The Adobe website provides information about PDFs for assistive technology users.
The website provides information on how to configure Adobe Reader to work with assistive technology. Adobe Reader contains many capabilities specifically designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to read PDF files, regardless of whether the files have been optimised for accessibility.
The online tools also include a facility to convert PDF documents to either HTML or ASCII text.
For more information about reading PDF content, visit the Adobe website.
You can use the "Generate a PDF for this page" icon to create a PDF with standard headers and footers for any HTML page on the website - including any part of In Force legislation.
The PDF icon for the desktop view is on the right of the dark blue menu bar for a page:
For the mobile view, the PDF icon is in the lower section of the main Menu:
IMPORTANT - to make a PDF of a whole title of legislation, select the "Whole title" button first. The "Whole title" button can be found on the light blue document menu. Then click on the PDF button on the dark blue menu to make the PDF.
For legislation, the PDF will be of the page that is currently displaying in the right hand fragment view, which is the "Status information page" when you first display an In Force legislation title. To make a PDF of the whole title or another part of the legislation, you must select another view. If you are currently viewing part of an item of legislation (for example, one section of an Act), then the PDF will only be created for that section. To choose what to include in the PDF:
- To make a PDF of the whole legislative instrument including the Contents, click on the "Whole title" option, then the generate PDF icon.
- To make a PDF of the whole legislative instrument without the Contents, click on the name of the instrument at the top of the Contents (this will make the whole instrument appear in the fragment view), then the generate PDF icon.
- To make a PDF of a particular Part or similar component, click on the Part or component in the Contents (this will make that component appear in the fragment view), then the generate PDF icon.
You can use the same generate PDF icon to make PDFs of other pages on the website, including the Tables. The PDF will generate in a new tab of your browser. Once generated, you can use the PDF in the same way as other PDFs, including for the following:
- saving a local copy
- saving in another format (for example, Word or text)
- adding comments or annotations
- reflowing or adapting the file for mobile use.
Legislation feeds are an easy way to keep up to date with legislative changes on this website without having to constantly visit the site. When changes to the website are made a legislation feed can notify you and give you a link to the new or changed content. Legislation feeds are also called RSS.
All you need is a feed reader. Most current web browsers have feed readers built in or have plug-ins available. You can also use web-based readers or dedicated software. The legislation feeds are identified by the standard web feed symbol and you can set up as many different web feeds from this website as you need.
Standard legislation feeds
The following standard feeds are available:
- Notification of the making of statutory instruments, Government Gazettes and Bill information. For subscribers to the weekly notification email, this feed can be used instead of that email. The weekly email service will be continued for the time being but it is recommended that subscribers consider changing to the feed, which provides the same information.
- Bills—updates on all consultation drafts of Bills, Bills introduced, amended and passed by Parliament, and Bills assented to.
- New or updated In Force legislation—updates on new, amended or updated Acts, statutory instruments and environmental planning instruments in the In Force collection.
- New As Made legislation—updates when new Acts, statutory instruments and environmental planning instruments are added to the As Made PDF collection.
- New Government Gazettes.
You can make any of the following customised feeds:
- from a search result on the In Force collection you can create a feed to receive updates when the results of the search change
- from the Status Information page of an Act, statutory instrument or environmental planning instrument in the consolidated In Force collection, choose a feed to receive updates when that item of legislation is amended or updated
- from a Bill information page, choose a feed to follow the progress of that particular Bill.
Legislation feeds can be viewed using your browser's built-in feed reader, a browser extension or an external feed reader.
The following are some common browsers:
|Google Chrome||No||You will need to use an extension such as RSS Feed Reader|
|Microsoft Edge||No||There are no extensions available yet. Use a standalone reader (see below)|
You can also download an external feed reader or use a web/cloud based one. The following are the most popular feed readers:
|Cloud-based||Feedly||Syncs across desktops and mobiles|
Maps in zoomable PDF are provided for standard-based environmental planning instruments in the In Force collection. This feature was introduced in late 2007. These instruments are drafted on the basis that significant planning content (such as land application, land use zoning, building heights, floor space ratios and heritage areas) will be displayed on maps rather than described in the text of the instrument.
