Ministerial powers

The Minister responsible for the ALRC is the Attorney-General of Australia. Under s 20 of the Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996 (ALRC Act), the Attorney-General may refer matters to the ALRC for review. In 2009–10, two new matters were referred to the ALRC—a review into Family Violence laws and a review into Discovery of Documents in Federal Courts.

Under s 28 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (Cth) (CAC Act), the Attorney-General may advise the ALRC of a requirement to comply with a general policy of the Australian Government. During 2009–10, the ALRC was not required to comply with any additional Australian Government policies.