Australasian Legal Information Institute

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The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) is an institution operated jointly by the Faculties of Law of the University of Technology Sydney and the University of New South Wales. It is notable for establishing Australia's largest on-line database on Australian legislation and case law.[1] Its public policy purpose is to improve access to justice through access to legal information.[2]


AustLII was established in 1995.[3][4] Founded as joint program of the University of Technology Sydney and the University of New South Wales Law Schools, its initial funding was provided by the Australian Research Council.[5]


AustLII content is publicly available legal information. Its primary source information includes legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals. It also hosts secondary legal materials, including law reform and Royal commission reports, as well as legal journals.[6] The AustLII databases includes the complete text of decisions of the High Court from 1947 onwards, decisions of the Federal Court from 1977 onwards, and decisions of the Family Court from 1988 onwards, as well as a number of other federal and state courts and tribunals.[7]

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  1. ^ "About AustLII". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) - Description". Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Electronic Law Journals - JILT 1997 (2) - AustLII's roles". University of Warwick. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Law and Justice Foundation of NSW - History". Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. 21 September 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Carrick, Damien (19 June 2007). "The Law Report - AustLII funding crisis". Radio National. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "AustLII - Australasian Legal Information Institute". University of the Sunshine Coast. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Searching for Cases on AustLII". James Cook University. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 

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