What can you access online?
The Attorney-General’s Department serves the people of Australia by upholding the rule of law and providing support to the Australian Government to maintain and improve our systems for law and justice. Areas covered include: administrative law, bankruptcy law, Commonwealth courts and tribunals, intercountry adoption, national security and counter-terrorism, human rights, Indigenous justice, organised crime, criminal law, customs and border protection, policing and law enforcement and security intelligence.
An up-to-date collection of Commonwealth and non-self governing Territories legislation including the Constitution, Acts and Legislative Instruments. From 1 October 2012 it also contains notices from the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette. ComLaw includes the only database of Australian Government legislation that is authoritative for the purposes of legal proceedings.
Scan of the original Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK) and transcripts. The latest version of the Constitution can be found on ComLaw.
The Family Court of Australia assists Australians to resolve complex legal family disputes through judicial and non-judicial processes. This site links you to lists of proceedings, judgments, legislation, notifications, forms and fees and other information about the Court, as well as access to the Commonwealth Courts Portal.
This site links you to information about the Court including judgments, cases, forms and fees and court calender. It also contains information on the main subject areas covered by the Court: admiralty and maritime, bankruptcy, corporations, fair work, human rights, migration and native title; including legislation and case law.
This site also hosts the Native Title Infobase, a database containing Australian material relating to native title and land claims including journal articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, reports and press clippings. It also includes selected material from other jurisdictions including New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Africa and Asia.
This Court was established to provide a simple and accessible alternative to litigation in the Federal Court of Australia (Federal Court) and the Family Court of Australia (Family Court) and to relieve the workload of those courts. This site provides information about the Court including judgements, dispute resolution, court forms and fees, court lists and circuits. It also provides information on legislation, practice direction and areas of law (Administrative Law, Admiralty Law, Bankruptcy, Child Support, Consumer Matters, Intellectual Property, Family Law, Human Rights, Industrial Law, Migration and Privacy) relevant to the Court as well as divorce information and details of missing children.
The High Court is the highest court in the Australian judicial system. The functions of the High Court are to interpret and apply the law of Australia; to decide cases of special federal significance including challenges to the constitutional validity of laws and to hear appeals, by special leave, from Federal, State and Territory courts. Information provided includes case summaries, judgement summaries, judges' speeches and other general information about the court.
Information on the Parliament of Australia incldung full text of bills from 1996 with explanatory memoranda and second reading speeches, Hansard and Votes and Proceedings from 1901 to present day, Parliamentary papers from 2002 and Journals of the Senate since 1973. Also available are speeches, committee reports, biographical information and information on the workings of parliament.
The Parliamentary Library provides services to senators, members, their staff and the staff of committees. Library publications include Bills Digests, Research reports and the Parliamentary Handbook of the Commonwealth of Australia.