Current Inquiries

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) undertakes research, and provides recommendations to reform the law, on topics selected by the Attorney-General of Australia. The ALRC is currently investigating:

11.09.2020

Review of the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Services Regulation

Interim Report A was tabled in Parliament on 30 November 2021. Submissions in response to Interim Report A closed on 25 February 2022. The ALRC has been asked to inquire into the potential simplification of laws that regulate financial services in Australia. The Inquiry is part of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission into

Read more
11.09.2020

Review of Judicial Impartiality

Without Fear or Favour: Judicial Impartiality and the Law on Bias (ALRC Report 138) was tabled in Parliament on 2 August 2022. Any person before a court has the fundamental right to a hearing by a judge who is independent and impartial. In Australia, judicial independence and impartiality are seen as fundamental to the common law

Read more
10.04.2019

Review into the Framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-discrimination Legislation

In 2022, the Religious Freedom Bills lapsed at the end of the Parliamentary term when the election was called. The ALRC awaits further instructions from the Attorney-General regarding this Inquiry. There are a number of anti-discrimination laws in Australia at the federal, state and territory level. Many of these laws include some kind of exemption

Read more