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Known issues

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve bugs and issues on the new Register. To see if your issue has already been reported, please view the list of known issues.

Linking and downloads

Downloading individual documents

Most documents on the Federal Register of Legislation (the Register) website can be downloaded and printed using the "Download" tab at the document level. Documents are usually available as a PDF file and a formatted text (.doc, .docx. or .rtf) file. Please contact us if you have any difficulty accessing a document.

Linking to the Register

Linking to individual download files is not recommended because it may not be obvious whether the text in question has been repealed or otherwise superseded—it is better to link to a webpage such as https://www.legislation.gov.au/C2004A01224. There are generally three options for linking to a registered law, as follows:

Link format

What it links to

www.legislation.gov.au/[title ID]

always the latest version of a law

www.legislation.gov.au/[title ID]/[yyyy-mm-dd]

a particular version of a law - use only if the intent is to link to a historic version

www.legislation.gov.au/[title ID]/versions

the series page - this shows all available versions of a law and any instruments or notices enabled by it

Summary of URL Redirects (old Register links to new Register)

Old URL Title ID link that presents as

Redirects to

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Latest/[Title ID]

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Latest/C2004A00454
or https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Current/C2004A00454

Redirects to the latest version on the title page
(https://www.legislation.gov.au/[Title ID]/latest/text)

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/C2004A00454/latest/text

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/[Title ID]

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2004A00454
or https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2004A00454

Redirects to the latest version on the title page
(https://www.legislation.gov.au/[Title ID]/latest/text)

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/C2004A00454/latest/text

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/[Title ID]

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2004A00454
or https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C2004A00454

Redirects to the all versions tab on the title page
(https://www.legislation.gov.au/[Title ID]/latest/versions)

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/C2004A00454/latest/versions

Old URL Compilation ID link that presents as

Redirects to

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/[Compilation ID]

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2013C00016
or https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2013C00016
or https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Current/C2013C00016

Redirects to selected compilation version
(https://www.legislation.gov.au/[Title ID]/[Start date of Compilation]/text)

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/C2004A00467/2012-12-03/text

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Latest/[Compilation ID]

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Latest/C2013C00016

Redirects to the latest version on the title page
(https://www.legislation.gov.au/[Title ID]/latest/text)

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/C2004A00454/latest/text

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/[Compilation ID]

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2013C000166
or https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C2013C00016

Redirects to the all versions tab on the title page
https://www.legislation.gov.au/[Title ID]/latest/versions

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/C2004A00467/latest/versions

It is not recommended to create deep link URLs to the Register. Where a link is deep linking into a HTML document it will no longer take you to the relevant section of the document but will return a "404 The page you requested could not be found." error:

Old deep link URL that presents as:

Redirects to:

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/[Compilation ID]/[Document]/Toc Ref
or Advanced Search query from the old Register

Example
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00084/Html/Text#_Toc1469128
or https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2019C00084/Html/Text#Toc1469128

Redirects to a blank page at https://www.legislation.gov.au/not-found

Message appears '404 The page you requested could not be found.'

Automated downloading or spidering

Automated processes can be used to download or spider (crawl) this website, but please respect the crawl-delay instruction in our robots.txt file.

Before doing a full site crawl or anything else that may use significant system resources, it is advisable to contact us 1-2 weeks beforehand, to ask about any planned outages or other issues that may be relevant. Any further incremental crawls of this website should be scheduled to occur outside the hours of 0800 to 2000 Australian time.

Failing this, users who impose a large load on this website or otherwise interfere with its operation may have their access to this website blocked without notice.

Using the Legislation Register