Before you begin your search, identify the main ideas (or key concepts) in your assignment question or research topic.
When searching for legislation, you should ask yourself these questions:
|Type of Information||
|Certain information from the Act or Bill||
Once you know your jurisdiction, the relevant official legislation registry will supply most of your needs. Material from these sites is acceptable in a Court.
All the official registries have historical versions, key dates, and amendment history.
The attached PDF, links, and videos below, will guide you in finding these.
When did the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) receive the royal assent? When did it commence?
Look up the Act in NSW Legislation and select the Legislative history tab.
Select the Original legislation menu and you will see the assent date, 16.6.02 and the commencement date, 20.3.02.
These dates show that this is retrospective legislation.
When was provision 26K of this Act last amended, and by which amending Act?
Select the History notes menu, and scroll to section 26K. We see that this section was inserted by Act No 76 of 2005.
Now selecting the Amending legislation menu, we scroll to 2005 and see that Act No 76 is the Civil Liability Amendment (Offender Damages Trust Fund) Act 2005.
We see the assent date is 26.10.05, and that the amending Act commenced on its assent date.
The following video shows how to find critical dates and the amendment history of a piece of Australian Legislation.
Not all the information you get from a search will be useful.
If your results are not relevant, try reviewing your search strategy by asking the following questions: