AustLII's mission and objectives
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
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.
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
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
4.7. Provide on AustLII strategic collections
of Asia-Pacific legal materials where these contribute to AustLIIís other
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
5.2. Provide high quality training materials
for all users of AustLII facilities.