The Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) assists the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) by developing a national and trans-Tasman focus on fighting crime and promoting best practice in law, criminal justice and community safety.
The LCCSC consists of ministers with responsibilities for law and justice, police and emergency management. Each Australian state and territory, the Australian Government and New Zealand Government is represented by a maximum of two ministers.
The LCCSC's responsibilities cover the broad themes of law enforcement and crime reduction, law reform and emergency management. The LCCSC’s priorities for 2015-16 are in the areas of:
- strengthening national security
- domestic violence
- methamphetamine and ice
- serious and organised crime
- Indigenous community safety
- cyber safety, especially for children
- laws and other protections for working with children
- building the resilience of Australian and New Zealand communities to deal with disasters
- ensuring Australian laws and related processes are modern, just, appropriate for their purpose and efficient.
Contacting the Chair
In 2016, the LCCSC will be hosted by New Zealand. The Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice, will chair the LCCSC meetings. Correspondence to the LCCSC Chair can be sent to:
Further contact details are listed on the menu bar to the left of this page.
The LCCSC meets twice a year. Communiques from the 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.