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Australian Law: Free online resources

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are a great place to start when undertaking research in a topic you are unfamiliar with. Secondary sources provide an overview and different points of view on topics and can assist you in ascertaining the relevant legislation and significant cases on the topic. There are a range of free resources available for locating secondary sources, see the Open source secondary sources and Historical resources sections below.

Free Secondary Sources

Free Practical Legal Assistance

  • Government departments and agencies also produce a range of publications on current legal issues. If you are interested in a specific topic, check the responsible department website for information.

Historical Resources



Publishes over 500 articles a day from over 900+ law firms and service providers, across 50 legal work areas, in 25 languages. Has a searchable archive of more than one million articles. Can set up regular emails, relevant to legal areas you are working in. 

475,000+ authoritative and informative articles and videos available, with 5, 000+ law firms contributing. Can be set up so that relevant legal material comes into your inbox. Has partnerships with Dow Jones, Bloomberg and Westlaw. Covers 200 legal and regulatory topics. 

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