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Government Documents - Australia: Government Gazettes

Introduction to Government Gazettes

Gazettes advise the public of the decisions made by parliament and the various government departments and instrumentalities. They contain information on public service appointments and promotions, public holidays, dates when new legislation will come into effect, bankruptcy notices, tender notices, details of re-organisation of government departments, etc. Volumes of the Australian and New South Wales government gazettes are located in the Law Library Compactus. 

Capital Monitor

The Capital monitor database includes items from the Commonwealth and State Government gazettes.

Commonwealth Gazettes Online

Commonwealth Government Gazette Online

The Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette (Gazette), including Special and Periodic Gazettes, has been published by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel since 1 October 2012. Between 1 July 2002 and 1 October 2012, the Gazette was published by the Attorney-General's Department.

Gazette notices are now published electronically as individual general notices on the Federal Register of Legislation site. More information can be found here

Commonwealth Government Gazette (Online) 2012+

Commonwealth Government Historical Gazettes (Online) 1901-2012 

Guides to Finding Government Gazettes

NLA guide to finding information in official government gazettes 

This guide from the National Library of Australia, includes comprehensive information on the structure and content of Gazettes and also includes information pages for the Gazettes of States and Territories. Useful for locating Gazettes available online and identifying the purpose of different section of Gazettes. This guide provides the most detailed holdings for Gazettes available online.


Information about, and links to the current series of Australian Government gazettes is available from the Australia.gov.au website. 


GovPubs: the Australian Publications Guide to Government Gazettes on the Web includes links to both Commonwealth and State Gazettes.


For information about the NSW Government Gazette consult the NSW Government Gazette pages on the State Library's website.

Use TROVE to search Government Gazettes

The National Library of Australia has a digitised many Australian publications and made them available through the TROVE website.

You can find and search Government Gazettes on TROVE

Or search for specific titles within TROVE, for example: Sydney gazette and New South Wales  Advertiser 1803-1842 

University of Sydney Library Holdings in Print

Australian Federal Government

Commonwealth of Australia gazette 1901-1973 Canberra:  AGPS 

Location: Law Compactus G.AUS G holdings incomplete

Australian Government Gazette Canberra: AGPS 

Location: Law Compactus G.AUS G holdings incomplete, see also links to earlier and later titles in the catalogue record.

New South Wales Government

The New South Wales Government Gazette 1832-1900 (Sydney:  Government Printer) Locations: Storage DST 05683 as well as Rare Books Ferguson 1582a (see precise holdings on catalogue record)

New South Wales.  Government gazette of the State of New South Wales 1901 onwards Location: Law Compactus G.NSW G 

Library has: Sep-Dec 1901 ; Feb 1902 ; Nov-Dec 1903 ; Apr-Dec 1904 ; Jul-Dec 1905 ; Jul-Dec 1906 ; Apr-Jun 1907-1908 ; Apr-Jun 1909 ; Jan-Mar 1914 ; 28 Oct 1915 ; 1948 ; 1961 (incomplete)-1991.
Wanting: 1907 v.4

Index to the New South Wales Government Gazette: for the year....

Location: Law Compactus G.NSW G 

Library has: 1832-1842 ; 1983-1992 (Imperfect)

Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 1803-1842

Library has: 1803-1842

Australia Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory. Australian Capital Territory Gazette

Location: Storage May 1989-1993 imperfect