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CALC is the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel. CALC is not a part of the Australian Government, although its website is hosted by the Australian Government Office of Parliamentary Counsel as a general service to legislative drafting. CALC's object is to promote cooperation in matters of professional interest among people in the Commonwealth engaged in legislative drafting or in training people in legislative drafting. CALC has members in most parts of the Commonwealth.

CALC was established at the Commonwealth Law Conference held in Hong Kong in 1983. A meeting of CALC has been held in conjunction with each Commonwealth Law Conference since then. For information on past and future conferences click on Conferences.

As well as the formal proceedings of the Association itself, CALC meetings involve the presentation of papers on matters of interest to legislative counsel and usually a general discussion about such matters as well.

Papers presented at CALC meetings, and other papers prepared between meetings by CALC members or others, are published in CALC's occasional journal, The Loophole. CALC also publishes a newsletter.

For single articles from papers presented at CALC meetings or printed in The Loophole, see papers.

CALC became a duly accredited organisation to the Commonwealth as of 20 March, 2011. A copy of the approval letter can be viewed here.

CALC online forum

CALC operates an online forum through LinkedIn ( The forum is only open to CALC members. To join the forum, first join LinkedIn and then apply to join the CALC Members forum. This forum gives an opportunity to CALC's 1000+ members spread across the globe and in many different timezones to discuss matters of mutual interest. This forum enables direct member to member communication and discussion.  Members are encouraged to make good and frequent use of the forum.



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