Australian Legal System

The Australian legal system has a great deal in common with the New Zealand legal system, but also some key differences that you will need to be aware of. The Australian legal system is fair and free of corruption, and you will most likely find your experiences with the Australian police (and if necessary, Court system) to be pleasant and brief. However, should you need additional assistance, there are resources provided by the Australian government and community organisations that will be able to help you out.

The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia was established in 1901, and defines the branches of government – the Legislature, the Executive and the Judicial – and the powers of the Courts. Much like the New Zealand legal system, the Australian system of law is derived from legislation (statute law), which is made by Parliament, and from common law (the doctrine of precedent)which is formed by individual judgements made on cases.