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Government and country information: Government Gazettes

Australian state and federal governments and parliamentary publications; UN and country economic and political information.

South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register

South Australian Government Gazette

In the first few years of the colony, gazette notices were published in the South Australian gazette and colonial register, available on microfilm at the State Library or online via Trove. 

Gazettes were published separately from 1839 onwards. Hard copies are kept on open access in the Government Publications collection, and also available online.  

1836-1839: Trove database and microfilm.

1839 - current: Hard copy Government Publications Collection

1839 - 1999AustLii database (joint project of Piper Alderman and the State Library of South Australia)

1999 - currentSA Government Gazette website

An index was published annually to 1876; after which it was published half-yearly and is bound with the gazettes.

The gazettes from 1846 - 1860 are also available in the My Heritage database, which South Australian residents can access from home with a State Library membership.

Interstate Government Gazettes

Online holdings for State and Territory gazettes

The State Library holds a range of interstate gazettes in hard copy, but coverage is incomplete, and varies by state. These gazettes are held offsite and can be retrieved on Mondays and Thursdays. Library staff can help you locate these records in the catalogue. More information about interstate gazettes can be found on this National Library guide.

Government Gazettes

Gazettes provide the official record of announcements and decisions made by Governments.

Items dealt with include:

  • proclamations which bring Acts into operation
  • Public Service vacancies, appointments and promotions
  • government tenders
  • land notices: acquisition, disposal and transfers of property, leases granted
  • lists of awards, honours, medals
  • electoral notices
  • government orders of various kinds
  • private notices of a legal nature e.g. bankruptcies, company registrations and deregistrations, probate, by-laws of companies under royal charter
  • government purchasing matters
  • local government matters
  • registers of medical, dental, veterinary professionals

The State Library aims to collect a complete set of these documents for South Australia and the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Government Gazette

General Notices 

The Commonwealth of Australia gazette. Government notices. Index covers the current year's issues of the Government Notices, and related Special and Periodic series going back to 1977. Indexing is by subject and by names of individuals and organisations. Notices about the making and date of operation of legislation are indexed directly under the title of the legislation.

Other titles
Along with ‘General notices’ a number of agency or subject-specific series have also been published, including ‘ASIC’, ‘Business’, ‘Food Standards’, ‘Public Service’, ‘Special’, and ‘Tariff Concessions’.

  • Hard copy holdings can be located via a catalogue search.  
  • Those series still in publication can be found online via the Australian Government website
  • Archived series can be accessed via Trove. (Select Gazettes, then ‘Place’, ‘National’ and ‘C’ for a full list.)
  • Current and past notices from the APS Employment gazette can be found online.