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Search Help: In Force and Repealed 

This screen enables you to search consolidated in force and repealed legislation. These databases are partitioned into three major types of legislation: Acts, Regulations etc, and Environmental Planning Instruments (EPIs).

Before searching, you should first select the database and types of legislation you wish to search by selecting the appropriate check box/es in the area under "What do you want to search over?" The default search selection is over the "Acts in Force" and "Regs etc In Force" databases.

There are two forms of searching, the most commonly used being the Standard search. The two forms of searching operate exclusively and separate search buttons are provided for that reason. (The Advanced search feature is for more specialised searching using Command Control Language. Boolean operators should not be used in the Standard search.)

The Standard search has a range of pre-defined search fields that are listed below and it also enables you to search over the text or title of legislation and to limit your search to a particular year and/or instrument number.

These fields enable you to limit your search as follows:

exact phrase

will find only those documents that contain those words as a phrase.

all of the words

will find provisions in documents that contain all of the words that you enter in this field. For example, this search can be used to find documents with sections or other provisions that contain all of the words "offence", "penalty" and "defence".

any of the words

will find those documents that contain any one of the words that you enter in this field.

without the words

will find provisions in documents that do NOT contain the words that you enter in this field. This field is often used in combination with the other fields, for example to find sections or other provisions in documents that contain the word "offence" but not the word "imprisonment".

You can enter words into all or some of the input fields shown—the search will take them all into account.

The search fields are not case sensitive and do not require quotation marks around words or phrases.

The wildcard characters "?" (any number of characters) and "#" (exactly one character) can be used in all fields except exact phrase - see Advanced search.

Search in

The "text" and "title" selections cause the search to be applied to either the text of documents or to legislation titles.

Note. A "title" search covers the official titles of legislation, not the titles of Chapters, Parts, Schedules etc.

Limit search to year/number will apply the search to instruments assented to or made in that year, or with that instrument number.

If you want more control over your searching, you can use the Advanced Search option. It requires queries to be entered using the Common Command Language (CCL)—an international standard for text queries.

Please note that the Search scope that you have selected with the checkboxes under the "What do you want to search over" field DOES apply to the Advanced Search.

Note also that if you type a query into the Advanced Search field, then no other field will be taken into account, except the search scope, ie the types of legislation you chose to search under the "What do you want to search over?" field.

Advanced Search options such as Boolean operators and proximity queries will return results of documents that contain individual provisions (such as sections) that meet the search criteria. These types of Advanced Searches only apply at that provision level and are not applied to the document as a whole.

CCL features are outlined below

AND, OR, NOT can be used between terms.

For example jury AND district NOT sheriff

Using the syntax "FIELD=word", the search can be restricted to individual fields. Useful fields in this database include:

Text: The full text of the document.

Title: The title of the Act, Statutory Instrument etc.

ActNo: Act Numbers.

SRNo: Statutory Instrument Numbers.

EPINo: Environmental Planning Instrument Numbers.

Year: Year of Act, Statutory Instrument, EPI.

Heading: Text of all headings for Chapters, Parts, Divisions etc.

An example fielded search is Heading=certified and Text=appeal

Fielded searches are NOT available for the Search As Made or Search Bills.

? means any number of characters and # means exactly one character.

For example:

fee? would match "fee","feedlots","fees"

wom#n would match "woman" or "women"

If you want to search for two words near each other then the "%" character can be used to indicate the number of words you will allow between the two terms, whatever the order of the words.

If you want to search for words near each other in a particular order, then the "!" character can be used to indicate the number of words you will allow between the two terms.

For example:

right %3 appeal would find "right" and "appeal" within 3 words of each other, in any order.

right !3 appeal would find the words within 3 words of each other where "right" occurs before "appeal".

Parentheses can be used to group search terms.

For example, to find expressions such as the Corporations Act, Companies Act, Corporations Code or Companies Code use the following syntax:

(corporations OR companies) %3 (code OR act)

Similarly you can combine proximity and grouping searches. For example:

building %3 (code OR regulation) OR building !3 (code OR regulation)

would find "code" or "regulation" where occurring after "building".

To modify or refine your search, go back to the search screen or select search again. Your search criteria will show and can be modified and the search run again. To start a new search, click the clear button at top right on the search screen.