Staying up-to-date is important

Lawyers are the ultimate knowledge workers. Quality legal advice is dependent on access to accurate and timely legal information. As such, staying informed about legislative changes, new government policies, or recent case law is a vital part of the job. There is a range of current awareness services you can subscribe to, and organisations you can follow on social media, to help you keep up-to-date. Some of the advantages of subscribing to current awareness services include:

  • Save time: automatically and efficiently receive the latest information and research
  • Keep up-to-date: stay informed of recent developments in your areas of interest
  • Better work output: your work quality will improve from having the latest information.

We have listed some services that you can subscribe to, as well as legal organisations that you can follow on social media. 

Librarians are available to assist you in creating a current awareness profile. Contact your librarian for help.

Legal News

QLS Update (Queensland Law Society)

Queensland Legal Updater 

Law Institute Journal (Vic)

Lawyers Weekly

   

CCH News                                                                          

The Law Report (ABC)

   

Google Alerts (monitor your own topic)

 

Legislation

Queensland Legal Updater                                                                     

Queensland Law Reporter 

Queensland Legislation

Queensland Parliament (Committee publications or Bills update)

My ComLaw (Commonwealth)

About the House (newsletter of the House of Representatives)

 

Case Law

Queensland

Queensland Legal Updater 

Queensland Law Reporter 

Decisions of Queensland Courts                                      

Commonwealth

High Court Bulletin (subscribe to email service)

High Court Judgment Summaries (subscribe to email service)

Opinions on High (High Court Blog)

  

All Australian Jurisdictions

Jade Digests (select jurisdiction and copy URL into your RSS reader)

Daily Unreported Judgments Notifier

Other Jurisdictions

Overseas Decisions Bulletin

Latest Case Summaries - Incorporated Council of Law Reporting

 

Government

Queensland

Queensland Government (select email or RSS updating service)

 

Department of Justice (select email or RSS updating service)

 

Commonwealth

ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)

  

ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) 

Australian Government

   

Australian Taxation Office

   

IP Australia 

   

Parliament of Australia

Australian Law Reform Commission

   

Legal Organisations and Firms

Professional Organisations

Queensland Law Society                                          

   

Law Institute of Victoria

   

Law Society of New South Wales

  

Law Council of Australia

Law Firms

Practice Source 

Allens Linklaters 

 

Baker & McKenzie 

   

Ashurst

   

Clayton Utz 

   

Corrs Chambers Westgarth                                        

   

Herbert Smith Freehills 

   

Minter Ellison 

   

Fee Fie Foe Firm AU (search engine for law firms websites)

 

Social Justice Organisations

National Association of Community Legal Centres

QPILCH

Caxton Legal Centre

  

Redfern Legal Centre

  

Fitzroy Legal Service

 

Justice Connect

  

Research — New Books and Journals

Publisher Websites

Publisher alerts generally include the tables of contents of recent journals and in some cases links to the full text article. These are often e-mailed to you before the journal issue is published. Some publishers will also notify you of new materials published in your area of interest.

LexisNexis AU

Journals Talk,Thomson Reuters   

Hart Publishing, Oxford

Oxford Journals (select journal and see "Alerting Services)

 

Cambridge University Press Journals  (browse journals and select updating service)

 

What do the icons mean?

 RSS, or 'Really Simple Syndication' is used to publish frequently updated digital content, such as blogs, news feeds, journal alerts or podcasts. To use the RSS option you will need to copy and paste the URL into an RSS Reader, such as feedly or Feedreader.

 Twitter is a social media platform. Use Twitter to follow people or organisations you are interested in. Twitter is ideal for staying up to date in law because so many lawyers, law firms, and law organisations have a presence on Twitter.

 Facebook is a social media platform. Use Facebook to follow people or organisations you are interested in.

 Email newsletters or bulletins are sent straight to your inbox.