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Human rights

Human rights are inalienable and universal. We advocate for equality before the law for everyone.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice

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In advance of the Federal double dissolution election in July 2016, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) surveyed major parties on priority issues for our members. We outlined our main priorities, our policy on those priorities and asked key questions to gauge parties' positions on those priorities. We received comprehensive responses to most of our letters.


Changes to compensation schemes can sometimes threaten to undermine individuals’ access to adequate compensation and control over their own lives.

CTP submissions

See below for a list of CTP-related submissions prepared by the ALA since 2011.

Submission Prepared for/by Jurisdiction Date
Delays in Centrelink clearances

In May 2019, a number of ALA members reported increasing instances of excessive Centrelink delays in providing refund clearances, therefore causing delays in finalising payments to clients who may be experiencing significant financial hardship.

Facing the Facts: The urgent need for further regulation of cosmetic procedures advertising

On 16 November 2021, the Australian Lawyers Alliance published 'Facing the Facts: The Urgent Need for Further Regulation of Cosmetic Procedures Advertising'.

Federal election 2019

In advance of the federal election in May 2019, the ALA surveyed major parties on priority issues for our members.

The issues that we addressed were:

  1. Human rights protections
  2. Access to justice — class action proceedings
  3. Access to justice — funding for community legal centres
  4. Insurance and mental illness
  5. Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
  6. NDIS
  7. National Redress Scheme
  8. Comcare
  9. Work Health and Safety

Below are the responses that we received.

Federal election 2022

Montara: After the spill

Learn about the ALA's work in response to the Montara oil spill of 2009.

Untold Damage

The federal regulator of Commonwealth workplaces, Comcare, has been the watchdog of immigration detention facilities in Australia and regional processing centres (‘RPCs’) in Nauru and Manus Island for many years.