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Welcome to the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), one of Australia's largest online legal resources. This page contains pointers to the information you are most likely to need when visiting AustLII for the first time.
Lawyers, Librarians, etc
You can browse the full list of databases available on AustLII page and then select a specific court, tribunal, journal, law reform or legislation database in which you are interested. Alternatively, you can use the Advanced Search page to search by individual database (eg only High Court decisions), by jurisdiction or by other grouping. If you can not find it on AustLII, try looking in the WorldLII Catalog (includes Australian Law). If you know the name of the document you are after you can use the tables of contents and indices. Otherwise, see Search Help for information on using the AustLII search engine.
Non-Lawyers, Students, etc
You may prefer to get background information on the subject in which you are interested from the WorldLII Catalog (especially the Australian Law section for commentaries and summaries). In particular, take note of the materials available under Community Legal Information. You may also be interested in browsing the full list of databases available on AustLII. Introductory information about case law, legislation and other materials may also be helpful. Use the Search Help to get started with the AustLII search engine.
Information on what AustLII is, who runs it and why. It also gives you a good overview of the kind of material you can find here, and where to find it.
A comprehensive index of the AustLII online help pages which will tell you how to search, what to look for and what you can do with it when you find it!
AustLII User Guides
Download and print one of our AustLII User Guides for all the information you need to use AustLII effectively. Documents can be printed and distributed for free to classes and students.
The starting point for browsing through our materials. Most materials are organised by Australian state. If you are interested in information about a particular subject, you might like to start from the WorldLII Australian Law catalog.
AustLII's Frequently Asked Questions (and answers). If you have a question it may have already been answered -- check it here.
How to contact the site maintainers to give feedback or ask questions. This page also has pointers to useful help pages. Please note that AustLII cannot provide legal advice and that we do not have the resources to conduct legal research for you.
We hope that AustLII proves to be a useful service to you. AustLII is a free service supported by many "stakeholders" -- financial contributors and data providers. Together they have contributed to building a world-renowned site that is free to the public. If you have the time, send a note of thanks to our contributors and data providers.