Advanced Search Viewing & Printing Legislation
Browse A-Z Point in Time
Quick Search Linking to Legislation
Advanced CCL Queries  


The Advanced Search allows you to search for whole pieces of legislation, or text in legislation.

Enter the key word to be searched on, then define how the search will be conducted by choosing one of the text variables.

The document found by the search will contain ALL of the words that you enter.
The document found by the search will contain ONE OR MORE of the words that you enter.
The documents found by this search will contain all of the words entered adjacent to one another, as a phrase.
The query you enter will be interpreted as a Common Command Language Query. This allows the use of boolean operators such as AND, OR and NOT, and also allows proximity operators such as %N (words within N words of each other). For more details, see the CCL Help

Restricts the search to the Title.
Searches the Body of the legislation, and not the title.

You can refine your search by selecting OR and choosing any type of legislation. The example shown would restrict your search to Acts and Amending Acts. You can check any combination of types.

Selecting All will conduct the search across all legislation, including Acts, Amending Acts, Statutory Rules and Amending Statutory Rules.

Use these fields if you know the Year or Number of the legslation.


All searches will be conducted as if the legislation was consolidated at the given date. Date must be entered in the following format dd/mm/yyyy

Note that for most legislation there are no consolidations present prior to 1 February 1997. Searching before this date will give results, but the results shown will be for the earliest consolidation held in the system.

AS MADE As Made Searches conducted at an "As Made" time point will show the legislation as it was passed by parliament.

Choose to have your search results displayed in order, either by; Title, Year, Number or Type


The Browse A-Z page allows you to see the names of the Legislation present in the Database, in an alphabetical list. It also allows you to view subordinate legislation. You can refine the Browse results with the following controls:


Choose type of legislation to browse. Either, ALL types of legislation, or a combination of either: Acts, Amending Acts, Statutory Rules or Amending Statutory Rules. Checking one or a combination of these will restrict the browse results to these types.

In the text field, enter the part of, or the whole title. You can just enter a letter, for example a, to browse the legislation starting with a.

Click Search to view the results.

Entering traf with Acts checked, will find the Traffic Act 1925.

Click on the Legislation Title in the Browse Results list to view that piece of legislation.

Clicking on the icon next to the Legislation Title will allow you to see a list of all of the Subordinate Legislation which has been made under that Act, after May 1998.


If more than 20 titles match your search, the results will be broken down into a series of pages. For the example shown there were 65 titles matching the search, which are displayed over 4 pages of results.

To move through the results, click on a page NUMBER, or the PREVIOUS or NEXT links shown at the bottom of the results list.


The Quick Search is in the navigation bar at the top of every page. This allows you to do a search on the TITLE and BODY of ALL legislation from any screen.


Type in the keyword to be used in the search. Click the arrow to perform the search.


If you want more control over your searching, you can use the Advanced CCL syntax query option. It requires queries to be entered using the Common Command Language (CCL) - an international standard for text queries (ANSI/NISO Z39.58, ISO 8777). You can enter arbitrary CCL "FIND" commands.

Please note that the Search Domain and Time Point that you have selected DOES apply to the advanced search but other fields do not.

AND, OR, NOT can be used between terms.
Example: jury AND district NOT sheriff
Note: if you want to use any of these keywords as search terms they need to be quoted
Example: "search and seizure"
will match the phrase not fragments containing the word "search" and the word "seizure"


Using the syntax FIELD=word, the search can be restricted to individual fields. Useful fields in this database include:

  •  FragText - The full text of each fragment.
  •  Title - The full title of the document (Note this treats the whole title as a single search term so "?" is very useful).
  •  ActNo - Act Numbers.
  •  SRNo - Statutory Rule Numbers.
  •  Year - Year of Act or Statutory Rule etc

    Example: Title=criminal and FragText=appeal


? means any number of characters, # means exactly one character.

Example: fee?  - would match "fee","feedlots","fees"

Example: wom#n - would match "woman" or "women"


The @fuzzy() function finds all terms like the one being searched for:

Example: @fuzzy(center)   - would match "center", and "centre"

The fuzziness defaults to 75% but can be adjusted (65-85 gives best results):

Example: @fuzzy=50(center)   - matches "cent" as well


The @stem() function matches singular and plural forms of the word:

Example: @stem(lies)   - would match "lie", as well as "lies"


If you want to search for a phrase, just enter the terms next to each other.

