of Family Law, Australian Journal of Labor Law, Australian Property Law Journal, Insurance Law Journal, Journal of Contract Law and the Media & Arts Law Review.  You can search all journals sources or select one and search using phrases, article title, author and/or article citation.

Westlaw AU subscribes to journals that cover legislative areas such as building and construction, environment and planning, family law, local government and public law.  Useful search features include 'legislation cited' and 'jurisdiction' search fields.  

Finding relevant legislation on a topic

LawLex - select the 'browse legislation', deselect all the jurisdictions and then select the jurisdiction you are researching. Then select the category and if necessary a sub category.

TimeBase LawOne - use the search option from the top menu, enter the search terms and refine by jurisdiction. 
You could also try using secondary sources (books, legal encyclopaedia and journal articles) to identify legislation relevant to a topic.