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Australian law

Australian law comes from two sources:

  1. The parliament as legislation, in the form of statutes, acts, regulations, statutory rules, and also from those bodies to whom parliament delegates authority to make rules, regulations, orders, by-laws etc.
  2. The courts as judge-made law or case law or law reports.

These are the primary sources of law and the output i.e. the law reports and the legislation of each of these sources of law are called primary source materials.

Secondary sources help you to understand the law. Legal encyclopedias, legal texts or books, case notes and commentaries, and journal articles are secondary source materials