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Key databases

Case Law

Authorised Law Reports

Note: All the current Authorised report series for all Commonwealth, Federal, and all Supreme Courts of Australian states are available on Westlaw AU.

Unauthorised Law Reports

Legislative materials

Key Statutory Interpretation Acts

Bills Digests

Bills Digests are written by the parliamentary library. They provide a timely and independent perspective on legislation. They are written to assist members of Parliament in their consideration of Bills. The digests provide a plain English summary of Bills and detail their purpose, background and main provisions complementing the legislative material provided by the Government.

Queensland does not have a bills digest.

Explanatory Memoranda (EM)

Explanatory Memoranda (EM) explain the contents and purpose of a bill in plain English. Explanatory Memoranda contain a clause by clause description of a bill.

In the Federal Parliament Commonwealth Explanatory Memoranda came into regular use from about 1978/1982 and are kept with bills. Explanatory Statements have been issued for Commonwealth Regulations since 1993.

Research Papers

The Parliamentary Libraries prepare papers on legislation before the Parliament ​​and on major issues of interest to members. Papers cover a broad range of subject areas including law, politics, government, environment, economics and social issues

Law Reform

Secondary Sources

Key Australian Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Key Databases

Criminology Library Guide

Abbreviations and AGLC4

Find the meaning of law journal and law report abbreviations, for example:

  • ALJ - Australian Law Journal
  • QB - Law Reports, Queen's Bench