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Legislation Information

Information about, rather than the text of, subsidiary legislation.

Subsidiary legislation in force

This database contains information about, rather than the text of, regulations, rules and selected legislative instruments. The information is arranged by principal Acts under which subsidiary legislation and other statutory instruments have been made. Under each of those Acts, subsidiary legislation and other statutory instruments, and amendments are shown.

Does not contain

local laws made by or on behalf of local governments

town planning schemes

certain proclamations, orders, notices, resolutions or other instruments which are of limited or temporary application, or not considered to be of general interest

proclamations fixing commencement dates of Acts, or orders or proclamations effecting amendments to Acts (for these see Tables 1 and 2)

regulations, rules etc. that amend an Act (see "Acts in Force")

subsidiary legislation that ceases to have effect because of section 42 of the Interpretation Act 1984.

Subsidiary legislation that has ceased to be in force

This database contains information about principal regulations, rules, and selected legislative instruments that have been repealed, have expired or otherwise ceased to be in force.

Does not contain

local laws made by or on behalf of local governments

town planning schemes

certain proclamations, orders, notices, resolutions or other instruments which are of limited or temporary application, or not considered to be of general interest.

New numbering and referencing regime for certain instruments published in Gazette

A new numbering regime for various instruments (principally subsidiary legislation and some related instruments) published in the Gazette was introduced on 1 January 2020. This affects how these instruments are referenced in legislation.

+ - Previous identifiers

Prior to 2020, subsidiary legislation and related instruments published in the Gazette were not allocated a unique identifier. This contrasts with Acts, which are allocated an Act number. For example, the Interpretation Act 1984 is Act No 12 of 1984. Where an item of subsidiary legislation was previously referenced in WA legislation other than by its title, it was referenced by the date of the Gazette in which it was published, and the relevant pages of that Gazette. For example, an item published in the Gazette of 31 May 2019 at pages 1757 to 1758 was referenced as “Gazette 31 May 2019 p. 1757-8”.

+ - Changes in 2020

From the start of 2020, subsidiary legislation and some related instruments published in the Gazette are allocated a unique identifier, in the format “SL 2020/1”. The identifier will appear in the Gazette as set out in the example below. Where an instrument needs to be referenced in WA legislation other than by its title, it will be referenced using this unique identifier.

This change was introduced to simplify the way in which these instruments are referenced, and to ensure that each instrument is uniquely identifiable.

+ - Referencing

The principal effect of this change is to the way in which Compilation Tables and endnotes in consolidated versions of WA legislation refer to subsidiary legislation and related instruments. Here is the compilation table for the Jetties Regulations 1940. If the Jetties Amendment Regulations 2020 are published in the Gazette on 1 January 2020, they will be given the reference “SL 2020/1” and included as highlighted in the compilation table as follows:

Endnotes relate to particular provisions of an enactment, and set out the history of a provision, including amendments made by other enactments.

The Gazette reference appearing in this endnote refers to regulations that amend these regulations. The new numbering regime will apply to amending regulations, and they will be referred to in the new format in future. The following example shows an endnote with an amendment referred to in the new format: