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CIVIL LIABILITY ACT 2002 - As at 20 August 2019 - Act 22 of 2002 - NOTES

See also--

Children's Guardian Bill 2019

Reprint history:

Reprint No 1   4 February 2003  
Reprint No 2   14 September 2004  
Reprint No 3   22 August 2006  
Reprint No 4   20 January 2009  

Historical notes

The following abbreviations are used in the Historical notes:

Am amended LW legislation website Sch Schedule
Cl clause No number Schs Schedules
Cll clauses p page Sec section
Div Division pp pages Secs sections
Divs Divisions Reg Regulation Subdiv Subdivision
GG Government Gazette Regs Regulations Subdivs Subdivisions
Ins inserted Rep repealed Subst substituted

Table of amending instruments

Civil Liability Act 2002 No 22. Second reading speech made: Legislative Assembly, 28.5.2002; Legislative Council, 4.6.2002. Assented to 18.6.2002. Date of commencement, 20.3.2002, sec 2. This Act has been amended as follows:

2002 No 92 Civil Liability Amendment (Personal Responsibility) Act 2002. Assented to 28.11.2002.
Date of commencement of Sch 1 (except Sch 1 [1] to the extent that it inserts sec 5N, Sch 1 [4] and Sch 1 [5] to the extent that it inserts Part 4) and Sch 2, 6.12.2002, sec 2 and GG No 249 of 6.12.2002, p 10529; date of commencement of Sch 1 [1] to the extent that it inserts sec 5N and Sch 1 [4], 10.1.2003, sec 2 and GG No 13 of 10.1.2003, p 95; date of commencement of Sch 1 [5] to the extent that it inserts Part 4, 1.12.2004, sec 2 and GG No 187 of 26.11.2004, p 8550.
2003 No 40 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2003. Assented to 22.7.2003.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.4, assent, sec 2 (2).
No 94 Civil Liability Amendment Act 2003. Assented to 10.12.2003.
Date of commencement of Schs 1 and 3, 19.12.2003, sec 2 and GG No 197 of 19.12.2003, p 11258; date of commencement of Sch 2, 1.12.2004, sec 2 and GG No 187 of 26.11.2004, p 8549.
2004 No 29 Civil Liability Amendment (Offender Damages) Act 2004. Assented to 13.5.2004.
Date of commencement, 19.11.2004, sec 2 and GG No 183 of 19.11.2004, p 8503.
2005 No 9 Civil Liability Amendment (Offender Damages) Act 2005. Assented to 14.4.2005.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
No 16 Civil Liability Amendment (Food Donations) Act 2005. Assented to 18.5.2005.
Date of commencement, 1.7.2005, sec 2 and GG No 77 of 24.6.2005, p 2951.
No 73 Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act 2005. Assented to 21.10.2005.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, 28.10.2005, sec 2 and GG No 132 of 28.10.2005, p 8934.
No 76 Civil Liability Amendment (Offender Damages Trust Fund) Act 2005. Assented to 26.10.2005.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
No 77 Defamation Act 2005. Assented to 26.10.2005.
Date of commencement, 1.1.2006, sec 2.
No 98 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2005. Assented to 24.11.2005.
Date of commencement of Sch 3, assent, sec 2 (2).
2006 No 55 Civil Liability Amendment Act 2006. Assented to 20.6.2006.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
No 107 Crimes and Courts Legislation Amendment Act 2006. Assented to 29.11.2006.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.5, assent, sec 2 (2).
No 120 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2006. Assented to 4.12.2006.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, assent, sec 2 (2).
2007 No 8 Mental Health Act 2007. Assented to 15.6.2007.
