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Contents (1987 - 15)
Interpretation Act 1987 No 15
Current version for 15 September 2015 to date (accessed 20 November 2017 at 20:39)
Historical notes
Historical notes
The following abbreviations are used in the Historical notes:
AmamendedLWlegislation websiteSchSchedule
ClclauseNonumberSchsSchedules
CllclausesppageSecsection
DivDivisionpppagesSecssections
DivsDivisionsRegRegulationSubdivSubdivision
GGGovernment GazetteRegsRegulationsSubdivsSubdivisions
InsinsertedReprepealedSubstsubstituted
Table of amending instruments
Interpretation Act 1987 No 15. Assented to 13.4.1987. Date of commencement, secs 1 and 2 excepted, 1.9.1987, sec 2 (2) and GG No 136 of 28.8.1987, p 4809; date of commencement of sec 23, 18.9.1987, sec 2 (3) and GG No 147 of 18.9.1987, p 5321; date of commencement of sec 81 and Sch 1, 1.9.1987, sec 2 (4) (a) and GG No 136 of 28.8.1987, p 4809. This Act has been amended by Sch 1 to this Act and as follows:
1987
No 152
Interpretation (Amendment) Act 1987. Assented to 5.11.1987.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
1990
No 11
Miscellaneous Acts (Mental Health) Repeal and Amendment Act 1990. Assented to 1.6.1990.
Date of commencement, 3.9.1990, sec 2 and GG No 82 of 29.6.1990, p 5400.
 
No 48
Police and Superannuation Legislation (Amendment) Act 1990. Assented to 26.6.1990.
Date of commencement, 1.7.1990, sec 2 and GG No 82 of 29.6.1990, p 5409.
 
No 83
Corporations (New South Wales) Act 1990. Assented to 7.12.1990.
Date of commencement, 1.1.1991, sec 2 and GG No 180 of 24.12.1990, p 11457.
 
No 108
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 1990. Assented to 13.12.1990.
Date of commencement of the provision of Sch 2 relating to the Interpretation Act 1987, assent, sec 2.
1991
No 53
Hunter Water Board (Corporatisation) Act 1991. Assented to 11.12.1991.
Date of commencement of Sch 1, 1.1.1992, sec 2 and GG No 180 of 20.12.1991, p 10554.
 
No 94
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 1991. Assented to 17.12.1991.
Date of commencement of the provisions of Sch 1 relating to the Interpretation Act 1987, assent, Sch 1.
1992
No 21
Interpretation (Australia Acts) Amendment Act 1992. Assented to 14.5.1992.
Date of commencement, immediately after the commencement of the Australia Acts (3.3.1986, 5 am GMT), sec 2.
 
No 46
Financial Institutions (New South Wales) Act 1992. Assented to 30.6.1992.
Date of commencement, 30.6.1992, sec 2 and GG No 80 of 30.6.1992, p 4481.
 
No 57
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 1992. Assented to 8.10.1992.
Date of commencement of the provisions of Sch 1 relating to the Interpretation Act 1987, assent, Sch 1.
 
No 94
Medical Practice Act 1992. Assented to 2.12.1992.
Date of commencement of sec 197, 1.7.1993, sec 2 and GG No 65 of 25.6.1993, p 3073.
1993
No 48
Subordinate Legislation (Amendment) Act 1993. Assented to 15.6.1993.
Date of commencement, 1.7.1993, sec 2.
1995
No 7
Consumer Credit (New South Wales) Act 1995. Assented to 8.6.1995.
Date of commencement, 1.11.1996, sec 2 and GG No 99 of 30.8.1996, p 4980.
 
No 16
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995. Assented to 15.6.1995.
Date of commencement of the provisions of Sch 1 relating to the Interpretation Act 1987, assent, Sch 1.
 
No 27
Evidence (Consequential and Other Provisions) Act 1995. Assented to 19.6.1995.
Date of commencement, 1.9.1995, sec 2 and GG No 102 of 25.8.1995, p 4355.
 
No 99
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 1995. Assented to 21.12.1995.
Date of commencement of the provisions of Sch 1 relating to the Interpretation Act 1987, assent, sec 2 (2).
1996
No 17
Industrial Relations Act 1996. Assented to 13.6.1996.
Date of commencement of the provision of Sch 5 relating to the Interpretation Act 1987, 2.9.1996, sec 2 and GG No 99 of 30.8.1996, p 4983.
 
No 24
Financial Institutions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1996. Assented to 21.6.1996.
Date of commencement, 12.7.1996, sec 2 and GG No 84 of 12.7.1996, p 3984.
 
No 121
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 1996. Assented to 3.12.1996.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.7, assent, sec 2 (2).
1997
No 11
Friendly Societies (New South Wales) Act 1997. Assented to 21.5.1997.
Date of commencement, 1.10.1997, sec 2 and GG No 104 of 26.9.1997, p 8179.
 
No 20
National Electricity (New South Wales) Act 1997. Assented to 23.6.1997.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.7, 13.12.1998, sec 2 and GG No 171 of 11.12.1998, p 9462.
 
No 55
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1997. Assented to 2.7.1997.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.11 [1] and [2], 1.9.1997, Sch 1.11 and GG No 88 of 8.8.1997, p 6090; date of commencement of Sch 1.11 [3], assent, sec 2 (2).
 
No 77
Administrative Decisions Legislation Amendment Act 1997. Assented to 10.7.1997.
Date of commencement of Sch 6.2, 6.10.1998, sec 2 and GG No 143 of 2.10.1998, p 7889.
1998
No 41
Gas Pipelines Access (New South Wales) Act 1998. Assented to 26.6.1998.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.4, 14.8.1998, sec 2 and GG No 120 of 14.8.1998, p 6026.
1999
No 1
Financial Sector Reform (New South Wales) Act 1999. Assented to 31.5.1999.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.2 [1] [3] and [4], 1.7.1999, sec 2 (1) and GG No 72 of 25.6.1999, p 4074 and Commonwealth Gazette No S 283 of 29.6.1999; date of commencement of Sch 2.2 [2], 24.11.2000, sec 2 (1) and GG No 152 of 24.11.2000, p 11892.
 
No 31
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1999. Assented to 7.7.1999.
Date of commencement of Schs 1.20 and 2.19, assent, sec 2 (2).
 
No 85
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 1999. Assented to 3.12.1999.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.16 [1] [2], 1.7.1999, Sch 1.16; date of commencement of Sch 1.16 [3], assent, sec 2 (2); date of commencement of Sch 4, assent, sec 2 (1).
 
No 94
Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sentencing) Act 1999. Assented to 8.12.1999.
Date of commencement of Sch 4.33, 3.4.2000, sec 2 (1) and GG No 42 of 31.3.2000, p 2487; date of commencement of Sch 4.122, 1.1.2000, sec 2 (1) and GG No 144 of 24.12.1999, p 12184.
2001
No 15
Chiropractors Act 2001. Assented to 30.4.2001.
Date of commencement of Sch 6, 1.8.2002, sec 2 and GG No 124 of 31.7.2002, p 5696.
 
No 16
Osteopaths Act 2001. Assented to 30.4.2001.
Date of commencement of Sch 6, 1.8.2002, sec 2 and GG No 124 of 31.7.2002, p 5697.
 
No 34
Corporations (Consequential Amendments) Act 2001. Assented to 28.6.2001.
Date of commencement of Sch 4.26, 15.7.2001, sec 2 (1) and Commonwealth Gazette No S 285 of 13.7.2001.
 
No 64
Dental Practice Act 2001. Assented to 11.10.2001.
Date of commencement, 15.8.2004, sec 2 and GG No 134 of 13.8.2004, p 6449.
 
No 67
Physiotherapists Act 2001. Assented to 11.10.2001.
Date of commencement of Sch 6.4, 1.12.2002, sec 2 and GG No 237 of 29.11.2002, p 10062.
 
No 69
Psychologists Act 2001. Assented to 11.10.2001.
Date of commencement, 6.12.2002, sec 2 and GG No 246 of 6.12.2002, p 10364.
 
No 121
Justices Legislation Repeal and Amendment Act 2001. Assented to 19.12.2001.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, 7.7.2003, sec 2 and GG No 104 of 27.6.2003, p 5978.
2002
No 30
Optometrists Act 2002. Assented to 21.6.2002.
Date of commencement of Sch 6.3, 16.6.2004, sec 2 and GG No 97 of 16.6.2004, p 3723.
 
No 43
Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002. Assented to 3.7.2002.
Date of commencement of Sch 7.4, 9.9.2002, sec 2 and GG No 142 of 6.9.2002, p 7888.
 
No 51
Police Service Amendment (NSW Police) Act 2002. Assented to 4.7.2002.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.3, 12.7.2002, sec 2 (1) and GG No 116 of 12.7.2002, p 5226.
 
No 99
Courts Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Act 2002. Assented to 29.11.2002.
Date of commencement of Sch 4.3, 20.12.2002, sec 2 (1) and GG No 263 of 20.12.2002, p 10739.
2003
No 69
Podiatrists Act 2003. Assented to 20.11.2003.
Date of commencement of Sch 6.3, 9.12.2005, sec 2 (1) and GG No 154 of 9.12.2005, p 10028.
2004
No 114
Teaching Services Amendment Act 2004. Assented to 21.12.2004.
Date of commencement, 17.1.2005, sec 2 and GG No 7 of 14.1.2005, p 97.
2005
No 43
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Infrastructure and Other Planning Reform) Act 2005. Assented to 16.6.2005.
Date of commencement of Sch 7.7, 1.8.2005, sec 2 and GG No 96 of 29.7.2005, p 4031.
 
No 46
Legal Profession Amendment Act 2005. Assented to 23.6.2005.
Date of commencement, 1.10.2005, sec 2 and GG No 105 of 19.8.2005, p 4571.
 
No 98
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2005. Assented to 24.11.2005.
Date of commencement of Sch 3, assent, sec 2 (2).
2006
No 2
Public Sector Employment Legislation Amendment Act 2006. Assented to 13.3.2006.
Date of commencement, 17.3.2006, sec 2 and GG No 35 of 17.3.2006, p 1378.
 
No 43
Interpretation Amendment Act 2006. Assented to 8.6.2006.
Date of commencement of Sch 1 [1] [2] [5] [11] and [12], assent, sec 2 (1); date of commencement of Sch 1 [9] and [10], 12.6.2008, sec 2 (2) and GG No 67 of 12.6.2008, p 4769; date of commencement of Sch 1 [3] [4] and [6]–[8], 2.3.2009, sec 2 (2) and GG No 20 of 23.1.2009, p 394.
 
No 58
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006. Assented to 20.6.2006.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.25, assent, sec 2 (2).
 
No 59
Pharmacy Practice Act 2006. Assented to 7.9.2006.
Date of commencement of Sch 7.8, 25.2.2008, sec 2 (1) and GG No 21 of 22.2.2008, p 1038.
 
No 94
Police Amendment (Miscellaneous) Act 2006. Assented to 22.11.2006.
Date of commencement of Sch 3.18, 1.2.2007, sec 2 and GG No 22 of 1.2.2007, p 575.
2007
No 8
Mental Health Act 2007. Assented to 15.6.2007.
Date of commencement, 16.11.2007, sec 2 and GG No 169 of 16.11.2007, p 8465.
 
No 27
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007. Assented to 4.7.2007.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.23, 1.7.2008, Sch 1.23 and Commonwealth FRLI F2008L02273.
 
No 94
Miscellaneous Acts (Local Court) Amendment Act 2007. Assented to 13.12.2007.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.53, 6.7.2009, sec 2 and 2009 (314) LW 3.7.2009.
2008
No 31
National Gas (New South Wales) Act 2008. Assented to 19.6.2008.
Date of commencement, 1.7.2008, sec 2 and GG No 76 of 27.6.2008, p 5868 and South Australian Government Gazette 26.6.2008, p 2553.
 
No 62
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008. Assented to 1.7.2008.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.30, assent, sec 2 (2).
 
No 79
Mental Health Legislation Amendment (Forensic Provisions) Act 2008. Assented to 5.11.2008.
Date of commencement, 1.3.2009, sec 2 and GG No 44 of 27.2.2009, p 1229.
 
No 114
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2008. Assented to 10.12.2008.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.10, assent, sec 2 (2).
2009
No 49
NSW Trustee and Guardian Act 2009. Assented to 26.6.2009.
Date of commencement, 1.7.2009, sec 2 and 2009 (305) LW 1.7.2009.
 
No 56
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009. Assented to 1.7.2009.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.25, 17.7.2009, sec 2 (2); date of commencement of Sch 4, 17.7.2009, sec 2 (1).
 
No 106
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2009. Assented to 14.12.2009.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.10, 8.1.2010, sec 2 (2).
2010
No 6
Credit (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2010. Assented to 23.3.2010.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, 1.7.2010, sec 2 and 2010 (267) LW 25.6.2010.
 
No 17
Registrar-General Legislation (Amendment and Repeal) Act 2010. Assented to 18.5.2010.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
 
No 19
Relationships Register Act 2010. Assented to 19.5.2010.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.2, assent, sec 2 (2).
 
No 34
Health Practitioner Regulation Amendment Act 2010. Assented to 15.6.2010.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, 1.7.2010, sec 2 (2).
 
No 102
Surrogacy Act 2010. Assented to 16.11.2010.
Date of commencement, 1.3.2011, sec 2 and 2011 (49) LW 11.2.2011.
 
No 119
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2010. Assented to 29.11.2010.
Date of commencement of Sch 4, 7.1.2011, sec 2 (2).
2011
No 41
Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2011. Assented to 13.9.2011.
Date of commencement of Sch 5.13, 1.11.2011, sec 2 and 2011 (559) LW 28.10.2011.
2012
No 42
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012. Assented to 21.6.2012.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.17, 6.7.2012, sec 2 (1).
2013
No 40
Government Sector Employment Act 2013. Assented to 25.6.2013.
Date of commencement of Sch 6.5, 24.2.2014, sec 2 and 2013 (631) LW 8.11.2013.
 
No 47
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013. Assented to 25.6.2013.
Date of commencement of Schs 1.17 and 2.16, 5.7.2013, sec 2 (1).
 
No 90
Crimes Legislation Amendment Act 2013. Assented to 20.11.2013.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
 
No 95
Civil and Administrative Legislation (Repeal and Amendment) Act 2013. Assented to 20.11.2013.
Date of commencement, 1.1.2014, sec 2.
2014
No 16
2015
No 7
Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Legislation Amendment Act 2015. Assented to 9.6.2015.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, 1.7.2015, sec 2 (2) and 2015 (299) LW 19.6.2015.
 
