Minister: Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
Agency: Department of Justice and Attorney-General


Acts Interpretation Act 1954 No. 3

Table of Reprints

Effective Date Publication Date Amendments Included Notes
01 July 1992 01 July 1992 1992 Act No. 27
07 December 1992 09 December 1992 1992 Act No. 68
03 June 1993 24 June 1993 1993 Act No. 32
14 December 1993 23 December 1993 1993 Act No. 76
10 May 1994 25 May 1994 1994 Act No. 15
01 December 1994 15 December 1994 1994 Act No. 87
16 June 1995 07 July 1995 1995 Act No. 37
28 November 1995 12 December 1995 1995 Act No. 58
12 December 1996 11 February 1997 1996 Act No. 76
27 March 1997 11 April 1997 1997 Act No. 1
27 March 1997 20 June 1997 1997 Act No. 1
01 October 1997 14 November 1997 1997 Act No. 35
05 December 1997 09 December 1997 1997 Act No. 82
05 December 1997 26 June 1998 1998 Act No. 28
01 July 1999 09 July 1999 1999 Act No. 33
01 January 2000 18 February 2000 1999 Act No. 33
23 June 2000 07 July 2000 2000 Act No. 20
25 October 2000 03 November 2000 2000 Act No. 46
17 November 2000 01 December 2000 2000 Act No. 63
21 April 2001 18 May 2001 2001 Act No. 7
15 July 2001 05 October 2001 2001 Act No. 45
03 December 2001 14 December 2001 2001 Act No. 81
01 March 2002 08 March 2002 2001 Act No. 81
06 June 2002 07 June 2002 2001 Act No. 81
16 August 2002 2002 Act No. 34
01 April 2003 2002 Act No. 74
01 July 2003 2002 Act No. 39
01 July 2004 2004 Act No. 11
01 January 2005 2004 Act No. 37
08 December 2005 2005 Act No. 70
28 August 2006 2006 Act No. 29
29 August 2007 2007 Act No. 36
21 September 2007 2007 Act No. 39
28 September 2007 2007 Act No. 37
15 March 2008 2007 Act No. 59
01 July 2008 2008 Act No. 272008 Act No. 38
01 October 2008 2007 Act No. 10
01 July 2009 2009 Act No. 9
26 October 2009 2009 Act No. 38
01 December 2009 2009 Act No. 24
10 December 2009 2009 Act No. 49
01 April 2010 2010 Act No. 13
01 July 2010 2009 Act No. 172010 Act No. 14
20 September 2010 2010 Act No. 39
14 October 2010 2010 Act No. 42
18 August 2011 2011 Act No. 24
23 February 2012 2011 Act No. 46
27 June 2012 2012 Act No. 12
23 September 2013 2013 Act No. 39
08 November 2013 2013 Act No. 35

RA s 35

01 July 2014 2014 Act No. 21

RA ss 27, 44

15 August 2014 11 March 2016 2014 Act No. 39

RA s 35

22 March 2016 29 March 2016 2015 Act No. 33

RA s 35

01 March 2017 01 March 2017 2016 Act No. 63

RA s 44

05 June 2017 08 June 2017 2017 Act No. 17
03 July 2017 23 October 2018 2016 Act No. 27

RA s 35

List of Legislation

Acts Interpretation Act 1954 No. 3 3 Eliz 2 No. 3

date of assent 27 April 1954

commenced on date of assent

Note— s 58 was relocated from the Statutory Instruments Act 1992 to the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 into pt 12A and renumbered as s 48 (2013 No. 39 s 105)

Amending legislation

Acts Interpretation Act Amendment Act 1957 No. 18 6 Eliz 2 No. 18

date of assent 11 November 1957

commenced 12 August 1957 (see s 1 (4))

Acts Interpretation Acts Amendment Act 1960 No. 14 9 Eliz 2 No. 14

date of assent 31 October 1960

commenced on date of assent

Acts Interpretation Acts Amendment Act 1962 No. 2

date of assent 17 September 1962

commenced on date of assent

British Subject (Interpretation) Act 1970 No. 10 s 3

date of assent 13 April 1970

commenced 20 February 1973 (proc pubd gaz 17 February 1973 p 682)

