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Acts Publication Act 1905

Authoritative Version
Act No. 13 of 1905 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 135 of 2008
An Act relating to the publication of Acts in printed and electronic form
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 04 Dec 2009
Start Date 04 Dec 2009
End Date 30 Sep 2012
Date of repeal 05 Mar 2016
Repealed by Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015

Acts Publication Act 1905

Act No. 13 of 1905 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 4 December 2009
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 135 of 2008

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

The operation of amendments that have been incorporated may be
affected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                             1

1............ Short title [see Note 1]........................................................................ 1

1A......... Definitions.......................................................................................... 1

Part 2—Printed publication of Acts                                                                           2

2............ Incorporation of amendments in reprints of Acts................................ 2

3............ Reference to amending Act................................................................. 2

Part 3—Electronic publication of Acts                                                                     3

4............ Acts database...................................................................................... 3

5............ Effect of inclusion in an Acts database................................................ 3

6............ Documents in an Acts database........................................................... 4

7............ How an Acts database must be kept.................................................... 4

8............ Rectification of an Acts database......................................................... 4

Part 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                                         6

9............ Regulations......................................................................................... 6

Notes                                                                                                                                               7


An Act relating to the publication of Acts in printed and electronic form

Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the Acts Publication Act 1905.

1A  Definitions

                   In this Act:

Acts database means an electronic database declared under section 4.

compilation, of an Act that has been amended (whether by another Act or by a legislative instrument) with effect from a particular day, means the Act as so amended and in force on that day.

legislative instrument has the same meaning as in the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

Secretary means the Secretary of the Department.


 

Part 2Printed publication of Acts

  

2  Incorporation of amendments in reprints of Acts

             (1)  When any Act has, before or after the commencement of this Act, been amended by:

                     (a)  the repeal or omission of certain words or figures, or

                     (b)  the substitution of certain words or figures in lieu of any repealed or omitted words or figures, or

                     (c)  the insertion or addition of certain words or figures,

then in any reprint of the Act by the Government Printer the Act shall be printed as so amended by all such amendments (in this section referred to as the relevant amendments) as were made before a day specified in the reprint.

             (2)  In every reprint of any Act as so amended, reference shall be made in the margin, or in a footnote or endnote, to the enactment (or legislative instrument) by which each relevant amendment was made.

          (2A)  Subsection (2) does not apply in relation to an amendment:

                     (a)  deemed to have been made by the subsection for which this subsection was substituted by the Acts Citation Act 1976; or

                     (b)  made by section 6 of that Act.

             (3)  In this Act, words includes Part, Division, Subdivision, heading, section, subsection, paragraph, sub‑paragraph, sub‑sub‑paragraph, clause, sub‑clause and Schedule.

3  Reference to amending Act

                   There shall be printed on every reprint issued by the Government Printer of any Act which has before or after the commencement of this Act been amended a short reference to every Act (and legislative instrument, if any) by which it has been amended before a day specified in the reprint.


 

Part 3Electronic publication of Acts

  

4  Acts database

             (1)  The Secretary may cause to be maintained an electronic database of:

                     (a)  Acts as assented to; and

                     (b)  compilations of Acts.

             (2)  The Secretary may, in writing, declare a database maintained under this section to be an Acts database for the purposes of this Act.

             (3)  The Secretary must cause steps to be taken to ensure that Acts and compilations of Acts in an Acts database are available to the public.

             (4)  A declaration made under subsection (2):

                     (a)  is not a legislative instrument; and

                     (b)  must be published in the Gazette.

5  Effect of inclusion in an Acts database

             (1)  An Act in an Acts database is presumed, unless the contrary is proved, to be a complete and accurate record of the Act as assented to.

             (2)  A compilation of an Act in an Acts database is presumed, unless the contrary is proved, to be a complete and accurate record of the Act as amended and in force on the day specified in the compilation.

             (3)  In any proceedings, proof is not required about the provisions and coming into operation (in whole or in part) of an Act as it appears in an Acts database.

             (4)  A court or tribunal may inform itself about those matters in any way it thinks fit.

6  Documents in an Acts database

                   A document that purports to be an extract from an Acts database is presumed, unless the contrary is proved, to be what it purports to be.

