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Primary sources of law

This guide will assist you in locating the two most common primary sources of law - case law and legislation.

Researching and accessing legislation

Accessing legislation

You can access the full-text of Australian legislation from the sources listed under 'Researching legislation' on this page, but the government sites listed below are the official sources, and are the most up to date.


Jurisdiction Government site
Commonwealth Federal Register of Legislation
Queensland Queensland Legislation
Australian Capital Territory ACT Legislation Register
New South Wales NSW Legislation
Northern territory Northern Territory Legislation
South Australia South Australian Legislation
Tasmania Tasmanian Legislation
Victoria Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents
Western Australia Western Australian Legislation

Researching legislation

Sources for other jurisdictions