LinksGuide to the Outside World

Looking for quality internet resources?

Hurstville City Library has compiled a list of reputable websites for your convenience. Subject areas include: Business and Industry; Government websites and portals; Health and Safety; HSC web links; Legal Information; Multicultural Services; Travel and NSW Transport Information.
All websites have been critically evaluated by librarians to ensure the quality and validity of the information presented. Whether you’re looking for family history resources or government services or just browsing, you’ll find reliable web links here.


Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Provides information on population, income and employment.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is the consumer protection regulator for financial services. This website also provides information on financial tips, safety checks and warnings about scams.

Australian Government portal that provides information for planning, starting and growing your business. Access to information, forms and services.

Department of Fair Trading
NSW Fair Trading safeguards the rights of consumers and advises businesses and traders on fair and ethical practice. This website provides information for consumers on topics such as buying goods and services, resolving a complaint, dispute resolution and credit problems.
Australian Government Portal which provides access to multiple websites such as immigration and visas, applying for a passport, enrolling to vote and education and training. Information on various Government initiatives.

Australian Local Government Yearbook 2017
Published by Executive Media Pty Ltd; ISBN 9781921345364
This publication provides an overview of and provides a profile of the various achievements by the various levels of local government professionals throughout 2017. It aims to support local government’s diverse roles and responsibilities and provides thorough knowledge dissemination and enhanced communication between the public and private sectors.

Do Not Call Register
Australian Communications and Media Authority website that allows you to register your home, personal mobile or fax number to reduce telemarketing calls.

NSW Government portal that provides access to government information and services. Information provided includes such topics as business and industry, education and training, living in NSW and jobs and workplace training.

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
Information and application forms related to births, deaths and marriages. Information also available on wills, change of name and family history.

My Aged Care
Australian Government website that provides information on aged care, including information for carers and family on how to access financial and legal help.

The Australian Government Hearing Services Program
Information about who is eligible to apply for hearing services, how to apply for hearing services and access to the Voucher Application Form for New Clients.

Australian Hearing
Provides a full range of hearing services for children and young people up to the age of 21 and eligible adults. Information on hearing devices.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing.

Publications include:

Australia’s Health 
Australia's Health is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on health in Australia. Australia's Health is published mid-year in even-numbered years and provides national statistics and related information that form a record of health status, service provision and expenditure in Australia.

Australia’s Welfare
Australia’s Welfare presents reliable information on population factors that support the demand for welfare services, welfare spending and the composition of the community services workforce. The report examines the welfare of Australians through the life course, starting at childhood, then moving through youth to working age and the later years of growing older.

Australian Organ Donor Register

Information on the Australian Organ Register.

Better Health Channel (BHC)
Established by the Victorian Government, this website offers fact sheets on healthy living tips and health conditions, as well as questions and answers from a range of health experts.

Beyond Blue
Organisation that works to address issues such as depression, anxiety and substance misuse..

Cancer Screening
Information on the Australian Government’s cancer screening programs: Breast Screen Australia, The National Cervical Screening Program and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Health Direct Australia
Internet gateway that allows access to a wide range of reliable information on health and wellbeing.

Children with Autism
Australian Government website that provides information on support and funding for children with autism.

Immunise Australia Program
Australian Government website that provides information on various vaccination programs. Also provides news on the latest Rotavirus information, as well as Influenza information.

Information on Lifeline’s 24 hour telephone crisis support service (crisis support/suicide prevention/mental health support).

Medicare online services website.

Provides information on hospitals throughout Australia. Access information on a hospital’s profile, services offered, waiting times for emergence departments/elective surgery and safety and quality issues.

National Drugs Campaign
Information for youth and parents on the effects of usage of various drugs (Ecstasy, Marijuana, Ice, Speed, Cocaine, GHB, Heroin and more) and where to find help.

Quit – The National Tobacco Campaign
Information on ways to quit smoking and how to access help and support.

Tresillian Parent’s Helpline
Australia’s largest child and family health organisation that provides parenting advice to families with young children.

Your Room: The place for drug and alcohol information
Your Room offers information about alcohol and a wide range of drugs, how they can affect people, side effects, withdrawal, and how to get help for yourself or for anyone else who needs it.
Your Room is a joint initiative by NSW Health and St Vincent's Alcohol and Drug Information Service.

Research for the HSC - State Library
Links to resource lists and databases covering a variety of HSC subject areas including: Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History, Biology, Community and Family Studies, Design and Technology, English, History (Extension), Legal Studies and Society and Culture.

HSC Research Guides - State Library
Online research guides for English and Legal Studies.

HSC Legal Studies in NSW -State Library
Resources to help both students and teachers find reliable information for HSC legal studies including: Legal Studies Research Guide; HSC Legal Studies News Watch Blog; Hot Topics; and links to media reports.

Inside Break – NSW Libraries Supporting HSC Students
This website has information and links to lectures, library resources, past exams and more.

NSW Government – Board of Studies
Information on HSC syllabuses, assessments, exams and results. Site includes an online multiple-choice question quiz based on past HSC papers.

Physics Resources for HSC Students and Science Teachers – University of NSW
In-depth information on physics, as well as animations and video film clips.

Physics – Sydney University
Information, student worksheets and useful web links from a respected source.

Drama Resources – Sydney Theatre Company
Information on 2012 syllabus readings and workshops, as well as information for students studying set design.

Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918 – Dept. Of Veterans’ Affairs and Board of Studies NSW
Great resource for Modern History students, with information on the battles on the Western Front (World War 1) that Australians participated in.

Gallipoli: the First Day – ABC
An ABC 3D documentary site about the WW1 ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, on 25 April, 1915. A fascinating website for Modern History students.

Australia and the Vietnam War – Dept. Of Veterans’ Affairs and Board of Studies NSW
Resource for Modern History Students with details of the battles that the Australian Army fought in, as well as information on conscription and public opinion.


Find Legal Answers
To everyday questions about the law in NSW.

Law Access NSW
Legal information including fact sheets and guides to help you with your legal issues.

Department of Justice NSW
Online portal to law and justice agencies and services in NSW.

NSW Legal Information and Access Centre (LIAC)
Legal answers to everyday questions about the law in NSW.

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) provides free English language courses to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants.

Australian Government website that provides the latest news and guidance help Australians avoid facing difficulties when travelling overseas.

Australian Passport Office
Information on applying for an Australian passport.

The National Public Toilet Map
A project of the National Continence Management Strategy, this website allows one to find the location of public toilets throughout Australia.

NSW Public Transport Trip Planner
Planning a trip? Search bus, train and ferry timetables for public transport within NSW.

Roads and Maritime
Information on registration of vehicles, driving licences and using roads in NSW.