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News from AustLII (22 December 2005)

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     Best Wishes for the Festive Season
     It's Official: AustLII has moved
     Law Via the Internet Conference 2005
     National Training Programme to Return in 2006
     New Cases Database
     AustLII Toolbars Updated
     Subscription Information
     Contact Details


The AustLII Team wishes you all a happy and safe festive season and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2006.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our major funding sources: the Australian Research Council, CCH Australia Limited, Thomson Legal & Regulatory Ltd, Australian Business Limited, the Federal Attorney-General's Department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Defence.

We are also very grateful to our Law Faculties (UTS and UNSW) for their infrastructure assistance and general support, and to all others who have assisted with our funding. A complete list of AustLII's funding sources for 2005 may be found at <>.

AustLII would not exist without access to the data provided by the Courts, Tribunals, Offices of Parliamentary Counsel, Law Reform Commissions and our numerous other sources. We thank all our data sources both for their commitment to free access to the law, and for their day-to-day help in providing the data to us in an efficient and cooperative way.

The users of AustLII continue to be our greatest advocates, and we thank you. It is your enthusiasm for AustLII that makes it possible for us to convince governments, courts and others to provide both the data and the funds on which free public access to the law depends.


At the end of October, AustLII commenced its move to new, larger and more modern office accommodation which was generously provided by UTS, one of AustLII's host universities. We are relieved to say that the move was completed in early November with only minor service interruption.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding while we worked through some data synchronisation and updating issues as we commissioned the new, faster network and computer equipment.

AustLII's new contact details may be found on our website at <>.


PacLII and AustLII co-hosted the 7th Conference on Computerisation of Law via the Internet from 17-19 November in Port Vila, Vanuatu. We would like to thank all our speakers, delegates and sponsors in making the conference such a success.

Conference highlights are available at: <>


The AustLII National Training Programme in Internet Legal Research, in conjunction with Continuing Legal Education at UNSW and with the generous assistance of CCH Australia Limited, has completed its second year of operation.

The programme provided courses in Internet legal research throughout Australia to assist our users in obtaining the maximum benefit from their use of AustLII, WorldLII, and other Internet legal research tools in Australia and overseas.

The programme has been a great success, with courses having been held in Canberra, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Building on that success, we are currently working on updating the courses which we plan to offer again in 2006. Dates and venues around Australia will be posted on our training pages at <> when the details have been finalised.


"Guardianship and Administration Board of Western Australia 2004-" The full text of selected decisions of the Guardianship and Administration Board of Western Australia from 2004 onwards is now available on AustLII. See: <>


The AustLII Toolbar has been updated and is now also available for the new 1.5 version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, in addition to the Netscape/Mozilla and Microsoft Internet Explorer web browsers.

The Toolbar allows you to search AustLII from any website page. It includes the AustLII menu which lists links for most of the major category materials for all Australasian jurisdictions. The toolbar also has buttons to link to the other Legal Information Institutes.

Instructions on how to update an existing Toolbar installation may be found at <>.

New installations of the Toolbar for the Netscape/Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox and the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browsers may be found at <>.


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