Current Law Reform Inquires


At any given time, there are many laws and policies under review. Various government and non-government bodies regularly conduct law reform inquiries, where they seek feedback from people, communities and organisations regarding proposed changes to the law.

For most inquiries, any person or organisation can make a submission. A submission to an inquiry is a written argument or set of arguments, backed up by appropriate evidence, responding to the questions or terms of reference set out by the body conducting the inquiry.

Community Legal Centres NSW compiles law reform submissions to relevant law reform inquiries in consultation with member centres, and also encourages member centres to make their own submissions

Below is a list of law reform inquiries that are currently accepting submissions and that are relevant to the work and priorities of community legal centres in NSW.


Current NSW Inquiries

  • Kickstarting the productivity conversation
    NSW Commissioner for Productivity
    The Discussion Paper aims to commence a conversation about how the NSW Government can best support continued growth in living standards in the years ahead, recognising that higher productivity growth is key to ensuring this.


Current Federal Inquiries

  • Upcoming: Inquiry into family law and child supports
    Commonwealth Government
    The Federal Government will launch an inquiry into the family law system, after accusations the court system is failing vulnerable Australians. The inquiry will be run by Liberal MP Kevin Andrews. Details to be released
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019
    Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
    On 12 September 2019, the Senate referred the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019 to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report. Submissions close 27 September 2019


Resources for making submissions


Past Community Legal Centres NSW Submissions

You can access past submissions by Community Legal Centres NSW here.