Statutory interpretation is an important legal skill. Section 15AB (2) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (Cth) and section 35 of the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984 (Vic) provide information about the various extrinsic aids which may assist with interpreting legislation. Extrinsic material which are permissible to assist with interpreting an Act include:
Subscription resources such as TimeBase and Lawlex Premium help in statutory interpretation research to the extent that they package legislation, linking an Act to its corresponding Bill, Explanatory Memorandum and second reading speeches. This module provides an overview of how to find this type of information.
See the Australian Cases, Legislation and Law Reform research guide for information on how to find other extrinsic material such as parliamentary committee reports and papers, and law reform commission material.
Note: If you cannot find statutory interpretation materials on TimeBase or Lawlex Premium, see the Australian Cases, Legislation and Law Reform research guide for further assistance. Consolidated Acts will not have one single bill that created it.