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Law: Legislation: Acts

A Library Guide to support students and staff of the University of Newcastle in finding Legislative resources

Acts

 Acts

  • 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  • Repealed Acts have been superseded by more recent Acts and are no longer law.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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