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Australian Law: free online resources

Open Access Legislation

Most Australian jurisdictions provide free access to legislation through government websites. These are the official websites and are where you will find the most up-to-date compilations of legislation.

Although other free websites such as AustLII contain legislation, these are not the official versions and they are not necessarily the most up-to-date compilations of acts.  We recommend using the government websites outlined on this page.

Quick tools for legislation

GovPubs: the Australian Government Publications Guide is a guide to selected types of Australian government publications, such as acts, hansards, explanatory memoranda, gazettes and parliamentary papers, located in Australia's National, State and Territory libraries or available on the Internet.

SAI Global LawLex: the free part of this site includes up to date legislation for all Australian jurisdictions.

Legify: an index of Australian Commonwealth, state and territory Acts and Regulations.  While it does not contain full text legislation, it is useful as a quick tool for searching for accurate titles and currency of Australian legislation.