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Legislation: Home

This guide contains resources and guidance to help students to find and interpret Legislation.



If you are researching legislation, this guide is for you.

In this guide, you will learn how to find :

  • Australian legislative materials, including Acts, Bills, Regulations, Explanatory Materials and Second Reading Speeches

  • Related Australian Cases, Commentaries, and Articles

  • Links to foreign legislation resources

Key resources for Australian Legislation



Official registries for Commonwealth and NSW Legislation

The following websites have the official full text of all Acts, along with information on key dates, historical versions, lists of amendments, Regulations, Bills and explanatory materials.

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Have a look at our Searching Australian legislation page for links to the official sites for other Australian jurisdictions.


Parliament websites

Parliament websites contain useful information about passage history of Bills, links to second reading speeches, and explanatory materials.



Each of these databases has certain unique features (such as links to relevant cases or second reading speeches) - helpful for researching legislation or statutory interpretation.