Acts Interpretation Act Amendment Act 1971 No. 43

date of assent 01 November 1971

commenced on date of assent

Acts Interpretation Act Amendment Act 1977 No. 37

date of assent 23 September 1977

commenced 1 January 1978 (proc pubd gaz 17 December 1977 p 1598)

Evidence Act 1977 No. 47 s 3(6) sch 1 pt F

date of assent 03 October 1977

commenced 1 January 1978 (see s 1 (2))

Penalty Units Act 1985 No. 73 s 13

date of assent 23 October 1985

commenced 1 May 1986 (proc pubd gaz 12 April 1986 p 1571)

Corrective Services (Consequential Amendments) Act 1988 No. 88 s 3 sch 1

date of assent 01 December 1988

commenced 15 December 1988 (see s 2 (2) and order pubd gaz 10 December 1988 p 1675)

Acts Interpretation Act and Another Act Amendment Act 1989 No. 28 pt 1

date of assent 28 April 1989

commenced on date of assent

Corporations (Consequential Amendments) Act 1990 No. 99 s 3.1 sch

date of assent 12 December 1990

commenced 1 January 1991 (proc pubd gaz 22 December 1990 p 2270)

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 1991 No. 30

date of assent 12 June 1991

commenced 1 July 1991 (proc pubd gaz 22 June 1991 p 975)

Supreme Court of Queensland Act 1991 No. 68 ss 1–2, 111 sch 2

date of assent 24 October 1991

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 14 December 1991 (1991 SL No. 173)

Stipendiary Magistrates Act 1991 No. 75 ss 1–2, 26 sch 3

date of assent 21 November 1991

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 January 1992 (1991 SL No. 211)

Judicial Review Act 1991 No. 100 ss 1–2, 61

date of assent 17 December 1991

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provision commenced 1 June 1992 (1992 SL No. 110)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1991 No. 97 ss 1–3 sch 1

date of assent 17 December 1991

s 3 sch 1 amdts 21 and 22 commenced 1 January 1992

remaining provisions commenced on date of assent

Queensland Office of Financial Supervision Act 1992 No. 12 ss 1–2, 66 sch

date of assent 06 May 1992

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 29 May 1992 (1992 SL No. 109)

Nature Conservation Act 1992 No. 20 ss 1–2, 159 sch 2

date of assent 22 May 1992

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 1992 (1992 SL No. 159)

Reprints Act 1992 No. 27 s 1, pt 9

date of assent 01 June 1992

commenced on date of assent

Legislative Standards Act 1992 No. 26 s 1, pt 5

date of assent 01 June 1992

commenced on date of assent

Statutory Instruments Act 1992 No. 22 ss 1, 48 sch 3

date of assent 01 June 1992

commenced on date of assent

Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 No. 48 ss 1–2, 207 sch

date of assent 24 November 1992

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 27 November 1992 (1992 SL No. 377)

Nursing Act 1992 No. 55 ss 1–2, 163 sch 2

date of assent 30 November 1992

commenced on date of assent (see s 2)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1992 No. 68 ss 1–3 sch 1

date of assent 07 December 1992

commenced on date of assent (see s 2)

Lands Legislation Amendment Act 1992 No. 64 ss 1–3 sch 1

date of assent 07 December 1992

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 18 December 1992 (1992 SL No. 448)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1993 No. 32 ss 1–3 sch 1 (this Act is amended, see amending legislation below)

date of assent 03 June 1993

s 3 sch 1 amdt 12 commenced 1 July 1990 (see s 3 sch 1 as amd 1993 No. 76 s 3 sch 1)

remaining provisions commenced on date of assent

Amending legislation

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1993 No. 76 ss 1–3 sch 1 (amends 1993 No. 32 above)

date of assent 14 December 1993

commenced on date of assent (see s 2)

Local Government Act 1993 No. 70 ss 1–2, 804 sch

date of assent 07 December 1993

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 26 March 1994 (see s 2 (5))

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1993 No. 76 ss 1–3 sch 1

date of assent 14 December 1993

commenced on date of assent (see s 2)

