The ALRC was asked to identify provisions in Commonwealth legislation that unreasonably encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges.
The ALRC conducts inquiries - sometimes called references - into areas of law reform at the request of the Attorney-General of Australia. Here you can access information about all ALRC inquiries since the Commission was established in 1975.
This inquiry considered both prevention and remedies for serious invasions of privacy and included a detailed legal design of a tort for serious invasions of privacy.
The first major review of the law governing ‘connection’ in native title claims since the introduction of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). The Inquiry also examined authorisation of persons bringing claims and joinder of parties to a claim.
This inquiry considered whether Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks create barriers to people with disability exercising their rights and legal capacity.
The ALRC considered whether exceptions and statutory licences in the Copyright Act 1968 are adequate and appropriate in the digital environment and whether further exceptions should be recommended.
The ALRC was asked to identify legal barriers to mature age persons participating in the workforce in Commonwealth laws, including: social security, superannuation, insurance, compensation and employment.
The ALRC was asked to conduct a review of classification in Australia in light of changes in technology, media convergence and the global availability of media content.
This Inquiry looked at the treatment of family/domestic violence in Commonwealth laws, including child support and family assistance law, immigration law, employment law, social security law, superannuation law and privacy provisions in relation to those experiencing family/domestic violence.
The ALRC explored options to improve the discovery process in civil litigation to promote the early and proportionate exchange of information and evidence in court proceedings.
This Inquiry looked at the complex interaction between state and territory family and domestic violence and child protection laws and the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). The ALRC was to consider what, if any, improvements could be made to relevant legal frameworks to protect the safety of women and children.
The ALRC considered a number of matters including whether there was any need to develop an alternative form or forms of Commonwealth executive inquiry, with statutory foundations, to provide more flexibility, less formality and greater cost-effectiveness than a Royal Commission.