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News from AustLII (28 April 2005)

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     Point-in-Time Legislation System Launched
     Legal Publishers Search - An Update
     National Training Programme: Adelaide, Sydney, Hobart
     New and Updated Journal Databases
     New Cases Databases
     Subscription Information
     Contact Details


AustLII launched its Point-in-Time (PiT) Legislation System on April 7.

The PiT system allows an AustLII user to see an Act or section as it was for any date covered by the system. Users can inspect all versions of a section, and can visually compare sections at different dates side-by-side. AustLII's PiT system already covers most NSW legislation, and part of the legislation of South Australia and Queensland. These databases are still under development.

AustLII aims to apply a generic approach to developing point-in-time legislation which will be applied progressively to legislation from all Australian jurisdictions subject to funding and resource availability.

Our PiT research was supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant and also involved the support of the following industry partners: New South Wales Parliamentary Counsel's Office, Australian Business Limited and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The PiT legislation system project is now available for user testing and feedback at <>.

For full details, see the background paper "AustLII's Point-in-Time legislation system: A generic PiT system for presenting legislation" at <>.


In the past, some users may have experienced difficulty searching CCH's online publications. This has now been remedied and a CCH search now returns a complete set of results. Don't have access to CCH's online publications? CCH offers 14-day FREE trial subscriptions: contact CCH on tel: 1300 300 224 or email: support(at)

The Legal Publishers Search facility allows AustLII's users to obtain more efficient access to the legal content provided by Australia's commercial legal publishers who are participating in the development of the facility. The Legal Publishers Search currently searches:

The legal publishers search facility may be accessed at: <>.


The AustLII National Training Programme in Internet Legal Research, presented in conjunction with Continuing Legal Education (CLE) at UNSW, is being held in Adelaide on Friday, 13 May; Sydney on Monday, 23 May and Hobart on Friday, 17 June 2005. Register early as places for each course are limited.

This full day course 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' services. The course includes:

For a brochure or to register, see <>.


"Aboriginal Law Bulletin"
The full text of the complete set of the Aboriginal Law Bulletin from 1981-1997 is now available on AustLII.
See: <>.

"Macquarie Law Journal"
The full text of the Macquarie Law Journal from 2001- is now available on AustLII.
See: <>


"Superior Courts of Tasmania (pre-1900)" This is an historical database containing edited records of decisions of the Superior Courts of Tasmania handed down prior to 1900. The database currently covers selected decisions from 1824-1842. See <>.

"Office of the Victorian Privacy Comissioner" This database contains selected case notes from the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner since 2003. See: <>.

"Town Planning Appeal Tribunal of Western Australia" This database contains full text decisions of the Town Planning Appeal Tribunal of Western Australia as selected by the Tribunal from 2003-2004. This Tribunal has now been replaced by the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia.
See: <>.

"State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia" This database contains full text decisions of the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia since its inception in 2005. See: <>


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