Don't have the name of a specific report? Looking for any reports published on a particular topic/issue?
The following books list details of many government reports according to their subject matter (eg. immunisation, special education):
Looking for annual reports of particular government departments or agencies involved in education, health or welfare matters?
Looking for a particular government report?
1. Search Trove
Try Trove Advanced Search to see if you can find the report online. Type in some words from the title (eg. women and welfare)
2. Search the UOW Library Catalogue
Try a keyword search in the Classic Catalogue to check if the hardcopy report is held in the Library. Type in some words from the title (eg. women and welfare).
3. Look in UOW's Parliamentary Papers
Many government reports have also been released in 'parliamentary paper' versions. If you can't find it listed in the Catalogue, to check if a copy is included within the Library's holdings of the Australian or New South Wales Parliamentary Papers series see the search tips on the Indexes to Parliamentary Papers guide or ask for help.
Looking for the history of specific legislation?
If you have the name of a specific Act but are not sure when it was passed or if/when it may have been repealed (ie. superceded by another later act) useful places to check are:
If you can't find the Act online the UOW Library has extensive hardcopy holdings of government bills and acts.
Looking for an explanation of specific legislation?
First try checking for overviews in secondary sources such as journal articles. The Australian law database AGIS Plus Text is a useful starting point.
The purpose behind individual bills/acts are often summarised in the text of political debates and members' of Parliament 'second reading speeches' recorded in Commonwealth or State Government Debates for the relevant period (see box below).
Need more information about finding current legislation?
Looking for a particular speech or debate in Parliament or a Government announcement or Media Release?
'Hansards' are the printed record (transcripts) of what was discussed in Parliament. The Library has extensive holdings of Australian and New South Wales parliamentary debates, as well as a range of hardcopy older Government Gazettes and Media Releases for Government announcements.