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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9 March 2014
28 May 2014 In progress

The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to review Commonwealth legislation to identify provisions that unreasonably encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges.

12 June 2013
13 May 2014 In progress

7 June 2013
26 May 2014 In progress
7 June 2013
21 July 2014 In progress

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

30 May 2012
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.

8 February 2012
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.

11 January 2011
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.

19 August 2010
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.

29 June 2010
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.

20 June 2010
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.

10 February 2010
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.

25 December 2009
22 June 2012 Completed

1 June 2009
22 June 2012 Completed
5 July 2006
17 February 2013 Completed
5 July 2006
22 June 2012 Completed