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AustLII seeks profession’s support

AustLII has appealed for financial contributions to help it continue its role of providing free access to legal information.

It has issued the following appeal:

“As the COVID 19 pandemic continued to disrupt society, AustLII played a crucial role in supporting the legal profession, business and industry, government and the courts, academics, students, and the general public.

“The comprehensive free access to legal information that we provide is vital in assisting many lawyers and other professionals to maintain their practice and to support the new ways in which people now work.

“Our access figures indicate increased usage from the major domestic ISP services, reflecting a greater reliance on AustLII by users accessing the service from home. Overall accesses of the AustLII service increased from 238 million pages in 2020 to 261 million pages in 2021 and over 6.8 million distinct hosts were served. There are now over 900 databases of legal information containing over 1.5 million documents linked by over 150 million hyperlinks.

“AustLII is committed to the principles that free access to public legal information is a democratic right that promotes justice and the rule of law, and that public legal information is digital common property and should be accessible to all on a non-profit basis and free of charge. We are providing an essential service delivering critical national research infrastructure supporting justice and enabling the rule of law for Australia.

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“AustLII operates as a charity in order to deliver its mission of free and anonymous access to public legal information. Donations are our core income, and these are vital to ensuring that AustLII can continue to provide the essential service upon which we all rely.

“Can you please make a financial contribution that will help AustLII to continue to deliver this essential service to the community?

“To donate to AustLII simply complete the online form <https://secure.austlii.edu.au/cgi-egate/contribute.cgi>

“Support for AustLII is tax deductible. If you require a tax invoice for payments please advise the level of your contribution and one will be prepared for you. Your contribution will be acknowledged on the contributors’ page, unless you request anonymity.”

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