Online Legal Research using AUSTLII

 – everything you could ever need… all thrown together in the mother of all legal information sock draws!

Explore Australia’s oldest and most popular free legal database.  Our resident research expert, Sue Yap, takes you on a law students guide to this go to source for legal materials… demonstrating some of the perils along the way.

Be careful – AUSTLII is like that elderly relative that never throws anything away. It has so many great stories and if you have the time you’ll dig up some gold – but it can be difficult to search through.

What you’ll find in this video:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:21 – What is Austlii?
  • 01:15 – Austlii’s search engine
  • 01:24 – Using Austlii with Google
  • 01:39 – When you know what Act you’re looking for
  • 02:34 – Browsing using the directory
  • 03:09 – Click on hyperlinks to drill down (sections etc)
  • 03:17 – Another way of looking for primary info – when you don’t know the case details
  • 04:25 – Using Google to help you refine your search
  • 05:40 – How Austlii gets info into its database
  • 06:18 – Looking for cases using Austlii