What is the process for a Bill becoming law?

If a Bill is approved by Cabinet for introduction into Parliament, it is introduced into either the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council by the Minister responsible for the Bill or if the Minister is in the other House, by a representing Minister.

A Bill must progress through a 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading in both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council and is generally considered in detail or in Committee. Amendments may be made to the Bill during this process.

When the Bill passes both Houses, it is forwarded to the Governor for assent, after receiving assent the Act comes into operation according to the commencement provisions contained in the Act (section 2 of the Act), it then becomes law.

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