This index lists all items identified as Explanatory Memoranda or as Comparative Memoranda from 1901 to the end of 1982 (1st–32nd Parliaments). From 1982, the provision of Explanatory Memoranda has been standard practice for government Bills introduced into the Commonwealth Parliament. A small selection of Explanatory Memoranda from 1982 has also been published and are linked to below. From 1996, most Explanatory Memoranda are available online through the Parliament House website or ComLaw; in each case, locate the Bill first: the Memorandum is linked to the Bill.
Over 1500 Explanatory Memoranda (mainly for Bills introduced in the Senate and Supplementary Explanatory Memoranda for Bills introduced and amended in the House of Representatives) are also available in the Senate Tabled Papers database. As the database can be difficult to use, the searching tips should be read first.