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Acts - current, as made, historical

What are Acts?
What are the different types of Acts?
Why should I use Acts?
Where can I find Acts?

 

What are Acts?

An Act is a "decree proclaiming the law, passed by the legislature and given Royal Assent by the Crown".
LexisNexis Concise Australian Dictionary (LexisNexis, 5th ed, 2015)

 

What are the different types of Acts? Why should I use Acts?

Current Acts

 

 

AKA reprinted, consolidated

Is the most recent version of an Act, which incorporates all amendments which have commenced operation.

  Use to learn how the law stands

 

 

Atcs as made

 

 

AKA numbered, sessional

The original version of the Act, as it looked when it first passed Parliament - i.e. not incorporating any subsequent amendments

Useful for
* historical research, to track the history of an Act, to see how it looked at different times
* locating amendments (amending Acts can only be found as an Act as made)

Historical versions

 

 AKA historical reprints

Older versions of an Act which have been superseded (i.e. are no longer in force).

Use to see how an Act stood at an earlier point-in-time

 

Amending Acts    

 

 

An Act the alters the operation of an earlier Act.
LexisNexis Concise Australian Dictionary (LexisNexis, 5th ed, 2015)

 

 

Useful for
* historical research, to track the history of an Act, to see how it looked at different times
* locating amendments that might not yet have come into force (i.e. have passed Parliament, but have not yet been incorporated into the current version of an Act)

 

Where do I find Acts?

You can generally find Acts

  • on Parliamentary websites - e.g. SA Legislation, ComLaw
  • on legislation websites - e.g. AustLII, LawOne

You can find links to Acts on the Legislation Search Smart Guide.

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