This guide provides advice for finding Australian government documents online.
Government documents covers a range of materials, but essentially refers to any documents or laws produced in Parliament, and policy or regulatory documents produced by Government Departments.
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A draft or proposed Act that is introduced and debated in parliament.
Documentation produced by the government that outlines the projected income and expenditure for the next financial year. Usually released in May.
Documents that outline the order of business in each parliamentary chamber. They usually include an agenda for each sitting day, the items before each chamber, and meeting minutes.
In the context of government documents and legislation, this is the documentation designed to explain legislation; Hansard, Explanatory Memoranda/Statements, Committee Reports.
An official government publication which gives information about government matters and makes government announcements.
Documents or items that have been presented in parliament. Can include committee reports, legislative instruments, annual reports, etc.
Votes and Proceedings made in each parliamentary chamber.
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