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Acts Interpretation Act 1954 – 22 March 2016

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Acts are to be interpreted in a way that will best achieve the purpose of the Act.

  • Section 14A

Explanatory note or memorandum may be considered to interpret an Act.

  • Section 14B

Reasons for decision are to set out the findings on material questions of fact and refer to the evidence or other material on which those findings were based.

  • Section 27B

Definitions in this Act may apply to words or expressions used in other Acts.

  • Sections 32AB and 36, Schedule 1

A de facto partner is defined as a person who is living with another as a couple on a genuine domestic basis but who are not married to each other or related by family.

  • Section 32DA

A minor is an individual who is under 18.

  • Section 36, Schedule 1

An entity includes a person and an unincorporated body.

  • Section 36, Schedule 1

A person includes an individual and a corporation.

  • Section 36, Schedule 1
Reason for law

An Act to assist in the shortening and interpretation of Queensland Acts. (Introduction to Act)

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Highlighted practice direction

1991/23 – Use of extrinsic material in the interpretation of an act

Media article

Lawyers urged to keep treaty obligations in mind


Section 11 provides that Acts are to be public acts but section 12 allows scope for private acts to be enacted. I do not believe acts should be hidden from public review and scrutiny.

Section 15DA allows the commencement of a law to be postponed. For the purposes of allowing the public certainty as to the laws in operation, this practice should be reviewed and replaced with an educative compliance approach for first year of operation.

Section 19A allows an omitted law to operate as intended. For the purposes of certainty being delivered to the public, this section should be reconsidered.

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