Legislation: Home

Find legislation and extrinsic materials using official sites and law databases.


Laws made by Parliament (ie legislation) consist of:

  • Subordinate or delegated legislation (also known as regulations, rules, by-laws and orders, legislative instruments)

Quasi-Legislative Materials

  • Bills 
  • Explanatory Memoranda, Statement and Notes
  • Gazettes
  • Orders and Rulings of Government Instrumentalities and Officers (eg ASIC, ATO)
  • Court Practice Directions and Practice Notes

Extrinsic Materials

Materials associated with legislation, called extrinsic materials, are extremely useful in the legal research process to help understand, define, or interpret the meaning or intent of the legislation.

These are defined in the Acts Interpretation Acts of the Cth and States, see Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (Cth) s 15AB , Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984 (Vic) s 35 , and include:

  • Reports of Law Reform and Royal Commission inquiries
  • Parliamentary Committee reports
  • Treaties or other international agreements
  • Explanatory memorandum relating to the Bill
  • Second reading speeches
  • Official records of parliamentary debates, such as the Votes and Proceedings or Journals of the Senate.