Inquiry update


The Final Report in the Copyright Inquiry, Copyright and the Digital Economy (Report 122, 2013), has been completed and will be presented to the Attorney-General on 29 November. 

Under the ALRC Act, the government now has 15 Parliamentary sitting days within which to table the Report. Once tabled it will become a public document. The Report will then be available from the ALRC website in a variety of formats.


The Issues Paper for the Disability Inquiry, Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws (IP 44) was released online in mid November . The ALRC invites individuals and organisations to make submissions in response to over 40 questions, or to any of the background material and analysis contained in the Issues Paper. 

The Issues Paper is available free of charge on the ALRC website and as an ebook. The ALRC has also produced an Easy English version of the Issues paper.

Submissions are due to the ALRC by Monday 20 January 2014. 

The ALRC will continue consultations as submissions come in and then work towards the Discussion Paper for release in April.

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Native Title

The Native Title Inquiry team is undertaking research and consultations and is working towards the release of an Issues Paper in mid March 2014. The team is heading up to the Northern Territory and Queensland before Christmas as part of this consultation effort and has also met with several organisations in Sydney and Melbourne. Commissioner in charge of the Inquiry, Professor Lee Godden, has until March 2015 to deliver the final Report.

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The Privacy team led by Commissioner Professor Barbara McDonald released its Issues Paper for the inquiry into Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era in October 2013, and submissions closed on 11 November 2013. To date the team has undertaken consultations in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney and has received over 55 submissions to the Issues Paper. A Discussion Paper will be released at the end of February.

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