ALRC Commissioners – Seeking Expressions of Interest

By Kate Thomas 28/07/2023

Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission

The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for appointment as Commissioners of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to conduct the recently announced national inquiry into justice responses to sexual violence. Two part-time Commissioners will be appointed for this inquiry. One Commissioner will be appointed to take a primary role in leading the inquiry, with a second Commissioner appointed to occupy a supporting role. In addition to considering legal frameworks relating to sexual violence, the ALRC will inquire into and provide recommendations for broad systemic reform initiatives to improve victim and survivor experiences throughout the justice process.

The ALRC is a national independent statutory body which undertakes research, consultations and legal policy development and makes recommendations to government. The ALRC’s functions are outlined in the Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996 (Cth). The ALRC is based in Melbourne and Brisbane.

From 10 July 2023, the ALRC will consist of a full-time President and three part-time Commissioners To be eligible for appointment to the ALRC, candidates must be in one of the following categories:

  • the holder of judicial office
  • a legal practitioner of the High Court, or of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory (and have been for at least five years)
  • a graduate in law of a university, and have experience as a member of the academic staff of a tertiary educational institution, or
  • suitable for appointment because of special qualifications, training or experience.

Information for applicants

Information about the position, including remuneration, eligibility and selection criteria, and details on how to apply, is available on the Attorney-General’s Department website Careers page - https://www.ag.gov.au/about-us/careers/statutory-appointments.

The appointment is on a part-time basis for the duration of the inquiry, which is expected to take 12 months, or until the last day of the inquiry, whichever occurs first. Candidates who are based outside Melbourne and Brisbane are welcome to apply. Further information about the ALRC is available at www.alrc.gov.au.

Expressions of interest close at 11.59pm AEST on Sunday 6 August 2023.

Enquiries can be directed to: Sexual.Violence.Responses@ag.gov.au.