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Don't forget to always start your research with the 'Begin your Preliminary and HSC legal studies research' tab. No matter which topic you're studying, you can find current, relevant information from encyclopaedias, journals, newspapers, books, government websites and statistics.

Here you'll find resources to dive deeper into your legal studies options.

Family

AustLII [external website]
Use this site to find all Commonwealth legislation including the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth). You can also search for cases from the Family Court of Australia. It's usually better to use text books and looseleaf services to find cases – this way you will find the leading cases dealing with a particular aspect of the law.

You can find family law text books, eresources and looseleaf services under the family law and divorce topic on the Find Legal Answers website. Most resources are only available at the Library.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics [external website]
Find statistics about families and population in Australia. Look at the people and communities and population topics to find statistics on families, marriage, divorce, births and other subjects. The year books contain summaries of regions, eg New South Wales in Focus, which includes detailed statistics about families in NSW..

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Australian Institute of Family Studies [external website]
Find reports and statistics on a broad range of family related topics, including types of families, marriage, living together, divorce, and children. You will also find the journal Family matters which contains detailed articles.

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Children's Court of NSW [external website]
The Children’s Court is a specialist court that deals with criminal cases, applications for apprehended violence orders, applications for compulsory schooling orders and cases involving the care and protection of children. Find a range of resources, including court judgements, fact sheets and Children’s Law News - which contains links to important cases dealing with children.

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Convention on the Rights of the Child [external website]
View the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty that recognises the human rights of children.

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Family Court of Australia [external website]
Find information about family law, including separation and divorce, parenting, property, court orders, family violence, and the court process.

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Family law handbook [book and ebook]
Find information about what to do after separating, negotiating with former partners, making arrangements for children, property settlement and what happens at court. It includes sample forms, tips on drafting an affidavit, strategies for preparing for a court hearing, and information about the separation and divorce process.

Chapters 1 and 2 are available online, and the book is also available in NSW public libraries.

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NSW Advocate for Children and Young People [external website]
The NSW Advocate for Children and Young People advocates for and promotes the wellbeing of children and young people. Find reports and submissions on topics including care and protection, and law and justice issues affecting children and young people.

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NSW Legislation [external website]
Use this site to find all NSW legislation, including relevant legislation such as the Adoption Act 2000, Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the Surrogacy Act 2010.

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Preventing child abuse and neglect [external website]
Find information from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services about child abuse, protecting children and young people, reporting suspected child abuse or neglect, and mandatory reporting.

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Consumers

AustLII [external website]
Use this site to find all Commonwealth legislation, including relevant legislation such as the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) - Schedule 2 and the Australian Consumer Law and the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth) - Schedule 1 National Credit Code.

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Australian Competition & Consumer Commission [external website]
The ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in markets to benefit consumers, businesses, and the community, ensuring that individuals and businesses comply with Australian competition, fair trading, and consumer protection laws. Find information on a wide range of topics including consumer rights and guarantees, consumer protection, making a complaint, online shopping, internet and phone services, and fuel prices.

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Australian Consumer Law [external website]
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) is the national law for fair trading and consumer protection. Find information about the ACL and its enforcement and consumer policy in Australia.

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Fair Trading NSW [external website]
NSW Fair Trading safeguards the rights of all consumers and advises business and traders on fair and ethical practice. Find information on topics including consumer guarantees, warranties and refunds, buying goods, scams, and contracts.

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NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal [external website]
The Consumer and Commercial Division of NCAT deals with consumer claims. Find information about how the Tribunal deals with consumer matters, as well as how to find published NCAT decisions, and links to fact sheets.

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NSW Legislation [external website]
Use this site to find all NSW legislation, including relevant legislation such as the Fair Trading Act 1987 (NSW) - see Part 3 Australian Consumer Law, Credit (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2010 (NSW), Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) and the Contracts Review Act 1980 (NSW).

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Global environment protection

Australian Treaties Library [external website]
Find all the treaties Australia is a party to - you can browse the Australian Treaty Series by date or subject. You will also find helpful guides to the treaty making process.

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Environmental Defenders Office NSW [external website]
Find fact sheets, detailed legal guides, and cases dealing with environmental issues including climate change, mining and coal seam gas, and water management.

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Indigenous peoples

Agreements, treaties and negotiated settlements database [external website]
The ATNS database connects you to information relating to agreements between indigenous people and others in Australia and overseas. It includes background information on each agreement and links to related agreements, organisations, signatories and events.

