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Where to find Commonwealth law relating to divorce

For members of the public

Easy to find law

The legify site provides a single simple search for Commonwealth, state and territory Acts and Regulations. It does not do a full text search so users have to know at least part of the name of the law they are looking for.

See Legify(opens in a new window).

Official Commonwealth source

The public can also access current laws at Federal Register of Legislation(opens in a new window) (formerly called ComLaw).

If they select ‘Acts in force’ and then choose the appropriate letter, for example ‘Cr’. This will take the user to the latest version of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).

The Legislative instruments tab' lists Regulations, Ordinances and Directions.

The Federal Register of Legislation also lists Bills and explanatory memoranda.

VLA law library

The public can also use VLA’s law library—see Our law library(opens in a new window).

Beware if using Austlii

Note: Commonwealth legislation on the Austlii website may not be fully consolidated—clients should check for currency.

For VLA staff

Staff may prefer to use services listed below:

Staff may prefer to select from the VLA library's page Find legislation(opens in a new window).

They are easier to navigate and include table of provisions and search functions.

Law, bills and supplementary materials

The Commonwealth Parliament of Australia—Parliamentary library—Bills digests(opens in a new window) is a useful source of background briefing about Commonwealth Bills.

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