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Welcome to the new official NSW legislation website (August 2020)

We’ve been developing our new website from the beginning of this eventful year and it’s now being launched as the official site for NSW legislation from 31 August 2020, providing access to authorised NSW legislation and related information.

You’ll find easy access to Bills introduced, Acts, statutory instruments and environmental planning instruments as made, and in force and repealed point-in-time consolidations of Acts, statutory instruments and environmental planning instruments. On the Tables page you can run printable current, point-in-time and cumulative reports for NSW legislation. Background and historical information about NSW legislation can be found on the Information and Historical information pages.

Our new website has a host of new features and functionality not available on our old website and we’ll be highlighting these over the coming weeks in our website tips (below) to help you make the most of the new website.

During our beta development period, we’ve received lots of helpful feedback and questions and, based on that feedback, we’ve prepared a comprehensive set of FAQs that you’ll find on the Help page. If you still have questions, you can contact us via our Website Help service. And we welcome your feedback on the new website.

Legislation websites are by their nature and content very complex and this new site features more advanced functionality than we’ve previously offered. While we’ve checked our content and all functionality extensively, there will inevitably be some glitches. Please let us know if you spot anything that’s not quite right so we can fix it.

The NSW legislation website is managed by the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office.

Website tips

  • Some terminology used on this website is different to the old website—see our FAQ for an easy-to-follow guide.
  • You can now hide the Home page photo carousel.
  • There are more RSS feed options for subscriber alerts.
  • The 'This week' column on the Home page now has direct links to as made legislation.
  • The creation history section at the bottom of the Legislative history co-locates all the initial documents and dates for a title.
  • The table of versions in the Legislative history has a column that includes hyperlinks to the amendments consolidated in each version of the title.
  • The timeline gives you quick access to historical versions of legislation and allows you to generate comparisons between versions. You can hide the timeline if you prefer—your selection will 'stick' until you change it.
  • Search functionality has been enhanced to allow searching across legislative histories as well as the legislation collections. The results show search terms in context—see our FAQ on showing search hits.
  • We now have separate Gazette and Notification pages—access to the gazette portal to lodge a notice is via the Gazette page.
  • Clause headings used in schedules are now displayed in the Contents pane.
  • We now have separate browse pages for in force and repealed legislation and a browse-by-year option for all the legislation landing pages.
  • To help you find the legislation you want faster, the in force and repealed browse pages have more options then the old website for filtering, sorting and display.
  • The key to abbreviations used in legislative histories is now linked to the key icon on the pale blue task bar.

Water sharing plans (November 2020)

We are now providing access to consolidated versions of water sharing plans amended from 1 July 2020. The consolidations are unauthorised versions prepared by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.


End-of-year gazette arrangements (October 2020)

PCO will observe the Christmas–New Year shutdown period from Friday, 25 December 2020 to Friday, 8 January 2021. The last standard gazette for 2020 will be published on Friday, 18 December 2020, though we will make arrangements to gazette genuinely urgent notices up to 24 December 2020.

The first standard gazette for next year will be published on Friday, 15 January 2021.

The weekly deadline for submission of notices before the shutdown period remains the same i.e. midday on Thursdays for standard gazettes. For urgent gazettals, we require as much notice as possible and the request should come from director or executive director level.

For details of how to arrange an urgent gazettal during the shutdown period, email nswgazette.help@pco.nsw.gov.au and see the auto-reply.


Consultation drafts (October 2020)

We now have a special page for public consultation drafts of Bills and statutory instruments.

Please note that consultation drafts are published on this website for information only. All comments should be provided to the relevant government department—see the relevant department’s website for more information.


NSW Government Gazette—lodging notices from 31 August 2020 (June 2020)

From the week beginning Monday, 31 August we’re introducing a new way to lodge and publish gazette notices and a new format for the gazette.

Our gazette notice lodgement portal is now ready to use on the Gazette page. You’ll also find there everything you need to get started\u00c2\u0097links 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.

The new gazette format will involve compiling individual subject category volumes to make it easier for gazette users to find relevant notices. Notices will appear in the volume for the category selected when a notice is lodged and the volumes will continue to be published on the Gazette page of the legislation website.

 

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In force collection—amendment Acts not included (June 2020)

From 1 July 2020 we are changing our approach to how we publish amendment Acts.

Amendment Acts will no longer be available in the In force collection and updated versions of those Acts with commenced provisions removed will not be produced.

The original versions of all amendment Acts will still be available in the As made collection and consolidated versions of legislation will continue to be available in the In force collection as soon as possible after the amendments commence.


Launch of beta as the new legislation website (June 2020)

We expect to launch the beta site as the new website legislation website on Monday, 31 August.

We’re working hard in the time left to make sure it’s ready but there’s a bit of time left for you to preview it as the beta site to see the changes since you last looked—we still welcome your feedback. Be sure to make use of the Help (FAQ) page where you’ll find answers to the feedback questions we’ve been asked during the development period.     

Legislation websites are by their nature and content very complex and this new site features more advanced functionality than we’ve previously offered. While we’ve checked our content and all functionality extensively, there will inevitably be some glitches. Please let us know if you spot anything that’s not quite right so we can fix it. 

 


NSW Government Gazette—a new way to lodge notices (June 2020)

From the week beginning Monday, 31 August we’re introducing a new way to lodge and publish gazette notices and a new format for the gazette.

We’re rolling out our gazette notice lodgement portal, an online system we’ve developed in-house and had tested by some of our regular gazette clients. To lodge a notice, you’ll log in from the Gazette page on the legislation website where you’ll find links to how-to videos, FAQs and an email ready to send to a dedicated Gazette Help box. Our gazette team will also be happy to help on the phone.

The new gazette format will involve compiling individual subject category volumes to make it easier for gazette users to find relevant notices. Notices will appear in the volume for the category selected when a notice is lodged and the volumes will continue to be published on the Gazette page of the legislation website.

More detail will be available in the emails you receive from now on when you contact our gazette team.


Updated FAQ page (April 2020)

We’ve started uploading FAQs to answer the feedback questions we’ve been receiving. Find them on the Help page.


Welcome to the Beta (March 2020)

Welcome to the beta version of the new NSW legislation website.

This ‘under construction’ version of the website will be available over the coming months while we work to refine and develop it before launching it as the new official website, which is expected to be mid-year.

We hope you’ll take the time to familiarise yourself with some of the slightly changed page layouts and also discover the new features and functionality we’re building in to the website to give all users better access to NSW legislation and legislative information. You can expect to see changes from visit to visit as development continues, so we recommend regular return visits.

Given the website is still under development, you need to be fully aware of the following limitations—

  • Content that is currently on this beta website was uploaded in July 2020 and is ‘frozen’ as at that time, for example, you may see now-repealed titles appearing in the In force collection.
  • Initially, none of the legislative content on this beta website will change at all, though the features and functionality will continue to change and informational text will be gradually uploaded.
  • The beta website may perform slowly at times, especially when downloading very large files.

Please understand you cannot rely on the versions of legislation available on this beta websitelegislation.nsw.gov.au remains the official website for NSW legislation.  

By late April we hope to upload all current content and then start publishing simultaneously to the official website and the beta website. We will let you know when this happens, though the beta website will still not be the official website until we have completed all planned development and testing.

We would welcome your feedback about the beta website—please send us a feedback email. (You can also click the Feedback button on the beta website.)


Last updated 26 November 2020 at 17:28