Secondary sources

7. Other sources

Law reform materials

Each jurisdiction in Australia has a Law Reform Commission. The function of the Commission in each state is to review and reform the law. In Queensland, the Law Reform Commission Act 1968 (Qld) s 10 states that:

The function of the Commission shall be to take and keep under review all the law applicable to the State with a view to its systematic development and reform, including in particular—
(a) the codification of such law; and
(b) the elimination of anomalies; and
(c) the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments; and
(d) the reduction of the number of separate enactments; and
(e) generally the simplification and modernisation of the law.

Law reform committees undertake reviews, research and consultation. Each Commission has a website that provides the most recent law reform reports and papers. In certain circumstances, law reform materials along with the relevant parliamentary documents may be used to help interpret legislation. 

Further information and links can be found on the legislation tab of the Legal Research Guide.

Example of law reform in action

The recommendations found in Report No. 76 by the Queensland Law Reform Commission — Review of Termination of Pregnancy Laws — were tabled in Parliament in June 2018, and used to formulate the Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 (Qld). 

Non-legal materials

Depending on your assignment topic your research may be enhanced by using non-legal sources. You may find supporting data or information in other fields, for example in the fields of criminology, statistics or health science.

News

News articles and media inform you about the latest legal developments. You can access key news databases on the Legal Research Guide via the News Tab

Company Information

The Library has a range of resources devoted to locating information on Australian and overseas companies. See the Company and information guide for more information.

Statistics

The Library has a statistics guide that will help you find reference resources, books, journal articles, census data and websites related to study of statistics.

Congratulations! You have completed Secondary sources. Return to Legal Research Essentials or proceed on to the next module: Case law.