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The Law Handbook is a practical guide to the law in Victoria, updated by over 80 legal experts. It provides free, comprehensive information about the laws that affect Victorians in everyday life. The content on this website is accurate as at 30 June 2017.

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The Law Handbook has turned 40! We have made a video to celebrate the 2018 edition of The Law Handbook, the 40th edition of this iconic plain language resource.

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We provide contact information for services that can help and other useful links at the end of each page. Or you can search contacts and resources from across The Law Handbook.


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The Law Handbook 2018 is now available!

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The Law Handbook 2018 is available as an ebook

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