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Sources of Law - Legislation: Australia

Introduction

Australia hold a similar common law system as of the English law, with a combination of the Federal and States legislations. In this page, useful official and open resources related to Australian legislation will be provided in this page, divided into below categories:

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Official Sources

Below provides quick links to access the legislations of the federal and different state governments of Australia. The Federal Register of Legislation is the authorised whole-of-government website for Commonwealth legislation and related documents. The rest of the websites are state government portals for current and repealed legislation together with related documents.

Federal

Federal Register of Legislation (1901 to present)

States

ACT Legislation Register (1989 to present )

NSW Legislation (1824 to present )

Northern Territory Government Register of Legislation (1995 to present)

Queensland Legislation (1963 to present )

South Australian Legislation (2003 to present)

Tasmanian Legislation Online (1997 to present)

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents  (1996 to present)

Western  Australian Legislation

 

 

Below gathers some quick links to access the bills of the federal and different states of Australia. All websites are the official website for the announcements of bills and legislative information.

Federal

Federal Register of Legislation (1996 to present)

Parliament of Australia (1997 to present)

States

ACT Legislation Register 

Parliament of New South Wales 

Northern Territory Legislation

Queensland Legislation

South Australian Legislation

Tasmanian Parliament 

Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents 

Parliament of Western Australia 

 

Below gathers some quick links to access the bills of the federal and different states of Australia. All websites are the official website for the announcements of bills and legislative information.

Federal 

Federal Register of Legislation (2013 – present)

States

ACT Legislation Register

 (1989 to present)

NSW Legislation 

( 2001 to present)

Trove Government Gazettes 

(1832 to 2001)

Northern Territory Government 

(2011 to present)

Queensland Government Publications

 (2003 to present)

South Australian Government Gazette

 (1999 to present)

Tasmania Online Gazette

Victorian Government Gazette 

(1998 to present)

Western Australian Gazettes

HKU Libraries’ Resources

Lexis Advance Hong Kong (LAHK)

LAHK offers current and historical main legislation (Acts), subordinate legislation and bills of the Federal and State governments of Australia. To view these contents, you may click Browse at the top bar menu and select Publications, followed by Australia and By Content Type. Then, you may select AU Legislation for more details.

Foreign Law Guide

                                                                                                                                           

This database, provided by Brill Academic Publishers, is a vital source for locating relevant information on different jurisdictions. Here, you may find information on Australian government and sources for locating its legal system and official gazettes.

Access Path: Jurisdictions > Afghanistan – France > Australia 

 

 

Halsbury's Laws of Australia

In general, Halsbury’s Laws of Australia is regarded as a reputable and comprehensive guide to all Australian Law.  

 

Other Open Resources

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

AustLII provides a comprehensive coverage on current and historical Commonwealth and state legislation in Australia. Legislation at the federal level and different states of Australia can be easily located via this site. You may select Case & Legislation at the top bar menu, and narrow your research by selecting a jurisdiction.