Differences: Acts and Regulations


Acts and Regulations are quite different and it can be confusing knowing which is required as they often have similar titles and obviously deal with the same subject.
Knowing whether it is an Act or Regulation that is required is important to saving you time and money.

An ACT is legislation passed by the Parliament. Acts, (not including Schedules to Acts) can only be amended by another Act of Parliament. Acts set out the broad legal/policy principles.

REGULATIONS, RULES, CODES etc. are commonly known as "subsidiary legislation" and require publishing in the Government Gazette to become legal. These are the guidelines that dictate how the provisions of the Act are applied. They may also contain pro forma official forms that are required under the Act. Regulations and schedules to Acts can only be amended by a notice published in the Government Gazette.

Generally, if its the legal/statement of Law that you want, then it is the Act that is required. If it is implementation detail, then the Regulation is required.

If in doubt - discuss your requirements with our sales staff on (08) 6552 6000.


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