Law reform & policy

Eastern Community Legal Centre’s policy and law reform work is focused on challenging unfair laws and practices and making recommendations for improvements in the legal system.

ARLC’s Inquiry into Elder Abuse

The Australian Law Reform Commission launched an Inquiry into Elder Abuse in 2016.

ECLC’s first submission, ‘No Longer Behind Closed Doors’ (.PDF), provides a strategic response to social security for older people, family agreements, appointed decision makers and the detection and reporting of elder abuse by frontline service staff.

The ALRC released a Discussion Paper on 12 December 2017, which considers ECLC’s views on Enduring Powers of Attorney/Guardianship, Centrelink payment & correspondence nominee schemes and awareness training for frontline Centrelink staff. ECLC submitted a response, ‘Respect Your Elders’ (.PDF).

Read the ALRC’s final report here. 

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence

ECLC contributed its expertise in law and family violence in submissions provided to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The submissions can be read here.


ECLC’s Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Program (TAAP) provided the following submissions to the review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA):

  1. Consultation Paper – Laying the Groundwork (.PDF)
  2. Issues Paper – Security of Tenure (.PDF)
  3. Issues Paper – Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants (.PDF)
  4. Issues Paper – Dispute Resolution (.PDF)
  5. Options Discussion Paper (.PDF)

For more information, visit the Fairer Safer Housing website.

Page updated June 30, 2017
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