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POLICY
  • Policy and legal analysis by department
    • Regulatory Impact and Disclosure Statements prepared **[LDAC]
  • Policy approved by Minister
  • Legislative bid approved by LEG and put on Legislation Programme
    • PCO may only draft bills on the Legislation Programme (Cabinet Manual 7.48)
  • Policy approved by Cabinet
    • Minister must seek Attorney-General’s written approval for PCO to begin drafting before policy is approved
  • Drafting instructions prepared by department
DRAFTING
  • Drafting instructions sent to PCO *[START DATE]
  • Multiple versions drafted by PCO
  • Each version analysed and commented on by department †[EST. DAYS]
CONSULTATION
  • Consultation with departments ‡[10 DAYS]
  • Peer review by PCO ‡[10 DAYS]
  • Proofread by PCO ‡[10 DAYS]
  • Exposure draft may be sent out for public consultation
  • Final comments and approval from department ‡[3 DAYS]
REVIEW
  • Penultimate draft by PCO ‡[10 DAYS]
  • Bill of Rights Act vet ‡[10 DAYS]
  • Proofread and final edit by PCO ‡[5 DAYS]
  • Print Bill for LEG ‡[1 DAY]
  • LEG deadline
    • 10am Thursday
  • LEG approval
    • 9:30am Thursday, sitting weeks
  • Cabinet approval
    • 11:30am Monday, sitting weeks
INTRODUCTION
  • Print Bill for introduction ‡[1 DAY]
  • Leader of the House informs Clerk of the House on any working day, or by 1pm on a sitting day, of the Government’s intention to introduce the Bill on that day
    • (SO 276)
  • Bill introduced
    • Regulatory Impact and Disclosure Statements published
  • Bill is available for first reading,—
    • if introduced on a sitting day, on the next sitting Tuesday; or
    • if introduced on a working day that is not a sitting day, on the third sitting day following that day
    • (SO 285(1))
  • Obtain Cabinet policy approval for associated legislative instruments before first reading of Bill

… to first reading …

 


**[LDAC]: If the Bill is to be passed within the year, instructions must be provided to PCO as soon as possible in the first quarter of the year.

*[START DATE]: If the Bill is to be passed within the year, instructions must be provided to PCO as soon as possible in the first quarter of the year.

If the Bill is to be introduced, but not passed, within the year, instructions must be provided before 1 July.

[EST. DAYS]: The estimated time to draft a Bill (from instructions being received to introduction) depends on the Bill’s size and complexity. On average, it takes 67 working days (approximately 3 months) for a 50 clause Bill of medium complexity.

[(No. of) DAYS]: Working days for task to be completed. Note, some processes may be able to be carried out at the same time.

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