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Researching Secondary Law Sources

Law Reform Commissions

Law Reform Commissions are tasked by Government, and in Victoria the community, to research areas of law and make recommendations.

The Australian Law Reform Commission makes recommendations that:

  • bring the law into line with current conditions and needs
  • remove defects in the law
  • simplify the law
  • adopt new or more efficient methods for administering the law and dispensing justice, and
  • provide improved access to justice.
    (Source: http://www.alrc.gov.au/about - accessed 4 February 2020)

The Victorian Law Reform Commission seeks to make recommendations which are practical, fairer, more up-to-date and accessible and draw on experiences in other states and territories.

Finding Commonwealth, State and Territory Law Reform Commission publications online

Commonwealth        

Australian Law Reform Commission (home)
AustLII: Australian Law Reform Resources

Hein Online: Australian Law Reform Commission Library (Deakin authorised users only)
     Search by topic or title.

Victorian Law Reform Commission (home)          

AustLII: Australian Law Reform Resources

Hein OnlineAustralian Law Reform Commission Library (Deakin authorised users only)
     Selected publications. Search by topic or title.

New South Wales Law Reform Commission (home)         

AustLII: Australian Law Reform Resources

Hein OnlineAustralian Law Reform Commission Library (Deakin authorised users only)
     Selected publications. Search by topic or title.

Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (home)       

 

Queensland Law Reform Commission (home)       

AustLII: Australian Law Reform Resources

South Australian Law Reform Institute (home)      

Tasmania Law Reform Institute (home)        

AustLII: Australian Law Reform Resources

ACT Law Reform Advisory Council (home)      

AustLII: Australian Law Reform Resources

Northern Territory Law Reform Committee (home)      

AustLII: Australian Law Reform Resources

 

 

 


Key international online resources

New Zealand Law Commission      

Law Commission (England and Wales)      

Scottish Law Commission        

Law Reform Commission of Ireland 

Uniform Law Commission (aka National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (USA))       

Law Reform Project (law reform publications on Legal Information Institutes)    


Finding hard copy Law Reform Commission publications

The preferred access method is online. Many of the bodies listed above provide access to all the types of publications associated with a project from the beginning (background and issues papers) to submissions, consultation and discussion papers, and the final report, as in this example from the Victorian Law Reform Commission:

The Law Collection in the Library contains some publications unavailable online that are available for loan. They are usually reports from the 1970s and 1980s. They can be located in the catalogue using an author search (name of commission), title (if known) or subject, e.g.: