All Projects

This page lists all inquiries commenced by the Victorian Law Reform Commission since 2000. It includes all references from the Victorian Attorney-General and community law reform projects. Follow the links for more information on each inquiry.

Legends:
  • Blue: Community law reform project
  • Red: Reference from the Attorney-General of Victoria
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Current Projects

The Commission has been asked to review Victoria's responses to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, including the framework for, operation…
The Victorian Law Reform Commission will review and report on Victoria's laws relating to rape, sexual assault and associated adult…
The Commission is considering what changes to legislation and practices should be made to enhance access for people who are…

Completed Projects

The Victorian Law Reform Commission's report on committal and pre-trial procedures in indictable criminal matters was tabled in Parliament on…
In October 2018, the Victorian Law Reform Commission was asked to review and report on the law relating to contempt…
As part of our Community Law Reform Program, the Commission inquired into neighbourhood tree disputes. Specifically, we examined the laws…
Victims of crime, especially violent crime, often find themselves physically, mentally and financially vulnerable. Recovery can be a long, difficult…
The ability of everyone to use the legal system to enforce their rights is basic to a fair and open…
Although adoption rates in Victoria are low compared to former times, adoption law profoundly affects each person it touches. For…
What will happen to your body when you die? Have you written instructions for your funeral and burial? Or have…
Although its use is illegal in Victoria, cannabis has frequently been used to alleviate certain medical symptoms. Patients who have…
In recent years, there's been a growing recognition that organised crime groups use lawful occupations and industires as a cover…
Victims of crime have a great deal at stake in the criminal trial process, and perhaps they have not received…
Arising out of discussions with the Tenants Union of Victoria, this Community Law Reform Project addressed concerns that the Residential Tenancies Act…
The forfeiture rule prevents a person who has unlawfully killed another from inheriting from their victim or acquiring another financial…
A trading trust is a popular way to structure a business, an alternative to forming a company. Like other trusts,…
One important aspect of jury trials is that they allow citizens to take direct part in our justice system. Consequently,…
The courts frequently deal with people charged with offences who require a special response from the law due to their…
Birth registration is a significant life event, the first step in the process of formal recognition by the state. Similarly,…
Victoria's succession laws have long conveyed enduring values about the the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next.…
Operating since October 2004 by Victoria Police, the Sex Offenders Register was created as a socially protective measure, providing information…
By 2009, it was generally believed that the Property Law Act 1958 had become a cumbersome document, difficult to navigate,…
At the time of this report, hundreds of children each year were involved in new child protection proceedings in Victoria.…
This Community Law Reform Project came out of an approach in 2008 by the Youth Referal and Independent Person Program…
Those whose decision-making ability is impaired sometimes need a guardian appointed to them. Although Victoria has been an Australian and…
Jury trials lie at the centre of our criminal justice system, being an important way for citizens to participate in…
Unlawful abortion had been a crime in Victoria since the state's foundation. Despite many calls for the law's reform to…
Public surveillance has become extensive enough to affect nearly all Victorians, but existing laws were not designed with high technology…
In May 2004, the Attorney-General issued a Justice Statement indicating directions for reform of Victoria's justice system. The statement's concerns…
At the time of this report, approximately 300 Victorians with a disability relied on assistance animals to help them lead…
The law of evidence in Australia has been a mixture of statute, common law and rules of court and has…
The bail system in Victoria has an impact that reaches beyond the confines of the legislation and is a crucial…
For real estate agents and landlords, Residential Tenancy Databases are important resources for screening prospective tenants. However, despite their usefulness…
The development of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) since the 1980s coincided with significant shifts in the make-up of Australian families.…
Note: This is the page for the Commission's 2006 Family Violence inquiry. For the 2017 Family Violence and the Victims…
Long-held assumptions about privacy have been challenged recently by the rapid advance of surveillance and monitoring technologies that can affect…
In November 2001, the government introduced the Crimes (Workplace Deaths and Serious Injuries) Bill 2001 to make corporations criminally liable…
In 2001, the Vincent review, which looked into the operation of disability services, drew attention to serious issues in how…
How should the criminal law deal with the range of situations in which people kill others? How should their culpability…
Although generally accepted as being among the most traumatic crimes for its victims, sexual offences are among the most under-reported.…
The Victorian Law Reform Commission's first community law project, this review of certain sections of the  Bail Act 1977 (Vic) was prompted…
The laws applying to those who own property together (co-owners) affect many people, yet the complexity of the law makes…