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Details of 2018-2020 revision bill programme released

05 April 2018

Attorney-General David Parker has presented the Revision Bills Programme 2018-2020 to Parliament.

The programme lists Revision Bills. Section 30 of the Legislation Act 2012 requires the Attorney-General to draft a three-year revision programme for each new Parliament. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is required to prepare revision bills in accordance with the programme.

The purpose of the programme is to systematically revise the presentation of some New Zealand statutes to make them more accessible. After being revised, they are introduced as revision Bills into Parliament for re-enactment. The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 was the first bill under the 2015 to 2017 programme to be drafted and enacted.

Section 31 states that a revision Bill must not change the effect of the law, but may make minor amendments to fix small errors or to clarify Parliament's intent.

The latest draft programme proposes revision bills in areas which include employment law, energy regulation, overseas investment, Parliament and partnerships.

The programme states that revisions which are expected to be enacted during the three-year period are the Civil Liability Legislation Bill, Energy Bill, Land Valuation Proceedings Bill, Parliament Bill and Partnerships Bill.

Revision Bill Programme 2018 to 2020
Revision BillsActs proposed for revisionEnactment
Bills of Exchange BillBills of Exchange Act 1908 
 Cheques Act 1960 
Civil Liability Legislation BillLaw Reform Act 1936Y
 Law Reform Act 1944 
Electoral BillElectoral Act 1993 
Employment Law BillEmployment Relations Act 2000 
 Equal Pay Act 1972 
 Minimum Wage Act 1983 
 Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 
 Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 
 Trade Unions Act 1908 
 Volunteers Employment Protection Act 1973 
Energy BillAtomic Energy Act 1945Y
 Electricity Act 1992 
 Energy Companies Act 1992 
 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 
 Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Act 1989 
 Gas Act 1992 
 Petroleum Demand Restraint Act 1981 
Land Valuation Proceedings BillLand Valuation Proceedings Act 1948Y
Overseas Investment BillOverseas Investment Act 2005 
Parliament BillClerk of the House of Representatives Act 1988Y
 Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Act 2013 
 Parliamentary Privilege Acvt 2014 
 Parliamentary Service Act 2000 
Partnerships BillPartnership Act 1908Y
Summary Proceedings BillSummary Proceedings Act 1957

Last updated on the 16th September 2019