How Laws are Made

One of the main functions of Parliament is to make laws for the ‘peace, order and good government’ of the State. The Western Australian Parliament makes, modifies or repeals law by Acts of Parliament – often referred to as statutes or legislation. Bills (proposed laws) are passed by the two Houses and are given Royal Assent in the name of Her Majesty by the Governor and then become Acts of Parliament.


The normal flow of the legislative process is that a Bill is introduced into one of the two Houses by a minister or member, where it must pass through a number of stages before it is transmitted to the other House for concurrence. If agreed to by the other House, it is then given the Royal Assent by the Governor and converted, at that point, into an Act.


For more detailed information about bills, see About Bills.

Read more information about the Legislative Process

For a short video on how a Bill becomes a Law, click here.