Legislation Act 2012

Before its repeal, this Act was administered by: Ministry of Justice and Parliamentary Counsel Office
  • repealed
  • Legislation Act 2012: repealed, on 28 October 2021, by section 10 of the Legislation (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2019 (2019 No 59).

Version as at 28 October 2021

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Legislation Act 2012

Public Act
2012 No 119
Date of assent
11 December 2012
see section 2

Legislation Act 2012: repealed, on 28 October 2021, by section 10 of the Legislation (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2019 (2019 No 59).


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice and the Parliamentary Counsel Office.


4ATransitional, savings, and related provisions
5Act binds the Crown
6Chief Parliamentary Counsel to arrange publication
7Designation of places where printed copies of legislation may be purchased [Repealed]
8Sale of copies of legislation [Repealed]
9Availability of electronic versions of legislation
10Copies of legislative instruments to be forwarded to Chief Parliamentary Counsel
11Numbering of legislative instruments
12Notice of making of legislative instruments
13Complying with requirement to publish or notify in Gazette by publishing and notifying under this Part
14Publication of instruments other than legislative instruments
15Power to revoke spent instruments
16Judicial notice of Acts, regulations, and legislative instruments
17Electronic and printed official versions of legislation
18Legal status of official version
19Copies of parliamentary journals to be evidence
20Directions as to form of copies and reprints of legislation
21Special requirements for copies of legislative instruments
24Power to make changes in reprints
25Editorial changes
26Changes to format
27Changes to be noted in reprint
30Three-yearly revision programme
31Revision powers
32Format of revision Bill
33Certification of revision Bill
34Amendments proposed by revision Bills
35Revision Acts not intended to change effect of law
36Review after 6 years
36APurpose of this Part
36BOverview of this Part
36CInstrument, and other terms, defined
36DMaker must ensure instrument is published and made available
36EMaker must ensure details are in or with instrument
36FLinks to be forwarded as directed
36GLinks forwarded and other instruments must be published and made available
38Disallowable instruments
39Instruments that have significant legislative effect
40Instruments that determine or alter temporal application
41Legislative instruments and disallowable instruments to be presented to House of Representatives
42Disallowance of instruments by resolution of House of Representatives
43Disallowance of instrument if motion to disallow not disposed of
44Effect of disallowance generally
45Effect of disallowance on enactment amended, repealed, or revoked by disallowed instrument
46Amendment or substitution of disallowable instrument by House of Representatives
47Notice of resolution or motion
47BConfirmable instruments, etc, defined
47CInstruments revoked unless confirmed
47DOperation of annual instruments invalid if revoked before, and not confirmed by, deadline
47EHow instrument is confirmed by Act
47FEffect of revocation: general
47GEffect of revocation: amendments, etc
47HEffect of revocation: duties, levies, or charges
47IEffect of revocation: exceptions to section 47H
49Instruments that may incorporate material by reference
50Application of this subpart
51Requirement to consult on proposal to incorporate material by reference
52Access to material incorporated by reference
53Effect of amendments to material incorporated by reference
54Proof of material incorporated by reference
55Application of subpart 1 of Part 2 to instrument and material incorporated by reference
56Application of subpart 1 of this Part to instrument incorporating material by reference
57Application of Standards and Accreditation Act 2015, other enactments, and rules of law not affected
58Parliamentary Counsel Office continues as separate statutory office
59Functions of PCO
60Power to authorise drafting and printing of Government Bills by Inland Revenue Department
62Powers of Chief Parliamentary Counsel
63Delegation of functions, responsibilities, duties, or powers
64Absence or incapacity of Chief Parliamentary Counsel or vacancy
65Revocation of delegations
66Chief Parliamentary Counsel
67Parliamentary counsel
68Chief Parliamentary Counsel and parliamentary counsel to hold legal qualification
69Other employees of PCO
70Remuneration and conditions of appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel
71Chief Parliamentary Counsel acts as employer
72Collective agreements
73Employment principles
74Appointments on merit
75Chief Parliamentary Counsel to establish procedure for notifying vacancies and appointments, and reviewing appointments
75ASecondments from elsewhere in State services for developing senior leadership and management capability
76Protection from liability
77Repeals, consequential amendments, and savings about legislative matters
78Savings about former principal officers and other PCO staff
79Continuation of annual regulations series

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