Not to be confused with Statutory power, see Statute. A statutory authority is a body set up by law which is authorised to enact legislation on behalf of the relevant country or state. They are typically found in countries which are governed by a British style of parliamentary democracy. They are common in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel etc. but are also found elsewhere. In Britain, many such bodies are termed QUANGOs because of their semi-autonomous nature.