Inquiry update

Review of the Native Title Act

The Native Title Inquiry team is very close to completing its final report. It will be delivered to the Attorney-General by 30 April. The Report will be under embargo until it is tabled, which must happen within 15 sitting days of Parliament.

The ALRC received over 70 submissions to this Inquiry and conducted over 150 consultations around the country. The native title team would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this Inquiry – people who have made submissions and consulted with us, and particularly to the Advisory Committee and Expert Readers, who have been so generous with their expertise and their time.

The ALRC intends to hold an official launch for this important report. We will let stakeholders know once details have been finalised.


The Freedoms team released an Issues Paper in December last year and received approximately 75 submissions in response. A Discussion Paper will be launched at the end of May. The ALRC was extremely pleased that the WIKI initiative produced for this Inquiry has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2015 Excellence in eGovernment Award. Award winners will be announced at the CeBIT Australia Gala Dinner and Awards night on Wednesday 6 May 2015. 

Equality, Capacity and Disability

The Final Report for the Disability Inquiry, Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws (ALRC Report 124), was tabled on 24 November 2015. The ALRC formally launched the report on Thursday 11 December 2014, in Sydney. The launch was attended by Evan Lewis, on behalf of Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield; the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP; the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, members of the Inquiry’s Advisory Committee, and a range of stakeholders and Inquiry participants.