Legislation and other material contained on the South Australian legislation website is not the official authorised version. Authorised South Australian website is available from the Government Printer. See the South Australian Legislation website.
This page includes information to help you locate the following:
As made (sessional Acts)
Acts in force (current Acts)
There are 3 methods employed for commencing an Act or bringing an Act into operation:
The date fixed by proclamation may be delayed by further proclamation. Under section 7(5) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1915, if a proclamation is not made before the second anniversary of the date on which an Act enacted after 16 April 1992 was assented to, the Act will come into operation on that anniversary.
Commencement provisions often combine the above approaches.
Commencement information for individual Acts can be found in the Index to South Australian Legislation.
Information about repealed and ceased legislation is available from the South Australian Legislation website. This includes the text of Acts and regulations and rules made by the Governor that have ceased operation since 1 January 2003 and information about Acts and regulations and rules made by the Governor that ceased operation between 1 January 1976 and 1 January 2003. (However, for regulations and rules, the information is limited due to a past practice of deleting the information once the revoking regulations or rules had themselves ceased.)
For information about Acts and subordinate legislation that ceased operation before 1 January 1976, consult the Tables and Indexes in Volume 9 South Australian Statutes 1837-1936 and, for Acts, the 1975 Volume of South Australian Statutes. These volumes are available in the Law Library (see the catalogue record). The tables provide comprehensive repeal and amendment information.
Current and historical bills (from 2005) are available via the South Australian Legislation website. This includes all versions of the bill (as introduced into each house and as passed in each house).
Explanatory Memoranda are not issued separately for Bills. However, since October 1977, the last part of a minister's second reading speech, giving a clause-by-clause explanation of a Bill, has been subtitled Explanation of Clauses. See the second reading speech for each Bill in the South Australian Hansard. Source: GovPubs
Hansard is the official report of the debates and proceedings of the Parliament. Hansard is available online from August 1993 on the South Australia Parliament website. This includes member and subject indexes and a specific second reading speech search function.
Hansard from 1957 to 1992 is available in hard copy in the Law Library (see the catalogue record).
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.