AustLII's 2020 End of Financial Year Appeal - Your Support is Urgently Needed


We usually conduct our fund raising appeals twice each year – in June and December.

This year things are different – we are going to need your help now if we are to get through to the end of 2020.

For twenty-five years AustLII has been providing an essential service, delivering critical national research infrastructure supporting justice and enabling the rule of law for Australia. If we are not able to meet our fundraising target there is a risk that this valuable service will be severely affected and that this could have an impact on the functioning of the law in Australia.

While we are committed to ensuring that our service remains available and updated we can only do what we can with the resources we have. Those resources are very stretched. While our costs have been rising over the past few years, slowly but steadily with inflation, our donation income has been variable and has not been increasing at the same rate. The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn are severely impacting on our capacity to maintain our service.

Without your support we are concerned that, if the virus problem extends into 2021, we may not be able to maintain the current AustLII service. We rely on our users to provide the essential funding that enables the AustLII Foundation to maintain the technical capacity and the computing infrastructure to keep AustLII on line.

Donations are our core income. If our users don’t fund us no one else will.


We are deeply grateful to everyone who makes a donation, not only because you donated, but also because your contributions are a vote of confidence in us and in our mission of helping others find and understand the law. AustLII’s fundamental guiding principles are 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.

AustLII operates as a charity in order to deliver its mission of free and anonymous access to public legal information. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Thank you in anticipation. With your help AustLII will get through this crisis.