Australian law: selected websites

If you are researching law for the first time, you may find it worthwhile reading an overview of  Australia's Legal System. In particular, the section on the courts will assist in searching case law on the Internet.

Main sites

(AUSTLII) - Australasian Legal Information Institute - legislation and court judgements for most jurisdictions (Commonwealth, States and Territories). Includes commentaries and summaries on the law by bodies such as the Australian Law Reform Commission. Also includes a number of law journals.

ComLaw  - legislation and ancillary documents and information for the Commonwealth and non-self governing Territories. ComLaw came online in January 2005 and contains the new Federal Register of Legistative Instruments.

Key internet links on law from the Parliament of Australia, Parliamentary Library

GovPubs - a selected guide to Australian government publications, such as Acts, Hansards, Gazettes and Parliamentary Papers, with links to online resources and information about the holdings of Australia's National, State and Territory libraries. A historical description of each type of publication is provided.

Law by jurisdiction

In addition there are some key resources organised by jurisdiction:

Australia (Federal), Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, Other Territories.

Australia (Federal)

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

  • LawAccess Online- A government service providing a single point of access to legal and related assistance services in New South Wales.
  • Lawlink (Attorney General's Department) - Information on New South Wales law and crime, as well as links to the Attorney General's Department portfolio agencies, courts and tribunals.
  • Legislation (Parliamentary Counsel's Office) - Full text NSW acts and subordinate legislation.
  • New South Wales Courts and Tribulan Service - provides administrative and corporate support to 14 state courts and tribunals.
  • NSW Law Reform Commission - Full text publications.
  • Parliament of New South Wales - Full text bills, speeches, committee reports, biographical information, Hansard etc.

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

  • Department of Justice - Divisions, current programs, annual reports etc.
  • Legislation (Department of Premier & Cabinet) - Full text Tasmanian acts and subordinate legislation as well as current bills.
  • Parliament - Full text bills, speeches, committee reports, biographical information, Hansard etc.
  • Tasmanian Courts - Supreme Court, Magistrates Court, and Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.
  • Tasmania - A directory of web sites from the Tasmanian government.

Victoria

  • Department of Justice - Departmental resources, business units, consumer information, safety etc.
  • Legislation (Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel) - Full text Victorian acts and subordinate legislation.
  • Parliament - Full text bills, speeches, committee reports, biographical information, Hansard etc.
  • Victoria Law -  Plain language resources about the legal system in Victoria.
  • Victorian Courts - Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates Court, Children's Court, State Coroner's Court, and PERIN Court; Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
  • Victorian Law Handbook -  legal information website suported by the Department of Justice
  • Victorian Law Reform Commission - The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) was established under the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 as a central agency for developing law reform in Victoria.

Western Australia

  • Department of the Attorney General - Departmental resources, courts, births, deaths and marriages, publications etc.
  • Legislation (State Law Publisher) - Full text WA acts and subordinate legislation.
  • Parliament - Full text bills, speeches, committee reports, biographical information, Hansard etc.
  • Western Australian Courts - Supreme Court, District Court, Family Court, Liquor Licencing Court, Magistrates Court, and Children's Court; Office of The State Coroner, Sheriff's Office, and Tribunals.

Other Territories

Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Australian Antarctic Territory, Christmas Island, Cocos-Keeling Island, Coral Sea Islands Territory, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Jervis Bay Territory, Norfolk Island

Legislation - Full text ordinances and subordinate legislation at ComLaw.

Legal profession

Law Council of Australia - information about the Law Council's role, history, structure and current activities.