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Australian Legislation (archive Sept 2021)

Authoritative Northern Territory Acts


The Northern Territory Legislation website is the authoritative source for Northern Territory Legislation.

Northern Territory Acts


Acts as Made

Sessional Acts

  • Northern Territory Acts as made (sessional Acts) are not freely available online. The Law Library holds ordinances and statutes as made from 1922 - 2003 (see catalogue record).
  • The Northern Territory Legislation History database contains historical consolidations of Acts and subordinate legislation of the Northern Territory of Australia as in force during particular periods. It also indicates whether the Acts or subordinate legislation were subsequently amended or repealed and gives details of the amending or repealing legislation.


Commencement Information

The commencement date is the date on which an Act comes into effect. This can be specified in the Act itself, notified through the Government Gazette, or specified in general in an Interpretation Act.

Relevant sections of Interpretation Acts include:

  • Interpretation Act 1931-1959, section 11
  • Interpretation Act 1980, section 6

Northern Territory Bills


Bills from 1995 to current are available on the Northern Territory Legislation website. 

Bills from 1998 to current are available via AustLII.

Bills from 1975 to 1978 are available via the Northern Territory State Library Territory Stories website.

Northern Territory Explanatory Statements


Explanatory Statements have been produced in the Northern Territory since February 2005.

Explanatory Statements are available with each Bill on the Northern Territory Legislation database. You can browse by session, by sponsor, by bills before the Legislative Assembly and by title. 

AustLII also contains copies of Bills Explanatory Statements from 2005 to date.  

Northern Territory Parliamentary Debate



In the Northern Territory, Hansards are known as Parliamentary records. The records of parliamentary proceedings provide a valuable insight into the workings of parliament.

Second Reading Speeches

  • Second reading speeches for bills (1998 - current) are available via AustLII.

Northern Territory Government Gazettes


Government gazettes from 2011 to current are available via the Northern Territory Government website.

The Northern Territory State Library has an archived collection of government gazettes from 1997 and many are available online as a PDF.  

Northern Territory Statutory Rules


Subordinate legislation from 2002 to date is available on the Northern Territory Legislation database. You can browse by subordinate legislation title, by agency, by parent Act, by year, by type, by principal subordinate legislation and historical Acts and subordinate legislation.