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Government Information

Government reports including Parliamentary Papers

Government reports cover an enormous range of subjects. They include reports of Select, Standing and Joint Committees, Royal Commissions, Commissions of Inquiry, together with the more regularly issued annual reports etc. of government departments and agencies.

Parliamentary papers are government reports that have been tabled (presented) in Parliament and subsequently 'ordered to be printed'. Many published government reports are also published in corresponding 'parliamentary paper' editions.

Prior to the introduction of web based publications many libraries received the individual report edition as well as the parliamentary paper edition. If so these are listed individually in the relevant library catalogue. The catalogue record may also include a reference to the corresponding Parliamentary Paper number.

Prior to the mid-1990s the majority of New South Wales reports are only available in hardcopy offline format.

If you cannot find a particular report either online or in hardcopy listed in library catalogues under its individual title, check of a copy is included with the UOW Wollongong Campus Library's holdings of the relevant parliamentary papers (PP) series - Commonwealth (Australia) or State (NSW).

Tip: The word 'department' is sometimes abbreviated to 'dept'. It is important to try searching by the abbbreviated term if your first search doesn't work. Try, for example a Keyword search on: dept immigration ethnic affairs

Please contact Library staff if you need help with locating specific Parliamentary papers or other types of government reports.

Useful starting points

Commonwealth Parliamentary Committee reports

Overseas reports