Australian Law Reform Commission

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The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) undertakes research and provides recommendations to reform the law on topics selected by the Attorney-General of Australia. ALRC recommendations do not automatically become law, however over 85 per cent of ALRC reports have been either substantially or partially implemented—making the ALRC one of the most effective and influential agents for legal reform in Australia.


Corporate criminal responsibility: final report

In 2019, the Attorney-General of Australia, the Hon Christian Porter MP, asked the ALRC to undertake a comprehensive review of the Commonwealth corporate criminal responsibility regime, emphasising the need for effective law to hold corporations to account for criminal misconduct. This report outlines the findings...

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). If accepted, the topics set out in this report could form a set program of work for...
Discussion paper

Corporate criminal responsibility: discussion paper

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is seeking submissions on 23 proposals for reform to the Commonwealth’s corporate criminal law regime, and asks 11 questions on particular areas of reform. This discussion paper addresses a number of aspects of corporate criminal liability.
Briefing paper

The Constitution of Australia: revisiting reform

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 Australian Constitution. This paper has been prepared to start the conversation.

Family law for the future – an inquiry into the family law system: final report

This report makes 60 recommendations for reform, including that the resolution of family law disputes be returned to the states and territories and that the federal family courts eventually be abolished.