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ACT drafting and publishing practice

PCO strives to provide best-practice drafting and publishing. PCO continually assesses drafting and publishing practice to achieve greater simplicity and clarity and better accessibility. PCO's drafting and publishing practices are set out in the documents published here.

The documents will be updated as drafting and publishing practices evolve.

The following documents provide a guide to ACT drafting and publishing practice:

Other useful sources of information

The ACT Legislation Handbook and ACT Cabinet Handbook, produced by the Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate, provide background information about the development of legislation. The Legislation Handbook sets out the rules and procedures from developing an idea for legislation to the passage of the resulting legislation through the Legislative Assembly. The Legislation Handbook must be read with the Cabinet Handbook, which sets out Cabinet procedures. Cabinet procedures affect the production of legislation.