7  How an Acts database must be kept

             (1)  The regulations may prescribe matters relating to how an Acts database must be kept, including the following:

                     (a)  the way information may be recorded in an Acts database;

                     (b)  the way information recorded in an Acts database may be altered;

                     (c)  a system of unique identifiers for each Act and compilation in an Acts database, and the way in which they are to be recorded in Acts and compilations.

             (2)  A compilation in an Acts database of an Act (the principal Act) must include the following information:

                     (a)  a reference to the amending legislation by which each amendment was made to the principal Act;

                     (b)  the amending history of each provision in the principal Act as amended by all amending legislation covered by the compilation;

                     (c)  the day the compilation was prepared;

                     (d)  any other information required by the regulations.

8  Rectification of an Acts database

             (1)  The Secretary must arrange for an Acts database to be altered to rectify an error as soon as possible after the Secretary becomes aware of the error, if the Secretary is satisfied that the error has the result that:

                     (a)  for an error concerning an Act—the electronic text of the Act as it appears in the database does not represent the text of the Act as assented to; or

                     (b)  for an error concerning a compilation of an Act—the electronic text of the compilation as it appears in the database does not represent the state of the law that the text purports to represent.

             (2)  The Secretary must arrange for the Acts database (as rectified) to be annotated to explain:

                     (a)  the nature, day and time of the rectification; and

                     (b)  the reason for the rectification.

             (3)  An alteration of an Acts database under this section:

                     (a)  does not affect any right or privilege that was acquired, or that accrued, because of reliance on the content of the database before the alteration was made; and

                     (b)  does not impose or increase any obligation or liability that was incurred before the alteration was made.


 

Part 4Miscellaneous

  

9  Regulations

                   The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.


Notes to the Acts Publication Act 1905

Note 1

The Acts Publication Act 1905 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 13, 1905 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Acts

Act

Number
and year

Date
of Assent

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Amendments Incorporation Act 1905

13, 1905

23 Nov 1905

23 Nov 1905

 

Amendments Incorporation Act 1918

32, 1918

11 Dec 1918

11 Dec 1918

Statute Law Revision Act 1973

216, 1973

19 Dec 1973

31 Dec 1973

Ss. 9(1) and 10

Acts Citation Act 1976

37, 1976

26 May 1976

1 July 1976

Ss. 5(2) and 6

Amendments Incorporation Amendment Act 1980

2, 1980

1 Mar 1980

1 Jan 1980

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1983

39, 1983

20 June 1983

S. 3: 18 July 1983 (a)

S. 7(1)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1985

193, 1985

16 Dec 1985

S. 3: (b)

S. 16

Legislative Instruments (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003

140, 2003

17 Dec 2003

Schedule 1 (item 9): (c)

Evidence Amendment Act 2008

135, 2008

4 Dec 2008

Schedule 3 (items 1–5): 4 Dec 2009


(a)     The Acts Publication Act 1905 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1983, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                 (1)   Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the twenty‑eighth day after the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(b)     The Acts Publication Act 1905 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1985, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

                 (1)   Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(c)     Subsection 2(1) (item 3) of the Legislative Instruments (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003 provides as follows:

                 (1)   Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences on the day or at the time specified in column 2 of the table.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

3.  Schedule 1

Immediately after the commencement of sections 3 to 62 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003

1 January 2005


Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted     am. = amended     rep. = repealed     rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Title.....................................

rs. No. 135, 2008

Part 1

 

Part 1..................................

ad. No. 135, 2008

S. 1......................................

rs. No. 135, 2008

S. 1A...................................

ad. No. 135, 2008

Part 2

 

Heading to Part 2..............

ad. No. 135, 2008

S. 2......................................

am. No. 32, 1918; No. 216, 1973; No. 37, 1976; No. 2, 1980; No. 39, 1983; No. 193, 1985; No. 135, 2008

S. 3......................................

am. No. 193, 1985; No. 135, 2008

Part 3

 

Part 3..................................

ad. No. 135, 2008

S. 4......................................

ad. No. 140, 2003

 

rs. No. 135, 2008

Ss. 5–8................................

ad. No. 135, 2008

Part 4

 

Part 4..................................

ad. No. 135, 2008

S. 9......................................

ad. No. 135, 2008