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Legal Research Skills Guide: Legislation

Learning outcomes

Legislation is the largest source of law in Australia and forms the basis of the Australian Legal System.

Statute law is made by Parliament. Legislation is introduced into Parliament in draft format, known as a Bill. Once it passes both Houses of Parliament and receives royal assent it becomes an Act.

By the end of this section you will be able to:

  • Locate an Act
  • Locate a Bill
  • Understand the different types of extrinsic material
  • Find NSW legislation
  • Find Commonwealth legislation

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