Legislation Act 2012

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Reprint as at 1 February 2014

Legislation Act 2012

Public Act2012 No 119
Date of assent11 December 2012
Commencementsee section 2


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice and the Parliamentary Counsel Office.


1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
General provisions

3 Purposes

4 Interpretation

5 Act binds the Crown

Part 2
Law relating to publishing, reprinting, and revising legislation

Subpart 1Publishing legislation

Responsibilities and requirements

6 Chief Parliamentary Counsel to arrange publication


7 Designation of places where printed copies of legislation may be purchased

8 Sale of copies of legislation

9 Availability of electronic versions of legislation

Forwarding to Chief Parliamentary Counsel

10 Copies of legislative instruments to be forwarded to Chief Parliamentary Counsel

Numbering and notification

11 Numbering of legislative instruments

12 Notice of making of legislative instruments

13 Complying with requirement to publish or notify in Gazette by publishing and notifying under this Act

Other instruments

14 Publication of instruments other than legislative instruments

Revocation of spent instruments

15 Power to revoke spent instruments

Judicial notice of legislation

16 Judicial notice of Acts, regulations, and legislative instruments

Official versions of legislation

17 Electronic and printed official versions of legislation

18 Legal status of official version

Evidence of parliamentary journals

19 Copies of parliamentary journals to be evidence

Form of copies and reprints of legislation

20 Directions as to form of copies and reprints of legislation

21 Special requirements for copies of legislative instruments


22 Regulations

Subpart 2Reprints

23 Interpretation

24 Power to make changes in reprints

25 Editorial changes

26 Changes to format

27 Changes to be noted in reprint

Subpart 3Revision Bills

Preliminary provisions

28 Interpretation

29 Overview

Preparation of revisions

30 Three-yearly revision programme

31 Revision powers

32 Format of revision Bill

33 Certification of revision Bill

34 Amendments proposed by revision Bills

Interpretation of revision Acts

35 Revision Acts not intended to change effect of law

Review of this subpart

36 Review after 6 years

Part 3
Subordinate legislation: Disallowable instruments and incorporation of material by reference

Subpart 1Disallowable instruments


37 Interpretation

38 Disallowable instruments

39 Instruments that have significant legislative effect

40 Instruments that determine or alter temporal application

Presentation to House of Representatives

41 Legislative instruments and disallowable instruments to be presented to House of Representatives

How instruments are disallowed

42 Disallowance of instruments by resolution of House of Representatives

43 Disallowance of instrument if motion to disallow not disposed of

Effect of disallowance

44 Effect of disallowance generally

45 Effect of disallowance on enactment amended, repealed, or revoked by disallowed instrument

Amendment or substitution of instrument by House of Representatives

46 Amendment or substitution of disallowable instrument by House of Representatives

Notification of disallowance, amendment, or substitution

47 Notice of resolution or motion

Subpart 2Incorporation by reference in instruments

48 Interpretation

49 Instruments that may incorporate material by reference

50 Application of this subpart

51 Requirement to consult on proposal to incorporate material by reference

52 Access to material incorporated by reference

53 Effect of amendments to material incorporated by reference

54 Proof of material incorporated by reference

55 Application of subpart 1 of Part 2 to instrument and material incorporated by reference

56 Application of subpart 1 of this Part to instrument incorporating material by reference

57 Application of Standards Act 1988, other enactments, and rules of law not affected

Part 4
Parliamentary Counsel Office

Constitution and functions

58 Parliamentary Counsel Office continues as separate statutory office

59 Functions of PCO

60 Power to authorise drafting and printing of Government Bills by Inland Revenue Department

61 Confidentiality

Powers of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

62 Powers of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

63 Delegation of functions, responsibilities, duties, or powers

64 Absence or incapacity of Chief Parliamentary Counsel or vacancy

65 Revocation of delegations

Chief Parliamentary Counsel and employees of PCO

66 Chief Parliamentary Counsel

67 Parliamentary counsel

68 Chief Parliamentary Counsel and parliamentary counsel to hold legal qualification

69 Other employees of PCO

70 Remuneration and conditions of appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel

71 Chief Parliamentary Counsel acts as employer

72 Collective agreements

73 Employment principles

74 Appointments on merit

75 Chief Parliamentary Counsel to establish procedure for notifying vacancies and appointments, and reviewing appointments

76 Protection from liability

Repeals, consequential amendments, and savings

77 Repeals, consequential amendments, and savings about legislative matters

78 Savings about former principal officers and other PCO staff

79 Continuation of annual regulations series

Consequential amendments to Acts

Reprint notes

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: