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Contents (1987 - 15)
Interpretation Act 1987 No 15
Current version for 15 September 2015 to date (accessed 22 November 2017 at 14:28)
Part 1
Part 1 Preliminary
1   Name of Act
This Act may be cited as the Interpretation Act 1987.
2   Commencement
(1)  Sections 1 and 2 shall commence on the date of assent to this Act.
(2)  Subject to this section, this Act shall commence on such day as may be appointed by the Governor and notified by proclamation published in the Gazette.
(3)  Section 23 shall commence on such day, being a day occurring after the day appointed and notified under subsection (2), as may be appointed by the Governor and notified by proclamation published in the Gazette.
(4)  Section 81 and Schedule 1 shall commence:
(a)  on the day appointed and notified under subsection (2), or
(b)  on the day fixed by proclamation for the purposes of section 2 (2) of the Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1984 of the Commonwealth,
whichever is the later.
3   Definitions
(1)  In this Act:
instrument means an instrument (including a statutory rule or an environmental planning instrument) made under an Act, and includes an instrument made under any such instrument.
(2)  In this Act:
(a)  a reference to a function includes a reference to a power, authority and duty, and
(b)  a reference to the exercise of a function includes, in relation to a duty, a reference to the performance of the duty.
4   Act binds Crown
This Act binds the Crown in right of New South Wales and, in so far as the legislative power of Parliament permits, the Crown in all its other capacities.
5   Application of Act
(1)  This Act applies to all Acts and instruments (including this Act) whether enacted or made before or after the commencement of this Act.
(2)  This Act applies to an Act or instrument except in so far as the contrary intention appears in this Act or in the Act or instrument concerned.
(3)  Wherever appropriate, this Act applies to a portion of an Act or instrument in the same way as it applies to the whole of an Act or instrument.
(4)  Nothing in this Act excludes the application to an Act or instrument of a rule of construction applicable to it and not inconsistent with this Act.
(5)  This section does not authorise a statutory rule to exclude or modify the operation of Part 6 (statutory rules and certain other instruments).
(6)  The provisions of sections 24, 28, 29, 30, 30B, 33, 42, 43, 69A, 75 and 80 that apply to a statutory rule also apply to an environmental planning instrument.