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Asylum seeker health rights

PIAC's Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project seeks to ensure humane treatment and basic medical and mental health care for asylum seekers languishing in Australia's immigration detention centres. Read more 

Better outcomes for indigenous kids in care

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care continues the rise. This alarming trend requires urgent action. Read more 

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Accessible public transport

PIAC acted for Graeme Innes when he sued RailCorp for its failure to provide audible ‘next stop’ announcements. Mr Innes said, ‘all I’m asking is that they tell me where I am.' Read more 

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A voice for people experiencing homelessness

PIAC’s consumer advisory committee, StreetCare, provides policy advice to government on homelessness and housing. Read more 

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Unlawful imprisonment of young people

‘One of our 14-year-old clients was arrested, handcuffed and strip-searched on three separate occasions over a two-week period. He was held in custody overnight each time. ' Read more 

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Landmark challenge to reduce electricity bills

NSW electricity networks charge twice as much as their counterparts in Victoria to get electricity from a power station to a consumer. Read more 

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Homeless Persons’ Legal Service

HPLS provides people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with practical legal assistance. We also address causes of homelessness through policy advocacy and strategic engagement with government and service providers. Read more 

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Discrimination: mental health and insurance

One in two people will be diagnosed with a mental condition at some point yet insurers frequently deny cover or claims related to mental illness. Read more 

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Please help us continue the fight for social justice 25 May 2018

At the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) we work to remove barriers to justice and fairness for people who are vulnerable and facing disadvantage. In 2017, we ran 176 public interest cases for 165 clients, including in the High Court.... Read More

Time to end mental health discrimination by insurers: submission to the Banking Royal Commission

16 May 2018

PIAC’s submission to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has highlighted widespread, systemic...

Bungled police response leaves DV victim behind bars

17 May 2018

PIAC has commenced proceedings against NSW police and corrective services over the mishandling of a domestic violence case that saw...

Practical Legal Training Placements: Apply now!

2 May 2018

  We’re seeking two PLT’s to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation. If you’re near the end...

Mental health discrimination: calls for life insurers be held to account

10 Apr 2018

In a landmark report released on 27 March 2018, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services has recommended...

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