Information Types - Law
An explanatory memorandum is a document issued with a Bill to explain the aims and operation of the proposed legislation.
You can use EMs to help interpret legislation.
You can generally find EMs where you find Bills
- on Parliamentary websites - e.g. SA Legislation, ComLaw
- on legislation websites - e.g. AustLII, LawOne
You can find links to Bills on the Legislation Search Smart Guide.
Not all jurisdictions publish EMs - e.g. South Australia generally does not provide an EM.
You can find similar information in the second reading speech in Hansard. During this speech, the minister who introduced the Bill will generally outline in detail the purpose of the Bill.