Website Browser Pages and Automated Delivery Systems

In addition to delivering Commonwealth policy information on a real-time basis, and providing search facilities with our electronic library, we also provide a series of pages and other facilities on the Capital Monitor website so you can browse through much of the material you may need some time after it has been initially forwarded to you.

The automated facilities also assist you to follow State and court developments and they supplement the "search" facilities.

What's New pages and Topics

What's New pages are automated browser pages on the Capital Monitor website. They are automatically updated as material is loaded onto our system after being delivered to subscribers. Each "What's New" Topic page lists the latest news and information on that particular Topic, eg Environment, Superannuation, Venture Capital, etc.

A key feature of most of the What's New pages and their associated Topics is that they display not just the Commonwealth material which is e-mails to subscribers. They also watch information on our State and lower courts collections. The timeliness of original publication of that material by the States can be variable, and its applicability may be limited, hence it is not e-mailed. The automated facilities, however, permit you to keep abreast of policy developments across many jurisdictions.

There are over 200 pre-set Topics to select from. You select which of the associated What's New pages you want to be displayed when you access the Capital Monitor website. If you think there is a subject of general interest for which we have not yet created a pre-set Topic, please advise us.

When you logon, you can look at your own personal pages simply by clicking on What's New. Having access to these What's New pages means that you can keep an eye on developments if you are travelling or if your e-mail/RSS systems are down. The only proviso is that Hansard material, which we is e-mail as part of your subscription, cannot normally be covered by automated Topics. (Due to its page layout, Hansard material can generate too many duplicate results.)

You can choose to have any Topic immediately send you a simple alert (E-mail Advisory), or the document (E-mail Document). Your What’s New page also gives you the option to create a Personal Topic (probably for competitive intelligence purposes). Typically, subscribers use these automated delivery options for very short-term monitoring, when they are expecting a development of interest in a subject area that they do not normally monitor. These forms of delivery are additional to your main subscription.

You therefore have three options for automated delivery directly by Topics:

  1. What's New Web Page Only (no charge) - most subscribers have lots of those.
  2. E-mail Advisory (charges apply)
  3. E-mail Document (charges apply)
or you can subscribe, via the Digest page, to receive the associated weekly or daily Digest e-mail (see below) - these are quite popular, too.

To view information on the charges for E-mail Advisory and E-mail Document services see Fees


Digests are automated daily or weekly e-mails that are associated with each What's New Topic. They list summaries, with hyperlinks, of everything relevant to that Topic from the previous day or week. Subscribers use the Digest browser page to select which Digests they would like delivered. As indicated, there are currently over 200 available Digests, one for each pre-set topic. A "standard" subscriber can have up to five Digests running in any month at no additional cost.

The significance of Digests is that, like their associated Topics, most cover lower courts, tribunals and State/Territory material, as well as the Commonwealth. Thus a Superannuation Daily Digest e-mail provides a way to watch any relevant Federal Court or Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions that may have been handed down during the previous day.

Some subscribers use Digests just to give them better in-depth coverage of their normal interests; others use them to keep an eye on peripheral issues where they may not want to be bothered by an e-mail during the day. For example, a subscriber receiving an Aged Care/Nursing Homes e-mail service during the day might also want to receive both a Daily Digest covering their primary interest of Aged Care (for its court and State content), and a Daily Digest covering general Health issues, both of which will be e-mailed on the following morning.

Like What's New Pages and Topics, Digest e-mails are automated and are intended just to back-up the primary, real-time e-mail or RSS service that delivers Commonwealth material to you during the day.


Personal Topics and Personal Digests

For an additional charge you can easily and simply create your own Topics, called Personal Topics, using the facilities on our website. You can even use this tool to create your own Personal Digests.

These features allow you to further personalise your news and information gathering on our systems or conduct competitive intelligence. You still retain your flexibility in selecting how and when you want to be alerted - e-mail Advisory or e-mail Document or Daily or even Weekly Digest e-mail delivery.

To view information on the additional charges for a Personal Topic or Digest see Fees.

