Commonwealth Legislative Instruments

Commonwealth legislative instruments are laws made by an entity who has been delegated the power by Parliament or another authority through a provision in the authorising legislation. An entity includes:

  • Governor-General in Council (for more information about the role of Governor-General in Council please refer to the Federal Executive Handbook)
  • Minister
  • Chief Executive
  • Board

Other terms used to describe legislative instruments include:

  • Codes
  • Notices
  • Orders
  • Ordinances
  • Proclamations
  • Regulations
  • Rules
  • Subordinate legislation

Legislative instruments can be found at the Federal Register of Legislation​ website.