Past Inquiries


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

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Review into Australia’s corporate criminal responsibility regime

On 10 April 2019, the Hon Christian Porter, Attorney-General of Australia, provided Terms of Reference to the ALRC for an inquiry into Australia’s corporate criminal responsibility regime. The ALRC released a Discussion Paper and called for submissions on 15 November 2019. Submissions closed on 31 January 2020. The report, Corporate Criminal Responsibility (Report 136, 2020)

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Litigation Funding Inquiry

On 11 December 2017, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General of Australia, provided Terms of Reference to the ALRC for an inquiry into class action proceedings and third party litigation funders. A Discussion Paper was released in June 2018. Report 134 was delivered to the Attorney-General on the 21 December, 2018 and tabled in

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Review of the family law system

On 9 May 2017 the Turnbull Government announced its intention to direct the ALRC to conduct the first comprehensive review into the family law system since the commencement of the Family Law Act in 1976, with a view to making necessary reforms to ensure the family law system meets the contemporary needs of families and effectively addresses family

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Incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, announced on 27 October 2016 the Government’s intention to ask the Australian Law Reform Commission to examine the factors leading to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prisons, and consider law reform to ameliorate this ‘national tragedy’.The Attorney-General’s Department released Draft Terms of Reference for public consultation

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Elder abuse

The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC announced an Inquiry for the ALRC on ‘Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse’ on 24 February 2016.The ALRC released an Issues Paper on 15 June 2016 and called for submissions from the public. Submissions closed on 18 August 2016.The ALRC released a Discussion Paper in December 2016 with proposals for

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Freedoms Inquiry

The ALRC was asked to identify provisions in Commonwealth legislation that unreasonably encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges.

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Serious Invasions of Privacy

This inquiry considered both prevention and remedies for serious invasions of privacy and included a detailed legal design of a tort for serious invasions of privacy.

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Native Title Act 1993

The first major review of the law governing ‘connection’ in native title claims since the introduction of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). The Inquiry also examined authorisation of persons bringing claims and joinder of parties to a claim.

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Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws

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

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