The ALA advocates on a range of issues that affect the rights of individuals in Australia. We promote access to justice and equality before the law for all individuals regardless of their wealth, position, gender, sexuality, age, race or religious belief.
We do this by contributing to parliamentary inquiries, consulting with governments, implementing media campaigns, and collaborating with law societies, bar associations and other relevant non-government organisations across the country at a federal and state/territory level.
The ALA's key policy areas for 2021 are:
Here is a list of submissions that we have provided so far this year.
In addition, our members are passionate advocates in the media for justice, featuring in print and online media, on radio and in television. View our recent media releases here.
Drug law reform
Australia’s ‘war on drugs’ is a fundamental failure. Drug misuse should be seen as a health issue, not a criminal justice issue. Decriminalising possession and use of most drugs will reduce the harm that they cause and take pressure off the criminal justice system.
In 2021, the ALA released a policy reform report, ‘Doing More Harm Than Good: The need for a health-focused approach to drug use’, that advocates for policy shift away from an emphasis on law enforcement, to a focus on the broader health and social issues associated with the harmful use of drugs. The report collates a wide range of evidence – from local and international experiences – to explain why drug law reform is needed, as supported by analyses of current policies and recent developments across Australia.
Find out more here.
In advance of the federal election in May 2019, the ALA surveyed major parties on priority issues for our members. Click here to read their responses.
Freedom of information applications
The ALA has applied under freedom of information laws for the release of information affecting individuals' rights. View our applications and released information here.