All Australians should have a say in reforming laws that affect them and the ALRC has pioneered methods to make the law reform process as open and consultative as possible. The ALRC regularly consults with relevant experts and meets with judges and members of the legal profession, public officials, academics, community organisations and special interest groups. The ALRC also makes a special effort to seek out the views and experience of the general community and, wherever helpful, will hold public meetings on its inquiries.
The ALRC also has a special commitment to engage and consult widely, on all aspects of our work, with Indigenous groups, individuals and organisations, and to ensure that ALRC recommendations for law reform in Australia have regard to the interests of and impact on Indigenous peoples. The ALRC's Reconciliation Action Plan commits the organisation to strive, in all aspects of our work, to protect and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples, and improve economic and social outcomes for Indigenous peoples. Towards achieving this commitment, the ALRC has a public forum on its website. The forum is a space for comments and ideas about consulting with Indigenous peoples and communities; about future law reform inquiries of particular benefit to Indigenous people and communities; and encouraging Indigenous law students to participate in the ALRC’s internship program.
The ALRC makes submissions to other inquiries, where those inquiries relate to issues the ALRC has reviewed. Often, these inquiries require that submissions remain confidential for a specified period of time. The submissions posted online by the ALRC are those that have been made public by the receiving organisation. You can search for submissions made by the ALRC in the Publications section of this website.