The Government of Western Australia
 

Parliamentary Counsel's Office

The Parliamentary Counsel's Office (PCO) provides comprehensive legislative drafting and related services to the Government, its departments and agencies to ensure that legislation is prepared to give effect to government policy and priorities.

PCO does not provide advice to the public about the interpretation or operation of legislation. Instead you may wish to contact the government agency that administers the legislation.

If you have questions relating to legislation, our FAQs, Information and Guides may give you the answer you are looking for.

Services provided by PCO include:

  • preparing drafts of Bills for Ministers so they can be introduced into Parliament in accordance with the government's legislative program
  • preparing amendments to Bills for Ministers during their passage through Parliament
  • preparing drafts of subsidiary legislation for Ministers and government agencies so the Acts they administer can be fully implemented and properly administered
  • providing legislative drafting services to private members of Parliament and facilitating the work of parliamentary committees
  • compiling texts of Acts and subsidiary legislation with their amendments incorporated so the laws of the State can be made available in a variety of forms to those who must comply with them and those who must apply and enforce them
  • maintaining the Western Australian Legislation website and arranging publication of information about the legislation of WA
  • publishing the Government Gazette on the Western Australian legislation website. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet compiles the Gazette. See https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/government-gazette.

The Parliamentary Counsel also holds the office of Government Printer under an appointment made by the Governor under the Constitution Act 1889 section 74.