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.
The ALRC revised the interim legislation and published it in ALRC Report 38 (tabled 5 June 1987). Accordingly, the two reports need to be read together to obtain a comprehensive picture of the ALRC’s work on this reference.View ALRC Report 38 in HTMLon the AustLII website.Read more
ALRC Report 35 was tabled in June 1987. In it’s review of contemp laws, the Commission was required to strike a balance between a number of principles including freedom of speech and expression; the right of fair trial by an impartial tribunal; public scrutiny of the operations of the court system; and the protection of …Read more
ALRC Report 35 was tabled in June 1987. In it’s review of contempt laws, the Commission was required to strike a balance between a number of principles including freedom of speech and expression; the right of fair trial by an impartial tribunal; public scrutiny of the operations of the court system; and the protection of …Read more
ALRC Report 33 (tabled December 1986) found that the Colonial Courts of Admiralty Act 1890 (Imp) had limited civil admiralty jurisdiction to matters that were within the admiralty jurisdiction of England as at 1890. As a result there were many uncertainties about, and unjustified limitations on, the scope of the jurisdiction.The report outlined that any …Read more
ALRC Report 32 (tabled 23 October 1986) examined the position in the Australian Capital Territory regarding the doctrine of loss of consortium. This doctrine allows a husband to recover damages for the loss of his wife’s companionship and services resulting from an injury inflicted on her through negligence.In the ALRC’s first report on community law …Read more
The focus of ALRC Report 31 (tabled 12 June 1986) was whether it would be desirable to apply, either in whole or in part, Aboriginal customary law to Indigenous peoples—generally or in particular areas or to those living in tribal communities only. In addition, the report addressed whether in criminal cases existing courts should be able …Read more
ALRC Report 30 (tabled March 1986) examined the issue of domestic violence within the Australian Capital Territory, focusing exclusively on incidents involving adult people who were married or living in a de facto relationship.Legal institutions’ responses to instances of domestic violence had been criticised on two grounds. First, police were seen as taking a dismissive …Read more
ALRC Report 28 (tabled 29 November 1985) is the first of two reports on community law reform in the ACT.View ALRC Report 28 on the AustLII website.Read more
ALRC Report 27 (tabled November 1985) provides an overview of the law of standing in public interest litigation. The main areas of the report include discussions on issues of standing in civil proceedings involving both the common law and statutes and discussions on the rules governing private prosecution. ALRC Report 27 identified that the law …Read more