Final Stages

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Third reading

This debate consists of up to 12 x 10-minute speeches. It can be scheduled for the sitting day after its Committee stage.

This is the final debate, which largely sums up the process to date and, in particular, how it emerged from the Committee stage.

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Royal assent

Who does what?

After the third reading, the Office of the Clerk prepares the Bill for Royal assent.

The Royal assent is given by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister. Bills are assented to strictly in the order in which they were passed by the House (and generally within 7 days after the third reading).

PCO essentials

The key step in preparing a Bill for Royal assent is its renumbering. The PCO and Office of the Clerk carefully check the Bill and all cross-references. We will usually ask the department to check the “proof assent” before it is finalised and the Bill is signed by the Governor-General.

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Who does what?

The PCO aims to publish new Acts on within 5 working days after Royal assent.

Amendments Acts are consolidated into the principal Act as soon as possible after they come into force, but not before. The PCO aims to incorporate amendments within 15 working days after the amendment comes into force.

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