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Australian Legislation

Delegated Legislation

Delegated legislation refers to legislation made by government agencies/bodies/ministers and the Governor-General (or Governor) under authority of Acts of Parliaments, which delegate this power to agencies.
Power is delegated for practical reasons such as saving parliamentary time or to deal with rapidly changing situations as they happen.

Also known as:

  • Subordinate Legislation
  • Statutory Rules
  • Legislative Instrument
  • Rules
  • By-Laws
  • Ordinances
  • Regulations (most commonly used)
  • Subsidiary Legislation

NOTE: Delegated legislation is not strictly part of the legislative process, however they are produced alongside other legislative documents.


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