The NSW legislation website is the primary source for NSW legislation.
It is managed by the Parliamentary Counsel's Office.
The most frequently accessed titles this week are:
- Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011 SI 653)
- State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008
- State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing) 2021
- Land and Environment Court Act 1979 No 204
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 No 203
- Inner West Local Environmental Plan 2022
PCO will observe the end-of-year closedown period from midday on Friday, 22 December 2023 to Friday, 5 January 2024.
The last standard publication of instruments and gazettes for 2023 will be on the morning of Friday, 15 December 2023, following the final Executive Council meeting for 2023 earlier that week.
The first standard publication for 2024 will be on Friday, 12 January 2024. The respective deadlines for requests for notification and gazette notice submission remain the same.
To request urgent publication during the closedown period, have your director contact the Acting Parliamentary Counsel, Mark Cowan, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide as much advance notice as possible.
On 1 July 2023, PCO launched a new page to centralise the collection of statutory instruments that have been prepared by other agencies. Users can access this page via a link under the Statutory Instruments heading on the In force page. The collection will be added to as new and amending instruments are notified. Agencies are invited to submit consolidated PDFs to the collection post amendment to ensure users have access to up-to-date versions of instruments as amended.
On 9 May 2023, the NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office launched the first version of the PCO Standard—a guide to legislative drafting in NSW that acts as both a style guide and a manual for drafters and editors. Click here for more information and to download a copy.
We have archived the special website page for NSW COVID-19 legislation. On this page you can still find links to—
- Public health orders, including current and historical versions
- Environmental planning orders
- Acts of Parliament
Information about the COVID-19 pandemic generally is available at the following links—
- Inline history notes—you can now use the Turn history notes on/off button for In force and Repealed titles to display details of the history of change at the provision level 'inline' under the relevant provision.
- Breadcrumbs for search hits located in schedules—to make it easier to locate a search hit in the context of the whole title, breadcrumbs are now displayed in the same way (above the timeline) as search hits in the body of a title.
- Export functionality—the Export link on the right of the screen above the dark blue task bar facilitates downloading XML files, including bulk downloads, for the In force and Repealed collections on the website. (Click the blue Help ? button on the Export page for more information.)
- Search page point-in-time button—by clicking the enable/disable point-in-time buttons on the website Search page, you can now decide if you want your search to return results as at a particular point-in-time date (default is the date you’re searching) or return results for all relevant versions of titles with no selected point-in time date. (Note that your selection sticks for all subsequent searches until you change it again.)
- My favourites—the My favourites page (link on the main dark blue task bar) explains how you can save time navigating around the website by setting up your own favourites list of up to 10 of the titles you need to access regularly.
- Resizing the Contents pane—you can now drag the Contents pane to your preferred width and have it stick at that width until you change it again.
- Most popular titles list—this list will now be a permanent feature at the top of our Noticeboard and will be updated weekly with the titles most frequently accessed by our users each week.
- Timeline enhancement—the timeline functionality for linking to other versions of a title now ‘remembers’ the provision being viewed and opens the selected version at the same provision.
It’s been a long wait but inline history notes (legislative annotations) functionality is now available on our website for the In force and Repealed collections.
Please see our FAQ for more detail about inline history notes functionality, including printing.
Inline history notes are generated automatically and, while we've undertaken extensive checking to ensure they’re located logically in the context of a title, it’s not possible to scrutinise in detail every title across the In force and Repealed collections. Titles that have unusual structure, such as the Supreme Court Rules 1970, have proved particularly challenging so, at this stage, inline history notes for that title will not be available on the website, but we continue to work on refining them.
Please let us know via a Feedback email if you see history notes you think are in the wrong location.
We have recently completed a major backcapture project to scan a large amount of hard copy material held in our library’s collection. Unfortunately, we are not resourced at this time to upload this scanned material to the website for direct user access but we are happy to help with user enquiries and email backcaptured material we have saved on our network.
A full list of material in our backcaptured collection and details of how to contact us with an enquiry is available on the Historical information page.