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.


ALRC Submission: NT Law Reform Inquiry into the mandatory sentencing and community-based sentencing options

The Australian Law Reform Commission submission to the Northern Territory Law Reform Committee inquiry into the mandatory sentencing and community-based sentencing options.

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Future of Law Reform Update

The ALRC’s Future of Law Reform report of December 2019 suggested five potential topics for future law reform inquiries. In September 2020 the Commonwealth Attorney-General referred to the ALRC one of those suggested inquiry topics, on simplification of corporate and financial services regulation. The Future of Law Reform Update summarises recent feedback on, and developments in,

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Corporate Criminal Responsibility (ALRC Report 136)

The Australian Law Reform Commission report, Corporate Criminal Responsibility, was tabled in Parliament on 31 August 2020. The ALRC has made 20 recommendations for reform. Download the Summary Report. Download the Final Report. Download the Data Appendices. Download the ALRC Recommendations Summary Brochure The report is available to purchase in book format.   Download underlying data utilised

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The Future of Law Reform: A Suggested Program of Work 2020-25

This report seeks to identify the most pressing areas for law reform in Australia that would be suitable for an inquiry by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC).

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Discussion Paper 87

The ALRC seeks stakeholder submissions on 23 proposals for reform to the Commonwealth’s corporate criminal law regime, and asks 11 questions on particular areas of reform. The Discussion Paper addresses a number of aspects of corporate criminal liability, including:
• the principled division between criminal offences and civil penalty provisions;
• the method for attributing criminal liability to corporations;
• individual liability for corporate offences;
• deferred prosecution agreements;
• penalties and the sentencing process;
• illegal phoenix activity (deliberate liquidation with the intent to avoid creditors and continue operations through a new entity); and
• the implications of the transnational nature of business and extraterritorial offences.

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Thinking big: The Australian Constitution as a law reform project

As part of the ALRC’s Where next for law reform? project the ALRC is encouraging Australians to think big. Arguably the most significant law reform initiative would be to revise the constitution. We have prepared a short paper to start the conversation.

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Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System (ALRC Report 135)

The Australian Law Reform Commission report, Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System (Report 135) was tabled in Parliament by the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP, on 10 April 2019. The ALRC has made 60 recommendations for reform. For a handy over overview we have produced a brochure. For a

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Integrity, Fairness and Efficiency—An Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders (ALRC Report 134)

Report 134 contains 24 recommendations designed to promote fairness and efficiency in class action proceedings, protect litigants and assure the integrity of the civil justice system.

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Family Law Discussion Paper Explained

The ALRC has put together a short summary that explains changes to the family law system proposed in the Discussion Paper.

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Review of the Family Law System: Discussion Paper

This Discussion Paper was released on 2 October 2018.  The Discussion Paper asks 33 questions and makes 124 proposals for change to the family law system, which focus on support for children in the family law system, improving public understanding of the family law system, accessible and coordinated service delivery, and enhanced oversight of the

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