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Legislation process and Cabinet legislation papers

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Monday, 20 December 2021
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This publication is part of the CabGuide.

Cabinet and Cabinet committees consider papers on primary (bills) and secondary (regulations and Orders in Council) legislation. The CabGuide contains information on the legislation process, divided into sections on bills and regulations, including:

The Cabinet Manual includes high-level information about the development and approval of bills and regulations, the requirements for officials making submissions to select committees, and when consultation is required (follow this link for general information on consultation). 

The Parliamentary Counsel Office Turning Policy Into Law guide also provides helpful advice on the legislative process, including frequently asked questions.

Officials must also take into account the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee’s Legislation Guidelines.

Last updated: 
Sunday, 23 August 2015

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