Searching for Legislation

To search for appropriate legislation, you must consider which body is responsible for creating the legislation (known as a jurisdiction). For Australia, you need to determine if the legislation is Commonwealth or State.

How to read a citation to a piece of legislation:

The Federal Register of Legislation (the Legislation Register) is the authorised whole-of-government website for Commonwealth legislation and related documents. It contains the full text and details of the life cycle of individual laws and the relationships between them.

The Legislation Register is managed by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel in accordance with the Legislation Act 2003.
How to use the Legislation Register (pdf format, 0.5MB)

NSW legislation is a database which provides fulltext online access to New South Wales legislation.
View a demonstration on Introduction to NSW legislation.

AustLII is a database with both Commonwealth and State legislation. It is particularly useful for searching for legislation by topic.
View a demonstration on How to browse AustLII for legislation.