Example: right of appeal


If you want to search for two words near each other then the "%" or the "!" characters can be used to indicate the number of words you will allow between the two terms.

Example, for terms within 3 words of each other in either order: right %3 appeal
Example, for terms within 3 words of each other preserving order: right !3 appeal
Example, showing the difference: (right %3 appeal) not (right !3 appeal)


The View screen allows you to see the full text of Tasmanian Legislation

The View screen consists of a menu bar, and two text viewing frames. The bottom left frame shows the Table of Contents for the legislation. The bottom right frame shows the full text of the legislation.


The entries in the Table of Contents are hypertext links, so you may navigate by clicking on entries in that Table of Contents window.

Clicking on the Title allows you to see the legislation that you are currently viewing as one single large document, instead of a collection of pages. This operation can take some time for large pieces of legislation, as the consolidation must be calculated on the fly.

FULL TEXT VIEW A number of buttons are provided in the full text view.

Print Page will open the piece of legislation (whole, part or section) in a format suitable for printing

The Find Componant button searches for all references in the Tasmanian Legislation to the section of the legislation that you are currently viewing. Clicking on this button will take you to a search results screen that shows all such references.

The Find Legislation button searches for all references in the Tasmanian Legislation to the legislation that you are currently viewing. Clicking on this button will take you to a search results screen that shows all such references.

The History Display button turns on or off the display of history notes. These notes give details of the amendment operations which have been applied to the legislation over time.

The icon is grey when History is off and green when History is diplayed.

The CHANGES OVER TIME table appears at the bottom of the legislation you are viewing, when there is more than one version of that provision available.
It allows you to move to historical versions of the provision at different points in time.

The numbers represent the changes made to the document and are ordered chronologically. The green highlighted section is the version you are currently viewing. Each of the numbers is a hyperlink which will take you to the version at that point in time. If you hold your mouse over a number you will see the date for that version.


Links can be made to access whole Acts or Statutory Rules, or just specific components such as Sections or Parts. Links can be created to reference current consolidations, or consolidations at a specific time point.


To describe the required URL structure, consider the following HTML mark-up that creates a link to the current consolidation of the Police Offences Act 1935 (No.44 of 1935):

<a href=";doc_id=44++1935+AT@EN+CURRENT">Police Offences Act 1935 (No.44 of 1935)</a>

The example HTML would be rendered to a hyper-text link like this:

Police Offences Act 1935 (No.44 of 1935)

The URL directs the browser to the linkto.w3p page and includes the doc_id parameter that specifies the legislation and consolidation to be viewed. The doc_id parameter is a formatted string that encodes the Act or Statutory Rule number, the Act or Statutory Rule year, the location within the document, and the consolidation date. Each component is separated by the + character:


For example, the doc_id parameter to reference to the Police Offences Act 1935, consolidated as at February 1, 1997 is encoded as follows:


Note that the Act numbers and Statutory Rule numbers are mutually exclusive; a reference to a Stat Rule (in this example, the Child Care (Fees) Regulations 2003 (S.R. 2003, No. 70) as at 11 December 2003) is encoded like this:



The LOCATION_IN_DOCUMENT field is a code used within the document to give each position in the document an identifier that can be referenced. AT@EN means the Title location in the document and is used when the whole document is targeted. GS1@EN means section 1, GS2@EN means section 2, JS1@EN means schedule 1, etc. To find out more codes, run your cursor over the links from the table of contents to the documents in the component view screen, and you will see the codes in the URL.


The VALID_DATE component of the doc_id parameter is coded as YYYYMMDDHH. This date is used to construct a consolidation of the requested Act or Statutory Rule; if there is no valid consolidation at that date and time, then EnAct 4.0 displays an appropriate message page.

To view the current consolidation of a requested Act or Statutory Rule, the VALID_DATE component of the doc_id is set to CURRENT.


The optional view parameter can be included that directs the browser to either a Table Of Contents (TOC) view (this is the default), or a print-friendly view that doesn't use HTML frames.

The following example shows how to link to the print-friendly display of the Police Offences Act 1935:

<a href=";doc_id=44++1935+AT@EN+CURRENT;view=print">Police Offences Act 1935 (No.44 of 1935)</a>