Current and Historical Versions
The A-Z consolidations databases contain current and historical versions of legislation.
A current version of legislation is the version currently in force or, if the legislation has not yet come into operation, the version currently forming part of the State's Statute Book.
A historical version of legislation is a version of the legislation as previously on the State's Statute Book, whether then uncommenced or in force. The dates in the version table indicate the period for which the historical version was on the State's Statute Book. The period includes both the beginning date and the end date.
Certain historical versions of legislation from 1991 onwards are available on the website.
Since 1 January 2004 a strict policy of publishing separate versions for separate commencement and cessation dates has been adopted to provide point in time access to the law.
Prior to 1 January 2004 there may be gaps in the dates in the version table.
- There will be a gap between the beginning date of a version derived from a reprint that included several amendments commencing on different dates and the end date of the preceding version. The beginning date for such a version is the latest date on which an amendment incorporated into the reprint commenced.
- If historical versions are affected by retrospective amendments, they have not been made available because they are not an accurate representation of the law.
- Past practices have resulted in some data being unavailable.
The version of any legislation repealed since 1 January 2003 as in force immediately before its repeal is available.
Historical data that pre-dates 1 January 2004 will generally not include graphics, such as maps, pictures and forms, and will only be available in PDF format.
Display Older Versions
If more than 3 versions of legislation are available, additional versions may be displayed by clicking on the "Display Older Versions" link.
Considerable time and effort has been devoted to compiling the information on this website as accurately as possible. Given the amount of detailed information involved it is not possible to guarantee complete accuracy and no liability is accepted for any inaccuracy. If you find an error, it would be appreciated if you would advise the Commissioner for Legislation Revision and Publication by email: email@example.com. See full disclaimer.