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CHM321 Research Skills Guide: Legislation & Standards

Introduction to Legislation

Legislation is laws made by Parliament and comprises:

  • Acts (also called statutes) which may be amended later by Amending Acts or Amendments
  • Subordinate or delegated legislation (including regulations, rules, by-laws, ordinances, orders and legislative instruments) drafted by authorised bodies such as government departments, local councils and universities

Finding Legislation by Citation

1. Determine the jurisdiction - indicated at the end of the citation in brackets.  For example, Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) is an Act from the Australian (Commonwealth) Parliament.

2. Find the legislation online - go to the database for the relevant jurisdiction. There will be options to browse by legislation type, such as Bill, Act, Delegated Legislation and so on.

Finding Standards

Legislation

New South Wales Legislation

Accessing Standards