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Australian Legislation (archive Sept 2021)

Authoritative Tasmanian Acts


There are no authorised PDF versions of Tasmanian acts available. However, for the purposes of legal writing, use the Tasmanian Legislation website

Tasmanian Acts


As made (version of the act as it received Royal Assent)

Consolidated (incorporating subsequent amendments)

Point-in-time (version at a particular date)

Commencement Information

As a general rule, unless an Act specifies otherwise, Acts passed prior to 1 January 1982, are taken to have commenced on the date of Royal Assent, and from 1 January 1982, fourteen days after the Royal Assent. See Acts Interpretation Act 1931 – section 9.

Proclamations detailing commencement dates can be found in the Annual Volumes of Statutory Rules from 1954 onwards. Prior to that you have to search the Gazettes. Annual Indexes to Tasmanian Legislation also provide information that can be helpful.

Tasmanian Bills


Bills from 2002 - current are available on Tasmanian Parliament website.

Prior to 2002, bills are available in hard copy in several Australian libraries.

Tasmanian Explanatory Memoranda


There is no formal system for providing Explanatory Memoranda in Tasmania. As late as the 1990s, the provision of explanatory material on Bills was very rare. Since then, however, it has become more common to circulate Clause Notes or fact sheets to members of Parliament and the press, on an ad hoc basis. These are not formally published with the Bills. For explanations of the objectives of Bills, see the Second Reading speech for each Bill in Hansard.

Source: GovPubs

  • Bills Fact Sheets are available from 2009 - current on AustLII and the Tasmanian Parliament website. These factsheets provide useful summaries of the purposes of and background to bills.
  • Bill Clause Notes are available from 2009 - current on the Tasmanian Parliament website. Click on Bills > Progress of Bills > Name of the Bill. At the bottom of the bill table, links to Clause Notes and Fact Sheets are provided.

Tasmanian Parliamentary Debates



Before 1979 there were no official reports of the Tasmanian parliamentary debates. From 1920 the reports in the newspaper, The Mercury, were printed at the Parliament's expense and distributed to Members of Parliament and government departments. Parts of speeches were sometimes printed with the Journals. Since November 1995, the Tasmanian Hansard has been published only on the Internet.

The Tasmanian Parliamentary Library has complied a short history of hansard in Tasmania.

Second Reading Speeches

Before a bill is passed through Parliament, the objectives of the bill are presented to the Parliament. This is called the second reading speech. Second reading speeches can be found in Hansard (see box below). From 2009, a link to the second reading speech can be found with the relevant bill on the Tasmanian Parliament website. Click on Bills > Progress of Bills > Name of the Bill. 

Tasmanian Gazettes


The first official Tasmanian gazette/newspaper, the Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter, appeared in Hobart in 1816. It was preceded by two short lived unofficial publications in 1810-14. After other name changes, it became known as the Tasmanian Government Gazette in 1907.

Government Gazette notices for the current month are available on Tasmania Online

Hobart Town Gazette (1835 - 1880) is available in hard copy in the University Library

The following collections are available on Trove:

Tasmanian Statutory Rules


As made / sessional version

 Point-in-time version

Commencement Information

Proclamations detailing commencement dates for Statutory Rules can be found in the Annual Volumes of Statutory Rules from 1954 onwards (available in hard copy in the Law Library). Prior to that, this information can be found by searching the Government Gazettes. Annual Indexes to Tasmanian Legislation also provide information that can be helpful.

Tasmanian Tables and Indexes


Tables and indexes of Tasmanian legislation are available on Tasmania Legislation Online including:

  • Indexes to Tasmanian legislation, including amendment information
  • Commencement details of acts and statutory rules
  • Repealed or expired acts and statutory rules