No 23
Real Property Amendment (Electronic Conveyancing) Act 2015. Assented to 15.9.2015.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.1, assent, sec 2 (2).
Table of amendments
Sec 3
Am 1995 No 16, Sch 1; 2005 No 43, Sch 7.7 [1].
Sec 5
Am 2005 No 43, Sch 7.7 [2].
Sec 13A
Ins 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 15
Am 1991 No 94, Sch 1.
Sec 16
Am 1987 No 15, Sch 1.
Sec 21
Am 1990 No 11, Sch 2; 1990 No 48, Sch 1; 1990 No 83, Sch 1; 1990 No 108, Sch 2; 1991 No 53, Sch 1; 1992 No 46, Sch 1; 1992 No 94, sec 197; 1995 No 7, Sch 1; 1995 No 16, Sch 1; 1995 No 27, Sch 1; 1995 No 99, Sch 1; 1996 No 17, Sch 5; 1996 No 24, Sch 1; 1997 No 11, Sch 1.10; 1997 No 20, Sch 1.7 [1]; 1997 No 77, Sch 6.2; 1998 No 41, Sch 1.4 [1]; 1999 No 1, Sch 2.2 [1]–[3]; 1999 No 85, Sch 1.16 [1]; 1999 No 94, Sch 4.33 [1], 4.122; 2001 No 15, Sch 6.3; 2001 No 16, Sch 6.3; 2001 No 34, Sch 4.26 [1]; 2001 No 64, Sch 6.3; 2001 No 67, Sch 6.4; 2001 No 69, Sch 6.2; 2001 No 121, Sch 2.129 [1] [2]; 2002 No 30, Sch 6.3; 2002 No 43, Sch 7.4 [1]; 2002 No 51, Sch 2.3; 2003 No 69, Sch 6.3; 2004 No 114, Sch 2.11; 2005 No 43, Sch 7.7 [3]; 2005 No 46, Sch 11.4; 2005 No 98, Sch 3.34; 2006 No 2, Sch 5.7 [1]; 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [2] [3]; 2006 No 59, Sch 7.8; 2006 No 94, Sch 3.18; 2007 No 8, Sch 7.5; 2007 No 94, Sch 1.53 [1]; 2008 No 31, Sch 1.3 [1]; 2008 No 79, Sch 3.9; 2009 No 49, Sch 2.30; 2010 No 6, Sch 2.7; 2010 No 17, Sch 1.1; 2010 No 34, Sch 2.29; 2011 No 41, Sch 5.13; 2013 No 40, Sch 6.5 [1]; 2013 No 47, Schs 1.17 [1], 2.16; 2013 No 90, Sch 1.6 [1]; 2013 No 95, Sch 2.86; 2015 No 7, Sch 2.24; 2015 No 23, Sch 2.l.
Sec 21A
Ins 2002 No 43, Sch 7.4 [2]. Rep 2013 No 40, Sch 6.5 [2].
Sec 21B
Ins 2006 No 2, Sch 5.7 [2]. Rep 2013 No 40, Sch 6.5 [3].
Sec 21C
Ins 2010 No 19, Sch 2.2. Am 2010 No 102, Sch 2.4.
Sec 23
Am 1995 No 16, Sch 1; 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [4]– [6]; 2013 No 47, Sch 1.17 [2].
Sec 26
Am 2009 No 106, Sch 1.10 [1].
Sec 29A
Ins 2010 No 119, Sch 4.
Sec 30
Am 1995 No 99, Sch 1.
Sec 30A
Ins 1995 No 16, Sch 1.
Sec 30B
Ins 1996 No 121, Sch 1.7. Am 2012 No 42, Sch 1.17 [1] [2].
Sec 30C
Ins 2008 No 114, Sch 1.10 [1]. Am 2012 No 42, Sch 1.17 [3] [4].
Sec 34
Am 1992 No 57, Sch 1.
Sec 34A
Ins 1992 No 21, sec 3.
Sec 35
Am 1995 No 16, Sch 1; 2006 No 58, Sch 2.25.
Sec 39
Am 1995 No 16, Sch 1; 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [7]; 2009 No 56, Sch 2.25 [1]–[3].
Sec 40
Am 1993 No 48, Sch 2; 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [8].
Sec 44
Rep 1995 No 27, Sch 1. Ins 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [9]. Rep 2013 No 47, Sch 1.17 [3].
Sec 45
Am 2005 No 43, Sch 7.7 [4]; 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [10].
Sec 45A
Ins 1995 No 16, Sch 1.
Part 6A
Ins 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [11].
Sec 45B
Ins 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [11].
Sec 45C
Ins 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [11]. Am 2009 No 106, Sch 1.10 [2]; 2013 No 47, Sch 1.17 [4]–[7].
Sec 45D
Ins 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [11]. Rep 2013 No 47, Sch 1.17 [8].
Sec 45E
Ins 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [11].
Sec 49
Am 2012 No 42, Sch 1.17 [5] [6].
Sec 51
Rep 1995 No 27, Sch 1.
Sec 53A
Ins 1987 No 152, sec 3.
Part 9
Rep 1999 No 94, Sch 4.33 [2].
Secs 54, 55
Rep 1999 No 94, Sch 4.33 [2].
Sec 56
Am 1997 No 55, Sch 1.11 [1]. Rep 1999 No 94, Sch 4.33 [2].
Sec 56, note
Ins 1997 No 55, Sch 1.11 [2]. Rep 1999 No 94, Sch 4.33 [2].
Sec 57
Rep 1999 No 94, Sch 4.33 [2].
Sec 58
Am 2007 No 27, Sch 1.23.
Sec 64A
Ins 2008 No 114, Sch 1.10 [2].
Sec 66
Am 1995 No 16, Sch 1.
Sec 67
Am 1995 No 16, Sch 1; 2013 No 47, Sch 1.17 [9] [10].
Sec 68
Am 1990 No 83, Sch 1; 1992 No 46, Sch 1; 1997 No 20, Sch 1.7 [2]; 1997 No 55, Sch 1.11 [3]; 1998 No 41, Sch 1.4 [2]; 1999 No 1, Sch 2.2 [4]; 1999 No 31, Sch 2.19 [1] [2]; 2001 No 34, Sch 4.26 [2]; 2008 No 31, Sch 1.3 [2]; 2008 No 62, Sch 2.30; 2009 No 106, Sch 1.10 [3] [4].
Sec 69A
Ins 1999 No 31, Sch 1.20 [1].
Sec 69B
Ins 1999 No 85, Sch 1.16 [2].
Sec 70
Am 1995 No 16, Sch 1.
Sec 75
Am 2013 No 47, Sch 1.17 [11] [12].
Sec 76
Am 1995 No 27, Sch 1.
Sec 80
Am 1999 No 31, Sch 1.20 [2]; 2002 No 99, Sch 4.3 [1]–[4].
Sec 80A
Ins 1999 No 85, Sch 1.16 [3]. Am 2007 No 94, Sch 1.53 [2].
Sec 81
Rep 1999 No 85, Sch 4.
Sch 1
Rep 1999 No 85, Sch 4.
Sch 3
Am 2006 No 43, Sch 1 [12]; 2009 No 56, Sch 4.30; 2013 No 47, Sch 1.17 [13]; 2013 No 90, Sch 1.6 [2].