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Administrative Arrangements Order

Sets out the responsibilities of ministers and their portfolios, including the Acts they (and their departments and agencies) are responsible for administering.

Guidelines for drafting local laws

The Local Government Act 2009 provides for local governments, other than the Brisbane City Council, to make local laws for good rule and government in their local government areas. The City of Brisbane Act 2010 makes equivalent provision for the Brisbane City Council.

These guidelines concern the drafting practices to be observed when drafting local laws.

Guidelines for drafting university statutes

Various acts establishing public universities in Queensland provide for the governing bodies of the universities to make university statutes.

These guidelines concern drafting practices to be observed when drafting university statutes.

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