There are many sources that can be used to trace the history of or identify key landmarks in policy development.
The following questions, as examples, require the location of sources which establish the history of a policy area:
Researching policy history Use Library Search or a research database to find books or articles that provide an overview or discuss the history of a policy area. This may be useful in providing an understanding of policy differences over time and between governments. Material that provides theoretical consideration of policy and policy change can also be located in these secondary sources.
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Official sources for policy history Policy information can be sourced from many parliamentary and other official government documents. Consult the Parliamentary, legal and media sections of this guide for additional information and resources. The following all provide access to policy information.
Sources for Current Government Policy Websites for Government Departments and Agencies document current government policies on areas of responsibility. A website may include
Royal Commissions, Committees of Inquiry and many reports from House and Senate committees frequently make recommendations on proposed policy changes or may examine a specific policy.
The following reports/publications provide information on services or issues relating to income support policy. All can be located using government websites or Library resources.
The Australian Government website is currently not hosting any publications, including information on State Parliaments.
You can use the following two sites to find Australian Government publications:
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