Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland joined over 150 donors, data providers, supporters and stakeholders from throughout Australia to celebrate AustLII providing 15 years of free access to law. McClelland said “it is heartening that the Government’s aims of better access to information, clearer laws and improved legal education are so well reflected in the work achieved to date by AustLII”.
Notable technical innovations over this period include AustLII’s point-in-time legislation for NSW and SA which enables side-by-side comparison of how a section of an Act differs between any two specified dates. It is being expanded to Victoria, the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions.
AustLII has also created the only free-access law citator in the common law world. LawCite automatically tracks citations of over 5.5 million decisions, journal articles, treaties and legislative materials.
AustLII usage has grown over 15 years with an average of 4,000 hits per day in 1995 to over 850,000 in 2009.
To mark 15 years, AustLII has produced a six page brochure depicting its history – www.austlii.edu.au/austlii/announce/2010/AustLII_15th_brochure.pdf
AustLII’s latest newsletter http://www.austlii.edu.au/austlii/news/20101221.pdf