Date of commencement, 16.11.2007, sec 2 and GG No 169 of 16.11.2007, p 8465.
No 84 Civil Liability Amendment (Offender Damages) Act 2007. Assented to 7.12.2007.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
No 94 Miscellaneous Acts (Local Court) Amendment Act 2007. Assented to 13.12.2007.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, 6.7.2009, sec 2 and 2009 (314) LW 3.7.2009.
2008 No 84 Civil Liability Legislation Amendment Act 2008. Assented to 5.11.2008.
Date of commencement, 12.11.2008, sec 2 and GG No 145 of 12.11.2008, p 10921.
2009 No 49 NSW Trustee and Guardian Act 2009. Assented to 26.6.2009.
Date of commencement, 1.7.2009, sec 2 and 2009 (305) LW 1.7.2009.
2010 No 19 Relationships Register Act 2010. Assented to 19.5.2010.
Date of commencement of Sch 3, assent, sec 2 (2).
No 48 Crimes (Sentencing Legislation) Amendment (Intensive Correction Orders) Act 2010. Assented to 28.6.2010.
Date of commencement of Sch 5, 1.10.2010, sec 2 and 2010 (532) LW 17.9.2010.
No 63 Courts Legislation Amendment Act 2010. Assented to 28.6.2010.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.6, assent, sec 2 (2).
No 107 Fair Trading Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act 2010. Assented to 29.11.2010.
Date of commencement, 1.1.2011, sec 2.
2011 No 27 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011. Assented to 27.6.2011.
Date of commencement of Sch 3, 8.7.2011, sec 2 (2).
No 52 Home Building Amendment Act 2011. Assented to 25.10.2011.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, assent, sec 2 (1).
No 62 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2011. Assented to 16.11.2011.
Date of commencement of Sch 4, 6.1.2012, sec 2 (1).
2012 No 42 Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012. Assented to 21.6.2012.
Date of commencement of Sch 2.7, 6.7.2012, sec 2 (1).
No 53 Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Act 2012. Assented to 27.6.2012.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, assent, sec 2 (2).
2013 No 37 Victims Rights and Support Act 2013. Assented to 3.6.2013.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
2015 No 7 Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Legislation Amendment Act 2015. Assented to 9.6.2015.
Date of commencement of Sch 2, 1.7.2015, sec 2 (2) and 2015 (299) LW 19.6.2015.
2017 No 10 Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017. Assented to 4.4.2017.
Date of commencement of Sch 5, 1.12.2017, sec 1.2 and 2017 (638) LW 22.11.2017.
No 53 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Act 2017. Assented to 24.10.2017.
Date of commencement, 24.9.2018, sec 2 and 2018 (534) LW 21.9.2018. The amendment made by Sch 4.8 [3] was without effect. Amended by Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 No 25. Assented to 15.6.2018. Date of commencement, 29.6.2018, sec 2 (1).
2018 No 28 Miscellaneous Acts Amendment (Marriages) Act 2018. Assented to 15.6.2018.
Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.
No 56 Civil Liability Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse Liability) Act 2018. Assented to 26.10.2018.
Date of commencement of Sch 1 (except Sch 1 [4] to the extent that it inserts Div 4 of Part 1B), assent, sec 2 (1); date of commencement of Sch 1 [4] to the extent that it inserts Div 4 of Part 1B, 1.1.2019, sec 2 (2) and 2018 (736) LW 14.12.2018.
No 87 Justice Legislation Amendment Act (No 3) 2018. Assented to 28.11.2018.
Date of commencement of Sch 1.7, assent, sec 2 (1).

