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Introduction to Legal Research

This guide is an introduction to legal research at the University of Melbourne. This guide is intended for law students in the JD, MLM , Breadth programs who are new to legal research. Students in other disciplines who may need to conduct legal research

Finding Legislation As Made 

As made legislation is legislation in the form in which it was originally made. It is sometimes referred to as legislation as passed. Acts as made will not include any later amendments. Scroll down below for information on how to find Victorian and Commonwealth Acts as made.


The Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website is a free government website. It includes various legislative documents, including the most comprehensive collection of Victorian Acts as made (from 1851+). Acts and Statutory Rules as made are found under the section called 'Victorian Statute Book': 

Acts as made from 1851-1995 are found on AustLII – Victorian Historical Acts, which is linked to from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website. 


The Federal Register of Legislation is the official source for Commonwealth legislation. It is a free government database and contains the most comprehensive collection of Commonwealth Acts as made from 1901+.  

You can find Commonwealth Regulations (also called Statutory Rules) under the section 'Legislative Instruments.'