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Useful Websites


Australian Dictionary of Biography

  • ADB Online - Over 10000 biographies of significant Australians who died before 1980.

Beginning a Life in Australia

  • Beginning a Life in Australia - The Beginning a Life in Australia booklet welcomes newly-arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants to Australia. It provides useful national, state/territory and local settlement information for migrants, humanitarian entrants, their sponsors and service providers. This information is available to download as PDF files in English and 37 community languages. Australian government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship The official source of information regarding visas, living and working in Australia and citizenship. Australian Citizenship Test - information about the Australian citizenship test, including links to practice questions.
  • AMES Australia - AMES Australia helps new and recently arrived migrants to settle in Victoria. AMES offers classes in English, employment assistance, and all you need to know about living and working in Victoria.

Book Groups

  • CAE Book Groups - Information about starting a new group or joining an existing one.
  • Meetup - Excellent for finding local Book Clubs and other interest groups.


Community Languages

  • Onlinenewspapers.com - Thousands of world newspapers at your fingertips World Wide Web page giving access to online newspapers from all over the world.
  • Lerni - Multilingual resources for emerging communities Provides links to multilingual learning resources for emerging communities. Can be read in Arabic, Assyrian, Burmese, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Karen, Somali, Swahili and Tamil as well as English. It includes four introductory computer training manuals to be used as a training resource.
  • VSL : Victorian School of Languages - A government school that provides language programs for students in Years 1 to 12 who do not have access to the study of those languages in their mainstream schools. Offers over 40 languages around Victoria to 13,000 students in face-to-face classes and 1600 students in distance education.
  • PLVN LOTE Collections Guide - Public Libraries Victoria Network offers an online guide to see which libraries in Victoria have which language.
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission Community Directory - Online guide to local multicultural community associations and organisations in Victoria.

Computer Skills

Current Issues & Affairs

Education, Skills & Careers

  • Victorian Skills Gateway - Short courses and training available in Victoria.
  • VTAC - Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.
  • Public Training Providers - Victorian Skills Gateway directory of TAFEs and other public training providers.
  • Job Guide - Department of Education and Training 2015 job guide.
  • Find an Early Childhood Service or School - Information about Victorian government and non-government schools and early childhood services.
  • Open Learning Australia - University study from home.
  • Kingston U3A - Kingston University of the Third Age provides a broad range of educational and learning opportunities for retirees in the City of Kingston.
  • Council of Adult Education - Further education and adult learning including VCE and VCAL.
  • APS Jobs - Includes Australian Public Service employment opportunities.
  • Engage Education Foundation - Engage Education Foundation is focused on providing no-cost and low-cost services to all students to assist them complete their VCE.
  • Aussie-Driver.com - This website offers useful resources to prepare learner drivers for their VIC driver's licence test.





  • Australian Legal Information Institute - Access to Acts of Parliament (State and Federal), decisions of courts and tribunals, royal commission reports, law reform etc.
  • Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents - Victorian Acts, Statutory Rules and parliamentary documents.
  • www.copyright.org.au - Australian Copyright Council online information centre.
  • Law Handbook - The Fitzroy Legal Service Law Handbook is the most comprehensive plain English guide to the law in Victoria, and is updated annually by more than seventy expert volunteer lawyers.
  • Everyday-Law - Published by the Victorian Law Foundation, this website helps to provide Victorians with reliable and easy-to-understand legal information so that they may have a better understanding of legal issues and their rights.
  • Law 4 Community - This website is produced by the Fitzroy Legal Service and is designed to assist community workers.
  • Road Rules - VicRoads has a summary of Victorian road rules.



  • Goodreads - Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations.
  • Australian Book Review - Australian Book Review publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and new creative writing.
  • www.nybooks.com - The New York Review of Books.
  • www.ipl.org/div/litcrit - Internet Public Library's literary criticism collection.
  • www.penguin.com.au - Penguin book group notes.
  • CBCA - Childrens Book Council of Australia.
  • Fantastic Fiction - Search details of over 20,000 authors and 270,000 titles.
  • www.sparknotes.com - Education website from Barnes & Noble - Includes study guides, classic books online and reference tools.
  • www.hbook.com - The Horne Book Magazine - Includes reviews and articles about children's and young adult literature.




Support Services

  • The Lookout - Find information on family violence support services and resources available in Victoria.

Telephone Directories

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