The ALRC produces a range of publications including:

  • Inquiry Reports,
  • Consultation Documentation,
  • Information sheets, and
  • Reform Journal

The ALRC is committed to improving public access to its work and all past reports and recent consultation papers are available for free viewing and download via this website. 

Some publications are available in book format for purchase.


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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Speaking for Ourselves: Children and the Legal Process (IP 18)

Speaking for Ourselves: Children and the Legal Process (IP 18) was released in 1996 (along with Speaking for Ourselves: Children and the Legal Process – Kids Issues Paper (IP 17). View IP 18 in HTMLon the AustLII website.

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Review of the Archives Act 1983 (IP 19)

An Issues Paper was released in 1996, titled Review of the Archives Act 1983 (IP 19). The paper is divided into two parts. Part 1 outlines briefly the history of record keeping and of the development of archival institutions and legislation in Australia and other countries. It also raises issues as to the scope and

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Review of the Federal Civil Justice System – Background papers

Prior to the release of issue papers in 1998-95, a series of preliminary background papers were produced in 1996: Review of the Adversarial System of Litigation: An Introduction to the Inquiry (Introductory Pamphlet 1); Federal Jurisdiction (BP 1); Alternative or Assisted Dispute Resolution (BP 2); Judicial and Case Management (BP 3); The Unrepresented Party (BP

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Speaking for Ourselves: Children and the Legal Process – Kids Issues Paper (IP 17)

IP 17 (released in 1996) is the first of two Issues Papers produced during this inquiry. The inquiry into the way children and young people are treated by the legal system and legal processes began on 28 August 1995. This was a joint inquiry conducted by the ALRC in conjunction with the Human Rights and

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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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