News: Legislation Design and Advisory Committee Established

The Legislation Design and Advisory Committee has been established to provide advice to departments and agencies on the design and content of government Bills. The Committee is similar to the former Legislation Advisory Committee but will provide advice to government agencies on the design and content of bills much earlier in their development. See the Attorney-General’s press release for further information.

The Legislation Design and Advisory Committee has also taken over responsibility for the Legislation Advisory Committee (LAC) Guidelines on Process and Content of Legislation (2014 edition).

Guidelines to promote good legislative standards

The Legislation Design and Advisory Committee will maintain the Legislation Advisory Committee Guidelines on Process and Content of Legislation (2014 edition) which are a guide to making good legislation. They are a valuable resource for public officials and government lawyers and provides advice and direction about the process of developing legislation and the need for new laws to maintain consistency with basic legal principles.

Designing Legislation

The Legislation Design and Advisory Committee advises departments in the initial stages of developing legislation when legislative proposals and drafting instructions are being prepared. The Committee advises on basic framework/design issues, and consistency with fundamental legal and constitutional principles. The Committee also assists with the allocation of provisions between primary, secondary and tertiary legislation, and the appropriateness of exposure draft Bills.