In 1987 the Australian Law Reform Commission recommended modernisation of the evidence rules for Territory and federal courts. In 1991 the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) gave 'in principle' support for uniform evidence laws.
The Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) provided a comprehensive law of evidence to apply in federal courts and, with the agreement of the Australian Capital Territory, in the courts of the ACT. In 1995, New South Wales enacted similar legislation.
Tasmania, Victoria, ACT and the Northern Territory have also now enacted uniform legislation.
A guide to the application of the Evidence Act 2008 (Vic). The Manual includes commentary on substantive sections of the Act; discussion of uniform evidence legislative policy and cross-references to the current edition of Stephen Odgers' Uniform Evidence Law.