Subordinate legislation (sometimes called ‘delegated’ legislation) is a category of statutory instrument made by an entity acting under the authority of an Act.

Subordinate legislation includes:

  • regulations (the majority of instruments of subordinate legislation are regulations)
  • proclamations (these instruments are mainly used to fix the commencement of provisions of an Act)
  • rules (the most common examples are the rules of court)
  • standards
  • notices
  • orders
  • by-laws.

With the exception of a special category of subordinate legislation (called exempt subordinate legislation)