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ACTS INTERPRETATION ACT 1901


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

   PART 1--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Short title  
   1A.     Simplified outline  
   2.      Application of Act  
   2A.     Binding the Crown  

   PART 2--DEFINITIONS

   2B.     Definitions  
   2C.     References to persons  
   2D.     References to de facto partners  
   2E.     Registered relationships  
   2F.     De facto relationships  
   2G.     Months  
   2H.     References to law of the Commonwealth  
   2J.     Documents commencing proceedings  
   2K.     Rules of court  
   2L.     References to Australian Standards  

   PART 3--COMMENCEMENT OF ACTS

   3.      When Acts come into operation  
   3A.     Commencement of Acts  
   4.      Exercise of powers between enactment and commencement of Act  
   6.      Evidence of date of assent  

   PART 4--AMENDMENT, REPEAL AND EXPIRY OF ACTS

   7.      Effect of repeal or amendment of Act  
   10.     References to amended or re-enacted Acts  
   10A.    References to amended or re-enacted laws of States and Territories  
   11.     Acts may be altered etc. in same session  
   11A.    Inserting definitions into provisions or inserting items into lists or tables  
   11B.    Amending Act to be construed with amended Act  

   PART 5--GENERAL INTERPRETATION RULES

   12.     Every section a substantive enactment  
   13.     Material that is part of an Act  
   15A.    Construction of Acts to be subject to Constitution  
   15AA.   Interpretation best achieving Act's purpose or object  
   15AB.   Use of extrinsic material in the interpretation of an Act  
   15AC.   Changes to style not to affect meaning  
   15AD.   Examples  
   15B.    Application of Acts in coastal sea  
   15C.    Jurisdiction of courts  
   16.     References to the Sovereign  
   16A.    References to the Governor-General  
   16B.    References to the Governor of a State  
   16BA.   References to judge  
   16C.    References to Stipendiary Magistrate and Magistrate  
   17A.    Paper or document purporting to be printed by Government Printer  
   18A.    Parts of speech and grammatical forms  
   18B.    Titles of Chairs and Deputy Chairs  
   19.     References to Ministers in Acts  
   19A.    References to Departments in Acts  
   19B.    Machinery of government--substituted reference orders  
   19C.    Machinery of government--references to authorities in Commonwealth agreements  
   19D.    Machinery of government changes--saving the validity of acts done by authorities  
   20.     References to holders of appointments, offices and positions in Acts and Commonwealth agreements  
   21.     Office etc. means office etc. of the Commonwealth  
   23.     Rules as to gender and number  
   25A.    Production of records kept in computers etc.  
   25B.    Alterations of names and constitutions  
   25C.    Compliance with forms  
   25D.    Content of statements of reasons for decisions  

   PART 6--SERVICE OF DOCUMENTS

   28A.    Service of documents  
   29.     Meaning of service by post  

   PART 7--POWERS, FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES

   33.     Exercise of powers and performance of functions or duties  
   33AA.   Power to appoint includes power to reappoint  
   33AB.   Validity of things done under appointments under Acts  
   33A.    Acting in offices or positions  
   33B.    Participation in meetings by telephone etc.  
   34.     Power to hear and determine a matter includes power to receive evidence and examine witnesses etc.  
   34AAA.  Exercise of powers etc. by holders etc. of offices or positions  
   34AAB.  Minister may authorise others to perform functions or duties or exercise powers on his or her behalf  
   34AA.   Delegation to persons holding, occupying or performing the duties of an office or position  
   34AB.   Effect of delegation  
   34A.    Exercise of powers and performance of functions or duties that depend upon the opinion etc. of delegates  
   34B.    Presentation of papers to the Parliament  
   34C.    Periodic reports  

   PART 8--DISTANCE, TIME AND AGE

   35.     Measurement of distance  
   36.     Calculating time  
   37.     Expressions of time  
   37A.    Attainment of particular age  

   PART 9--CITATION OF ACTS AND INSTRUMENTS

   38.     Reference to Acts  
   39.     Numbering of Acts  
   40.     Citation of Acts and instruments  
   40A.    References to the new corporations and ASIC legislation  

   PART 10--INSTRUMENTS NOT COVERED BY THE LEGISLATION ACT 2003, AND PARLIAMENTARY RESOLUTIONS

   46.     Construction of instruments  
   46AA.   Prescribing matters by reference to other instruments  
   47.     Construction of resolutions  

   PART 11--REGULATIONS

   51.     Regulations  


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