Native Title (Queensland) Act 1993 No. 85 ss 1–2(2), pt 13 div 4 (this Act is amended, see amending legislation below)

date of assent 17 December 1993

ss 1–2 (2) commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 28 November 1994 (1994 SL No. 408)

Amending legislation

Native Title (Queensland) Amendment Act 1994 No. 61 ss 1–2 sch 1 (amends 1993 No. 85 above)

date of assent 24 November 1994

commenced on date of assent

Land Title Act 1994 No. 11 ss 1–2, 194 sch 2

date of assent 07 March 1994

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 24 April 1994 (1994 SL No. 132)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1994 No. 15 ss 1–3 sch 1

date of assent 10 May 1994

commenced on date of assent

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1994 No. 87 ss 1–3 sch 1

date of assent 01 December 1994

commenced on date of assent

Statutory Instruments and Legislative Standards Amendment Act 1994 No. 83 pts 1, 4

date of assent 01 December 1994

commenced on date of assent

Acts Interpretation (State Commercial Activities) Amendment Act 1994 No. 73

date of assent 01 December 1994

commenced on date of assent

Fire Service Legislation Amendment Act 1994 No. 71 pts 1, 4

date of assent 01 December 1994

commenced on date of assent

Justice and Attorney-General (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 No. 24 pts 1–2

date of assent 11 April 1995

commenced on date of assent

Criminal Code No. 37 of 1995 ss 1–2, 458 sch 2 pts 1–2 (this Act is amended, see amending legislation below)

date of assent 16 June 1995

ss 1–2, 458 sch 2 pt 1 commenced on date of assent (see s 2 (1))

remaining provisions never proclaimed into force and om 1997 No. 3 s 121

Amending legislation

Statute Law Revision Act (No. 2) 1995 No. 58 ss 1–2, 4 sch 1 (amends 1995 No. 37 above)

date of assent 28 November 1995

amdts 1, 3–6 commenced 16 June 1995 (see s 2 (1))

remaining amdt commenced 28 November 1995 (see s 2 (1))

Statute Law (Minor Amendments) Act (No. 2) 1995 No. 51 ss 1, 4 sch

date of assent 22 November 1995

commenced on date of assent

Statute Law Revision Act (No. 2) 1995 No. 58 ss 1–2, 4 sch 1

date of assent 28 November 1995

commenced on date of assent

Public Service Act 1996 No. 37 ss 1–2, 147 sch 2

date of assent 22 October 1996

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 December 1996 (1996 SL No. 361)

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 1996 No. 76

date of assent 12 December 1996

commenced on date of assent

Workplace Relations Act 1997 No. 1 ss 1–2, 495 sch 4

date of assent 14 February 1997

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 27 March 1997 (1997 SL No. 77)

Friendly Societies (Queensland) Act 1997 No. 35 ss 1–2, 38 sch

date of assent 18 July 1997

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 October 1997 (1997 SL No. 307)

Justice and Other Legislation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 2) 1997 No. 82 ss 1–2(1), 3 sch

date of assent 05 December 1997

commenced on date of assent

Gas Pipelines Access (Queensland) Act 1998 No. 28 ss 1–2 pt 7 div 1

date of assent 18 May 1998

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 19 May 2000 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA (2)) (1999 SL No. 86 s 2)

Land and Resources Tribunal Act 1999 No. 7 ss 1–2, 87 sch 3

date of assent 18 March 1999

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 30 April 1999 (1999 SL No. 71)

Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1999 No. 30 ss 1, 2(2), (4), 98 sch 3 pt 2

date of assent 16 June 1999

sch 3 pt 2 commenced 1 January 2000 (see s 2 (2))

remaining provisions commenced on date of assent (see s 2 (4))

Financial Administration Legislation Amendment Act 1999 No. 29 ss 1–2, 50 sch

date of assent 16 June 1999

ss 1–2, 50 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 1999 (1999 SL No. 122 and see 1999 SL No. 119, 1999 SL No. 70 s 2 (3))

Financial Sector Reform (Queensland) Act 1999 No. 27 ss 1–2(1), (4), 76 sch 1 pt 3

date of assent 16 June 1999

ss 1–2, 76 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 1999 (see s 2 (1) and proc pubd Cwlth of Australia gaz 29 June 1999, No. S283)

