Legislation Act 2003

Chapter 3 - Legislative instruments and notifiable instruments  

Part 1 - Drafting standards and consultation  

SECTION 16   Measures to achieve high drafting standards for legislative instruments and notifiable instruments  

(1)  


To encourage high standards in the drafting of legislative instruments and notifiable instruments, the First Parliamentary Counsel must cause steps to be taken to promote the legal effectiveness, clarity, and intelligibility to anticipated users, of legislative instruments and notifiable instruments.

(2)  
The steps referred to in subsection (1) may include, but are not limited to:


(a) undertaking or supervising the drafting of legislative instruments and notifiable instruments; and


(b) scrutinising preliminary drafts of legislative instruments and notifiable instruments; and


(c) providing advice concerning the drafting of legislative instruments and notifiable instruments; and


(d) providing training in drafting and matters related to drafting to officers and employees of Departments or other agencies; and


(e) arranging the temporary secondment to Departments or other agencies of APS employees performing duties in the Office of Parliamentary Counsel; and


(f) providing drafting precedents to officers and employees of Departments or other agencies.

(3)  


The First Parliamentary Counsel must also cause steps to be taken:


(a) to prevent the use of gender-specific language in legislative instruments and notifiable instruments in circumstances where it is not necessary to identify persons by their sex; and


(b) to advise rule-makers for registered legislative instruments or notifiable instruments if those instruments use gender-specific language in those circumstances; and


(c) to notify both Houses of the Parliament about any occasion when a rule-maker is advised under paragraph (b).




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