As of 2013, the Office of the Queensland Parlimentary Counsel authorises the electronic versions of legislation and reprints. Pre-2013 legislation will be progressively authorised.
Under section 46A of the Evidence Act 1977 (Qld), legislation authorised by the Parliamentary Counsel is taken to be a correct copy of the legislation until the contrary is proved.
To check whether a document is authorised by the Parliamentary Counsel, go to the end of the document. If the legislation is authorised, the authority statement ‘Authorised by the Parliamentary Counsel’ appears under the copyright statement.
See the statement on the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.
The current annotations contains the history of Queensland legislation including details of Acts, subordinate legislation and certain other statutory and prerogative instruments. Repealed annotations are also available.
This page includes information to help you locate the following:
Acts as passed
Acts in force
The Acts Interpretation Act 1954 sets out the law relating to the commencement of Acts. All provisions of an Act commence on the day the Governor assents to the Act except when the Act expressly provides otherwise (see section 15A). If an Act does not commence on assent, the provision providing for its commencement will usually be found in section 2 of the Act.
For more information see Finding Queensland legislation and information.
Commencement information is available in the Current Queensland Legislation Annotations as well as in each individual Act.
The Record of Proceedings is the official record of the debates and procedures of the Queensland Parliament's Legislative Assembly; that is, it is a record of what is said in the House and a record of the procedural events of the House. The Record of Proceedings is commonly referred to as Hansard.
The Record of Proceedings from 1860 is fully searchable and can be browsed by sitting date through the Queensland Parliament website. Live and archived audio and video broadcasts of parliamentary proceedings are available from 14 February 2011 on the Queensland Parliament website.
Indexes to Parliament Debates from 1860 are available on the Queensland Parliament website.
Tabled papers include documents and artefacts presented to Parliament in the course of its proceedings. The tabling of a document effects the publication of that document and the protection of parliamentary privilege. Documents tabled in parliament include reports from parliamentary committees, auditor-general reports, annual reports and budget papers.
The Online Tabled Papers database on the Queensland Parliament website contains tabled papers from
Subordinate legislation as made (from 1991 - current) is available through the Queensland Legislation website. This includes links to the explanatory notes and regulatory impact statements for subordinate legislation.
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.
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.