2.1 The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (the Committee) is directed to examine, among other things, ‘the role, governance arrangements and statutory responsibilities’ of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). To assist the Committee inquire into these matters, this Part provides background about the role, functions and operations of the ALRC.
2.2 This section is divided into two parts. The first section provides a high-level summary of the ALRC’s current role and functions; the second provides an overview of the corporate governance framework and operations.
 Australian Senate, Terms of Reference to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs—Australian Law Reform Commission (23 November 2010) <www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee> at 16 December 2010, paragraph (a).