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States' and Territories' legislation and government

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory parliament first assembled in 1948.

The Northern Territory was administered by the Commonwealth Government 1911- 1948.

Online resources

Publication Years Website  
NT Legislation
  • All current
  • Various
  • Northern Territory legislation
  • Northern Territory legislation
Publicly available - you don't need a Library card
Bills 1998+ AustLII Publicly available - you don't need a Library card
Second reading speeches 1998+ AustLII Publicly available - you don't need a Library card
Explanatory statements 2005+ AustLII Publicly available - you don't need a Library card
Hansard (parliamentary record) 1990+ Legislative Assembly of Northern Territory Publicly available - you don't need a Library card
Government Gazettes 2011+ Northern Territory Government Publicly available - you don't need a Library card
Northern Territory Times and Gazette 1873-1927 Trove Publicly available - you don't need a Library card

Print resources

Access the following documents held by the Library. You will need to request these resources from our stack storage.

Publication Years Call number  
Acts 1961–1964; 1985–2005 T0341347
Offsite storage
Only in the Library
1961–1984 349.93801/1 Only in the Library
Parliamentary Record
  • 1997+
  • 1974–1997
  • 1948–1974 (incomplete series)
Only in the Library
Government Gazettes
  • 1980–1999
  • 1946–1978
Only in the Library


Acts: The law made by parliament and often referred to as an Act of Parliament. Sometimes referred to as a statute or legislation.

As made (Acts and regulations): Acts as originally passed by parliament without amendments. Also referred to as Sessional Acts or Acts as passed.

Bills: A draft of a new Act or a draft of an amendment to alter an existing Act. Statutes or Acts of Parliament, start life as a Bill.

Consolidated Acts: Consolidated Acts incorporate amendments made by other legislation since the original legislation was made. A consolidated Act refers to the combination of a number of Acts of Parliament into one codifying statute. This term is commonly used for electronic versions of legislation.

Explanatory Statements: The Explanatory Statement provides an explanation about the purpose of the bill.

Government Gazettes: A gazette is an official publication for the purpose of notifying the actions and decisions of the government. All Australian governments (Commonwealth, State and Territory) publish official gazettes.

Point in time: Point in time legislative research means establishing the content of an Act at a specific point in time. Point in time Act is used interchangeably with the term Historical Act or Reprint.

Regulations (Ordinances): Regulations are made under the authority of an Acts. Regulations contain details necessary to carry out specific matters relating to the Act. Regulations are 'delegated' or 'subsidiary' legislation. Other delegated legislation includes rules, ordinances and by-laws.

Repealed (Act or Regulation): Refers to legislation that is no longer in force.

Legal information at the Library

This Guide has been developed by staff of the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of NSW. The State Library holds an extensive collection of case law, legislation and looseleaf publications.

LIAC provides quality legal information to NSW communities through the public library network, the dedicated  Find Legal Answers website and by working collaboratively with key agencies.


See the glossary for explanations of terms used on this page, such as:

  • What is a repealed Act?
  • What is an Ordinance?

History of the NT Government

At the time of Federation the Northern Territory was a part of South Australia and was then ceded to the Commonwealth as a Territory. The Commonwealth had responsibility for the administration of the Territory pursuant to the Northern Territory (Administration) Act 1910 of the Commonwealth.

From 1911 to 1947 the laws of the Territory were made by the Commonwealth Government and Parliament.

In 1947 the Northern Territory (Administration) Act was amended to provide for a Territory legislature. The first Legislative Council for the Northern Territory assembled in Darwin in March 1948 (see History of the NT Government).

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Offsite storage

State Library material held at offsite storage will be available after 4pm the next weekday. Call (02)9273 1414 to request in advance.