Government and rights

Do you have questions about discrimination or human rights? About immigration or freedom of information?


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This Hot Topics gives an overview of human rights law from its origins and sources, through to the development of modern human rights law. It includes case studies on housing and health in Australia.

Find a range of fact sheets dealing with issues including asylum seekers, fast track processing, providing evidence of identity, refugees, lodging applications, what happens if you are refused by the Department, bridging visas and detention. 


This guide is published by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. It has detailed information on social security law, including income and assets, rates and payment methods, and income management.


Commonwealth legislation dealing with immigration, including visas, sponsorship and deportation.

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Legislation and case law

NSW legislation

Find all NSW legislation, including current and historical Acts, Regulations, Gazettes and Bills. 

NSW caselaw

Find cases from NSW courts and tribunals, including the Supreme Court, Local Court, and the Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)


Find legislation and cases from all Australian jurisdictions.

Federal Register of Legislation

Find all Commonwealth legislation, including current and historical Acts, Legislative Instruments, Gazettes and Bills.