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ACT Legal Resources

posted 14th June 2017

Meyer Vandenberg is the largest independent law firm in Canberra.  We regularly act as agents for other law firms looking to be represented in the ACT jurisdiction.

Here is a ready reckoner of legal resources for the ACT.  Please feel free to use the information as a starting point for your own research or to contact us for more detailed information.


ACT Legislation:  ACT Legislation Register  The site for authorised legislation in the Australian Capital Territory.

The legislative process A fact sheet produced by the ACT Legislative Assembly on the current legislative process in the ACT, along with some historical background.

Sources of law Written by the ACT Parliamentary Counsel’s office, this site basically explains the sources of ACT legislation.


ACT case law:

ACT Court of Appeal Decisions ACT Court of Appeal decisions dating back to 2002.

ACT Supreme Court Decisions ACT Supreme Court Decisions dating back to 1963, along with sentences dating back to 2015.

ACT Magistrates Court Decisions ACT Magistrates Court decisions dating back to 1970. Includes decisions of the ACT Industrial Court.

ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) Decisions ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) decisions dating back to 2009, when the Tribunal was founded.

Decisions of ACT tribunals prior to ACAT are found on AustLII:

·         Administrative Appeals Tribunal of the ACT 1993 – 2009

·         Australian Capital Territory Health Professionals Tribunal 2006 – 2009

·         Discrimination Tribunal of the ACT 1998 - 2009

·         Residential Tenancies Tribunal of the ACT 1998 – 2009

·         Tenancy Tribunal of the ACT 1996 – 1998


ACT Parliamentary sites:

ACT Legislative Assembly

Hansard of the ACT Legislative Assembly Dating back to the foundation of ACT self-government in May 1989.

Ministers of the ACT Government Current ministers only.

Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly Including current members and past members dating back to the foundation of the ACT Legislative Assembly in 1989.

The establishment of Self-Government in the ACT A fact sheet from the ACT Legislative Assembly outlining the history of legislative bodies in the ACT.


ACT Government

ACT Government Directorates:

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Community Services Directorate

Education Directorate

Environment and Planning Directorate

Health Directorate

Justice and Community Safety Directorate

Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate


ACT Government Agencies

ACT Emergency Services Agency

Land Development Agency

Transport Canberra


ACT Public Authorities and Territory Owned Corporations

ACT Audit Office

ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority

ACT Long Service Leave Authority

ACT Teacher Quality Institute


Cultural Facilities Corporation

Elections ACT

Icon Water

Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission

Regional Development Australia


ACT Legal Professional Organisations:

Australian Capital Territory Bar Association

Australian Law Librarians’ Association – ACT Division

Law Society of the ACT


ACT Professional Associations:


Housing Industry Association

Master Builders - ACT

National Association of Women in Construction – ACT Chapter

Property Council of Australia - ACT

Real Estate Institute of the ACT

Strata Community Australia - ACT

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This material has been prepared for the general information of clients of Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers. Its is not intended to take the place of professional advice and readers should not take action on specific issues in reliance upon any matter of information contained in it.