Publications

The ALRC produces a range of publications including:

  • Inquiry Reports,
  • Consultation Papers and Discussion Papers,
  • Newsletters,
  • Analysis Papers, 
  • Handy Explanatory Notes, and
  • ALRC Brief.

 

18.01.2018

Fines and infringement notices

12.6     The term ‘fines’ usually encompasses both fines imposed by courts following convictions and infringement notices, which are monetary penalties handed out at the point of infringement by issuing officers. Issuing officers include transit police, police officers and council workers.[1] The two penalty types have clear differences and non‑payment can have different consequences. Nonetheless, unless

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18.01.2018

Imprisonment terms that ‘cut out’ or result from fine debt

Recommendation 12–1            Fine default should not result in the imprisonment of the defaulter. State and territory governments should abolish provisions in fine enforcement statutes that provide for imprisonment in lieu of, or as a result of, unpaid fines. 12.30  The ALRC recommends that statutory provisions permitting imprisonment resulting from unpaid fines should be repealed. Fines

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18.01.2018

Increase the efficacy of fine regimes

Recommendation 12–2            State and territory governments should work with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to develop options that: reduce the imposition of fines and infringement notices;limit the penalty amounts of infringement notices;avoid suspension of driver licences for fine default; andprovide alternative ways of paying fines and infringement notices.12.41  Fines are of little benefit

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18.01.2018

Driving when unlicensed

Recommendation 12–3            State and territory governments should work with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and community organisations to identify areas without services relevant to driver licensing and to provide those services, particularly in regional and remote communities. 12.130       A person who is convicted of driving when unlicensed is likely to enter the fine

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18.01.2018

Infringement notices for offensive language

12.167       Stakeholders to this Inquiry have advised that offensive language provisions and subsequent infringement notices for such conduct continue to be an issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Recommendation 12–4            State and territory governments should review the effect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of statutory provisions that criminalise offensive language with

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18.01.2018

Summary

12.1     The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry ask the ALRC to have regard to laws that may contribute to the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offending, including ‘driving offences and unpaid fines’—the statutory enforcement regimes of which affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people unduly and can result in incarceration.12.2     The ALRC

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28.09.2017

Annual Report 2016-2017 (ALRC Report 132)

The ALRC Annual Report for 2016-17 was tabled on 16 October 2017. The report has been reproduced here in html for accessability. For a true version of the tabled report, please see the PDF version.

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08.08.2017

ALRC Brief – August 2017

The ALRC Brief covers general news from the Commission, including updates on current inquiries, implementation of past reports, job vacancies and the ALRC intern program. The ALRC Brief will be emailed to subscribers three to four times a year.Subscribe to the ALRC Brief 

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19.07.2017

Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (DP 84)

DP 84 was released on 19 July 2017.The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry ask the ALRC to consider laws and legal frameworks that contribute to the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and inform decisions to hold or keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody. The ALRC was asked to

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14.06.2017

Elder Abuse—A National Legal Response (ALRC Report 131)

Tabled 14 June 2017.The ALRC was asked to consider Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks and how they might better protect older persons from misuse or abuse, and safeguard their autonomy.The Report includes 43 recommendations for law reform. The overall effect will be to safeguard older people from abuse and support their choices and wishes through:improved

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