Australian Law Reform Commission

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Australian Law Reform Commission
Agency overview
Formed 11 November 1996[1]
Preceding Agency Law Reform Commission
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Employees 16 (at April 2013)[2]

The Australian Law Reform Commission (often abbreviated to ALRC) is an Australian independent statutory body established to conduct reviews into the law of Australia and advocate options for law reform. The commission works with other law reform bodies such as the Administrative Review Council and the Family Law Council.


The commission is the primary law reform agency for the Australian government. It has its origins in the Law Reform Commission,[3] which was established in 1975 under the Law Reform Commission Act 1973. The first commission was abolished on the recommendation of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. That committee found that the act the commission was established under was outdated and that it should be updated in accordance with modern drafting styles. The report of the standing committee, was called “Law reform: the challenge continues” and was tabled in May 1994.[4]

All office holders became office holders in the new commission named the Australian Law Reform Commission.


The commission was established under the Commonwealth Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996. The commission consists of a president, a deputy president and at least four other members.

Members of the commission are appointed by the Australian Governor-General. A member has to be either:

  • a judge of an Australian superior court;
  • a lawyer of at least five years experience;
  • a graduate in law of university with experience as a member of academic staff of a university; or
  • is, in the governor-general's opinion, suitable for appointment because of the person's special qualifications, training or experience.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CA 8999: Australian Law Reform Commission, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 8 December 2013 
  2. ^ Australian Public Service Commission (2 December 2013), State of the Service Report: State of the Service Series 2012-13, Australian Public Service Commission, p. 256, archived from the original on 6 December 2013 
  3. ^ CA 2531: Law Reform Commission, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 8 December 2013 
  4. ^ Daryl Williams (20 June 1996). |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Commonwealth of Australia: House of Representatives. pp. 2451–2453. Archived from the original on 12 November 2011. 

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