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:
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:
If you are seeking legal advice or research assistance, the following sources may be useful:
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out whether a Bill has been introduced into Parliament, you can:
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.
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:
The Parliamentary Counsel's Office can provide the following:
Telephone: +61 2 9321 3333