Where next for law reform?

During this project, we asked Australians: where next for law reform? What areas of law should be the subject of an ALRC Inquiry? 

On Monday 2 December 2019, the ALRC released its report The Future of Law Reform: A Suggested Program of Work 2020-25.

The report follows 8 months of national consultations. Through an online survey, individuals and organisations had the opportunity to provide comments on potential law reform topics and make their own suggestions about areas of law they believe are in need of reform. Over 400 people completed the survey. The ALRC has also been holding consultations with key stakeholders and conducting public seminars.

To start the process we prepared a short note outlining:

  • our consultation process,
  • how we would prioritise potential law reform projects; and
  • some example areas of law that may be ripe for reform.

In May and June 2019, the ALRC held four seminars on the future of law reform in conjunction with the Law Schools at the University of NSW, Australian National University, and the University of Melbourne. To find out more about each seminar you can read a short summary:

We also held a webinar with Wolters Kluwer CCH and a seminar (also accessible online) with the Law Society of Western Australia to discuss the shortlisted topics. Click here for a summary of the Perth seminar.