Collaborative law uses an interest-based negotiation model where clients and their lawyers work together to resolve a dispute without going to court. The aim is to reach a fair agreement while minimising costs, delays and stress.
As an emerging form of legal practice, Australian lawyers are enthusiastic about adopting this approach.
Visit the Collaborative Law in Australia website to find out more about collaborative law and to access collaborative lawyers in your region.
Courts and Tribunals
If you are looking for State or Territory legislation in printed form you should contact your state government information centre or bookshop.
The following are sites where you can find Commonwealth legislation on the Internet at no cost. When searching for legislation on these sites read their instructions carefully. Also read the disclaimers about the information they provide.
Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Act 2008 — An Act to amend the Family Law Act 1975
Foundation Law — provides links to the full text of Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation, parliamentary material, international treaties and the laws of other countries.
Parliament of Australia — access to the Hansards – Information on Bills before Parliament and their progress. The FAQ page is a good starting point for those who have not used the site before.
Federal Register of Legislation — has the most complete and up-to-date collection of Commonwealth legislation available.
ACT Legislation — register contains authorised current consolidations of ACT Acts, regulations and subordinate instruments.
NSW Legislation — Parliamentary Counsel's Office provides an authoritative, up-to-date source for NSW Legislation. The site includes NSW Acts, subordinate legislation, and status information as well as Repealed versions of legislation.
Northern Territory Legislation — this database contains all the current consolidated Acts and subordinate legislation of the Northern Territory of Australia.
Queensland Legislation — this site provides consolidated and numbered Acts as well as superseded versions.
South Australian Legislation— the Acts and Regulations of the Government of South Australia are available here.
Tasmanian Legislation — provides access to Tasmanian legislation. Acts that were in force as at 1 February 1997 are available in consolidated form and Acts passed after 1 February 1997 are available in sessional and consolidated form.
Victorian Legislation — the Victorian Legislation website provides access to Bills under consideration. Victorian Acts and Statutory Rules as passed or made by year as well as all consolidated Principal Victorian Acts and Statutory Rules as in force, at a given point in time.
Western Australian Legislation — database is a compilation of the public general Acts of Western Australia that are in force, with certain exceptions.
Canprint — for purchase of legislation (including subscriptions and standing order alert services), contact Canprint Information Services.