Industrial Relations Act 1999 No. 33 ss 1, 2(2), 747 sch 3

date of assent 18 June 1999

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 1999 (1999 SL No. 159)

Corporations (Queensland) Amendment Act 2000 No. 12 pts 1, 3

date of assent 20 April 2000

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 21 April 2001 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA (2))

GST and Related Matters Act 2000 No. 20 ss 1–2(1), 29 sch 3

date of assent 23 June 2000

commenced on date of assent (see s 2 (1))

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2000 No. 46 ss 1, 3 sch

date of assent 25 October 2000

commenced on date of assent

Justice and Other Legislation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2000 No. 58 ss 1–2 sch

date of assent 17 November 2000

commenced on date of assent

Corrective Services Act 2000 No. 63 ss 1, 2(2), 276 sch 2

date of assent 24 November 2000

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2001 (2001 SL No. 88)

Medical Practitioners Registration Act 2001 No. 7 ss 1–2, 302 sch 2

date of assent 11 May 2001

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 March 2002 (2002 SL No. 30)

Corporations (Ancillary Provisions) Act 2001 No. 45 ss 1–2, 29 sch 3

date of assent 28 June 2001

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

sch 3 commenced 15 July 2001 (see s 2 (2) of Act 2001 No. 45 (Qld) and Corporations Act 2001 No. 50 (Cwlth) and proc pubd Cwlth of Australia gaz 13 July 2001, No. S285)

remaining provision commenced immediately before 15 July 2001 (see s 2 (1) of Act 2001 No. 45 (Qld) and Corporations Act 2001 No. 50 (Cwlth) and proc pubd Cwlth of Australia gaz 13 July 2001, No. S285)

Ombudsman Act 2001 No. 73 ss 1–2, 96 sch 1

date of assent 13 November 2001

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 3 December 2001 (2001 SL No. 224)

Parliament of Queensland Act 2001 No. 81 ss 1–2, ch 9 pt 2

date of assent 03 December 2001

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 6 June 2002 (see s 2)

Constitution of Queensland 2001 No. 80 No. 80 ss 1–2, 94 sch 2

date of assent 03 December 2001

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 6 June 2002 (see s 2)

Justice and Other Legislation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2002 No. 34 ss 1, 74 sch 6

date of assent 16 August 2002

commenced on date of assent

Juvenile Justice Amendment Act 2002 No. 39 pts 1, 3

date of assent 29 August 2002

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2003 (2002 SL No. 350)

Discrimination Law Amendment Act 2002 No. 74 pts 1–2

date of assent 13 December 2002

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 April 2003 (2003 SL No. 51)

Legal Profession Act 2003 No. 97 ss 1, 2(2), 380 sch 1

date of assent 03 December 2003

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions never proclaimed into force and rep 2004 No. 11 s 642

Legal Profession Act 2004 No. 11 ss 1, 2(2), 596 sch 1

date of assent 31 May 2004

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2004 (2004 SL No. 106)

Local Government (Community Government Areas) Act 2004 No. 37 ss 1–2, 86 sch 1

date of assent 27 October 2004

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 January 2005 (2004 SL No. 266)

Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2005 No. 70 s 1, pt 2

date of assent 08 December 2005

commenced on date of assent

Corrective Services Act 2006 No. 29 ss 1, 2(2), 518 sch 3

date of assent 01 June 2006

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commence 28 August 2006 (2006 SL No. 213)

Government Owned Corporations Amendment Act 2007 No. 10 ss 1–2, 62 sch

date of assent 20 March 2007

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 October 2008 (2008 SL No. 316)

Land Court and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2007 No. 39 ss 1–2, 41 sch

date of assent 29 August 2007

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 21 September 2007 (2007 SL No. 236)

Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2007 No. 37 pts 1–2

date of assent 29 August 2007

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 28 September 2007 (2007 SL No. 241)

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007 No. 36

date of assent 29 August 2007

commenced on date of assent

Local Government and Other Legislation (Indigenous Regional Councils) Amendment Act 2007 No. 59 ss 1–2, 152 sch

date of assent 22 November 2007

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 15 March 2008 (2007 SL No. 336)

