Gazette notices contain a range of information about legislation, including proclamations and notices of Commonwealth government departments and Courts, and other notices. Notices for publication are lodged for publication by government departments and agencies, as well as by private individuals, when required under Australian Government legislation.
The Office of Parliamentary Counsel has been publishing the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette (Gazette) since 1 October 2012. Gazette notices published from this date onwards are available as individually notices on the Legislation Register and can be viewed by browsing to Gazettes - All - Sort by Printed/Publication Date. Notices are published soon after lodgement or as requested by the lodging agency, organisation or individual.
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Gazettes published prior to 1 July 2013
Prior to 1 July 2013 there were three types of Gazettes published, the Government Notices Gazette, the Special Gazette and the Periodic Gazette. The Government Notices Gazette was printed and published electronically once a week and contained a range of Australian Government general notices. Special Gazettes contained a single notice about a particular matter that required urgent publication, or publication on a specific day. Any Special Gazettes published during the week were republished in the following week’s Government Notices Gazette. Periodic Gazettes were published irregularly as required and could contain multiple notices in relation to a specific subject area within the responsibility of the notifying government department. Print publication of the Government Notice, Special and Periodic Gazettes and classification of Gazettes into the three types ceased on 30 June 2013.
General and Special Gazette notices published between 1 October 2012 and 30 June 2013 are available as individual notices and can be found by searching by Gazettes - All - Sort by Year/Number and choosing either General or Special in the 'Classified as' field. There were no Periodic Gazette notices published in this period.
Copies of most Government, Special and Periodic Gazettes published between 1 January 1901 and 31 December 2012 are available on the Legislation Register under Historical Gazettes.
Hard copies of Gazettes printed since 1901 should also be available at State Libraries throughout Australia or the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
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A number of Gazettes are published by other Commonwealth departments and agencies. More information on these gazettes is available on the australia.gov.au website.
State and Territory Gazettes are published by the relevant State or Territory publisher. More information on material published by other jurisdictions is available on the other sources of Australian law page.