Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Bill 2014 - Passed

The Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Bill 2014 (Cth) passed in both Houses of Parliament on the 23rd of February 2015. The Bill was referred to Committee (30/10/2014): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (02/12/2014)


An important bit from the Explanatory Memorandum:

The existing Acts database established under the Acts Publication Act and the existing Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (both are accessible by ComLaw) will be integrated into a single register called the Federal Register of Legislation (the Register). The Register may contain other relevant documents and information likely to be useful to users of the Register.

Further:

The Bill establishes a new category of instruments called notifiable instruments, which will be able to be registered in authoritative form. This new category of instrument is designed to cover instruments that are not appropriate to register as legislative instruments, but for which public accessibility and central management on the Register is desirable. 

The Bills Digest states:

Legislative Instruments Act 2003 to: amend the short title of the Act to the Legislation Act 2003 to reflect the consolidation of the legislative frameworks of the publication of Commonwealth Acts and the registration of Commonwealth instruments; clarify the definitions of ‘legislative instrument‘ and ‘legislative character‘; provide that certain instruments are notifiable instruments which are registrable but not subject to parliamentary scrutiny or sunsetting; establish the Federal Register of Legislation; and allow the First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial changes to Acts and instruments in the Register;

An interesting concept is the idea "that certain instruments are notifiable instruments which are registrable but not subject to parliamentary scrutiny or sunsetting". We will have to take a closer look into the Act once it is passed, but what do you expect this idea to have in terms of practical operation? What changes will this see for ComLaw?



ALLA(WA) Committee Member - Alice Hewitt. 
Librarian, Reference and Information Services, Murdoch University.

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