Legislation is law made by Parliament. It consists of:
Legislation and associated documents, (extrinsic materials) are published in hard-copy and also available online.
Extrinsic materials are extremely useful in the legal research process. These materials are not included in Acts, but derived from external sources and can help clarify the meaning intended by Parliament. It may be in the form of explanatory memoranda, parliamentary speeches or law reform commission reports. This information can help you understand, define or interpret the meaning and intent of the law.
Online versions of legislation are freely accessible via the official Government websites. Click on the appropriate links under States and Territories on this page. Websites are updated regularly, though you should always check the currency of the version you have.
To begin your search for legislation you will need to identify the following:
For example, to look up the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 on the Australian Government Legislation website:
Once you have located the Act, select “View Series” to view Extrinsic Materials such as the items that amend the Principal, the Rules and Regulations the Act enables, and related Bills, such as the originating Bill.