Law Resource Guide

This guide provides information on finding legal resources for courses in the LAWS Program.

Legal System in Australia

The following resource provides an introduction to the legal system in Australia:

Hirst, J. (1998). Discovering democracy: A guide to government and law in Australia, Retrieved from   


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.

Check out the following guide for tips on using ComLaw - a pdf document will download to your computer, click to open, and you can save a copy.

What's New on ComLaw incorporating the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI). This page lists everything recently published to Comlaw within the last:

  • 3 months for Acts
  • 21 days for Gazettes
  • 14 days for all other material

You can also register to MyComLaw. MyComLaw makes it easy for you to stay up to date on Commonwealth law. And once you've activated your account, you can access and update your ComLaw information from any computer in the world.

Use the Help link to find out more about what ComLaw covers.