Celebrating 40 years

On 23 October 2015, the ALRC hosted an event at the Federal Court in Sydney to celebrate and acknowledge the ALRC’s 40-year history in leading law reform. Former Presidents and Commissioners, staff past and present, and friends of the ALRC met in the Ceremonial Court to hear addresses from the Hon Chief Justice Robert French AC, Senator the Hon Attorney-General George Brandis QC, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (ALRC ‘Chairman Emeritus’) and ALRC President Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, followed by a short reception.

Online timeline

In 2015, to commemorate its 40th anniversary, the ALRC created an online archive of photographs, documents, interviews and media that track the ALRC’s history over 40 years since its establishment in 1975. The timeline provides an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the many people who have contributed to the rich history of the ALRC and to remember their contributions to Australian law reform. Documenting key moments in our history, the timeline can be added to as a living archive. We invite you to visit the timeline and welcome any feedback or comments you may have.

40 years – timeline >>

A detailed history of the ALRC was produced for its 25th anniversary and is available in the ALRC 2000 Annual Report.

40th anniversary student competition

As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, the ALRC offered Australian law students the chance to win a coveted ALRC internship by answering the question, in 1000 words or less, Why is an independent ALRC good for Australia?

The ALRC received many quality entries. The judging panel especially noted runners-up, Arisha Arif from the Australian National University and Rosalind Acland from the University of New South Wales. Justin Pen from the University of Sydney provided the winning response. Justin's entry has been published on the ALRC website

Published on 28 May 2012. Last modified on 9 December 2015.