Parliamentary Counsel Office
We take pride in high quality drafting and in making legislation accessible to all.
Chief Parliamentary Counsel
- In January, the New Zealand Legislation website will become a source of official legislation. More »
- The PCO's Annual Report for the 2012/13 year was presented to the House on 4 October 2013. View the report »
- Legislative disclosure statements are published on a new disclosure website. More »
- All provisions of the Legislation Act 2012 are now in force, with minor exceptions. Among other changes, the Act applies new terminology to secondary legislation, introducing the words “legislative instrument”. More »
We draft legislation to support the Government's legislative programme. Our goal is legislation that is effective, clear, consistent with other legislation, and adheres to legal principle. And we publish legislation in hard copy and online.
Information for agencies that instruct the PCO in the development of legislation.
Resources include the Guide to Working with the PCO, Principles of clear drafting, information on supplying forms and graphics for publication in legislation, and how to notify Legislative Instruments for publication.