The glossary provides descriptions of the main features of the site and the technical terms used in the explanatory material.
Acts as Made also called annual or sessional Acts. These are Acts as passed by Parliament and assented to by the Governor and traditionally maintained as bound annual volumes. On this site they are maintained in PDF as a static collection of annual Acts starting from 1824 and added to progressively as new Acts are assented to.
Advanced Search. This feature provides advanced search features using Common Command Language (CCL) - an international standard for text queries. Features such as the use of Boolean operators, fielded, proximity, phrase and wildcard searches/queries are available.
Please note that the Advanced Search feature will not operate effectively over the As Made database of PDF titles. A search query in Search A-Z As Made will return a list of result titles in which you will be able to find the query term/s by using the Acrobat Find feature within a particular title.
Amended in Committee. If a Bill has been amended in committee by a house of Parliament, the Explanatory note to a Bill will not necessarily reflect the text of the Bill as passed. See As Made Browse As Made, Explanatory notes for annual Alphabetical tables of Bills amended in committee in the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council. These tables are in PDF. Note that if a Bill was not amended during its passage, the Explanatory note reflects the Bill as passed by Parliament.
Applied legislation is the laws of other jurisdictions and other governmental instruments that are applied as laws of NSW. A list of applied legislation appears in the Legislation in Force guide.
As Made legislation refers to the static versions of legislation as they were originally enacted or as published in the Gazette or on this website.
Authorised means the version of legislation compiled and maintained in the database of legislation by the Parliamentary Counsel's Office and published on the NSW legislation website and certified as the form of that legislation that is correct under section 45C of the Interpretation Act 1987 (see also About).
Bills. A Bill is a proposed Act (although not all Bills are passed and become Acts). This site links to the NSW Parliament House website where Bills can be accessed in PDF.
Consultation drafts (also called Exposure drafts) are drafts of Bills or other instruments that have been released for public consultation by the Government.
DTD means a Document Type Definition for SGML or XML documents. A DTD defines the components of a set of documents and the sequence in which those components or elements may occur. SGML and XML require the validation of all documents in a set defined by a DTD against that DTD to ensure that, broadly, all required elements are present, all elements occur in the correct sequence and that no undefined elements are used.
Environmental planning instrument (EPI) means a State environmental planning policy or a local environmental plan (LEP) (including the Standard LEP Instrument) and, except where otherwise expressly provided by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, includes a deemed environmental planning instrument. Note. A regional environmental plan is, from 1 July 2009, taken to be a State environmental planning policy (see clause 120 of Schedule 6 to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979).
EPIs as Made (Environmental planning instruments) as published in the Gazette or, from 26 January 2009, on this website. On this site they are maintained in PDF as a static collection of annual EPIs and are added to progressively as new EPIs are made. The As Made database of EPIs contains the full text versions of all State environmental planning policies and regional environmental plans from a base of 1 January 1990. The full text versions of some local environmental plans (LEPs) became available from February 2001. The full text versions of all LEPs are available from September 2001.
Explanatory notes. Explanatory notes for Bills as introduced into Parliament, corresponding with the Acts (also called annual or sessional Acts) passed in a calendar year. These are traditionally maintained as bound volumes issued as companion volumes to the annual volumes of Acts. On this site they are maintained in PDF as a static collection starting from 1990 and are added to progressively as new Acts are assented to.
Historical versions are versions of legislation as in force at an earlier period of time. Information on historical versions for both In Force and Repealed legislation can be obtained by pressing the "Historical versions" link displayed in the header area of the document window for an item of legislation currently being viewed.
Historical notes contain a detailed table of amending instruments and commencement details and a clause by clause amendment history. Historical notes can be obtained by pressing the "Historical notes" link displayed in the header area of the document window or the contents window for an item of legislation currently being viewed.
HTML is Hypertext Markup Language. This is the non-proprietary language most commonly used for publishing hypertext on the World Wide Web and is the format used for the dynamic legislation on this site.
In Force legislation refers to legislation in the dynamic part of this website. All Acts (principal and amending), all principal statutory instruments (Regulations, Rules, by-laws etc) and all principal environmental planning instruments (EPIs)) are added to the site as they are assented to or published, irrespective of whether they have commenced. Any amendments are consolidated in the target Act or instrument after they have commenced. Historical and repealed versions of legislation remain on the site but are clearly identified as such. The cycle for adding new material and consolidating amendments is usually 3 working days.
