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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Government Notices Gazette (Gazette) and when is it published?

The Gazette is published by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel. Gazette notices contain a range of information about legislation, including proclamations and notices of Commonwealth government departments and Courts, and other notices required under Commonwealth law. Often notification in the Gazette is required before legislation can commence.

Until 30 June 2013 the Gazette was published in print each Wednesday. Gazette notices are now solely published electronically on ComLaw and publication is normally within 2 days of lodgement or on a specific date if requested.

What is a Special Gazette and when is it published?

Until 30 June 2013 Special Gazettes were published on demand. They contained a single notice about a particular matter that required urgent publication, or publication on a specific day. Special Gazettes are no longer required as Gazette notices are now able to be published on ComLaw at short notice or on a specific day.

Special Gazettes published during the week were republished in the following Wednesday's Gazette. Electronic copies of Special Gazettes published between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2012 are now available on the Gazettes January 1994 - December 2012 page on ComLaw. Special Gazettes published between 1 October 2012 and 30 June 2013 are also available on ComLaw as individual electronic notices.

What is a Periodic Gazette and when is it published?

Until 30 June 2013 Periodic Gazettes were published as required and could contain multiple notices in relation to a specific subject area within the responsibility of the notifying government department. Periodic Gazettes are no longer published as Gazette notices are now published individually on ComLaw.

Periodic Gazettes published during the week were notified in the following Wednesday's Gazette. Electronic copies of Gazettes published between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 2012 are now available on the Gazettes January 1994 - December 2012 page on ComLaw.

Can Gazette notices be published at short notice or outside of normal business hours?

Gazette notices are now published electronically on ComLaw, usually within 2 business days of lodgement. A request can be made for a notice to be published on ComLaw at short notice or outside normal business hours by contacting the Help Desk. A surcharge is payable for publication on the same day or next day following lodgement, or for publication on a weekend or public holiday. Information on publication fees for members of the public is available by contacting the Help Desk. Government agencies can access the fees on the FRLI lodgement facility. For assistance with an urgent lodgement please contact the Help Desk.

Can members of the public lodge Gazette notices for publication?

Gazette notices are lodged because of a requirement to do so under Commonwealth law. Most Gazette notices are lodged by Commonwealth government departments. Occasionally private individuals will also be required lodge Gazette notices. For example, notices under the Copyright Act 1968 are required when persons intend to publish material but do not know the identity of the current copyright owner. Similarly, shipping registration notices under the Shipping Registration Act 1981 are required when persons intend to register a ship or yacht.

Information on lodging notices is available on the Lodging Notices page. For assistance with lodging or further information on publication fees please contact the Help Desk.

How do I find a previously published Gazette notice?

Gazette notices published from 1 October 2012 onwards are available as individual notices on ComLaw and can be viewed on ComLaw by browsing to Gazettes - All - Sort by Printed/Publication Date.

Gazettes were published with a General Notice (GN), Special (S) or Periodic (P) reference until 30 June 2013, when print publication and this system of classification ceased. You can view Gazettes by GN or S reference by browsing to Gazettes - All - Sort by Gazette Number and choosing either General or Special in the 'Classified as' field. There were no Periodic Gazette publications after 1 October 2012.

Electronic copies of Gazettes published between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2012 are now available on the Historic Gazettes page on ComLaw. Gazettes published before 1 July 2002 are not available electronically. Printed copies should be available at State Libraries throughout Australia or the National Library in Canberra. Contact your State Library to make further enquiries.

Where can I buy historic copies of the Gazette?

Printing of the Gazette (including Special and Periodic Gazettes) ceased on 30 June 2013 and is no longer available as a paper publication. If you would like to order commercially printed copies of an individual notice or a historic gazette please contact printservices@opc.gov.au for a quote.