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Treaty of Waitangi [external website]
Find a brief history of the Treaty, the full text of the Treaty, a timeline, and how the Treaty works in practice.

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United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [external website]
The Declaration establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of the world's indigenous peoples. Find the text of the Declaration, as well as other United Nations publications discussing indigenous peoples.

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United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development, Indigenous Peoples [external website]
Find a variety of publications dealing with the word's indigenous peoples, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the State of the world's indigenous peoples (SWIP). You will also find information about indigenous peoples relating to gender, children and youth, economic and social development, the environment, and education.

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World directory of minorities and indigenous peoples [external website]
Find out about specific minority and indigenous communities around the world. You can browse by country, minority or region to find information about the environment, history and peoples living in a country, and statistics, historical context, and current issues facing indigenous minorities.

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Shelter

Fair Trading NSW [external website]
NSW Fair Trading safeguards the rights of all consumers and advises business and traders on fair and ethical practice. Find information on topics including renting, buying property, strata schemes, retirement villages, residential land lease communities, holiday parks, and boarding houses.

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NSW Legislation [external website]
Use this site to find all NSW legislation, including relevant legislation such as the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (NSW), Retirement Villages Act 1999 (NSW), Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 (NSW) and the Boarding Houses Act 2012 (NSW).

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Workplace

AustLII [external website]
Use this site to find all Commonwealth legislation, including relevant legislation such as the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), and the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth).

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Fair Work Commission [external website]
The Fair Work Commission is the national workplace relations tribunal. It hears cases on minimum wages and pay, national awards and agreements, disputes, industrial action and termination of employment. Find information about dismissal, termination and redundancy, as well as major legal cases and summaries of significant decisions. 

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Fair Work Ombudsman [external website]
The Fair Work Ombudsman investigates complaints and enforces compliance of workplace laws. Find information about workplace rights and rules, pay, awards, and leave.

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NSW Legislation [external website]
Use this site to find all NSW legislation, including relevant legislation such as the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW), and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW).

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NSW Office of Industrial Relations [external website]
NSW OIR monitors wages and employment conditions in NSW. Find information about specific industries, including the clothing, entertainment, and taxi industries.

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SafeWork NSW [external website]
SafeWork is NSW’s workplace health and safety regulator, focusing on harm prevention and improving the safety culture in NSW workplaces. Find information on safety topics, including asbestos, hazardous chemicals, noise, quad bikes, and mental illness.

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World order

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [eresource]
Find articles on every aspect of public international law. The articles are arranged under 24 subject areas, including international law, human rights, International courts and tribunals, treaties, and war.

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CIA World Factbook [external website]
The factbook has information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Looking at the summary of transnational issues is helpful for identifying possible issues to explore.

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Human Rights Watch [external website]
Find reports on human rights issues, including the annual World Report, which summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide.

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International Committee of the Red Cross [external website]
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world with a mission to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies. Find information on a broad range of topics, including the conduct of hostilities, contemporary challenges, and weapons.

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International Committee of the Red Cross - Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols [external website]
The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols form the core of international humanitarian law, which regulates the conduct of armed conflict and seeks to limit its effects. They protect people not taking part in hostilities and those who are no longer doing so. Find a wealth of information about the Conventions, including overviews and commentaries.

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International Committee of the Red Cross - Treaties, States parties, and Commentaries [external website]
Find treaties relating to victims of armed conflict, methods and means of warfare, naval and air warfare, cultural property, criminal repression and other treaties relating to IHL.

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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [external website]
Use this site to view the nine core international human rights instruments.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights [external website]
View the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document in the history of human rights. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

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Keep up to date

Keep up to date with the latest developments in law with the Find Legal Answers blog.

 

How courts make laws

Legislation is a major source of law. Courts are the other source.

Watch this 10 minute video to learn how laws are made by the courts.

You'll also find out about the court hierarchy, and the courts' and tribunals' jurisdictions.

Captioned version also available.

 

How Parliament makes laws

So where do laws come from?

Watch this 10 minute video to learn how laws are made by parliament.

Discover how a Bill becomes an Act, how legislation changes over time, and why some laws are made by the Commonwealth and others by the states.

Captioned version also available.

 

Find legal answers

Visit Find Legal Answers to find current and easy to understand information about the law in NSW.

 

Law books at the Library

Browse the shelves (at location number 340s) in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room to find books that cover all areas of the law.

We also have law books in the Library's stack storage.

Search the Library's catalogue to find and request books from stack.

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