Project Highlights

High Court challenge: SSM postal survey

In September 2017 PIAC challenged in the High Court the decision of the Commonwealth government to hold a postal survey on same sex marriage. The government’s decision was controversial. It by-passed Parliament, which had already rejected attempts to hold a … read more

Mental health and insurance

Nearly half of the Australian population will experience a mental illness in their life. Despite the prevalence of mental health conditions, discrimination by Australian insurers against people with past or current mental health conditions is widespread. PIAC’s Mental Health and Insurance Project … read more

Audio description: improving access to media

Australia lags behind many other countries, including New Zealand and the United Kingdom, in making television accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.  Audio description is a second audio track that can be turned on and off. … read more

Access to public transport

In 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 1.2 million Australians with a disability had difficulty using public transport. Without access to public transport, many people with disability are excluded from aspects of public life that many of us take for … read more

Auslan interpretation in health care

PIAC is representing the partner of a profoundly deaf man who is taking legal action against Ramsay Health Care Ltd, the owners and operators of Westmead Private Hospital. The hospital refused to provide an Auslan interpreter to enable him to … read more

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