Final Report


Australia’s Federal Record: A Review of Archives Act 1983 (ALRC Report 85)

ALRC Report 85 was tabled in federal Parliament in July 1998, representing the first major review of the Archives Act 1983 (Cth), which was drafted at a time when Commonwealth government records were predominantly in paper format. View ALRC Report 85 in HTML on the AustLII website. This publication is available for purchase in book format.

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Seen and heard: priority for children in the legal process (ALRC Report 84)

ALRC Report 84 was tabled on 19 November 1997. The report calls for widespread reform to Australia’s child protection, education and legal systems to ensure children’s appropriate participation in decision making concerning them.ALRC 84 provides extensive evidence of the problems and neglect of children who come into contact with federal and State legal processes. It

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Integrity: but not by trust alone (ALRC Report 82)

ALRC Report 82  was tabled in federal parliament on 10 December 1996.  ALRC Report 82 was the first extensive review of the Complaints (Australian Federal Police) Act 1981 (Cth), which was considered by many to be outdated and ineffective.View ALRC Report 82 in HTML on the AustLII website.This publication is available for purchase in book format.

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Making Rights Count: Services for People with a Disability (ALRC Report 79)

ALRC Report 79 (tabled October 1996) was the third report in a series of inquiries into Acts administered by the Department of Health and Family Services.This report provides a detailed analysis of the Disability Services Act 1986 (Cth). The Commission identified a number of flaws in the existing system and concluded that the Disability Services

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Legal Risk in International Transactions (ALRC Report 80)

ALRC Report 80, commonly referred to as the Cross Borders report, was tabled on 8 October 1996. The inquiry arose out of concerns about the effectiveness of the legal remedies available when commercial transactions cross international borders.In particular, insolvencies relating to Australian corporate identities Alan Bond and the late Christopher Skase, and the late British

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Beyond the Doorkeeper – Standing to Sue for Public Remedies (ALRC Report 78)

ALRC Report 78 reviewed the recommendations made in the earlier report in light of subsequent developments in law and practice and recent and proposed reforms to court rules and procedures. It provides that under the current Australian law, standing is not open to all members of the public to commence litigation to sue for public

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Open Government – A Review of the Federal Freedom of Information Act 1982 (ALRC Report 77)

The ALRC began this joint reference with the Administrative Review Council in July 1994. ALRC Report 77 was tabled in January 1996.The principal purpose of the review was to determine whether the FOI Act had achieved the purposes and objectives it was designed to achieve and, if it had not, to recommend changes to improve

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Costs Shifting – Who Pays for Litigation (ALRC Report 75)

ALRC Report 75 (tabled October 1995) arose from a recommendation in the Access to Justice Advisory Committee 1995 report Access to Justice: An Action Plan. The report reviews the impact on the litigation system of the costs allocation rules. ALRC 75 found that the costs allocation rules sometimes operate unfairly and can deny access to

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Designs (ALRC Report 74)

ALRC Report 74 was tabled in federal parliament on 31 August 1995. It contains recommendations to modernise and simplify Australian designs laws.These recommendations are aimed at improving the rights of those who design the innovative visual features of manufactured products – from cut-glass to textiles to garage doors. The report concluded that designs laws need

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For the Sake of the Kids: Complex Contact Cases and the Family Court (ALRC Report 73)

The Australian Law Reform Commission was asked by the Family Law Council to join it in researching legal aid costs and related issues in repetitive access applications coming before the Family Court.  The ALRC’s work on the project was published independently as ALRC Report 73 (tabled June 1995).The research for the report encompasses a survey

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