To find the assent and commencement dates and amendment details for Commonwealth legislation using the Federal Register of Legislation:
To find a reprint (consolidation) of a Commonwealth Act, with all amendments up to that date through the Federal Register of Legislation:
To find the assent and commencement dates for current legislation through the Queensland and New South Wales Legislation websites:
Find out whether a section of current legislation has been amended through the Queensland and New South Wales Legislation websites using History notes.
To find reprints (consolidations) of an Act, with all the amendments up to that date through the Queensland and New South Wales Legislation websites:
Use LawOne to find assent and commencement dates, amendments, and reprints.
To find information on an Act:
Use LawNow to find assent and commencement information, amendments, legislative history, as well as commentary and cases citing legislation.
Amendment: Change or alteration to existing legislation or Acts.
As made: Acts or Regulations as originally passed by Parliament without amendments. Also referred to as Sessional Acts/Regulations or Acts/Regulations as passed.
Commencement: The commencement of a law is the date at which a law comes into force. Different parts of a law may come into force at different times and may be on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation. A clause, stating whether the law comes into force by assent or proclamation, usually appears at the beginning of the legislation.
Consolidated Acts or Regulations: Consolidated Acts or Regulations incorporate amendments made by other legislation since the original legislation was made. A consolidated Act or Regulation refers to the combination of a number of Acts or Regulations of Parliament into one codifying statute. This term is commonly used for online versions of legislation. See also Reprinted Acts or Regulations.
In force: Current Acts or Regulations. Currently in force.
Proclamation: An official public announcement, usually published in the government gazette. If an Act or Regulation is to commence by proclamation, the responsible government minister will publish an announcement in the government gazette ‘proclaiming’ the date that the legislation will commence.
Reprinted Acts or Regulations: A reprinted Act or Regulation incorporates all changes made to the Principal Act or Regulation, at the date shown on the reprint. This term is commonly used for hardcopy versions of legislation. See also Consolidated Acts or Regulations.
Royal Assent: The signing of a Bill by the Governor-General, which is the last step in making a Bill into an Act of Parliament, or law.
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