The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) conducts inquiries into areas of law at the request of the Attorney-General of Australia. Based on its research and consultations throughout an inquiry, the ALRC makes recommendations to government so that government can make informed decisions about law reform. The ALRC is part of the Attorney-General's portfolio, however it is independent of government. The ALRC's objective is to make recommendations that: - bring the law into line with current conditions and needs - remove defects in the law - simplify the law - adopt new or more effective methods for administering the law and dispensing justice, and - provide improved access to justice. When conducting an inquiry, the ALRC also monitors other jurisdictions to ensure Australia compares favourably with international best practice. The ALRC aims to ensure that recommendations it makes do not trespass unduly on personal rights and liberties of citizens, or make those rights and liberties unduly dependent on administrative, rather than judicial, decisions and, as far as practicable, are consistent with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The ALRC must also have regard to any effect that its recommendations may have on the costs of access to, and dispensing of, justice.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor


  • Function Categorization

    Regulatory / Review / Inquiry / Commission

  • Creation Date

    1 January 1975

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Member VACANT    
Member The Hon Justice John Eric Middleton QC 28 November 2019 25 December 2022
President The Hon Justice Sarah Catherine Derrington 10 January 2018 9 January 2023
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