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The Government is now operating in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions, pending the outcome of the 2022 federal election.
Information on Caretaker Conventions can be found on the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Legislative design and scrutiny

The department has a whole-of-government responsibility for issues relating to legislation in key areas such as clearer Commonwealth laws, constitutional law, international law, human rights law, administrative law, criminal law, information law, private international law, federal courts and federal jurisdiction.

The department is committed to working with agencies including the Office of Parliamentary Counsel (OPC) to develop laws that are clear, fair, simple, effective, principles-based and consistent with our Constitution and human rights obligations.

The following guides may be of assistance:

Further information about legislation design and drafting is available from the OPC website.

Instructing agencies may particularly benefit from OPC's drafting directions series, including Drafting Direction 4.2 Referral of Drafts to Agencies, which identifies the agencies to be consulted in relation to provisions of particular kinds.