Guides are the print based tables and guides compiled by the Parliamentary Counsel's Office and available online under Guides.
Miscellaneous statutory instruments See Notification.
Notification means the official notice of the making of statutory instruments (regulations and planning instruments etc) on this legislation website rather than publication in the paper Gazette.
The scope of instruments notified on the legislation website and available from the As Made database will progressively be extended to instruments of a legislative nature (whether orders, directions, guidelines, standards or other instruments) that are not statutory rules (ie regulations, by laws or rules made by the Governor in Council) or environmental planning instruments (ie State environmental planning policies or local environmental plans). These are commonly referred to as "miscellaneous statutory instruments".
NSW legislation website means the website with the URL www.legislation.nsw.gov.au established under Part 6A of the Interpretation Act 1987 as the official NSW government site for the online publication of legislation.
Parent Act is the Act under which a Regulation or other instrument is made. This information can be obtained by pressing the "Parent Act" link displayed in the header area of the document window for a Regulation or other instrument currently being viewed.
PDF means Portable Document Format. This is a proprietary format that maintains precisely the same appearance as the printed page and provides a high level of document integrity. This format is used for the static versions of legislation as made and as an optional download for selected titles in the In Force legislation collection on this site. Click here to get your Acrobat Reader.
Regulations (Regs) is often used in NSW as a general term for statutory instruments.
Regulations link. This feature links to any current Regulations and other statutory instruments made under an Act and can be obtained by pressing the "Regulations" link displayed in the header area of the document window for an item of legislation currently being viewed. The Regulations link does not list the EPIs that are made under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 because of their sheer volume.
Regulations as Made. Regulations, Rules, By-laws, Proclamations etc as published in the Gazette (and separately extracted) or as published on this website. On this site they are maintained in PDF as a static collection of annual Regulations and other instruments starting from 1990 and are added to progressively as new instruments are made.
Responsible (or Portfolio) Minister means the Minister administering a particular Act. This information is available on the Status information page which is the first page displayed when an item of legislation is accessed from the In Force collection or from the "Status information" link in the contents window for that item of legislation.
SGML is Standard Generalized Markup Language (ISO 8879:1985), the international standard for defining descriptions of the structure of different types of electronic document. SGML is very large, powerful, and complex. It has been in heavy industrial and commercial use for over a decade, and there is a significant body of expertise and software to go with it. XML is a subset of SGML that preserves its functionality but removes many the optional features that make SGML too complex to program for in a Web environment.
Source data. Legislative data is available for purchase from the PCO. The data consists of the current Legislation In Force database only and is updated on a weekly basis. The only format supplied is XML and a DTD (document type definition) is available on request. For further details please contact email@example.com
Status information. The status information for an item of legislation may include:
(a) information about the currency of the legislation,
(b) information about whether or not all of the provisions of the legislation being displayed have commenced,
(c) information on Bills, uncommenced legislation, repeals, resolutions and other matters that may affect the future operation of the legislation,
(d) warnings about such things as whether the legislation has been declared invalid (in whole or in part), is affected by retroactive amendments or contains suspended provisions,
(e) information about whether the legislation has been repealed and the date on which it was repealed,
(f) information about the expiry date for the legislation,
(g) the name history of the legislation where its name has changed over time,
(h) information concerning an instrument that was originally made under one Act and that is currently taken to be made under another Act,
(i) information about whether the legislation is due to be automatically repealed under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989 and the current repeal date for that legislation,
(j) an authorisation statement.
The Status information for both In Force and Repealed legislation can be obtained by pressing the "Status information" link displayed in the contents window for an item of legislation currently being viewed.
Statutory instruments This is a general term used to describe the range of instruments made under an Act. In NSW these instruments include:
environmental planning instruments
rules, including rules of court
Weekly email service (replacing the former weekly bulletin) is a free subscription service that provides details of the official online publication of statutory instruments and notice of other legislative events.
Whole title. This feature enables you to view and print a whole Act or other instrument and can be obtained by pressing the blue button called "Whole title" displayed in the header area of the document window for an item of legislation currently being viewed.
XML is Extensible Markup Language (see also SGML). It is designed to improve the functionality of the Web by providing more flexible and adaptable information identification.