The Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore is the legal adviser to the Singapore Government and is not authorised to advise other/private organisations or individuals.
If you require advice on the application or interpretation of any legislation, you should consult a lawyer. If you cannot afford to engage a lawyer, the Legal Aid Bureau or the free legal clinics run by the Singapore Law Society may be able to help you.
Singapore legislation is subject to copyright. Generally, you need to obtain the permission of the Attorney-General's Chambers of Singapore ("AGC") before you reproduce* any Singapore legislation on any website, in any publication or on any other platform. Please send your request for AGC's permission to
AGC's permission is not required to reproduce a piece of Singapore legislation for purposes that constitute fair dealings permitted in law. Examples of fair dealings may include reproducing a piece of Singapore legislation for the purpose of research, study or provision of legal advice. Whether fair dealings apply in a particular case is a matter of law, and users should consult a lawyer on such matters.
A Singapore government agency does not need to seek AGC's permission to reproduce on the government agency’s official platforms/publications any legislation that is administered by that government agency.
* "reproduce", in relation to any Singapore legislation, includes republish, upload, post, transmit, or otherwise distribute that Singapore legislation.
(a) when SSO (or any of its contents) is accessed through a hyperlink provided in a user's website/online platform, the entire page of SSO (with SSO's banner and logo) must be displayed as it is;
(b) the contents/pages of SSO must not be embedded or framed within the user's website/online platform;
(c) the hyperlinking must not create any suggestion that SSO or AGC is associated or affiliated in any manner with the user, the user's affiliates and/or the user's website/online platform.
B. SSO's Legislation Content
The official text of Singapore legislation is the published version of the legislation in the Government Gazette. Please check with the National Library of Singapore (Reference collection) for copies of the Government Gazette containing Singapore legislation.
The official text of Singapore legislation can also be purchased from the Singapore Government Printer, Toppan Leefung Pte Ltd. Please visit their website on legal publishing or their webshop for more information.
The legislation timeline on the legislation page in SSO shows which version of the legislation is being viewed by the user.
The legislation timeline is best viewed for legislation found under the Acts and Subsidiary Legislation categories highlighted in Figure B3-1.
The legislation timeline highlights the version of the legislation that is being viewed by the user. See Figures B3-2 and B3-3.
Figure B3-2 — illustration shows user viewing latest version of the legislation
Figure B3-3 — illustration shows user viewing a past version of the legislation
The short answer is no.
Searching for legislation on SSO
First, to minimise the risk of errors and confusion, please do not search for legislation on SSO using Google or other Internet search engines . If you wish to search for legislation on SSO, please use only the dedicated search facility (basic search or advanced search) provided within SSO — see Figure B4-1.
Ascertaining status/version of legislation on SSO
If the status label on the legislation page in SSO states "Current version", that is an indication that the legislation version you are viewing in SSO is currently in-force. As an additional safeguard, please check the legislation timeline on the legislation page to ensure that you are viewing the correct version of the legislation (see also FAQ B3).
If the status label on the legislation page in SSO states anything other than "Current version" (e.g. "Not current version", "Published in Acts Supplement", etc.), that is an indication that the version you are viewing is not the current version. You should check the legislation timeline for the current status of the legislation and to ensure that you are viewing the correct version of the legislation — see Figures B4-2 and B4-3 below.
Figure B4-2 — illustration shows user viewing a past version of a legislation that has been revoked
Figure B4-3 — illustration shows user viewing a past version of a legislation (instead of the current version of the legislation)
SSO aims to make available new legislation and legislation amendments as follows:
|(a)||newly enacted legislation and amendments to existing legislation will be displayed on SSO (under 'Browse > Acts > Current' and 'Browse > Subsidiary Legislation > Current') within 3 working days after they come into force;|
|(b)||legislation published in the Bills Supplement, Acts Supplement and Subsidiary Legislation Supplement of the Government Gazette will be made available on SSO (under 'Browse > As Published') within 3 working days after their publication.|
If SSO cannot be updated within 3 working days due to technical issues, complexity of legislation or other constraints, announcements will be made on SSO.
The 'New Legislation' feature (located on the Home page of SSO) helps users to keep track of new legislation and changes to legislation that are published in the Acts Suplement, Subsidiary Legislation Supplement and Bills Supplement of the Singapore Government Gazette, as well as Revised Editions of Acts and Subsidiary Legislation published in the Singapore Government Gazette. Users can also subscribe to the 'New Legislation' RSS Feed to keep track of updates to Singapore legislation ― see Figure B7-1.
The 'Amendments RSS Feed' feature helps users to keep track of updates to a specific legislation that is currently in force (i.e., a current Act or current Subsidiary Legislation). Users can subscribe to the 'Amendments RSS Feed' of that specific legislation from the Browse page displaying the title of that legislation or the page displaying that legislation ― see Figure B7-2 and B7-3.
C. SSO's Functions and Features
The ‘Compare Changes’ function is only available in the desktop view of SSO. If you are unable to access ‘Compare Changes’ when using desktop view, please inform us by clicking here.
You may have checked a provision and clicked on the ‘Get Provisions’ button. To view the entire legislation, please click on the ‘Whole Document’ button located at the bottom of the table of contents on the left of the screen (refer to Figure C2-1).
If you are still unable to view the entire legislation, please inform us by clicking here.
Please click on the printer icon on the top-right corner of the legislation navigation bar (refer to Figure C3-1). You can also obtain HTML, PDF and MS Word copies of the legislation through the printer icon.
This could be due to a number of reasons.
|(b)||Your ‘My Collections’ profile on SSO will expire if there is no activity on your profile for 12 months – when this happens, your bookmarks under the ‘My Collections’ feature will be removed by the system.|
SSO is generally designed to be compatible with a variety of browsers and operating systems. However, not every browser operates in the same way and this may impact on user experience with SSO's layout and functionalities in certain cases.
The following functions of SSO work best on the recommended browsers for those functions:
|(a)||the recommended browsers for copying and pasting legislation text in SSO without losing format are Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer.|
|(b)||the recommended browsers for the Print to HTML function in SSO are Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.|
If you are not able to use any of the recommended browsers, you can obtain a MS Word version of the legislation by clicking on the printer icon on the top-right corner of the legislation navigation bar.
The above answer is not an endorsement of any particular browser and is provided only for the purpose of facilitating user experience with SSO.