Classifying the Legal and Coding Challenges of Digitising Commonwealth Legislation

Project Summary

Legal and regulatory processes are becoming increasingly automated. A number of Australian Government-led initiatives are seeking to convert Commonwealth legislation into machine-readable formats. The coded legislation would then be used to enhance public accessibility to Commonwealth laws and to provide a stimulus for further technical innovations, particularly regarding compliance management of existing Commonwealth legal regimes. However, the conversion of Commonwealth legislation into machine readable code will give rise to significant interpretive challenges, especially relating to the application of existing principles and established processes of statutory interpretation. This project will develop a classification framework to identify the challenges that arise from the conversion of Commonwealth legislation into machine-readable code. The framework will then be used to examine the parameters of coding capabilities, based on the application of processes of formal logic, in conjunction with legal principles and processes of statutory interpretation.

DMRC research program

This project contributes to the research within the following DMRC research program:

Governing Digital Societies

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Project funding

  • CSIRO’s Data61 (2020-2021)