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:
- Government Sector Finance Legislation (Repeal and Amendment) Act 2018
- COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures—Miscellaneous) Act 2020
- Constitution (COVID-19 Emergency Measures) Regulation 2020
- Local Government Act 1993
- Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
We now have a special website page for NSW COVID-19 legislation. You'll 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—
- 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screen above the dark blue task bar facilitates downloading XML files, including bulk downloads, for the In force and Repealed collections on the website.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.
Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) maps are no longer accessible on the NSW legislation website. Instead, all LEP and SEPP maps, including historic versions, are available on the NSW Planning Portal.
To assist our users, we have redirection hyperlinks in place from this website to the Planning Portal for users wanting to access maps. If you click on an LEP or SEPP Maps button or the link to a map in legislative text, you will be redirected to the Planning Portal’s maps page for the relevant title or, in a small number of cases, to the landing page for Environmental Planning Instruments on the Planning Portal, from where you can easily navigate to the title you want. The Planning Portal page will open in a new window.
You will find redirection hyperlinks back to the legislation website from the Planning Portal maps pages if you need to return to the legislative text of the title (or you can just return to the legislation website window).
If you have set up your own favourites links for maps on our website, we encourage you to replace them with new links to the Planning Portal maps pages.
Accompanying this website change will be a new approach for councils wanting map-only amendments drafted. For more information about how these changes affect councils and what councils need to do, please see https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/plans-for-your-area/local-planning-and-zoning/resources.
NSW Government Gazette notices are now lodged through the notice lodgement portal accessible from the Gazette page. You’ll also find there everything you need to get started—links to how-to videos, FAQs, notice templates and an email ready to send to a dedicated Gazette Help box. If you get stuck, contact us at the NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office and our gazette team will be happy to help.
New field for the gazette portal lodgement form
From the week beginning Monday, 12 July we will be adding a new mandatory field to the gazette portal lodgment form to identify those documents that have to be tabled in Parliament and are subject to disallowance. Under the Interpretation Act, section 40, tabling is a requirement for statutory rules made in NSW.
The question will be:
Does your document have to be tabled in Parliament? (PCO will arrange the tabling for you.)
There will be hovertext for the new field explaining about tabling and how to find out if that’s a requirement for your notice.
Your agency’s legal team will be able to advise but, essentially, the Act or instrument under which the notice is made will include a provision specifying one of the following:
- that sections 40 and 41 of the Interpretation Act apply
- that the notice is required to be tabled in Parliament.
Please note this will be a mandatory field, so anyone lodging gazette notices will need to know the correct response before a notice can be lodged.
Where tabling is required, PCO will provide the tabling information to Parliament on your behalf.