Terms of Reference

The terms of reference of the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee are to:

a.  provide advice to departments in the initial stages of developing legislation when legislative proposals and drafting instructions are being prepared, including to:

  • focus on significant or complicated legislative proposals, basic framework/design issues, instrument choice, consistency with fundamental legal and constitutional principles and impact on the coherence of the statute book;
  • assist departments with the allocation of provisions between primary, secondary and tertiary legislation;
  • provide advice on delegated legislative powers;
  • provide advice on the appropriateness of exposure draft Bills;

b.   report to the Attorney-General on departures from the LAC Guidelines in legislative proposals;

c.    advise the Attorney-General on any other topics and matters in the field of public law that the Attorney-General from time to time refers to it;

d.   help improve the quality of law-making by helping to ensure that legislation gives clear effect to government policy, ensuring that legislative proposals conform with the LAC Guidelines and discouraging the promotion of unnecessary legislation;

e.   scrutinise and make representations to the appropriate body or person on aspects of Bills which raise matters of particular public law concern;

f.    undertake training and education work, relating to the LDAC’s role and the 2014 revised Guidelines. 


Cabinet material relating to LDAC's establishment can be accessed here:

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