Statutory Interpretation


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Legislation can be difficult to interpret. Partly this arises from the length and complexity of many Acts. The steady annual increase in the total volume of legislation adds to the difficulty. Often the general principles stated in legislation have to be applied in situations that could not be foreseen at the time the legislation was drafted. In that sense, the meaning given to legislation is a product not only of its text but also of the principles of interpretation that are applied to the text.

The success and validity of government programs often hinge on the correct interpretation of legislation, so it’s vitally important for government officers to understand the way legislation is structured and the principles of statutory interpretation.

This is also a shift occurring in the basic common law rules, with the High Court now refining the focus of how statutory interpretation should be undertaken.

This workshop examines the key principles of interpreting legislation and highlights the hidden traps which often await the unsuspecting bureaucrat seeking to apply both legislation and associated statutory instruments.

Who should attend our Statutory Interpretation workshop?

Government officers of all levels who interpret and apply legislation.

What we'll cover
  • Sources of statutory interpretation principles as found in the relevant Interpretation legislation and case law
  • Fundamental common law rules
  • The role of explanatory notes, second reading speeches and other extrinsic material
  • Grammatical aids
  • The interpretation of repealing Acts, amending Acts and Acts incorporating other statutes
  • The role of legal assumptions
  • Syntactical assumptions
  • Practical examples and recent High Court case law.
What you'll learn

You’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the fundamental principles of statutory interpretation
  • The ability to apply an objective and structured approach to interpreting legislation
  • An understanding of when to seek legal advice.
Event Details
4 December 2019 
8.45am for 9.00am - 4.30pm
$1,374 per person
$1,237 per person if booking two weeks before the workshop
$1,168 per person if in a group of three or more 
Clayton Utz Brisbane
Level 28, 71 Eagle Street 
Further information:
Phone 1800 882 110

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What our clients say about our Statutory Interpretation workshop

"I now have a much better understanding of meanings within the State Development and Public Works Act to apply to scenarios and interpretation of the Act within everyday work."

"Both presenters did a great job of making a "dry" topic interesting. I liked the inclusion of examples to add context."

"I now have a greater understanding of the terminology with regards to Statutory Legislation and so better application to provide best practice responses during ombudsman inspections. I'll also be better able to fulfil our excellence in compliance strategy."

Support when you need it the most

As a participant of our program you'll have comfort in knowing that you can depend on us for ongoing support. Whether it be two weeks or two years after the workshop, you can call us at any time for a short, no-cost consultation.