Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the role and functions of PCO?
- Can PCO give information about how an Act or Regulation operates?
- Where can I get legal advice or assistance with legal research?
- How do I find out which Minister is responsible for an Act or Regulation?
- How do I find out which Government Department or agency is responsible for an Act or Regulation?
- How do I find out if a Bill is being drafted?
- How do I find out if a Regulation is being drafted?
- How do I find out about jobs at PCO?
The principal role of the PCO is to provide the Government with a comprehensive and integrated range of high quality services for:
- the drafting and development of legislation,
- the publication of legislation, and
- the giving of advice and information about legislation.
Drafting legislation includes the drafting of Bills and amendments to Bills, regulations, rules of court and other statutory instruments.
Publishing legislation includes the production of Bills, new legislation and information publications - in both electronic and printed forms.
Providing advice and information includes the provision of advice on legislative drafting and procedure, a Legislation Information Service to the Government and the public, and an extensive range of legislation information publications.
The PCO also provides and maintains the NSW legislation website which is the official NSW Government site for the online publication of legislation, established under Part 6A of the Interpretation Act 1987.
For more detailed information about the Office, see About PCO.
PCO does not provide information or give legal advice about the operation of particular Acts or Regulations.
For any information about the legal effect of a particular Act or Regulation, you should contact the relevant Government Department of agency which is responsible for the Act or Regulation, or a qualified legal practitioner.
The Allocation of the Administration of Acts is approved by the Governor and published on the NSW legislation website. The Allocation sets out the Ministers who are responsible for particular Acts and for Regulations under those Acts.
The Allocation of the Administration of Acts is available free online from the NSW legislation website. In force Acts also show this information under the heading "Responsible Minister" on the Status information page.
You can also find out this information:
- by consulting the Legislation in Force guide, which is updated monthly online,
- by contacting the Parliamentary Counsel's Office, Telephone 02 9321 3333 or Email email@example.com, or
- by searching the NSW Government Directory.
The Legislation in Force guide is published quarterly in hard copy format and can be purchased from the Strategic Communications and Government Advertising division of the Department of Services, Technology and Administration. See Printed Legislation on the Guides page for details.
For reasons of confidentiality, PCO is not able to advise you whether or not a particular Bill or a Bill on a particular subject is being drafted.
For information about a particular Bill, you should contact the relevant Government Department or agency that is responsible for the Bill. If you do not know the Agency responsible, the PCO's Legislation Information Service may be able to assist, Telephone 02 9321 3333 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out whether a Bill has been introduced into Parliament, you can:
- check the Bills section on the NSW Legislation website or on the Parliament House website,
- monitor the notification of legislative events on the Notification page of the NSW legislation website. The notices provide the mechanism for the official notification of statutory instruments and other events. A weekly email service is available free on subscription. Subscribe to the Friday weekly email service of these notices.
- contact the Parliamentary Counsel's Office, Telephone 02 9321 3333 or Email email@example.com.
For confidentiality reasons, PCO is not able to advise you whether or not a particular Regulation or a Regulation on a particular subject is being drafted.
For any information about a proposed Regulation, you should contact the relevant Government Department or agency that is responsible for the Act under which the Regulation would be made.
Vacancies at PCO are advertised on our Employment page.
Vacancies at PCO that are open to members of the public are advertised online at jobs.nsw.
Suitably qualified applicants who have a disability are encouraged to apply and should contact the PCO if they have any special requirements. See the Contact Us page.