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Commonwealth Legislative Drafting Manual

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In 1976, recognising that there was a shortage of trained legislative drafters in the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Secretariat first published a legislative drafting manual aimed at informing those practitioners with little or no previous experience in the skill, and assisting those with some experience who had never considered why drafting needed to be undertaken in a particular way.

That aim remains, but more than 40 years later there have been important changes in the way legislation is drafted. These mainly concern the perceived need to make it more accessible to those to be affected by it, in particular by the use of plain language and sentence structures that relate more closely to those used in formal non-legislative documents.

In the light of these and other changes, the Commonwealth Legislative Drafting Manual has been completely rewritten, and it now guides the practitioner step by step through the various things he or she needs to know. It also contains a series of appendices relating to the procedure for the preparation of legislation, the contents of drafting instructions, and some hints to the beginner on the best approaches to the task.

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Licensing Legislation

In public law administration, two kinds of system are commonly used in order to authorise the carrying on of an activity that would otherwise be prohibited: licensing and registration. A licence is a legal device by which permission is granted, in public law terms normally by the Government or a public authority, by means of some form of official document to carry on the activity. A simple form of licence is often referred to as a permit. Registration is a process used for official recording of persons and/or activities in an authoritative list.

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