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Legislative Instruments Bill 1996 [No. 2]

Part 2 The responsibilities of the Principal Legislative Counsel

   

14   The Principal Legislative Counsel

                   An officer of the Senior Executive Service in the Department is to be designated by the Secretary to the Department to be the Principal Legislative Counsel.

15   Responsibilities of the Principal Legislative Counsel

                   The Principal Legislative Counsel is responsible for:

                     (a)  ensuring that all legislative instruments are of a high standard; and

                     (b)  maintaining the Register; and

                     (c)  maintaining a database of all electronic copies given to the Principal Legislative Counsel under Part 4; and

                     (d)  ensuring that all original legislative instruments lodged with the Principal Legislative Counsel under Part 4 (other than instruments made or approved by the Governor-General) are retained and, as necessary, transferred to the Australian Archives for storage; and

                     (e)  delivering to each House of the Parliament copies of all legislative instruments for which, in accordance with Part 5, Parliamentary scrutiny is required.

16   Measures to ensure high standards achieved

             (1)  To ensure that legislative instruments are of a high standard, the Principal Legislative Counsel may take any steps he or she considers likely to promote their legal effectiveness, their clarity and their intelligibility to anticipated users.

             (2)  The steps referred to in subsection (1) include, but are not limited to:

                     (a)  undertaking or supervising the drafting of legislative instruments; and

                     (b)  scrutinising preliminary drafts of legislative instruments; and

                     (c)  providing advice concerning the drafting of legislative instruments; and

                     (d)  providing training in drafting and matters related to drafting to officers and employees of other Departments or agencies; and

                     (e)  arranging the temporary secondment to other Departments or agencies of staff responsible to the Principal Legislative Counsel; and

                      (f)  providing drafting precedents to officers and employees of other Departments or agencies.