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We gratefully acknowledge the significant contribution to this guide made by placement students Caroline Choong, Kirsten Scholz and Elinor French
What are Government or Official publications?
Government or Official Publications are those publications, documents and other information resources issued by Australian (Commonwealth) and State official bodies ie the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary. Take this link to further information on The Australian system of government.
Key resources-Australian Government publications
Key Search resources For Australian Government Publications
Nearly all Australian Government publications are now published online and can be found using Google and other web search engines, so this is recomended as the key starting point for finding Government Publications. The Library 'Search' is not recommended. Try these resources if web search engines have not been helpful and contact the Library if you are still unable to find a Government document.
Parlinfo-key resource to search for Parliamentary information
Trove-includes publications from Government departments and agencies
Government Website Archive
AGWA Commonwealth websites 2011 on
Citing Government Documents
Library Citing and Referencing Tutorial Examples under different styles
Reusable Government Data for Research
The Australian , state and territory governments are actively encouraging access to and reuse of public datasets. To find relevant datasets go to Data.gov.au. For more data go to the Datasets page. You can browse the collection by broad topic or Department, search by Keyword and see the most popular datasets downloaded
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