Table of amendments

Sec 3 Am 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [1] [2].
Sec 3A Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [3].
Sec 3B Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [3]. Am 2006 No 55, Sch 1 [1]-[6]; 2006 No 107, Sch 1.5 [1]; 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [1]; 2013 No 37, Sch 3.3 [1] [2]; 2017 No 10, Sch 5.1 [1] [2]; 2018 No 56, Sch 1 [1]-[3].
Sec 3C Ins 2003 No 94, Sch 3 [1].
Sec 4 Subst 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [4].
Part 1A, heading Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Part 1A, Div 1, heading Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 5 Rep 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [4]. Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 5A Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Part 1A, Div 2 (secs 5B, 5C) Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Part 1A, Div 3 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 5D Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2003 No 40, Sch 2.4.
Sec 5E Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2012 No 42, Sch 2.7.
Part 1A, Div 4 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 5F Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 5G Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2012 No 42, Sch 2.7.
Secs 5H, 5I Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Part 1A, Divs 5-8 (secs 5J-5T) Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [1].
Secs 6-8 Rep 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [4].
Part 1B, Divs 1-5 (secs 6A-6Q) Ins 2018 No 56, Sch 1 [4].
Secs 9, 10 Rep 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [5].
Sec 11 Subst 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [5].
Sec 11A Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [5]. Am 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 14 Am 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [6].
Sec 15 Am 2006 No 55, Sch 1 [7] [8]; 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [2].
Sec 15A Ins 2006 No 55, Sch 1 [10].
Sec 15B Ins 2006 No 55, Sch 1 [11]. Am 2010 No 19, Sch 3.18 [1] [2]; 2018 No 28, Sch 1.8 [1].
Sec 15C (previously sec 15A) Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [2]. Renumbered 2006 No 55, Sch 1 [9].
Sec 16 Am 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [7]; 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [3].
Sec 17 Am 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [8]; 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [4]; 2010 No 63, Sch 1.6 [1].
Sec 17A Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [3]. Am 2005 No 98, Sch 3.8 [1].
Part 2, Div 4, heading Subst 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [9].
Sec 18 Am 2006 No 55, Sch 1 [12] [13].
Part 2, Div 5, heading Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [10].
Sec 19 Am 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [2].
Sec 20 Rep 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [11].
Part 2, Div 6, heading Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [12].
Sec 21 Subst 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [12].
Part 2, Div 7, heading Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [4].
Sec 22 Subst 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [4].
Sec 23 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [4]. Am 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [1] [2].
Sec 24 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [4].
Sec 25 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [4]. Am 2005 No 98, Sch 3.8 [2].
Sec 26 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [4]. Am 2005 No 98, Sch 3.8 [3]; 2015 No 7, Sch 2.2 [1].
Part 2A Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3].
Part 2A, Div 1 Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3].
Sec 26A Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3]. Am 2005 No 9, Sch 1 [1]; 2007 No 84, Sch 1 [1] [2]; 2010 No 48, Sch 5.3; 2017 No 53, Sch 4.8 [1] (am 2018 No 25, Sch 1.6 [12]) [2].
Sec 26B Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3]. Am 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [5].
Part 2A, Div 1A (secs 26BA-26BD) Ins 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [6].
Part 2A, Div 2 Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3].
Sec 26C Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3].
Sec 26D Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3]. Am 2005 No 9, Sch 1 [2]-[4]; 2007 No 84, Sch 1 [3].
Part 2A, Div 3 (secs 26E-26G) Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3].
Part 2A, Div 4 Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3].
Sec 26H Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3].
Sec 26I Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3]. Am 2005 No 9, Sch 1 [5]; 2012 No 53, Sch 2.3.
Part 2A, Div 5 Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3].
Sec 26J Ins 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [3]. Am 2005 No 9, Sch 1 [6] [7]; 2006 No 120, Sch 2.12; 2007 No 94, Sch 2; 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [3]-[5]; 2013 No 37, Sch 3.3 [3] [4].
