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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q. How up to date is the information on this website ? top
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New Acts and subsidiary legislation are usually added to the website within 2 working days of commencement.

Changes to legislation in the “Acts” and “Subsidiary legislation” “In force” databases are usually consolidated within 2 working days of the amending provision/s commencing, except in busy periods. Busy periods for changes to legislation are 1 January and 1 July of each year.

Currency dates for individual legislation can be found by clicking on the selected title to view current and previous versions (if any).

The Legislation Information database is usually updated within 2 days of an Act being passed by Parliament or regulations, rules etc being published in the WA Government Gazette. New titles are included in the database when they are passed or published whether they are in force or not. Commencement provisions for all Acts and regulations, rules, etc. are also included in the database and updated accordingly.

Q. What does the “Currency start” date mean ? top
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The currency start date is the date that the document first came into effect in that form.

In most cases this will be the commencement date of a substantive amendment or a reprint, however in some cases it may be the date that editorial information (e.g. information about provisions that have not come into operation) is inserted in the notes at the end of the legislation.

Q. What does the “Currency end” date mean ? top
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The currency end date is the date that the document ceased to be in effect in that form.

This could be because the document was amended, reprinted, updated with editorial information (e.g. information about provisions that have not come into operation) or repealed.

Q. Why does this database not contain document compares between versions of Subsidiary legislation ? top
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The Microsoft Word document compare function produces misleading results in relation to non-textual content which is more prevalent in Subsidiary legislation than Acts. Such content includes equations, pictures, symbols, diagrams, maps and plans. The Parliamentary Counsel’s Office is investigating solutions to these issues.

Q. Who incorporates legislative amendments into the databases ? top
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The Parliamentary Counsel’s Office incorporates amendments to legislation into the databases.

Q. In what formats are the documents made available ? top
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Word, PDF and HTML

Q. How do I find out which Minister/Agency is responsible for an Act or regulations, rules etc. ? top
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Responsibility for the administration of Acts (and in some cases particular parts of Acts) is determined from time to time by the Governor under the Interpretation Act 1984 section 12.

The Administration of Departments, Authorities, Statutes and Votes is published periodically in the WA Government Gazette, and changes from time to time.

The information is available in the Legislation Information database under the heading Acts with administering portfolios and public sector agencies. This information is updated frequently and sets out the Ministers who are responsible for the administration of particular Acts (or parts of them) and the relevant public sector agency.

This information is also displayed under the Act title in the Acts database (the “Act home page”).

Q. How do I find out if an Act or regulations, rules etc. has been amended ? top
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You can obtain this information in 2 ways:

The Legislation Information database. Legislation is displayed by title, with information about the Act or regulations, rules etc., including whether it has been amended, and if so, details of the amending legislation.

Alternatively, you can view the consolidated version of the legislation. At the end of the document, in the notes section, there are details of any amendments.

Q. How do I find out when an Act commences ? top
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Most Acts contain a commencement provision (usually section 2). If there is no commencement provision the Act commences on the 28th day after the date it receives the Royal Assent (see the Interpretation Act 1984 s. 20). At the end of the document, in the notes section, there are details of commencement.

The most common commencement times are:

On a day fixed in the commencement provision of the Act;

On a day (or days) to be fixed by proclamation (commonly referred to as “proclaimed”) and published in the WA Government Gazette;

On the date of Royal Assent (i.e. signing by the Governor).

Alternatively, you can view the Legislation Information database under the heading Assent, commencement and ceasing information for Acts which shows the assent, commencement and ceasing information for all Acts passed.

Q. How do I find out what Acts are in force ? top
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By viewing the Legislation Information database under the heading Acts in force, however you may need to obtain legal advice about whether an Act still applies.

Q. How do I find out what regulations, rules etc. are in force ? top
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By viewing the Legislation Information database under the heading Subsidiary legislation in force.

Acts are sorted alphabetically by title, and each entry gives information about the repealing Act or expiry information.

Q. How do I obtain a paper copy of an Act or regulations, rules etc. ? top
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An authorised paper copy of legislation, including consolidations authorised under the Reprints Act 1984 can be purchased from the State Law Publisher https://www.slp.wa.gov.au.

Q. How do I find out when an Act is going to be proclaimed ? top
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For information concerning the anticipated proclamation of an Act, you should contact the Government department or public sector agency responsible for the Act.

Q. How do I obtain a copy of a proclamation ? top
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Proclamations are published in the WA Government Gazette. Copies of the Gazette can be purchased from the State Law Publisher https://www.slp.wa.gov.au.

Alternatively they can be viewed on the State Law Publisher website https://www.slp.wa.gov.au.

Q. What does the information in the footers of consolidated versions of legislation mean ? top
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Each footer contains 3 lots of information:

Page No.    Page number of the legislation.

AsAtDate    The date that the particular consolidation commenced.

Suffix    The code that describes the consolidated version of the legislation. See Suffix Explanation for more information.

Q. What is a Reprint ? top
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A reprint of legislation is an authorised consolidation of legislation printed by the Government Printer under the authority of the Reprints Act 1984. It incorporates all amendments in operation at the date shown on the reprint.

Any amending provisions not yet in force appear in the notes area at the end of the reprint.

Q. How do I find out if a Bill has been introduced into Parliament ? top
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For all information regarding Bills please refer to the Parliament of Western Australia website http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au.