Legislation Process Course

This is a full day course conducted at OPC's offices and presented by experienced drafters. Course materials are provided.

The course is primarily designed for staff of Australian Government agencies who are, or will be, instructing OPC on legislation. Attendees can expect to gain a basic understanding, or to refresh their knowledge, of the processes involved in developing legislation. The course will particularly benefit officers who prepare drafting instructions.

The course costs $600 per individual (GST not applicable). Morning and afternoon tea is provided.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Basic features of legislation
  • Priorities and policy authority
  • Giving drafting instructions
  • Roles of instructors and drafters
  • Parliamentary scrutiny of legislation
  • Getting a Bill ready for introduction
  • Passage of Bills and parliamentary amendments
  • Before and after making legislative instruments

At the end of the course participants should have a better understanding of how to:

  • contribute to the planning and conduct of legislative projects within their own organisations
  • provide drafting instructions
  • devise policy options which are more readily translated into legislative form and which are less likely to attract the attention of Parliamentary Committees
  • make a contribution to the processes of revising and finalising draft legislation prepared by OPC


Please note that only staff of Australian Government agencies are eligible to attend these courses.

As places on the courses are limited, priority will be given to APS employees who are likely to be instructing OPC in the near future. 

Further information

For further information on this course, please email courses@opc.gov.au.

Course payment, cancellation and refund policy

Please see the Course payment, cancellation and refund policy page.

Upcoming Legislation process course dates

Course Date Availability

Legislation Process Course (Face-to-face)


FULL - Do not register

Legislation Process Course (Face-to-face) 13/12/2023 FULL - Do not register
Legislation Process Course (Zoom) 18/12/2023 Open

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