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Prerogative instruments

Prerogative instruments are an ancient form of law making inherited from England and are instruments made by the Governor-General or monarch without reference to Parliament under the royal prerogative which is that power of the Crown still existing and not superseded by parliamentary legislation.

Prerogative instruments include instruments which establish national honours such as the Order of Australia, and the procedures for granting them. These instruments are usually published in the gazette and most recent ones are also available on the Federal Register of Legislation. They are sometimes called letters patent.

In force

In force legislation is legislation that is on the statute book and has the force of law. On the Federal Register of Legislation, legislation that has been made but not yet commenced is also displayed in the in force listings. In force legislation does not include draft legislation such as Bills or legislation that has ceased, repealed or sunsetted.

No longer in force

Legislation that ceases to have effect or that has been repealed is no longer in force.