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AustLII's mission and objectives

Mission statement

AustLIIís mission is to be a centre of excellence in the computerisation of legal information through research, operation of public access facilities, and teaching, thus  advancing the public interest in free access to public legal information within Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

By pursuing its mission, AustLII advances the missions of each of our Law Faculties to be recognised as national leaders in legal education and research, to contribute to broader community objectives, and to obtain recognition in the Asia-Pacific region as Law Faculties of international standing with a major commitment to and engagement in the legal affairs of the region.

Specific objectives

1. Operational

1.1. Advance the missions of our host Law Faculties by pursuit of consistent goals.
1.2. Provide a stimulating and satisfying long-term work environment for AustLII staff.
1.3. Consolidate AustLIIís Ďstakeholderí funding model, by diversification and by maximising the value that stakeholder constituencies receive from their  AustLII contribution.
1.4. Cooperate with other providers of public legal information to maximise the public benefit obtained by use of scarce public resources.

2. Research and development

2.1. Conduct international standard research in the core technologies for computerisation of legal information (text retrieval, hypertext and inferencing), and in the standards necessary to make such technologies operational.
2.2. Develop AustLIIís own tools for computerisation of law, so as to maintain AustLIIís public access facilities as innovative and leading-edge examples of computerisation of law.

3. Public policy

3.1. Through our advocacy and example, achieve and defend free public access via the internet to public legal information in Australia.
3.2. Through our example and assistance, help others throughout the Asia-Pacific to achieve free public access via the internet to public legal information.

4. Public access law  facilities

4.1. To build cost-effective public facilities for access to law by maximising the automated conversion of legal information and minimising the necessity for hand editing.
4.2. Through open standards, and through tools we provide, enable others to build value-added legal services which utilise data on AustLII.
4.3. Provide on AustLII a collection of the most important databases of Australian public legal information (legislation, case law, treaties, law reform reports and others of like importance).
4.4. Provide on AustLII other legal databases of strategic importance in advancing the public interest, and those which advance our research activities.
4.5. Provide on AustLII the most effective access mechanisms to all Australian law on the internet.
4.6. Provide on AustLII the most effective access mechanisms to all important legal information from Asia-Pacific countries, and to that of other countries important to Australian legal researchers.
4.7. Provide on AustLII strategic collections of Asia-Pacific legal materials where these contribute to AustLIIís other objectives.
4.8. In all our public access facilities, to achieve a high level of user satisfaction through powerful and transparent software and data structures.

5. Teaching and training

5.1. Through our knowledge acquired by research and operation of public access facilities, provide international standard teaching of both computerised legal research and the techniques of computerisation of law.
5.2. Provide high quality training materials for all users of AustLII facilities.

Graham Greenleaf