A "Maps" button appears on the light blue document menu if maps have been provided for a particular instrument. The Maps button and references in the text to maps are linked to an index page that provides access to the individual maps. This index page has also been designed to provide point-in-time functionality.
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To magnify and view more detail in the maps, there are several zoom functions available: on the zoom menu bar of your PDF viewer, click on the - and + symbols to change the zoom level, or type or select a percentage in the Zoom box, you can also right click with your mouse and select this function, on the zoom menu bar, change the magnification options to Dynamic Zoom. You can then use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out by dragging the mouse up and down or by turning the mouse wheel, you can also right click with your mouse and select the Dynamic Zoom function.
To print an area of a PDF map where you have zoomed in, select Print from the File menu. Under Print Range, select "Current view". To print the entire map, the Print Range selection should be set to "All".
If you have Adobe Acrobat Professional you have extra functions available: on the zoom menu bar, change the magnification options to Loupe. This opens a magnified area of the map in a small window. As you move around the main PDF screen, the portion of the map in the magnification window changes, to have the main PDF document in a small window and the magnified area as the larger document, change the magnification option to Pan & Zoom Window instead, you can also right click with your mouse and select the Loupe or Pan & Zoom functions.
The index page also shows pin links to the State planning agency interactive Planning Viewer on the NSW planning portal website. The map content on the portal has not been certified as correct under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. For current maps in the format in which they were officially approved, refer to the PDF maps on this website as available from the index page.
Information indicating the portfolio Minister is provided on the Status Information page for individual Acts in the In Force collection.
The Allocation of the Administration of Acts sets out the Ministers who are responsible for the administration of particular Acts (or part/s of Acts) and for any Regulations etc made under those Acts. The Allocations are approved by the Governor. The current version of the Allocation of the Administration of Acts is found in the In Force database under Regulations.
The site navigation links in the main blue bar contain the following selections:
- Search: enables you to search consolidated legislation currently in force or repealed.
- Browse: contains two categories (In Force and Repealed) of three alphabetical lists of consolidated versions of the three categories of legislation: one for Acts, one for Regulations and the other for EPIs (environmental planning instruments).
- Notification-Gazette: contains links to the official online notification feature and Gazette searching and browsing.
- As Made: has links to Search As Made and Browse As Made. Search As Made enables you to search legislation in the form in which it was originally enacted or made. This legislation is stored in PDF format. Browse As Made contains three alphabetical lists relating to legislation in the form in which it was originally enacted or made. The first list relates to Acts; the second list to Regulations (listed under their parent Act); and the third list to EPIs (environmental planning instruments).
- Bills: has links to Search Bills and Browse Bills. NSW Bills includes Bills (including Explanatory Notes) at all stages of the Parliamentary process, from 1987 onwards. There is also a collection of Consultation drafts of Bills publicly released before introduction, from 1999 onwards.
- LegInfo: contains information about using and understanding legislation, including a Guide to interpreting NSW legislation, and overview of How legislation is made and the Legislation tables (which contain a series of generated information tables about legislation, including repeals and commencements). There is also a collection of superseded print-based tables and other reference material.
- Links: contains useful related links (including legislation, Bills, Gazettes, Parliaments and drafting organisations of other states, territories and countries).
The grey site navigation links at the top right of the page contain:
- Home: takes you to the home page for the NSW legislation website.
- About: contains information about the NSW legislation website.
- Contact: contains contact information.
- Help: contains detailed help for using the NSW legislation website.
- Mobile View/Desktop View: toggles between the two viewing modes for the website.
The grey site navigation links at the bottom of the page contain:
- What's new: contains the latest information about the website.
- Accessibility: contains accessibility information in relation to the website.
- Sitemap: contains the sitemap for easy navigation around the website.
