Law: Primary sources

What are primary sources?

What's the difference between primary and secondary sources?

Primary sources are the law as created by the parliament and the courts; that is:

  • bills
  • legislation
  • subordinate legislation/regulations
  • case law


Secondary sources are discussions about the law, and assist you in locating and understanding primary sources.

For more in-depth information or further help, please look at our Legal Research Workshop.


 Alex Proimos, "Australian Senate - Canberra", CC Licence: CC BY-NC 2.0, Image Source: Flickr

Finding primary sources