Australian Law Reform Commission Library (ALRC)
Access hundreds of Australian Law Reform Commission documents related to Civil Procedure, Discrimination, Intellectual Property, National Security, Traditional Rights, and more!
About the Australian Law Reform Commission
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), established in 1973, is a federal agency that conducts inquiries into areas of law at the request of the Attorney General of Australia. The purpose of the ALRC is promoting the review, modernization, and simplification of Australian law. After conducting research, the ALRC makes recommendations to government officials so they can make informed decisions about law reform. The main objective the Australian Law Reform Commission has on law reform is to:
- Bring the law into line with current conditions and needs
- Remove defects in the law
- Simplify the law
- Adopt new or more effective methods of administering the law and dispensing justice
- Provide improved access to justice
The Australian Law Reform Commission is independent of the government and is able to do research, consultations and legal policy development, and make recommendations to the Parliament, all without fear or favor.
About the Database
Within the Australian Law Reform Commission Library users are able to access more than 650 titles and more than 135,000 pages of materials related to Civil Procedure, Discrimination, Intellectual Property, National Security, Traditional Rights, and more.
The Commission’s Reports fall into the following five classifications:
- Australian Law Reform Commission Reports
The reports consist of final project reports to the attorney general in response to specific matters that the attorney general had instructed the Commission to investigate. Each report includes the current legal status, areas for improvement, and recommendations for how to improve.
- Working Papers
Working Papers are tentative proposals of the Commission. They encourage comments and criticism before the issuing of the final report.
- Discussion Papers
This report provides a brief summary of the preliminary findings of the Commission. They are also issued to promote comment and criticism of the Commission’s findings.
- Issue Papers
Issue papers are published in order to demonstrate the issues involved in specific areas as defined by the attorney general.
Reform is a bulletin of law reform news, views, and information. It is designed to inform readers in an informal way of developments relevant to the reform of the law in Australia.