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Sociology and Social Policy: Legal Information

Legal Information for the Social Sciences

Legislation relates to many areas of Social  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. Legal encyclopedias will help you locate significant legislation and cases. 

Understanding Australian Law


These resources may help you understand legal processes in Australia and find Legal Material.

Official sources for Australian Legislation

Legal Encyclopedias

The following encyclopedias are useful resources for locating the law legislation and case on a particular subject or legal issue.

Legal issues - websites

The following websites are useful  for locating discussion of legal issues that may be relevant to social work practice.

Comprehensive legal research services

This is a a list of selected legal research services that will help you locate legislation, cases, legal commentary and  journal articles on the law.