National Gas (Queensland) Act 2008 No. 27 ss 1–2(1), 23–24

date of assent 09 May 2008

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2008 (2008 SL No. 195 see also National Gas (South Australia) Act 2008 No. 19 (S.A.) and proc pubd South Australian gaz 26 June 2008 p 2561)

Public Service Act 2008 No. 38 ss 1–2, 252 sch 3

date of assent 11 June 2008

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2008 (2008 SL No. 208)

Financial Accountability Act 2009 No. 9 ss 1, 2(2), 136 sch 1

date of assent 28 May 2009

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2009 (2009 SL No. 80)

Local Government Act 2009 No. 17 ss 1, 2(4), 331 sch 1

date of assent 12 June 2009

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2010 (2010 SL No. 122)

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Jurisdiction Provisions) Amendment Act 2009 No. 24 ss 1–2, ch 9 pt 1

date of assent 26 June 2009

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 December 2009 (2009 SL No. 252)

Electrical Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2009 No. 38 ss 1, 2(2), pt 4

date of assent 22 September 2009

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 26 October 2009 (2009 SL No. 233)

Fair Work (Commonwealth Powers) and Other Provisions Act 2009 No. 49 ss 1–2, pt 3 div 1

date of assent 19 November 2009

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 10 December 2009 (2009 SL No. 289)

Note—AIA s 15DA does not apply (see s 2 (2)).

Transport and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2010 No. 13 ss 1, 2(2)(d), 138 sch pt 1

date of assent 01 April 2010

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced on date of assent (see s 2 (2) (d))

Health Legislation (Health Practitioner Regulation National Law) Amendment Act 2010 No. 14 pt 1, s 124 sch

date of assent 21 April 2010

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2010 (see s 2)

Land Valuation Act 2010 No. 39 s 1, ch 11 pt 2

date of assent 20 September 2010

commenced on date of assent

Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2010 No. 42 s 1, pt 2, s 3 sch

date of assent 14 October 2010

commenced on date of assent

Parliamentary Service and Other Acts Amendment Act 2011 No. 24 pts 1–2

date of assent 09 August 2011

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 18 August 2011 (2011 SL No. 154)

Civil Partnerships Act 2011 No. 46 ss 1–2, pt 6 div 2

date of assent 06 December 2011

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 23 February 2012 (2012 SL No. 15)

Civil Partnerships and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 No. 12 ss 1, s 59 sch

date of assent 27 June 2012

commenced on date of assent

Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 No. 35 ss 1, 2(a), pt 3

date of assent 29 August 2013

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 8 November 2013 (2013 SL No. 219)

Treasury and Trade and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 No. 39 s 1, ch 3 pt 1, s 110(1) sch 3 pt 1

date of assent 23 September 2013

commenced on date of assent

Crime and Misconduct and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 No. 21 ss 1, 2(2), 94(2) sch 2

date of assent 21 May 2014

ss 1–2 commenced on date of assent

remaining provisions commenced 1 July 2014 (2014 SL No. 107)

Criminal Law Amendment Act 2014 No. 39 s 1, pt 2

date of assent 15 August 2014

commenced on date of assent

Relationships (Civil Partnerships) and Other Acts Amendment Act 2015 No. 33

date of assent 17 December 2015

ss 1–2 comm on date of assent

pt 1, s 52 sch comm 22 March 2016 (2016 SL No. 14)

Planning (Consequential) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 No. 27

date of assent 25 May 2016

ss 1–2 comm on date of assent

pts 2–69 comm 3 July 2017 (automatic commencement under AIA s 15DA(2))

Industrial Relations Act 2016 No. 63

date of assent 09 December 2016

ch 1 pt 1 hdgs, ss 35, pts 2–3, chs 2–18, ch 19 pts 1–7, ss 11181124, 1126–1128, 1151, 1152 (to the extent it ins new s 289), ch 19 pts 9–10, schs 1–6 comm 1 March 2017 (2017 SL No. 24)

Court and Civil Legislation Amendment Act 2017 No. 17

date of assent 05 June 2017

pts 1, 3–16, 17 (except ss 149151, 153, 155), 18–23, 24 (except s 203), 25–26, 27 (except s 220), 28–34, sch 1 comm on date of assent