Commonwealth government publications

Guide to the range of publications, both online and in print, from the Commonwealth Parliament and Government

Major gazettes

For most of its life, this core publication has had the title Commonwealth of Australia gazette. Between July 1973 and June 1977 it had the title Australian government gazette.

Up to 1973 the gazette was published as a single volume that included the general or weekly gazettes, the periodic gazettes and the special gazettes.  From 1974 it was divided into three series, bound separately.  For more information about Commonwealth Gazettes see the Gazettes Introductory page of this guide.

Online access (1901 to current)

Commonwealth Gazettes dating from 1901 to current are available online at the Federal Register of Legislation website.

Commonwealth Gazettes between 1901 and 1957 are now searchable on Trove using key words or phrases.

They are also available by individual dated gazette on Trove. Take care when searching for the individual issues as Trove also has the NSW Government Gazettes -- search Browse first and then click on Place to reveal the Commonwealth Gazettes.

Microfilm access (1901-1973)

Commonwealth of Australia gazette (1901 to June 1973) - MICROFILM & PRINT

Microfilm to be used in preference to print. Includes General, Periodic and Special Gazettes for this time period.

General Gazette (G)

Published on Tuesdays. Included legislation notices, government notices, defence force appointments, business notices such as bankruptcies, government purchasing and disposals.

Purchasing and disposals section was hived off in 1985. In 1987 it was split into two separate gazettes – Business (see Other Gazettes page) and Government notices .

Commonwealth of Australia gazette. General (1977-1987) - PRINT Published on Tuesdays. Up until end of 1983, was bound with all other Commonwealth of Australia gazettes. After that, bound as separate volumes but interfiled with other gazettes on a year-by-year basis. Australian government gazette. General (1974-1977) - PRINT Published on Tuesdays. Bound with all other Australian government gazettes.

Government notices (GN)

This gazette is published weekly and has information about proclamation of acts, general government notices etc. It was created when General gazette was split in two.

Government notices (from 1 October 2012 to date) - ONLINE The electronic version appears some time after the paper publication of the weekly gazette.

Government notices (from 1 July 2002 to 2012) - ONLINE

Commonwealth of Australia gazette. Government notices. (1987 to date) - PRINT

Periodic (P)

Periodic notices appear irregularly and are usually devoted to lengthy information about a particular subject.

Recent issues have related to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the register of the national estate and instruments made under the National Health Act.
In the late 1980s and 1990s, many subjects which were previously published as issues of the Periodic gazette were hived off into their own gazettes or became separate publications altogether.

Periodic Gazette (from 1 October 2012 to date) - ONLINE

The electronic version appears some time after the paper publication of this gazette.

Periodic Gazette (from 1 July 2002 to 2012) - ONLINE

This site includes Government notices, Periodic and special gazettes.

Commonwealth of Australia gazette. Periodic (1977 to date) - PRINT

Australian Government gazette. Periodic (1974-1977) - PRINT

Special (S)

Special gazettes are usually about a single urgent matter. They are issued irregularly. There are usually several per week.

Special Gazette (from 1 October 2012 to date) - ONLINE

The electronic version appears some time after the paper publication this gazette

Special Gazette (from 1 July 2002 to 2012) - ONLINE

This site includes Government notices, Periodic and Special gazettes.  

Commonwealth of Australia gazette. Special (1977 to date) - PRINT

Sometimes interfiled with Government Notices, sometimes in separate sequence after General Notices (GNs)
They are listed in contents page of GNs.

Therefore, also check the General notices and Government notices for recent holdings of Special Gazettes up to 2009. From 2010 they are available online.

Australian Government gazette. Special (1974-1977) - PRINT

Usually bound with the General gazette volumes.

Indexes

Indexes to Government notices, Special and Periodical notices (2002 to date)

Yearly electronic indexes are included with the archived volumes from 2002 onward.

Commonwealth of Australia gazette. Index.

Indexes 1979 to 1997 Government notices, periodic and special gazettes only 1972 to current

Government notices, periodic and special gazettes only 1972 to current

Bound with full text volumes