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 (the ALRC Act), the Attorney-General may refer matters to the ALRC for review. In 2010–11, two new matters were referred to the ALRC—the Commonwealth Laws and Family Violence Inquiry in August 2010 and a Review into Censorship and Classification in March 2011.

Under s 28 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (Cth) (the CAC Act), the Attorney-General may advise the ALRC of a requirement to comply with a general policy of the Australian Government. During 2010–11, the ALRC was not required to comply with any additional Australian Government policies.