Statutory authority

Statutory Authority

Statutory authority

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A statutory authority is an Australian body which has the right to enact legislation for specific areas of the law.


The term 'statutory authority' usually refers to an Australian government agency, whose goals are set out in its corresponding originating act. Its senior management are chosen by the relevant government (State or Federal) and will work closely with its associated ministry or ministries.

Federal statutory authorities are typically established under the . Statutory authorities at the State or Territory level are established under corresponding State or Territory laws. Each statutory authority tends to have its own enabling legislation, or originating act, even if it was established before the relevant over-riding legislation, For example, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) was established in 1949 by the Science and Industry Research Act, but it has since come under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 as legislation covering statutory authorities has evolved.

Laws made by statutory authorities are usually referred to as regulations. They are not cited in the same fashion as an act of parliament, but usually with specific initials (depending on the authority) and a number.

Just as Laws enacted by Parliament, all laws made by a statutory authority must be published in the Government Gazette.


The Parliament of Australia, or a constituent State Parliament, will...
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