FAQs

The Parliamentary Counsel's Office maintains the NSW legislation website at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au, which is the official NSW Government site for the online publication of legislation (including official notification of the making of statutory instruments and of Government Gazettes). The website also contains information guides about NSW legislation.

The principal role of the PCO is to provide the Government with a comprehensive and integrated range of high quality services for:

  • the drafting and development of legislation,
  • the publication of legislation, and
  • the giving of advice and information about legislation.

Drafting legislation includes the drafting of Bills and amendments to Bills, regulations, rules of court and other statutory instruments.

Publishing legislation includes the production of Bills, new legislation, the Government Gazette and information publications.

Providing advice and information includes the provision of advice on legislative drafting and procedure, a Legislation Information Service to the Government and the public, and a range of legislation information publications.

The PCO also provides and maintains the NSW legislation website which is the official NSW Government site for the online publication of legislation, established under Part 6A of the Interpretation Act 1987.

For more detailed information about the Office, see About PCO.

The Parliamentary Counsel's Office does NOT provide legal advice or research assistance to the public.
The Office does not provide:

  • Information on the meaning of particular provisions of legislation or how they might be applied in particular circumstances (for example, traffic offences or how a local environmental planning instrument applies to your property).
  • Information about future plans for legislation.
  • Legal research or information for student projects or university assignments.

If you are seeking legal advice or research assistance, the following sources may be useful:

  • Law Access Online provides plain language legal information, including fact sheets and guides to help you with legal issues. LawAccess NSW also operates a free government telephone service that provides legal information, referrals and, in some cases, advice for people who have a legal problem in NSW. Telephone 1300 888 529.
  • The general reference service at the State Library of NSW includes legal information inquiries. Telephone (02) 9273 1414. The Library also provides HSC support programs, including resources for legal studies, and the Find Legal Answers website.
  • The government department, agency or local council administering a particular piece of legislation may be able to assist you with information about the operation of the legislation or the underlying policies. The NSW Government Directory provides a list of the government departments, agencies and Ministries.
  • For legal advice on the interpretation or application of legislation you may need to consult a qualified private lawyer or community legal service.

PCO does not provide information or give legal advice about the operation of particular Acts or Regulations.

For any information about the legal effect of a particular Act or Regulation, you should contact the relevant Government agency that is responsible for the Act or Regulation, or a qualified legal practitioner.

If you are seeking legal advice or research assistance, click here.

The Allocation of the Administration of Acts is approved by the Governor and published on the NSW legislation website. The Allocation sets out the Ministers who are responsible for particular Acts and for Regulations under those Acts.

The Allocation of the Administration of Acts is available on the NSW legislation website. In force Acts also show this information under the heading "Responsible Minister" on the Status information page.

You can also find out this information:

You can find out this information from the NSW Government portal website or by contacting the Parliamentary Counsel's Office, Telephone 02 9321 3333 or Email parliamentary.counsel@pco.nsw.gov.au.

For reasons of confidentiality, PCO is not able to advise you whether or not a particular Bill or a Bill on a particular subject is being drafted.


For information about a particular Bill, you should contact the relevant Government agency that is responsible for the Bill. If you do not know the agency responsible, the PCO's Legislation Information Service may be able to assist, Telephone 02 9321 3333 or Email parliamentary.counsel@pco.nsw.gov.au.

To find out whether a Bill has been introduced into Parliament, you can:

  • check the Bills section on the NSW Legislation website or on the Parliament House website,
  • monitor the notification of legislative events on the Notification-Gazette page of the NSW legislation website. The notices provide the mechanism for the official notification of statutory instruments, Government Gazettes and other events. An RSS feed is available which gives subscribers updates to that page.
  • contact the Parliamentary Counsel's Office, Telephone 02 9321 3333 or Email parliamentary.counsel@pco.nsw.gov.au.

For confidentiality reasons, PCO is not able to advise you whether or not a particular Regulation or a Regulation on a particular subject is being drafted.

For any information about a proposed Regulation, you should contact the relevant Government agency that is responsible for the Act under which the Regulation would be made.

Vacancies at PCO are advertised on our Employment page.

Vacancies at PCO that are open to members of the public are advertised online at jobs.nsw.

Vacancies may also be advertised online at www.seek.com.au and www.mycareer.com.au

Suitably qualified applicants who have a disability are encouraged to apply and should contact the PCO if they have any special requirements. See the Contact Us page.

The Parliamentary Counsel's Office does not provide or sell printed copies of legislation or the Government Gazette.

If you would like to obtain printed legislation (either the current in force version or as originally made) there are several options available:

  1. You can print out the legislation you require free of charge from the legislation website (http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au). As Made titles and the Government Gazette are already available in PDF and most in force titles have a PDF version available on the pale blue task bar.
  2. 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.
  3. Go to your local library to access the legislation website and print out the copies you require.

The Parliamentary Counsel's Office can provide the following:

  • Information about the commencement and currency of NSW legislation.
  • Assistance with using the NSW legislation website (eg navigating the website, printing instruments, linking to the website, accessing tables for information about legislation etc)

          Telephone:     +61 2 9321 3333
          Email:            parliamentary.counsel@pco.nsw.gov.au