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Recent Australian Government Publications

GovRAP is a free monthly reference service listing Australia’s recent government publishing output.

Files are available in text format or directly on the web and you can download the records free of charge.

Each publication listed has been published during the current or previous two years by an Australian Government Department or Agency.


GovPubs: The Australian Government Publications Guide

GovPubs is a guide to selected types of Australian government publications, such as Acts, Hansards, Gazettes and Parliamentary Papers, located in Australia's National, State and Territory libraries or available on the Internet.

A historical description of each publication is provided, and holdings information will enable you to locate resources in each library or online.

Latest media releases

Latest Media Releases: provides access to a list of the latest media releases from Australian Government websites arranged under their portfolios. It is generated daily from new media releases collected overnight.

Subscribe to the Government Media Release Service:This service notifies subscribers of new Australian Government media releases by email.

Media release RSS feeds - Notification of the latest Australian Government media releases via RSS/XML feeds.

indexes Australian television news, current affairs and selected documentaries from the free-to-air networks with links to the digitised video content in a compressed format. All individual stories from a particular broadcast are indexed with a detailed synopsis. TVNews is updated daily, with stories appearing on an evening news broadcast generally being available for access the next morning.

Types of Government Publications

Act of Parliament or Act: a law made by a parliament.

Annual Reports: Provides an analysis and assessment of the trends of the past year.

Bills: A proposal for a new law or to modify an existing law that is presented to a parliament.

Committee reports: Parliamentary committees conduct inquiries into specified matters which includes taking submissions, hearing witnesses, sifting evidence, discussing matters in detail and formulating reasoned conclusions.

Gazettes: The official channel for the circulation of Proclamations, Regulations, Notices, and Private Legal Advertisements.

Government reports: Provide information on the effectiveness and efficiency of Commonwealth, State and Territory government services, and service provision reforms.

Green Papers: A green paper is a tentative government report of a proposal without any commitment to action; the first step in changing the law. Green papers may result in the production of a White Paper.

Hansard:  the official record of proceedings in Parliament. It is a verbatim transcript of parliamentary sittings and Committee hearings. Included are answers to questions, texts or petitions, and the occasional report which has been incorporated in Hansard without being read in parliament.


  • Legislation is a law or set of laws. 
  • Legislation is the act of making laws

Parliamentary Glossary of Terms

Parliamentary Handbook: Provides information on the current Australian Commonwealth Parliament, together with historical information on the Parliament since Federation.

Parliamentary Papers: Documents and papers tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament.

Parliamentary Publications

Regulation: A law made under the authority of an Act of Parliament.

White Papers: Authoritative reports or guides that help solve a problem. White papers are used to educate readers and help people make decisions, and may be a form of consultation as to the details of new legislation. The publishing of a white paper signifies a clear intention on the part of a government to pass new law.


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