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Legislation Act 2003

Chapter 1 - Introduction    View history reference

Part 2 - Key concepts for legislative instruments and notifiable instruments    View history reference

SECTION 12  Commencement of legislative instruments and notifiable instruments  

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When do legislative instruments and notifiable instruments commence?

(1)  

A legislative instrument or a notifiable instrument commences:


(a) at the start of the day after the day the instrument is registered; or


(b) so far as the instrument provides otherwise - in accordance with such provision.

Note:

The instrument may provide for its commencement by enabling a commencement instrument to be made: see subsection (5).

Retrospective application

(2)  

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A provision of a legislative instrument or notifiable instrument does not apply in relation to a person (other than the Commonwealth or an authority of the Commonwealth) if the provision commences before the day the instrument is registered, to the extent that as a result:


(a) the person ' s rights as at that day would be affected so as to disadvantage the person; or


(b) liabilities would be imposed on the person in respect of anything done or omitted to be done before that day.

(3)  

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However, subject to subsection (2), a legislative instrument or notifiable instrument may provide that a provision of the instrument commences before the day the instrument is registered.

(4)  

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The effect of subsection (2) or (3) in relation to an instrument is subject to any contrary provision in an Act.

Commencement instruments

(5)  

Without limiting paragraph (1)(b), for the purposes of that paragraph, a legislative instrument or notifiable instrument may authorise the making of a commencement instrument in relation to the legislative instrument or notifiable instrument.


 



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