Legislation: Australian Capital Territory

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Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Before the Self-Government Act created a democratically elected Legislative Assembly, laws were sometimes made for the ACT by the Commonwealth Parliament but more often were made by the Governor-General exercising powers delegated to the Governor-General under the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910 (Cth), s 12. The laws made by the Governor-General were known as ordinances and corresponded in subject matter and effect to the Acts now made by the Legislative Assembly. At the time of self-government, the Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910 (Cth) was amended to narrow the scope of s 12. After self-government ordinances may only be made on a fairly narrow range of topics (sourced from ACT Legislation Register)

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Acts and Regulations


  • Acts, Ordinances and Regulations - 1911 to 2016
  • Reprinted Acts, no longer updated
  • Reprinted Regulations, no longer updated


ACT Legislation Register
Official site - the legislation register was established by the Legislation Act 2001. It provides electronic access to new and up-to-date ACT legislation in both authorised and unauthorised formats.

Bills and EMs

Summary of Bills & Bills List (ACT Legislative Assembly)

Parliamentary debates (Hansard)

Australian Capital Territory


Australian Capital Territory Gazette 1989 to present