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News from AustLII (4 April 2005)

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     Thanks to AustLII's 2005 Stakeholders
     2005 National Training Programme: Sydney, Adelaide
     Employment Opportunities at AustLII
     AustLII Wins 2004 Web Awards
     New Cases Database
     Subscription Information
     Contact Details


AustLII is extremely grateful to all its 2005 stakeholders for their generous assistance.

Our stakeholders this year include our two host universities, two legal publishers, four Federal Government agencies, ten Courts and Tribunals, and eight organisations from the legal profession, who together will provide $660,000 in funding to support AustLII's provision of free online access to legal materials.

AustLII's 2005 funding includes a number of 'firsts'. Leading law firms and other legal profession organisations have decided to assist AustLII's funding. Similarly, many Courts and Tribunals whose decisions are the most heavily accessed on AustLII are now assisting AustLII financially to provide its services, in addition to efficiently providing it with their decisions.

AustLII's 2005 budget is $1,270,000, more than half of which has been provided by its stakeholders, plus $611,000 provided by the Australian Research Council (ARC) under its Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Fund, in which our stakeholders were industry partners.

Full details of our 2005 stakeholders and funding may be viewed at <>.


The AustLII National Training Programme in Internet Legal Research, presented in conjunction with Continuing Legal Education (CLE) at UNSW, is being held in Sydney on Monday, 18 April 2005 and Adelaide on Friday, 13 May 2005. Register early as places for each course are limited!

Keep yourself up-to-date with this full day course which provides a systematic introduction to Australian and international legal materials on the Internet, with an emphasis on those materials available for free access. The huge variety of free-access digital resources that have become available in recent years make them indispensable both to those who depend on free access, and to those who also have access to the commercial legal publishers. The course includes:

For a brochure or to register, go to <>. Details of dates for other locations around Australia are also listed there.


AustLII is employing new staff members for 2005. We currently have a couple of positions vacant for systems and project officers. These officers will be responsible for the development and maintenance of AustLII and WorldLII databases as well as developing AustLII and WorldLII systems and software.

We are seeking applicants with strong skills in computer science. A background in law is highly desirable. These positions will be situated at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney.

Applications close on 6 May 2005. For further details of the positions see: <>.


AustLII has won the Annual Hitwise No 1 Website Award for 2004. During 2004, AustLII was ranked No 1, based on the number of unique visitors, against other Australian websites in the Business and Finance - Legal category. AustLII also won an Annual Hitwise Top 10 Website Award for 2004 for ranking No 2 in the Education - Reference category.

These, and other AustLII awards, are listed at <>.


"Queensland Commercial and Consumer Tribunal" The full text decisions of the Queensland Commercial and Consumer Tribunal, as selected by the Tribunal, are now available on AustLII.

Decisions from July 2003 onwards from the following lists are included in the new database:

See <>.


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