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This instrument is a sunset-altering declaration under section 51A of the Legislation Act 2003 - Thematic review of instruments relating to the establishment and functioning of the Australian Capital Territory as a self-governing territory.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 21 Jul 2017
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR08-Aug-2017
Tabled Senate08-Aug-2017
Date of repeal 02 Apr 2020
Repealed by Self Repealing

Legislation (ACT Self-Government Instruments) Sunset-altering Declaration 2017


Issued by the Attorney‑General in compliance with section 15G of the Legislation Act 2003



This declaration was made under subsection 51A(1) of the Legislation Act 2003 and is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislation Act. The declaration is subject to the disallowance provisions of the Legislation Act.


The purpose of the sunsetting provisions of the Legislation Act is to ensure that legislative instruments are kept up to date and only remain in force for so long as they are needed.

Section 51A enables the Attorney-General to align the sunsetting dates of two or more instruments by declaration. The instruments will then all cease to be in force on the day specified in the declaration instead of the scheduled sunsetting day of each instrument.

This allows instruments to continue to be in force for a further but limited period of time when they would otherwise sunset, or to sunset earlier than the originally scheduled sunsetting day. The purpose of such alignment is to facilitate more efficient and effective review processes by enabling a single thematic review into the fitness-for-purpose of all instruments relevant to a particular industry or theme.

This reduces the administrative burden and legislative inconsistencies that can arise from independently reviewing and remaking related legislative instruments at different times.


Regulatory impact analysis

Sunset-altering declarations are machinery of government instruments, and are therefore not subject to the regulatory impact assessment requirements set out by the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR). The OBPR reference for this standing exemption is ID 19486.

Statement of compatibility with human rights obligations

Before this declaration was made, its impact on human rights was assessed using tools and guidance published by the Attorney‑General’s Department. It is fully compatible with human rights as defined in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

Consultation before making

Before this declaration was issued, the Attorney‑General considered the general obligation to consult imposed by section 17 of the Legislation Act. In preparing the application for this declaration, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development consulted with the Attorney-General’s Department. The Regulatory Reform Division in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet was also provided with a copy of the application. 

As this declaration does not itself significantly alter the existing arrangements of any other agency, further consultation at this stage of the review process was unnecessary.

Statutory preconditions relevant to this declaration

If the Attorney-General is satisfied that the statutory conditions in section 51A of the Legislation Act are met, the sunsetting day of two or more legislative instruments can be aligned by means of a declaration made under that section. The statutory conditions are that:

·         all the instruments to be reviewed would (in the absence of a declaration under section 51A) be subject to sunsetting 

·         all the instruments to be reviewed are or will be the subject of a single review, and

·         the making of the declaration will facilitate the undertaking of the review and the implementation of its findings. 

In terms of process, the Legislation Act requires:

·         the responsible rule maker to apply to the Attorney-General

·         the Attorney-General to be satisfied of the statutory conditions, and

·         the Attorney-General to make the declaration, which is a legislative instrument and subject to disallowance.

More information

Further details regarding this declaration are set out in Attachment A.

A copy of each instrument which is the subject of this declaration, and which will now sunset on 1 April 2020, is available on the Federal Register of Legislationhttp://www.comlaw.gov.au.


NOTES ON THE DECLARATION                                                               

Section 1         Name

This section provides for the declaration to be named the Legislation (ACT Self-Government Instruments) Sunset‑altering Declaration 2017. The declaration may be cited by that name.

Section 2         Commencement

This section provides for the declaration to commence on the day after it is registered.

Section 3         Authority

This section provides that the declaration is made under subsection 51A(1) of the Legislation Act 2003

Section 4        Repeal of ACT self-government instruments to facilitate review etc.

This section provides that the instruments listed in subsection (1) are repealed on 1 April 2020.

This is the aligned sunsetting day for those instruments, which would otherwise have sunset between 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019.

For the purpose of clarity, this section includes a statement that the legal requirements in the Legislation Act are met – that is, that these instruments would otherwise be repealed by section 50 of the Legislation Act, that they are or will be the subject of a single review, and that the declaration facilitates the undertaking of the review and the implementation of its findings.

Section 5         Repeal of this instrument

This section provides that the declaration is repealed on 2 April 2020, which is the day after the aligned sunsetting day. This ensures that the declaration remains in force only for as long as it is needed.