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Law: secondary sources

This guide will assist you in identifying and searching secondary sources of law.


Legal commentaries

Legal commentaries (also known as 'loose-leaf services' or sometimes 'reporters') can look similar to legal encyclopedias but are focused on one particular subject area of law. They usually provide a summary of the law, leading cases and the primary legislation in the area. Commentaries are written by professionals and academics in the subject area, and are updated on a regular basis, making them a reliable source of up-to-date, expert information.

Use the 'By subject area' tab to access links to commentaries on different subject areas. The other tabs display a list of commentaries available by publisher.

Commentary sources

Administrative law
Bankruptcy and insolvency
Commercial law
Communications and media law
Competition and consumer law
Corporations law
Criminal law
Court practice and procedure
Employment and industrial law
Energy and resources law
Equal opportunity
Family law
Insurance law
Intellectual property law
Privacy law
Property (real and personal), conveyancing and land law
Superannuation law
Taxation law
Torts and personal injuries
Wills and estates

CCH IntelliConnect contains commentaries on many areas of Australian law. Browse the practice areas (listed below) for commentaries, or search and then filter your results to by document type to "CCH Commentary".

  • Accounting
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law
  • Business Law
  • Company and Securities Law
  • Competition, Consumer and Contract Law
  • Conveyancing & Property Law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance Law
  • Discrimination
  • Duties & levies
  • Employment and HR
  • Environment
  • Family Law
  • GST
  • Historical Editions
  • Industrial Relations
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation & Court Practice
  • Privacy
  • Social Security
  • Sports & Medical Law
  • Superannuation & Financial Planning
  • Tax
  • Tax Archives
  • Torts & Personal Injury Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law
  • Workers Compensation
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Worldwide Tax

Lexis Advance Pacific contains the following commentaries:

  • Austin & Black's Annotations to the Corporations Act
  • Australian Administrative Law
  • Australian Corporate Finance Law
  • Australian Corporation Law Legislation
  • Australian Corporation Law Principles & Practice
  • Australian Corporation Practice
  • Australian Family Law
  • Carter's Criminal Law of Qld
  • Civil Procedure Qld District & Magistrates Courts Practice (Archived)
  • Civil Procedure Qld Supreme Court Practice (Archived)
  • Clean Energy Law in Australia
  • College of Law Practice Papers Qld
  • Communications Law & Policy in Australia
  • Copyright & Designs
  • Court Forms, Precedents & Pleadings Qld
  • Criminal Practice & Procedure NSW
  • Cross on Evidence
  • Energy and Resources Law in Australia
  • Ford, Austin & Ramsay's Principles of Corporations Law
  • Franchising Law & Practice
  • Industrial Law Qld
  • Patents, Trade Marks & Related Rights
  • Personal Property Securities in Australia
  • Procedures Advice Manual and Immigration Legislation
  • Ritchie's Uniform Civil Procedure NSW
  • Solicitors Manual
  • Takeovers & Reconstructions in Australia
  • Australian Succession Law
  • Conveyancing Manual Qld
  • Expert Evidence
  • Federal Administrative Law
  • Indictable Offences Queensland
  • Land Titles Law and Practice Qld
  • Law of Intellectual Property: Copyright, Design and Confidential Information
  • Media and Internet Law and Practice
  • Planning and Development Law Qld
  • Property Law and Practice Qld
  • Queensland Administrative Law
  • Queensland Sentencing Manual
  • Summary Offences Qld

The following resources contain international and foreign domestic commentaries (often called 'treatises' overseas):

AustLII has Libraries which don't have editorial commentary but can include many of the other components of legal commentaries, including topic-specific legislation, cases, journals, and in some cases special collections. 

Look under the "Libraries" content area on the top red bar of the AustLII home page.

AustLII contains the following libraries:

  • Australasian Aviation Law Library
  • Australasian Law Reform Library
  • Australasian Legal History Libraries
  • Australian Health Practitioner Law Library
  • Australian Human Rights Law Library
  • Australian Indigenous Law Library
  • Australian Privacy and Surveillance Law Library
  • Australian Taxation Law Library
  • Legal Profession Uniform Law Library (Australia)