External factors that may have an impact on the ALRC’s ability to achieve its outcome include the government’s reform agenda and timelines, which influence both the number and scope of inquiries that are referred to the ALRC, and the rate at which the recommendations made in completed inquiries are implemented.
The challenge for the ALRC—a small single outcome agency—will be to continue to find productivity savings as costs continue to increase over the forward years with no increase in the ALRC’s budget. There is limited ability to make further savings if the ALRC work program is to continue at its current level.
As a national law reform agency, it is important to ensure that the ALRC is able to speak with people from a wide cross-section of the Australian community, including from a range of geographical locations. The ALRC will continue to use online communication strategies to maximise access to its processes.