ALRC Report 51 was tabled on 15 August 1989. The terms of reference required the Commission to focus on a particular area of product liability: situations in which the product itself played a crucial role in causing the injury or loss to the consumer or a member of the community.
The reference considered only the liability of manufacturers and suppliers for the quality of the goods. The Commission was also asked to examine financial compensation for the loss awarded by the courts. Consideration of the value of other remedies or schemes, such as a public compensation scheme, was outside the terms of reference.
View ALRC Report 51 in HTMLon the AustLII website.
The PDF download, below, is a summary document of ALRC Report 51.