Legislation Act 2003

Chapter 2 - Registration of Acts, legislative instruments and notifiable instruments  

Part 2 - Compilations  

Division 3 - Editorial changes and other changes  

SECTION 15V   Power to make editorial changes and other changes  

Editorial changes

(1)  
In preparing a compilation of an Act, legislative instrument or notifiable instrument for registration (including a compilation that has been lodged for registration), the First Parliamentary Counsel may make editorial changes to any text that is part of the Act or instrument.

Note 1:

For what is an editorial change , see section 15X .

Note 2:

For what text forms part of the Act or instrument, see section 13 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (which applies in relation to instruments under section 13 of this Act).

(2)  
The First Parliamentary Counsel may make an editorial change to an Act or instrument under subsection (1) only if he or she considers the change to be desirable to:


(a) bring the Act or instrument into line, or more closely into line, with legislative drafting practice being used by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel; or


(b) correct an error, or ensure that a misdescribed amendment of the Act or instrument is given effect to as intended. Presentational changes

(3)  
In preparing a compilation of an Act, legislative instrument or notifiable instrument for registration (including a compilation that has been lodged for registration), the First Parliamentary Counsel may make changes to the Act or instrument that affect the format, layout or printing style of the Act or instrument, or any other presentational aspect of the Act or instrument.

(4)  
The First Parliamentary Counsel may make a change to an Act or instrument under subsection (3) only if he or she considers the change to be desirable to bring the Act or instrument into line, or more closely into line, with legislative drafting practice being used by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel. Text not part of an Act or instrument

(5)  
In preparing a compilation of an Act, legislative instrument or notifiable instrument (including a compilation that has been lodged for registration), the First Parliamentary Counsel may include, omit or change any text that is not part of the Act or instrument, including (without limitation) any of the following:


(a) a table of contents or other provision that only describes the arrangement of the Act or instrument (or provisions of the Act or instrument) into groups of provisions;


(b) a reader ' s guide, simplified outline or similar text that only describes the nature or effect of the Act or instrument;


(c) text, known as alternative text (or " alt text " ), that does not form part of the Act or instrument because of subsection 13(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 (including that subsection as applied by section 13 of this Act);


(d) for an instrument - instrument-making words.

Note:

For paragraph (c), alternative text may, for example, aurally indicate the effect of a graphic image in an Act or instrument to assist users of an approved website who have visual disabilities.

No change of effect

(6)  
The First Parliamentary Counsel must not make a change to an Act or instrument under this section that would change the effect of the Act or instrument.

(7)  
Subsection (6) does not prevent the First Parliamentary Counsel making a change to an Act or instrument mentioned in paragraph (2)(m) of the definition of editorial change in subsection 15X(2) , or any editorial change consequential on such a change, as mentioned in paragraph (2)(q) of that definition.

Note:

Such a change consists of the incorporation into an Act or instrument of an application, savings, transitional, validation or similar provision that is contained in an amending Act or instrument.




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