Website for The Office of Parliamentary Counsel

About the Office of Parliamentary Counsel

The Office of Parliamentary Counsel is responsible for drafting and publishing the laws of the Commonwealth of Australia.

We draft Bills for introduction into the Parliament, and a wide range of subordinate legislation such as regulations and proclamations for Government agencies.

We also publish the authorised, up-to-date version of Commonwealth laws.

We also provide other services, including training in understanding the legislative process and in drafting legislative and other instruments.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been no change to the services we provide. Our Business Continuity Plan ensures that we monitor and take appropriate action to protect our staff and clients while providing these essential services. For the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia, please visit


OPC is the Commonwealth’s principal provider of legislative drafting and publishing services. Our services include:

  • drafting and advisory services for Commonwealth Bills and legislative, notifiable and other instruments
  • publishing legislation, including maintaining the Federal Register of Legislation
  • providing training in relation to drafting and Commonwealth legislative processes

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ExCo instruments

Information on the drafting program for legislative instruments made by the Governor-General

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Client advisers

Find our list of client advisers and our Guide for Clients here

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View careers available at the Office of Parliamentary Counsel

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Corporate information

Access to our annual reports and other information about OPC

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