Drafting Directions

Index

No. Title Date of issue
Index of Drafting Directions 26 July 2018

Presentation and form of legislation

No. Title Date of issue
1.1 Long and short title of Bills and references to proposed Acts 1 May 2006
1.1A Names of instruments and provision units of instruments 14 November 2016
1.2 Portfolio for cover page of Bill 1 February 2018
1.3 Commencement provisions 31 January 2017
1.3A Simplified outlines 30 November 2016
1.5 Definitions 4 October 2016
1.6 Asterisking to identify defined terms 1 May 2006
1.7 Numbering and lettering 2 October 2012
1.8 Special rules for Tax Code drafting 1 May 2006

Usage (including plain English)

No. Title Date of issue
2.1 English usage, gender-specific and gender-neutral language, grammar, punctuation and spelling 1 March 2016
2.2 Use of various expressions in draft legislation 20 June 2017

Content

No. Title Date of issue
3.1 Constitutional law issues 19 January 2017
3.2 Taxation 1 May 2013
3.3 Application of legislation in relation to various maritime and external areas 2 October 2012
3.4 Conferral and exercise of powers (including by Governor-General) 2 October 2012
3.5 Offences, penalties, self-incrimination, secrecy provisions and enforcement powers 13 February 2013
3.5A Regulatory powers 26 February 2015
3.6 Commonwealth bodies 18 June 2018
3.7 Tribunals and other administrative bodies--various matters 8 March 2016
3.8 Subordinate legislation 20 July 2017
3.9 Evidence and proof (including oaths and affirmations) 19 June 2013
3.10 Legislation that refers to or affects Australian governments or jurisdictions 1 June 2018
3.11 Implementing Commonwealth agreements (including treaties and conventions etc.) 1 January 2018
3.12 Provisions that make the Commonwealth liable to make a payment 24 May 2016
3.13 References to cases in notes 2 October 2012
3.14 References to the Parliament 2 October 2012

Procedural matters

No. Title Date of issue
4.1 Dealings with instructors 29 February 2016
4.1A Complexity Flag System 13 May 2013
4.2 Referral of drafts to agencies 1 November 2017
4.3 Amendments requiring consultation under an intergovernmental agreement 15 February 2017
4.4 Changes using FPC's editorial powers and statute law revision amendments 29 February 2016
4.5 Legal advice on issues arising during drafting 2 February 2015
4.6 Legislation Approval Process 1 February 2018
4.7 Clerk's and Chairman's amendments, and changes to Minister's copy of Bill 27 July 2018
4.8 Parliamentary amendments--various matters 1 May 2013
4.9 Sections 53 and 56 of the Constitution--Bills and parliamentary amendments 1 September 2014
4.10 Presentation of Bills for Royal Assent 4 October 2016