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.


Evidence (Interim) (ALRC Report 26)

The interim report, ALRC Report 26 (tabled 21 August 1985), contained a detailed assessment of the law of evidence as applied in federal and Territory courts and recommendations for reform. A draft Bill was attached to that report to stimulate public discussion. The report consists of two volumes.The legislation contained in the interim report was

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Evidence Law Reform: Stage 2 (DP 23)

DP 23 (released 1985) is the third of three consultation papers released as part of this reference.

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Foreign State Immunity (ALRC Report 24)

This inquiry considered the common law and statutory rules dealing with foreign state immunity and whether there was a need for Commonwealth legislation on the issue. ALRC Report 24 (tabled 10 October 1984) identified that there were good arguments both for extending a degree of immunity to foreign states before Australian courts, and for limiting

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Privacy (ALRC Report 22)

The ALRC received a wide-ranging reference on privacy in April 1976. ALRC Report 22 (tabled December 1983) outlined that privacy was in danger actually and, even more so, prospectively. The report described the chief sources of danger in terms of growing official powers, new business practices and new information technology.View ALRC Report 22 on the AustLII

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Insurance Contracts (ALRC Report 20)

ALRC Report 20 (tabled December 1982) examined the adequacy and appropriateness of the law of insurance contracts, given that it was a mixture of common law principles and a number of imperial, federal and state statutes.View ALRC Report 20 on the AustLII website.

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Child Welfare (ALRC Report 18)

ALRC Report 18 (tabled 12 November 1981) report reviews the child welfare laws and practices in the Australian Capital Territory.View ALRC Report 18 on the AustLII website.

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Insurance Agents and Brokers (ALRC Report 16)

ALRC Report 16 was tabled in September 1980.View ALRC Report 16 on the AustLII website.

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Reform of Evidence Law (DP 16)

DP 16, released in 1980, was the second of three consultation papers released as part of this reference.  

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Sentencing of Federal Offenders (Interim report) (ALRC Report 15)

This interim report (tabled May 1980) outlined that there was a need for greater consistency and uniformity in sentences imposed on federal offenders, especially with regards to federal offenders who were tried in state courts, sentenced by state judicial officers and held in state prisons, although they were paroled under federal laws.Following publication of this

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Lands Acquisition and Compensation (ALRC Report 14)

ALRC Report 14 (tabled 22 April 1980) outlined the laws relating to the acquisition of land by the Commonwealth, which was dealt with in the Land Acquisitions Act 1955 (Cth), and compensation for persons whose land or business was adversely affected by the construction or use of Commonwealth works. View ALRC Report 14 on the AustLII website.

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