The NSW legislation website is established under Part 6A of the Interpretation Act 1987 as the official NSW government site for the online publication of legislation and the Gazette. Source: NSW Legislation website 'About Us' There are some qualifications to this, see the NSW Legislation website 'About Us' page for more information.
This page includes information to help you locate the following:
Acts as made
Acts in force
Legislation Review Committee
The Legislation Review Committee reviews all Bills introduced into Parliament and reports on the impact of these Bills on personal rights and liberties. Specifically, the Committee is required under section 8A of the Legislation Review Act 1987 to report to Parliament any Bill that:
The Legislation Review Digests (from 2003) are available on the Parliament of New South Wales website.
Since 1938 it has been a requirement under the standing orders for an "Explanatory Note" to be affixed to the front of each bill when it is introduced. Such notes briefly and simply set out the provisions of the bill. The Explanatory Note is not considered in detail. In 1994 the standing order was amended to delete this reference and to simply provide that any explanatory note affixed to the bill be printed after the first reading. Under the current standing orders a bill is printed, with an explanatory note if applicable, once it has been introduced (S.O. 188(7)). From Chp 21.5 of NSW Legislative Assembly Practice, Procedure and Privilege.
The Parliament of New South Wales has produced a comprehensive index to all parliamentary documents online. The index is organised by date (from 1879) and contains links to all of the documents available for that day, including hansard, House papers and tabled papers.
Hansard is the written record of proceedings and debates in Parliament. It is a verified and accurate record rather than strictly verbatim transcript. Repetitions and redundancies are omitted, obvious mistakes are corrected, and interjections omitted unless responded to by the principal speaker.
Prior to 1879, reports of parliamentary debates were published in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. Digitised copies of the newspaper are available through the National Library of Australia. The University Library also has the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper on microfilm (catalogue record).
House Papers and Tabled Papers
House business papers include notice papers (a list of motions and bills to be considered by the House); minutes (Legislative Council) or votes and proceedings (Legislative Assembly) (the official record of proceedings including what motions were moved, the progress of bills and how members voted in divisions); questions and answers papers (questions on notice, containing written questions to Ministers and the answers given); votes and proceedings.
The following are available on the Parliament of New South Wales website:
The First Legislative Council Archive contains documents from 1824 - 1855 and includes tabled papers, Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reports of debates and documents relating to the administration of the First Council.
As made regulations
In force regulations
Journals are useful in finding discussion of legislation.
Use AGIS to browse legislation discussed in journals. The index feature allows you to search using indexed terms legislation and jurisdiction. AGIS contains indexed articles from 1970 and full text articles from 1995.
LexisNexis 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.