Law, Crime and Community Safety Council

​We assist the Council of Australian Governments through a national and trans-Tasman focus on fighting crime and promoting best practice in law, criminal justice and community safety.

As a result of a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) review conducted in 2016-17, COAG decided to replace the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) with separate councils for Attorneys-General, and Ministers for Police and Emergency Management. The councils will hold regular joint meetings and cooperate on cross-cutting issues.

The Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) assists COAG by developing a national and Trans-Tasman focus on maintaining and promoting best practice in law reform.

The new Australian Government Home Affairs portfolio, announced by the Prime Minister on 18 July 2017, will coordinate a broad range of domestic security functions that closely relate to the role of the new Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management. More information will be available on the new Ministerial Council once it has been established in the Home Affairs portfolio.

About the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC)

The LCCSC consisted of ministers with responsibilities for law and justice, police and emergency management. Each Australian state and territory, the Australian Government and New Zealand Government was represented by a maximum of two ministers. The LCCSC's responsibilities covered the broad themes of law enforcement and crime reduction, law reform and emergency management.


Communiques from previous LCCSC meetings are available below:

Former Ministerial council documents

Under changes to the COAG council system in December 2013, the LCCSC replaced two previously separate councils: the Standing Council on Law and Justice (SCLJ) (formerly the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG)) and the Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management (SCPEM).

To access past documents and information, visit the SCLJ archive on the Australian Government Web Archive website or the SCPEM archive.