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.


Sentencing of Federal Offenders (DP 15)

In 1980 the Commission published its second Discussion Paper for this inquiry: Sentencing of Federal Offenders (DP 15).

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Privacy and the Census (ALRC Report 12)

ALRC Report 12 (tabled November 1979) reported that the aim of the census was to produce valid statistical information for use by governments, by industry and by voluntary organisations in planning and in making decisions that affect the welfare of all Australians.The report concluded that there were enormous benefits to be gained from the information

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Sentencing: Reform Options (DP 10)

In 1979 the ALRC published a series of research papers as well as a Discussion Paper Sentencing: Reform Options (DP 10). In 1980, the Commission published a second Discussion Paper Sentencing of Federal Offenders (DP 15).  

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Unfair Publication: Defamation and Privacy (ALRC Report 11)

ALRC Report 11 (tabled 7 June 1979) proposed far reaching changes in Australia’s defamation law. It dealt with two important but competing interests: the protection of individual honour, reputation and dignity against the protection of freedom of expression and access to public affairs.View ALRC Report 11 on the AustLII website.

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Complaints against police and supplementary report (ALRC Reports 1 & 9)

The proposals in ALRC Report 1 (tabled 7 August 1975) were substantially accepted by the then federal Government and included in the Australia Police Bill 1975.The Bill lapsed with the dissolution of Parliament in November 1975. Government policy changed and the proposal to establish an amalgamated national force of all of the Commonwealth’s police was not

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Insolvency: The Regular Payment of Debts (ALRC Report 6)

ALRC Report 6 (tabled November 1977) considered whether the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth), as it applied to small debtors, made adequate provision for the compromise or discharge of their debts from present or future assets and earnings.The Commission also was required to consider what measures, if any, could be adopted to achieve this objective and what measures

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Human Tissue Transplants (ALRC Report 7)

ALRC Report 7 (tabled 4 November 1977) considered not only the use of human tissue and organs for transplantation but the use of dead bodies for the teaching and practice of anatomy and for the performance of post-mortem examinations.The report gave consideration to present and impending human and social problems of profound importance such as

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Alcohol, Drugs and Driving (ALRC Report 4)

ALRC Report 4 (tabled 1976) considered the problems in the application of the laws of the Australian Capital Territory designed to control the driving of motor vehicles by persons who had consumed alcohol or other intoxicating drugs.The report inquired into technical matters such as procedures and types of equipment for breath and other testing, the

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Criminal investigation (ALRC Report 2)

ALRC Report 2 (tabled November 1975), arose out of the first reference given to the Commission. The Commission had split the work into the work on police complaints and the work on criminal investigation. The report on police complaints (ALRC Report 1) was tabled in August 1975. ALRC Report 2 identified that the primary objective

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