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Cite as: April 2012 86 (04) LIJ, p.66

This month's reviews cover running not for profit organisations, Victorian legislation, cybercrime, a treaties database and Australian government resources.

Associations Forum

The Resources page on the Associations Forum website provides links to information for organisations in the not for profit (NFP) sector, including charities, institutes and societies. It provides advice and tips on the key areas of running an NFP organisation, including governance, financial and communication matters. The articles have been written by experts in their fields and include entries previously published in the Associations journal. Some of the journal articles can be viewed online without a subscription (for instance, the current edition’s cover story featuring the CEO of the Property Council of Australia). Other information that may be of interest includes case studies which are firsthand accounts from CEOs on their role and responsibilities.

Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel

This review is a reminder for those looking for legislative information that the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel website contains details on the drafting of law in Victoria. It sets out guidelines on drafting practices and directions, including the preparation of statutory rules. This reviewer uses the site to locate commencement information on Victorian Acts through the publications lists that can be accessed on the homepage. The lists include the assent and commencement dates of Acts, as well as when notices have been placed in the Victoria Government Gazettes. Also outlined are details on sections of Acts that have not yet come into operation. The lists date back to the 1830s with the first Act included being the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1830 10 Geo. IV No. 9.

Cybercrime: Key links

The Cybercrime: Key links page on the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) website is a page constantly used by this reviewer to locate information, papers and reports on cybercrime, particularly from an Australian perspective. Information is provided on a wide range of subjects, including theft, fraud, cyberstalking, identity theft and child exploitation. Many of the papers published by the AIC are from its “Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice” series and are provided here in full text. The papers provide comprehensive statistical and trending information. The webpage also has a large number of relevant links to other publications and websites for Australian and overseas jurisdictions, including government department reports and conference papers.


Continuing our cybercrime theme, we visited the blog of law professor Susan Brenner who writes on cybercrime and cyberconflict. The “.au” in the domain is a misleading redirection by the BlogSpot platform – this is a US-based cybercrime site. Still, Brenner is an engaging writer on a subject that is by definition sans frontiers, and Australian lawyers, not just those who practise in criminal law, might glean something from her regular, insightful and thorough writings (she also touches on subjects such as cyberbullying and e-discovery). When visiting the site, don’t miss the small collection of more scholarly articles authored by Brenner and linked to on her blog. For the really keen, she has also written a book on the topic, available in hardcover and Kindle editions.

FLARE Index to Treaties

We won’t waste your time by claiming this site is as pleasing to the eye as a drop of sweat on the opposing counsel’s brow, nor is it a site that can claim to be of value for every Victorian solicitor. But one day you may need it. The FLARE Index to Treaties is a searchable database containing basic information and links to over 2000 of the most influential multilateral treaties between 1353 and the present. Created by the London-based Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, this beautiful-on-the-inside resource performs that one job admirably. If you need information on a treaty fast, skip those labyrinthine government-type websites and hit up the FLARE.

Regional Entry Point

Regional Entry Point (REP) is an Australian government initiative from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. REP helps you find government services and programs without knowing the name of the overriding body, either via keyword searching or using the subject-based navigation menu. The site is very much a portal in the good old fashioned sense of the word, with each entry (link) being provided with a brief description of the resource being linked to, perhaps some contact numbers, and not much more. However, the simple structure, along with the uncommon inclusion of commonwealth, state and local government resources, makes for a usable site. The ability to filter results by state would be handy, but might also limit the general inclusiveness of results.


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