Parliamentary sources relate to many areas of social work practice. Parliaments enact laws, debate policy and proposed legislation. Parliaments also review, report on and investigate many policy issues through parliamentary committees. Parliamentary debates, reports from committees, bills digests may all provide information on significant changes in policy that may have impact on social work. The federal and all state and territory parliaments disseminate a range of information via their websites.
Legislation relates to many areas of Social Work and policy practice. Landmarks and significant changes in the policy environment are often reflected in new or revised legislation; a new or amended act may have great significance for a policy area and the impact it has on a group of people. Case law may also result in or influence changes in policy. The legal encyclopedias below will help you locate significant legislation and cases.