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Welcome to the Office of Parliamentary Counsel Website

The Office of Parliamentary Counsel (OPC) provides timely, high quality legislative drafting and publication services. These include drafting and advisory services for Commonwealth Bills, legislative, notifiable and other instruments as well as comprehensive public access to Commonwealth legislation through the Federal Register of Legislation website.

For information on our specialist services, please see the Services and Training page.

This site is designed to be of interest to lawmakers, legislative drafters and anyone else seeking information about Commonwealth Bills, Acts and instruments. For information for clients working with OPC including frequently asked questions, please see the Client Information page.

OPC has been active in encouraging the use of plain language in legislation and developing and using plain language techniques. Please see the Plain Language page for further information. OPC has also developed the Guide to Reducing Complexity in Legislation as part of the Government’s initiative to reduce complexity in legislation.

Drafting Directions are instructions issued by the First Parliamentary Counsel to ensure that a consistent approach is taken in Commonwealth legislative drafting. They are available on the OPC Drafting Directions Series page. The OPC Drafting Manuals page includes the OPC Drafting Manual and the OPC Plain English Manual. The Drafting Manual gives an overview of Commonwealth legislative drafting techniques, including the Drafting Directions.

The Instruments Handbook provides information to assist Commonwealth rule-makers and agencies manage instruments in accordance with the relevant law. A revised version of the Handbook has been issued in July 2016.

In addition to information contained on this page, this site provides links to other sites related to legislation and legislative drafting.

We are interested in your views about our site and welcome your comments. These should be sent to our Webmaster.

Exposure draft of Instruments Handbook

The Legislative Instruments Act 2003 has been renamed the Legislation Act 2003 (the Act) and has undergone other changes on the commencement of the Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015 on 5 March 2016.

An exposure draft of the previously named Legislative Instruments Handbook that has been updated to account for these changes is available for your information and comment. Please click here to download the exposure draft of the Instruments Handbook. Comments have now closed and a new version of the Instruments Handbook will be issued shortly.


We have moved:

Office of Parliamentary Counsel has moved to: Level 4, 28 Sydney Avenue Forrest 2603.

Although we have moved, the last 3 digits of the old phone numbers remain the same. Please dial
02 6120 1 and then the last 3 digits of the person you are trying to contact.

OPC's main switchboard number is 02 6120 1400.

What's New?
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Last Updated: 20 June 2016



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