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OPC Drafting Directions Series

Drafting Directions are instructions that are issued by First Parliamentary Counsel. They cover a wide range of topics related to drafting. All drafters are required to comply with the directions. This ensures a consistent approach is taken to amendments.

The Drafting Directions have been reorganised into a subject-based series and you can download individual documents from the following table.

No. Title Date of issue PDF RTF
  Index of Drafting Directions 9 March 2016 Download PDF version
101k
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17k
  Presentation and form of legislation      
1.1 Long and short title of Bills and references to proposed Acts 1 May 2006 Download PDF version
48k
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160k
1.1A Names of instruments and provision units of instruments 29 February 2016 Download PDF version
537k
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550k
1.2 Portfolio for cover page of Bill 22 February 2016 Download PDF version
278k
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10k
1.3 Commencement provisions 29 February 2016 Download PDF version
717k
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172k
1.3A Simplified Outlines 4 November 2013 Download PDF version
95k
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252k
1.4 Amending Forms Manual 12 November 2013 Download PDF version
74k
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99k
1.5 Definitions 25 February 2014 Download PDF version
458k
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293k
1.6 Asterisking to identify defined terms 1 May 2006 Download PDF version
49k
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200k
1.7 Numbering and lettering 2 October 2012 Download PDF version
269k
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113k
1.8 Special rules for Tax Code drafting 1 May 2006 Download PDF version
140k
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528k
  Usage (including plain English)
     
2.1 English usage, gender-specific and gender-neutral language, grammar, punctuation and spelling 1 March 2016 Download PDF version
519k
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29k
2.2 Use of various expressions in draft legislation 23 September 2015 Download PDF version
502k
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339k
  Content      
3.1 Constitutional law issues 2 October 2012 Download PDF version
511k
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318k
3.2 Taxation 1 May 2013 Download PDF version
81k
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192k
3.3 Application of legislation in relation to various maritime and external areas 2 October 2012 Download PDF version
304k
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177k
3.4 Conferral and exercise of powers (including by Governor-General) 2 October 2012 Download PDF version
303k
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148k
3.5 Offences, penalties, self-incrimination, secrecy provision and enforcement powers 13 February 2013 Download PDF version
471k
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289k
3.5A Regulatory powers 26 February 2015 Download PDF version
767k
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595k
3.6 Statutory and other bodies 2 October 2012 Download PDF version
777k
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787k
3.7 Tribunals and other administrative bodies--various matters 8 March 2016 Download PDF version
287k
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14k
3.8 Subordinate instruments 4 March 2016 Download PDF version
516k
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74k
3.9 Evidence and proof (including oaths and affirmations) 19 June 2013 Download PDF version
309k
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162k
3.10 Legislation that refers to or affects Australian governments or jurisdictions 2 October 2012 Download PDF version
386k
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191k
3.11 Implementing Commonwealth agreements (including treaties and conventions etc.) 21 November 2013 Download PDF version
292k
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159k
3.12 Provisions that make the Commonwealth liable to make a payment 4 March 2008 Download PDF version
34k
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126k
3.13 References to cases in notes 2 October 2012 Download PDF version
82k
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100k
3.14 References to the Parliament 2 October 2012 Download PDF version
263k
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102k
  Procedural matters      
4.1 Dealings with instructors 29 February 2016 Download PDF version
286k
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11k
4.1A Complexity Flag System 13 May 2013 Download PDF version
84k
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198k
4.2 Referral of drafts to agencies June 2015 Download PDF version
716k
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4.3 Amendments requiring consultation with States and Territories under an intergovernmental agreement 2 October 2012 Download PDF version
415k
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310k
4.4 Changes using FPC's editorial powers and statute law revision amendments 29 February 2016 Download PDF version
53k
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32k
4.5 Legal advice on issues arising during drafting 2 February 2015 Download PDF version
544k
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184k
4.6 Legislation Approval Process 1 July 2014 Download PDF version
154k
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404k
4.7 Clerk's and Chairman's amendments 12 October 2010 Download PDF version
35k
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162k
4.8 Parliamentary amendments--various matters 1 May 2013 Download PDF version
51k
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136k
4.9 Sections 53 and 56 of the Constitution--Bills and parliamentary amendments 1 September 2014 Download PDF version
93k
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997k
4.10 Presentation of Bills for Royal Assent 14 December 2009 Download PDF version
46k
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