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Acts - Key points
What is legislation?
Legislation consists of Acts of Parliament and subordinate (or delegated) legislation made under Acts of Parliament. Legislation can refer to a single law (statute or act) or a collection of laws. Laws and rules made by the Parliament, together with, the process by which those that have been delegated the authority enforce the rules.
Information is available to help you gain a better understanding of an Act.
More information on the legislative process can be found here:
South Australian Legislative process
Commonwealth - Parliament and Government
(from the Parliament of Australia)
(from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)
The legislative process is outlined in the Parliament of Australia links below:
Most Acts have Regulations or Rules that accompany them. For Commonwealth legislation, these are known as Legislative Instruments. For SA Legislation the regulations and rules are known as subordinate legislation.
You always need to check the currency of an Act or a Regulation. Use Lawlex or LawOne to search for the specific piece of legislation you need.
Some Acts commence on assent and some on proclamation. Sometimes different parts of an act become operative at different times.
Acts and Regulations are progressively amended over time. The current versions that you see on SA Legislation and the Federal Register of Legislation are consolidated. This means that amendments up to date have been incorporated into the most current version. Sometimes it is necessary to refer to a piece of legislation as at a date in the past. This can be done using SA Legislation showing 'ceased' and 'acts of limited application', and viewing 'historical'. On the Federal Register of Legislation the older versions of an act are listed under 'acts - historical' links.