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ComLaw has the most complete and up-to-date collection of Commonwealth legislation and includes notices from the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette from 1 October 2012.



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The Australian Government is organised into a number of portfolios. Each portfolio is responsible for specific policy issues and laws.

Choose a portfolio for details of its current legislation:

Agriculture
Finance
Attorney-General's Foreign Affairs and Trade
Communications Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief
Courts Health
Defence Human Services
Department of Parliamentary Services Immigration and Border Protection
Department of the House of Representatives Industry
Department of the Senate Infrastructure and Regional Development
Education Prime Minister and Cabinet
Employment Social Services
Environment Treasury
Veterans' Affairs

For more information about the structure, organisations and key people in each portfolio, go to the Government Online Directory This link will take you away from ComLaw


Australia's ten Territories are home to over half a million Australians. Each territory has different legal origins, and a different relationship with the Australian Government. Choose the territory you are interested in for details of its laws and governance:

Ashmore and Cartier Islands Coral Sea Islands
Australian Antarctic Territory Heard and McDonald Islands
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Jervis Bay Territory
Christmas Island* Norfolk Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands* Northern Territory (NT)

In the past, the Australian Government has also administered territory in Nauru, New Guinea and Papua. These territories have since become the independent nations of Nauru and of Papua New Guinea.

For more information about how Australia acquired its external territories - that is, all territories except the ACT, the NT and Jervis Bay Territory - please see Alan Kerr's book A Federation In These Seas This link will take you away from ComLaw.

*these two territories are jointly administered and are also known as the Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs)



ComLaw contains a huge amount of current and historical information - but it does not cover ALL sources of Australian law. To browse other sources of Australian law, choose the jurisdiction and type of information that interests you:

Commonwealth of Australia Parliament This link will take you away from ComLaw Legislation Caselaw This link will take you away from ComLaw Gazettes More This link will take you away from ComLaw
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Victoria Parliament This link will take you away from ComLaw Legislation This link will take you away from ComLaw Caselaw This link will take you away from ComLaw Gazettes This link will take you away from ComLaw More This link will take you away from ComLaw
Queensland Parliament This link will take you away from ComLaw Legislation This link will take you away from ComLaw Caselaw This link will take you away from ComLaw Gazettes This link will take you away from ComLaw More This link will take you away from ComLaw
Western Australia Parliament This link will take you away from ComLaw Legislation This link will take you away from ComLaw Caselaw This link will take you away from ComLaw Gazettes This link will take you away from ComLaw More This link will take you away from ComLaw
South Australia Parliament This link will take you away from ComLaw Legislation This link will take you away from ComLaw Caselaw This link will take you away from ComLaw Gazettes This link will take you away from ComLaw More This link will take you away from ComLaw
Tasmania Parliament This link will take you away from ComLaw Legislation This link will take you away from ComLaw Caselaw This link will take you away from ComLaw Gazettes This link will take you away from ComLaw More This link will take you away from ComLaw
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Northern Territory Parliament This link will take you away from ComLaw Legislation This link will take you away from ComLaw Caselaw This link will take you away from ComLaw Gazettes This link will take you away from ComLaw More This link will take you away from ComLaw
Norfolk Island Parliament This link will take you away from ComLaw Legislation This link will take you away from ComLaw Caselaw This link will take you away from ComLaw Gazettes This link will take you away from ComLaw More This link will take you away from ComLaw

Many jurisdictions are working together to harmonise their legislation, and harmonised or 'model' laws have been developed and enacted on more than 60 issues. Work is continuing on other issues through bodies including the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) This link will take you away from ComLaw and the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) This link will take you away from ComLaw.

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