Part 2A, Div 6 Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 26K Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 26L Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [7] [8]; 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [3].
Sec 26M Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2007 No 84, Sch 1 [4]; 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [9].
Sec 26N Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [10]-[14].
Sec 26O Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2007 No 94, Sch 2.
Sec 26P Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 26Q Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [15]; 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [3].
Sec 26QA Ins 2010 No 63, Sch 1.6 [2].
Sec 26R Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2007 No 84, Sch 1 [5]; 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [16]; 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [3].
Sec 26S Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [17]-[20]; 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [3].
Sec 26T Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2015 No 7, Sch 2.2 [2].
Sec 26U Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2015 No 7, Sch 2.2 [3].
Sec 26V Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1]. Am 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [21]; 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [6].
Sec 26W Ins 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [1].
Part 2A, Div 7 (sec 26X) Ins 2010 No 63, Sch 1.6 [3].
Part 3 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Secs 27-29 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Sec 30 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2010 No 19, Sch 3.18 [3]; 2018 No 28, Sch 1.8 [2].
Secs 31-33 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Part 4 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Sec 34 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2003 No 94, Sch 2 [1]-[5]; 2010 No 107, Sch 3.2; 2011 No 52, Sch 2 [1].
Sec 34A Ins 2003 No 94, Sch 2 [6].
Sec 35 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Sec 35A Ins 2003 No 94, Sch 2 [7].
Secs 36-39 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Part 5 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Sec 40 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Sec 41 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2003 No 94, Sch 1 [1].
Sec 42 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2003 No 94, Sch 3 [2].
Sec 43 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2003 No 94, Sch 3 [3].
Sec 43A Ins 2003 No 94, Sch 1 [2].
Sec 44 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2003 No 94, Sch 3 [2] [4].
Sec 45 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2003 No 94, Sch 3 [2].
Sec 46 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Part 6 (secs 47-50) Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Part 7 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Part 7, Div 1, heading Ins 2005 No 73, Sch 2 [1].
Sec 51 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Sec 52 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2003 No 94, Sch 1 [3].
Sec 53 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Sec 54 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2003 No 94, Sch 1 [4].
Sec 54A Ins 2003 No 94, Sch 1 [5].
Part 7, Div 2 Ins 2005 No 73, Sch 2 [2].
Secs 54B, 54C Ins 2005 No 73, Sch 2 [2].
Sec 54D Ins 2005 No 73, Sch 2 [2]. Am 2007 No 8, Sch 7.1; 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [3].
Sec 54E Ins 2005 No 73, Sch 2 [2]. Am 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [3].
Sec 54F Ins 2005 No 73, Sch 2 [2]. Am 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [2].
Sec 54G Ins 2005 No 73, Sch 2 [2]. Am 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [3] [5] [7].
Sec 54H Ins 2005 No 73, Sch 2 [2]. Am 2009 No 49, Sch 2.8 [3] [5] [8].
Part 8 (secs 55-58) Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Part 8A (secs 58A-58C) Ins 2005 No 16, Sch 1 [1].
Part 9 (secs 59-66) Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Part 10 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Sec 67 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5]. Am 2005 No 77, Sch 6.2 [1].
Sec 67, note Ins 2005 No 77, Sch 6.2 [2].
Secs 68, 69 Ins 2002 No 92, Sch 1 [5].
Part 11 (secs 70, 71) Ins 2003 No 94, Sch 1 [6].
Part 12 (secs 72, 73) Ins 2011 No 62, Sch 4.2.
Sch 1 Am 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [13] [14]; 2003 No 94, Sch 3 [5] [6]; 2004 No 29, Sch 1 [4] [5]; 2005 No 9, Sch 1 [8]-[10]; 2005 No 16, Sch 1 [2] [3]; 2005 No 73, Sch 2 [3]; 2005 No 76, Sch 1 [2] [3]; 2006 No 55, Sch 1 [14] [15]; 2006 No 107, Sch 1.5 [2]; 2007 No 84, Sch 1 [6]-[10]; 2008 No 84, Sch 1 [22] [23]; 2010 No 63, Sch 1.6 [4]; 2011 No 52, Sch 2 [2] [3]; 2018 No 56, Sch 1 [5] [6]; 2018 No 87, Sch 1.7.
Sch 2 Rep 2002 No 92, Sch 2 [15]. Ins 2011 No 27, Sch 3.2.



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