- Statute law or legislation is the law made by Parliament; the words statutes and Acts are interchangeable.
- Acts commence upon receiving Royal Assent; some sections of the Act may commence at different times.
- Schedules show the history of the Act,Table of Amendments and the dates of the second reading speeches.
- The principal Act is the original Act passed by Parliament. Also known as numbered or sessional Acts.
- An amending Act makes changes to the principal Act and should be read together with the principal Act.
- Consolidated Acts incorporate all the changes made to the principal Act by amendments.
- Repealed Acts have been superseded by more recent Acts and are no longer law.
- Delegated or subordinate legislation is made by the authorities to whom Parliament has delegated power.
How to cite an Act using AGLC4
- A citation of an Australian Act begins with the short title and the year the Act was passed in italics.
- The abbreviated form of the jurisdiction in which the Act was passed in parentheses follows the year.
- The pinpoint reference in an Act usually comprises an abbreviation and a number, separated by a space.
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