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Law Guide: Dictionaries & Commentary

This guide is a one stop shop for law materials, in hard copy and electronic formats, including guidance on referencing and citation.

Not sure where to start researching? Start by defining your topic by using commentary resources. Search for definitions in the Australian Law and Macquarie Dictionaries, use Halsbury's Laws of Australia to research your area of law and use commentary services to find up-to-date information and important cases and legislation.


Online Dictionaries

Online Commentary by Topic

Legal commentaries can be used to start researching information on a particular topic. Commentaries often provide a mix of detailed commentary, key legislation and case law in full text or in extracts.

You can search CCH and Lexis Advance to access a broad range of commentary or use the individual titles below. 



Australian Administrative Law

Available in Lexis Advance

Civil Procedure 

Civil Procedure Northern Territory 

Civil Procedure Victoria 

Available in Lexis Advance


Australian Contract Law Commentary

Available in CCH 

Consumer protection

Australian Competition and Consumer Law Commentary

Available in CCH


Australian Trade Practices Compliance Commentary

Available in CCH


Law of Costs

Available in Lexis Advance

Equal opportunity

Australian and New Zealand Equal Opportunity Commentary

Available in CCH


Energy and Resources Law in Australia

Available in Lexis Advance


Cross on Evidence

Available in Lexis Advance


Australian Child Support Commentary

Available in CCH

Australian Family Law and Practice Commentary

Available in CCH


Australian Health and Law Medical Reporter

Available in CCH

Australian Medical Liability Commentary

Available in CCH


Australian Labour Law Reporter

Available in CCH


Native Title Newsletter

Available in Informit 

Statutory Interpretation

Statutory Interpretation in Australia

Available in Lexis Advance


Australian Torts Commentary

Available in CCH

Workplace compensation

Australian Workers Compensation Commentary

Available in CCH

Capital Monitor

Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia

Law Term Finder

Law Term Finder gives assess to words and phrases frequently used in Australian Family Law.

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