Law Reform Commission of Western Australia

The Commission is an independent statutory authority established under the Act that assists in keeping the law up-to-date and relevant to the needs of the Western Australian community by making recommendations for the reform of areas of law referred to it by the Attorney General.

Announcements

Public notice

Discussion Paper – Review of the Equal Opportunity Act

The Law Reform Commission has released a Discussion Paper which outlines options and poses questions about changing Western Australia’s anti-discrimination laws in order to guide the drafting of submissions.
News story

Law reform across Australia

Law Reform bodies across Australia are researching a variety of laws to make recommendations on areas for reform.

What we do

The Law Reform Commission of Western Australia assists in keeping the law up-to-date and relevant to the needs of society. Upon being referred a matter by the Attorney General, the Commission critically examines the law with respect to that matter, and reports to the Attorney General on the results of the examination of that law and makes any recommendations with respect to the reform of that law, that it considers to be desirable. 

In examining the law to which the reference relates, the Commission also considers whether the law:

  1. is obsolete, unnecessary, incomplete or otherwise defective; or
  2. ought to be changed so as to accord with modern conditions; or
  3. contains anomalies; or
  4. ought to be simplified, consolidated, codified, repealed or revised, and, if appropriate, whether new or more effective methods for the administration of that law should be developed.

The Attorney General tables the Commission's reports in Parliament as required by the Law Reform Commission Act 1972.

Matters referred by the Attorney General may result from proposals for law reform made by members of the public. In this regard, the Commission welcomes suggestions for law reform projects.

The Law Reform Commission does not offer legal advice or deal with legal complaints of any nature. The Commission cannot intervene in individual cases nor deal with any matters representative of the legal system or the legal profession.

While the Commission encourages students to access materials on this site for research purposes, it is not resourced to assist with assignments.

Publications

Ministerial reporting

Page reviewed 17 March 2022