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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Register ID?

  • There are a number of different types of ID numbers on the Register. A title ID is the ID given to the Principal or first version of a title. These numbers have an A (Acts), L (LIs), N (Nis) , Q (Prerogative instruments, Constitution, AAOs and NI legislation) or G (Gazettes) following the year in the ID number. For example, the Title ID for the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 is C1901A00002. A compilation ID is the ID of a particular subsequent version of a title. These numbers have a C following the year in the ID number. For example Compilation No 36 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 is C2019C00028 and Compilation No 37 of that Act is C2023C00213.

How do I search for legislation by Register ID ?

  • To search by Register ID you can enter the ID into the ‘Search for’ field, change the ‘Search in’ field to ‘ID’ and leave the default in the ‘Search using’ field as ‘Register ID’, then click on ‘Open title’. Searching for a title ID will take you to the text page of the latest version of the title. Searching for a compilation ID will take you to a particular version of a title.

Where can I get further information on how to use search, browse and advanced search?

Where can I find the explanatory statement for a legislative instrument?

  • An explanatory statement or ES is a document that sets out how a legislative instrument is expected to operate and details about individual provisions. An explanatory statement is registered along with a legislative instrument and is therefore associated with the “As made” version of a legislative instrument. The explanatory statement for new legislative instruments can be viewed by changing the View document dropdown from “Legislative instrument” to “Explanatory statement”. You can also access Word and PDF copies of a legislative instrument’s explanatory statement by navigating to the Download tab.

  • If there are no options to view or download an explanatory statement for the legislative instrument you are interested in, you may be looking at a later version of that instrument. To see the explanatory statement you will need to navigate to the “As made” version of that instrument.

  • There are two ways you can do this:

1. Go to All versions and select the “As made” version of the instrument; or

2. Edit the url and change the date range to ‘asmade’. For example, by updating https://www.legislation.gov.au/F2014L00870/2024-01-23/text to https://www.legislation.gov.au/F2014L00870/asmade/text.

Using the Legislation Register