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.

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Published on 9 March 2014
Last modified on 10 December 2014 In progress

The ALRC was asked to identify provisions in Commonwealth legislation that unreasonably encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges.

Published on 12 June 2013
Last modified on 23 September 2014 Completed
Published on 7 June 2013
Last modified on 8 December 2014 In progress
Published on 7 June 2013
Last modified on 24 November 2014 Completed

This inquiry considered whether Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks create barriers to people with disability exercising their rights and legal capacity.  

 

Published on 30 May 2012
Last modified on 11 March 2014 Completed

The ALRC is considering 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.

Published on 8 February 2012
Last modified on 7 June 2013 Completed

The ALRC is identifying legal barriers to mature age persons participating in the workforce in Commonwealth laws, including: social security, superannuation, insurance, compensation and employment.

Published on 11 January 2011
Last modified on 10 January 2013 Completed

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.

Published on 19 August 2010
Last modified on 8 July 2013 Completed

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.

Published on 29 June 2010
Last modified on 3 August 2012 Completed

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.

Published on 20 June 2010
Last modified on 8 July 2013 Completed

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.

Published on 10 February 2010
Last modified on 3 August 2012 Completed

In this Inquiry 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.

Published on 25 December 2009
Last modified on 22 June 2012 Completed

Published on 1 June 2009
Last modified on 22 June 2012 Completed
Published on 5 July 2006
Last modified on 17 February 2013 Completed
Published on 5 July 2006
Last modified on 22 June 2012 Completed