The user name (or 'handle') for the ALRC Twitter feed is AusLawReform.

Content

The @AusLawReform Twitter account is managed by the Web Manager, on behalf of colleagues across the Commission. If you follow @AusLawReform you can usually expect between 2-10 tweets a day which may include the following:

  • Alerts about new content on other ALRC digital channels (news, publications, Commissioner speeches, media releases, online forums, etc)
  • Invitations to provide feedback on specific issues on which the ALRC is consulting
  • Updates about ALRC internships
  • Information about what ALRC Commissioners and inquiry teams are doing
  • Links to other materials and resources, including online newspaper articles and multimedia relevant to ALRC inquiries past and present, and the work of the ALRC generally. Links to other websites, media or content do not imply endorsement of any kind.

Where appropriate and where space permits, ALRC tweets will include relevant hash (#) tags to help identify the relevance of the subject matter to the ALRC. Once the ALRC publishes a final report, hashtags will take the format #ALRC[No of report], eg, #ALRC123

The ALRC cannot offer legal advice or handle complaints. It cannot intervene in individual cases and does not act as a 'watch-dog' for the legal system or the legal profession.

Following

@AusLawReform will only follow Twitter users of particular relevance to its current or recent inquiries, to its work and law reform generally, or to federal government. This is to discourage the use of direct messaging and avoid resource-wasting spam handling. Furthermore, by seeing who @AusLawReform does follow, people can identify other key Twitter users that are relevant to the ALRC's work generally, to specific inquiries, and to government. However, being followed by @AusLawReform does not imply endorsement of any kind.

Availability

We will usually update and monitor the ALRC Twitter account during office hours, Monday to Friday. Twitter may occasionally be unavailable and the ALRC accepts no responsibility for lack of service due to Twitter downtime.

@Replies and direct messages

The ALRC welcomes feedback and ideas from our Twitter followers, and endeavours to join the conversation where possible. However, the ALRC is not able to reply individually to all the messages received via Twitter. The ALRC Twitter content managers read all @replies and Direct Messages and ensures that any emerging themes or helpful suggestions are forwarded to the relevant people.

The ALRC cannot engage on issues of party politics or offer any kind of legal advice.

The usual ways of contacting the ALRC for official correspondence are detailed in the Contact Us section of the ALRC website.

Twitter feed on the ALRC website

When possible, the ALRC will include on the homepage of its main website (www.alrc.gov.au) a display of the most recent tweets by or to (ie, using "@AusLawReform") the ALRC. The ALRC has no control over what people say when they 'talk' to us via Twitter, and display of tweets on our website from any other Twitter user does not imply agreement or endorsement of any kind by the ALRC.

The ALRC may remove the Twitter feed from the home page from time to time to make room to highlight other important news or website content.

The ALRC may also remove the Twitter feed from the website, either as a temporary or permanent measure, if content posted by other users, using "@AusLawReform" is completely irrelevant, is likely to cause offence to other visitors to the site, or if the @AusLawReform feed becomes subject to spam.

The ALRC may block another Twitter user if they compose tweets or messages using "@AusLawReform" that are likely to be offensive to other readers of the ALRC home page, or if the user appears to be a spammer.

Published on 4 August 2010. Last modified on 24 September 2015.