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Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Bill 2014

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Senate


Amend the: 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 definition 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; Acts Interpretation Act 1901 to: clarify references to ministers, departments and other government authorities; and confirm the continued validity of the exercise of powers, functions and duties under Commonwealth agreements following machinery of government changes. Also consequentially repeals four Acts and amends 51 Acts.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 22/10/14  
Second reading moved 22/10/14  
Second reading debate 02/12/14  
Second reading agreed to 02/12/14  
Third reading agreed to 02/12/14  
Introduced and read a first time 03/12/14  
Second reading moved 03/12/14  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (30/10/2014): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (02/12/2014)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees