To ensure the cases are still 'good' law (i.e. not overruled by subsequent cases) ...
A Case Citator is a legal research tool which allows you to find cases, track a case's history and it's treatment by subsequent courts, and provide links to relevant cases, legislation and secondary sources. They allow you to determine if your case is still good law.
Specialist reports cover only one area of law.
High Court: Commonwealth Law Reports (CLR)
Federal Court: Federal Court Reports (FCR)
Administrative Appeals Tribunal: Administrative Law Decisions (ALD) (1976-2006)
Australian Industrial Relations Commission: Industrial Reports (IR) (1980+)
Supreme Court of New South Wales: New South Wales Law Reports (NSWLR) (1971+)
State Reports NSW (SR NSW) (1901-1970)
New South Wales Law Reports (LR NSW) (1880-1900)
Supreme Court of Victoria: Victorian Reports (VR) (1957+)
Victoria Law reports(VLR) (1874-1956)
Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory: Australian Capital Territory Law Reports (ACTLR) (2008+)
Australian Capital Territory Reports (ACTR) (1973-2008)
Supreme Court of Queensland: Queensland Reports (QdR) (1958+) and other earlier Queensland law reports (from 1859)
Supreme Court of South Australia: South Australian State Reports (SASR) (1971+)
State Reports South Australia (SASR) (1921-1971)
South Australian law reports (SALR) (1863-1920)
Supreme Court of Tasmania: Tasmanian Reports (Tas R) (1992+)
Tasmanian Reports (Tas R) (1979-2009)
State Reports Tasmania (Tas SR) (1941-1978)
Tasmanian Law Reports (SALR) (1897-1940)
Supreme Court of Western Australia: Western Australian Reports (WAR) (1983+)
Western Australian Reports (WAR) (1960-2014)
Western Australian Law Reports (WALR) (1898-1958)
Supreme Court of Northern Territory: Northern Territory Law Reports (NTLR) (2008+)
Northern Territory Law Reports (NTLR) (1992-2009)
Northern Territory Reports (NTR) (1979+)
Early Australian court decisions where often reported in newspapers and early court reports.* Newspapers & News Services Guide.
AustLII - Australian Legal History Libraries, includes:
Many subscription legal databases contain historical cases. See Case Law Databases and Unreported Cases above.
Case law is:
Cases follow a standardised layout as seen in the interactive case below.
* Jay Sanderson and Kim Kelly (eds), A Practical Guide to Legal Research (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed, 2017).
** Enid Campbell, Lee Poh-York and Joycey Tooher, Legal Research; Materials and Methods, (4th ed, 1996) 97.