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Researching Legislation

Australian Parliamentary Library 

Parliamentary Library
The Parliamentary Library provides services to senators, members, their staff and the staff of committees, and publishes the Parliamentary Handbook of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Parliamentary Handbook covers many aspects of the Commonwealth Parliament and the Australian political system.

The Bills Digests have been produced by the Parliamentary Library since 1977. They are a description of new bills - the purpose of the bill, the main issues, financial implications of the bill and key provisions. Written to assist members of Parliament in their consideration of Bills, they are a valuable background source and provide an independent perspective on legislation.


Victorian Parliamentary Library 

The Department of Parliamentary Services Parliamentary Library Research Service provides research support to Members of the Victorian Parliament. The Service’s publications are:

  • Research Papers, which provide in-depth coverage and detailed analysis of key topics;
  • Current Issues Briefs, which provide an overview of a subject in legislative, portfolio, or policy areas; and,
  • Research Briefs, which provide analysis and description of current bills.