Commissioners sought for national inquiry

Nominations have opened for Commissioners of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to conduct the national inquiry into justice responses to sexual violence.

On 1 May 2023, the Commonwealth Government announced $14.7 million of funding to work with the states and territories to strengthen and harmonise sexual assault and consent laws, and improve criminal justice responses for victims and survivors.

This included funding to establish an ALRC inquiry into justice responses to sexual violence with a focus on law reform proposals to strengthen sexual assault laws and improve the outcomes and experiences of victims and survivors in the justice system.

The inquiry is proposed to start with the appointment of two part-time Commissioners in October 2023 and run for about 12 months, culminating in a report and recommendations for government consideration.

The Law Council of Australia encourages those suitably qualified to nominate. Nominations will close on 6 August.

Further information about the positions and application process can be found here, while enquiries and nominations can be sent directly to

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