Law reform agencies are generally statutory bodies acting independently of Government. They are tasked by Government to conduct inquiries into, and make recommendation for changes to existing law in a particular area.
Any recommendations made by a law reform agency are recommendations only, and Governments are not compelled to attempt to implement them. However over 85% of Australian Law Reform Commission Reports, for example, have been at least partially, and often substantially implemented, demonstrating that this is an effective method of bringing about legislative reform.
Source: http://www.alrc.gov.au/about (accessed 9 Feb 2016)
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