Bills Monitor

These browser pages display all Bills currently before the Commonwealth, NSW, VIC and QLD Parliaments.  These browser pages are maintained by Capital Monitor staff.

Bills Monitor browser pages give you a brief overview - the subject of the Bill and what stage the Bill has reached - with quick access to the Bill, its Second Reading Speech, Explanatory Memorandum and the Act, when it is finally passed.  Notes are also provided if the Bill is amended, negatived (defeated) or withdrawn, with details of when that happened.

Soon after the Bill receives Royal Assent, the reference is migrated across to the associated Acts Assented page (see next).

Acts Assented

These browser pages will give you the same details and links for Commonwealth and State Acts, year-by-year, going back to 1998 in the case of the Commonwealth Bills Monitor.


This page lists all Proclamations under Commonwealth legislation (in chronological order) made this year, with links to other pages listing all Proclamations since 1997.

Tax Rulings

This page lists all the current and previous years' Tax Rulings and Determinations, going back to 2000, grouped under their various types, for simple and fast retrieval.  The listings also mention amendments, withdrawals, etc.  The page has an internal search function.

High Court

This page lists all this year's High Court judgments and amendments, with quick links.  The page also has an internal search facility, and links taking you back through all decisions of the High Court since 1998.

Federal Budget

Capital Monitor staff attend each Budget lockup and comb through all the information.

We publish the Budget browser pages, typically before the Treasurer has finished his Budget Speech, and we e-mail to subscribers anything that affects them shortly after the Treasurer starts delivering the Budget Speech.

The Budget browser pages allow subscribers, particularly those working on the night, to get fast access to all Budget information including a synopsis of the Budget announcements, the Budget Speech, all the Budget Papers, and a portfolio-by-portfolio listing of all Ministerial statements.  The site has the same details for all Federal Budgets since 1997.

Federal Election

These browser pages give you quick access to a range of information including all policy promises made, party-by-party, portfolio-by-portfolio, as well as election results and other Federal Election information.  Election material is displayed for each Federal Election since 1998.

Parliamentary Directory

Subscribers can opt to include a subscription to Capital Monitor's Parliamentary Directory.  This provides them with a loose-leaf hardcopy version that is updated bimonthly, and access to a special browser area on Capital Monitor's website.

The pages on the Capital Monitor website display the most up-to-date information.


The website displays the latest editions of both Capital Monitor’s Canberra Newsletter and our weekly NSW Newsletter.  For more information on these Newsletters and the CM Password Victorian Newsletter, click here.


You can quickly see what is happening, or going to happen, around Australia: when any State or Territory Parliament is sitting, special events, scheduled announcements, etc, so that you can be prepared or plan your own events.  Subscribers who need to be in the know can have the Diary delivered to them by e-mail. This is a free service for subscribers.  For more information on Capital Monitor’s Calendar/Diary service, click here.


This lists all recent hardcopy publications released by the Federal Government through Canprint, and provides the facility for you to search all publications issued since 1996.  You can even use the online form to order any publication to be purchased and delivered to your desktop the following day.

Special Information Pages

When the Federal Government makes major announcements, we will create special information pages for that event (eg, the 1998 GST/Tax Reform Policy announcements, the 1999 Ralph Report on the Review of Business Taxation, etc).

We advise subscribers of these events before they occur, and set up the pages in advance so people can bookmark them for faster access on the day, if they cannot wait until their e-mailed material arrives.

Previous special information pages can be accessed through the Links page (see next).


The Links browser page provides quick access to a number of other websites that are commonly used by subscribers.  You can quickly access the Federal Parliament’s daily agenda (The Senate Red or Reps Blue), their Daily Notice Papers, Journals, Votes and Proceedings, scheduled sitting dates, as well as links to the websites for each of the State and Territory Parliaments.

There are also links to older special information pages (eg, the Ralph Report), plus the Federal Government's Online Directory, popular web search engines, the White Pages and Yellow Pages, as well as other information. Again, these are provided to allow you to quickly and simply access what you might need at any time.

Click here to view the links page