GOV3 Legislation and its Interpretation

GOV3 Legislation and its Interpretation


The ability to find relevant legislation and interpret it is an essential skill for every lawyer. This practice-based subject advances on the key knowledge and skill required when interpreting and drafting statutory provisions.

Specifically the subject will:

  • provide and advance on an overview of key concepts in statutory interpretation
  • identify and critically discuss types of statutes
  • identify the specific skills needed for drafting statutory provisions
  • explore the commencement, enforceability and impact of legislation
  • explore the validity of statute and the rules of statutory interpretation, and
  • critically discuss the strategic application of statutory interpretation rules.

Learning objectives

At the end of this subject you will be able to:

  • identify and explain to specialist and non-specialist audiences the historical background of statutes and the different types of statutes
  • demonstrate an effective understanding of the fundamentals of statutes, including the hierarchy of legislation, definitional clauses, and how to find statutory instruments and judicial consideration of statutes
  • explain how to determine when a statute is in force and when any amendments commence or become operative, and identify savings and transitional provisions and different versions of legislation
  • identify and explain the impact of legislation and ascertain the validity of statute, and
  • demonstrate critical and practical understanding of the rules of statutory interpretation, including the strategic application thereof.


Topics in this subject include:

  • Introduction
  • Statutes fundamentals
  • Commencement and enforceability
  • Impact of legislation
  • Validity of statute
  • Rules of statutory interpretation



How to enrol

1. Download and read the Program Manual (PDF).
This document contains all the terms and conditions relating to your enrolment at The College of Law.

2. Decide on your program and initial subject/s

3. Enrol online



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