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Government Documents - Australia: Treaties

Treaties - Print Resources

Treaties are international agreements concluded between States and governed by international law.  They may also be referred to as conventions, international agreements, covenants, international instruments, charters or protocols.

Databases and Online Sources

Australian Treaty Databases

Australian Treaty Database (ATD) - Produced by the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade this database is an on-line resource for researching treaties to which Australia is a signatory, or where Australia has taken other treaty action

Council of Australian Governments (COAG) - Treaties Council  - The Treaties Council has an advisory role in relation to information about, and consultation procedures concerning, treaties and other international instruments of sensitivity or importance to the States and Territories, it is comprised of the Prime Minister and all Premiers and Chief Ministers.

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties   - The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties was established on 14 February 2008 for the 42nd Parliament under a resolution of appointment passed by the House of Representatives on 12 February 2008 and the Senate on 14 February 2008.


United Nations Treaty Databases

The United Nations Treaty Collection provides access and information to treaties and international agreements deposited with the U.N in accordance with Article 102 of the UN Charter

Australian Indigenous Treaty Project

The Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) project is an ARC Linkage project examining treaty and agreement-making with Indigenous Australians and the nature of the cultural, social and legal rights encompassed by past, present and potential agreements and treaties. The project also examines the process of implementation and the wider factors that promote long term sustainability of agreement outcomes.