Finding Australian legislation

Find Commonwealth, Victorian and state Acts, bills and explanatory memoranda.

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Steven Kafkarisos
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This guide focuses on Victorian and Commonwealth law. It will help you:

  • understand the Australian legal system
  • find an Act of Parliament (legislation)
  • find bills (draft legislation)
  • find explanatory memoranda (plain English summaries of bills)
  • find local government (council) regulations and by-laws

Links to key resources for other states and territories are also included. Click on the tabs across the top of this page for more detailed information on each topic.

To find information about court cases, visit our Court cases in Australia research guide.

This is a perpetual work in progress. If you detect errors, or if you can suggest other information sources or approaches to the topic, please contact us.

We hope you find the guide helpful and useful.

Steven Kafkarisos
Law Team, State Library of Victoria


Staff at the State Library of Victoria do not offer legal advice.

Every effort is made to provide up to date, accurate and relevant legal information but this is not intended to replace qualified legal advice.