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Gazettes and proclamations

What are gazettes?
What are proclamations?
Why should I use them?
Where can I find them?

What are gazettes?

The Government Gazette is an official journal published by government, containing information such as

  • proclamations that bring legislation into operation
  • notification of government decisions and subordinate legislation
  • public service appointments
  • government ternders
  • electoral notices


What are proclamations?

1. The act of formally and publicly announing, publishing, or declaring something issued and ordained by a competent authority.
2. A formal, public announcement.
3. Publication in the Government Gazette of the consent of the Governor-General for the commencement of legislation.
LexisNexis Concise Australian Dictionary (LexisNexis, 5th ed, 2015)


Why should I use them?

  • To find the commencement date of legislation - i.e. when the legislation commenced operation


Where do I find them?

Government Gazettes are generally available online, although older years may only be in print in the Library.

More information and links can be found on the Legislation Search Smart Guide.