- Copyright and Disclaimer: contains copyright and disclaimer information in relation to the website and legislation.
Desktop view mode
In Force and Repealed legislation is set out in two parts: Contents view on the left and Fragment view with navigation options and text on the right.
The Contents view contains a linked table of contents for the legislation, including whole instrument, Chapters, Parts, Divisions, Subdivisions and Schedules, as well as individual sections or clauses. When a link is selected in this view, the detailed text of that selection is displayed in the Fragment view.
The Fragment view contains document navigation items and text for the link selected in the Contents view. The navigation items in this view include:
- Whole title: displays the whole instrument, including the status information, full contents with hypertext links and historical notes.
- Regulations or Parent Act: displays either a list of regulations made under that Act or the parent Act for that statutory instrument.
- Historical versions: displays a list of historical versions for the instrument from a base date of 1 January 2002. However, some selected titles have more extensive collections.
- Historical notes: is a quick link to the information about amendments to the instrument.
- Search title: enables you to search the instrument you are currently viewing.
- Maps: displays a list of maps relating to that instrument, if any.
- RSS: provides a link to set up a legislation feed for updates to that instrument.
Mobile view mode
In the mobile view, the Contents view and navigation options are combined into the Document menu.
The In Force collection is in HTML.
To print or save a PDF version of a fragment or whole title, see Generating PDFs.
To print an HTML fragment (which usually contains a whole section or schedule) click on the printer icon in the top right corner and then follow your usual print setup instructions.
To view or print a whole title, choose from the following:
- for the whole title with the table of contents included, click the Whole title button in the main fragment window. This enables you to view a complete version of an item of legislation in HTML with a linked table of contents.
- for the whole title without a table of contents, click on the title of the instrument at the top of the table of contents. This gives you a complete version in the fragment window without the table of contents.
You can also copy and paste the HTML text (Edit > Select All > Copy, or click and drag to select the text) to the clipboard and paste into a word-processing application such as Microsoft Word (Word 2000 or later provides the best print display), or into a text editor such as WordPad.
The As Made collection is in PDF (Portable Document Format) and can be viewed, downloaded and printed in the standard way for that application. For more information about PDF, visit the Adobe website or you can Download Adobe Reader.
Legislation in the In Force collection can be generated as a PDF using the icon on the dark blue menu bar.
The Parliamentary Counsel's Office does not provide or sell printed copies of legislation.
If you would like to obtain printed legislation (either the current in force version or as originally made) there are several options available:
- You can print out the legislation you require free of charge from the (legislation website):
- You can download the PDF of the legislation you require onto your computer and then either save it onto a USB drive and take it to any print shop or email it to them and they will print it for you.
- Go to your local library to access the legislation website and print out the copies you require.
NSW amending Acts are automatically repealed after they commence by section 30C of the Interpretation Act 1987. This is for a number of reasons:
- They contain only amending and machinery provisions (substantive provisions in NSW are always inserted into the Principal or target Act).
- The retention of the amending Acts creates several potential problems for users of the "In Force" statute book on the NSW legislation website. This is because provisions become duplicated and produce more than one hit when searching.
- If the amending Acts linger on in the "In Force" collection, there is the chance that the target of those amendments may be subsequently amended by another Act. In that event, the user consults what is effectively a "spent" amending Act and is likely to be misled as to the current status of the provisions.
- The removal of the amending Acts (after their amendments have commenced) serves to keep the In Force collection to a more manageable size. The amending Acts are still permanently retained on the legislation website both in the "As Made" and "Repealed" collections.
This practice of repealing spent amending Acts is not unique or new to NSW. At one stage the amending Acts were repealed in batches twice a year as part of the statute law amendment process and from 2006 to 2008 contained a self-repealing clause.
It should be noted that once an amendment of a Principal Act that is made by an amending Act has commenced, the repeal of the amending Act does not affect the amendment that has been made (section 30 of the Interpretation Act 1987).