Staff at the National Library of Australia are not able to provide legal advice.

Every effort is made to provide accurate and relevant information, but this does not constitute qualified legal advice.

New South Wales State Parliament House with cars parked outside ca 1930
New South Wales State Parliament with automobiles parked outside, Sydney, ca. 1930, nla.obj-162790401

Online resources

The following online resources are available for finding legislation from states and territories.

Multiple jurisdictions

Links to legislation from the Commonwealth and all states and territories can be found by choosing the relevant jurisdiction at the top of AusLII’s home page.

State and territory government legislation websites

Print resources

The printed collections at the National Library contain substantial collections of older legislation in print, though these may not be complete sets. Use the online catalogue to find and retrieve material using your Library login.

Examples of subject searches you can try are:

Alternatively, try the GovPubs database to help locate legislation we hold:

  • Visit GovPubs
  • Go to the menu on the homepage and select 'Browse by publication'
  • Choose 'Acts/Ordinances/Statutes' and then the relevant jurisdiction.
  • Click on a relevant title and then click on NLA under ‘Locate a copy of this publication’.
  • Cut and paste the ‘Amicus number’ into the Library’s catalogue to find the relevant record and to request the item for use in the Reading Room using your Library login.

You can also try contacting the relevant state library with your enquiry.

Swearing in of the first Legislative Assembly Darwin 1974
Swearing in of the first Legislative Assembly, Darwin, 20th November 1974 / Michael Jensen, nla.obj-137086388

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