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Consultations and reviews

The bankruptcy system and the impacts of coronavirus

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This webpage provides information about public consultation on possible changes to the bankruptcy system to inform the government’s ongoing response to address the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Bankruptcy Regulations 2021 – Exposure Draft consultation

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The Bankruptcy Regulations 1996 are due to sunset on 1 April 2021. We have been working to remake the existing regulations, with minor and technical amendments proposed.

Singapore Convention on Mediation

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We are currently considering Australia’s position in relation to the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediatio

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Industry Consultation on Financial Products and the Personal Property Securities Act

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The department is seeking the views of industry experts on the provisions in the Personal Properties Act 2009 regarding financial property and intermediated securities.
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Exposure draft native title reforms

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In 2018, the Attorney-General and Minister for Indigenous Affairs released exposure drafts of the Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 and the Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate Legislation Amendment Regulations 2018, for public comment.

Statutory review of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015

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On 27 July 2018, the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP, announced that the Hon Ian David Francis Callinan AC QC, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, will undertake a statutory review of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Review of financial hardship arrangements

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On 28 March 2018, the Attorney-General announced that the Department would lead a review into hardship arrangements and how they interact with the consumer credit reporting framework. A discussion paper sought public submissions and outlined the review process and key issues relevant to the review.

Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993

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In 2017, the Attorney-General and Minister for Indigenous Affairs released an options paper on proposed reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). Submissions closed 28 February 2018.

Review of the Sunsetting Framework under the Legislation Act 2003

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The 2017 review of sunsetting is to consider and report on all aspects of the operation of the sunsetting framework set out in Part 4 of Chapter 3 of the 

Review of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993

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In 2017, the Attorney-General's Department conducted a review of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993 (the Regulations). The department invited public submissions on whether the Regulations were still fit for purpose and continue to meet the needs of the community, and feedback on additions, deletions or updates to the list of authorised witnesses.

Access to telecommunications data in civil proceedings

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In 2017, a public discussion paper was released, seeking the views of stakeholders with an interest in the civil justice system and privacy in regards to access to telecommunications data in civil proceedings.

Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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On 6 December 2016, the draft terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians was released for public consultation. Submissions closed Friday, 13 January 2017.

Secretary’s Review of Commonwealth Legal Services

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In 2016, the review looked at the Commonwealth legal services market as a whole and how to deliver the best outcomes for government from the full array of legal services available.

Statutory review of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009

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In 2014, a review of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPS Act) was announced as required by section 343 of the PPS Act. The final report was tabled before Parliament on 18 March 2015.

Judicial Review in Australia

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In 2011, the Administrative Review Council (ARC) examined federal judicial review, and assessed whether the existing system for judicial review of administrative decisions met current needs.