News and commentary

Asylum seekers held in prison-like conditions for record periods

June 20, 2019

People in Australia’s onshore immigration detention centres are now held for an average of about 500 days: an all-time high, and far longer than other similar countries, according to a report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Risk Management in … read more

Life saving medication secured for asylum seeker with Hepatitis C

June 5, 2019

Legal action and strategic advocacy by PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project has ensured access to curative Hepatitis C medication for people in immigration detention. In 2018, PIAC filed proceedings in the Federal Court seeking orders for the provision of … read more

Help PIAC create change

May 29, 2019

At the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) we take on cases that push the boundaries: seeking justice for our clients while creating real change for people facing disadvantage. We expose and challenge unfair laws, policies and practices and hold decision-makers … read more

Major breakthrough: Hepatitis C treatment secured for onshore detainees

May 22, 2019

Asylum seekers with Hepatitis C in onshore detention will now have access to curative medication following advocacy by PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project. Under new Commonwealth Government policies, all people in onshore immigration detention will now have access to … read more

Electricity determination important step to keep energy prices down for NSW

April 30, 2019

The Australian Energy Regulator’s revenue determination for the period 2019-2024, announced today, represents a fair outcome for NSW consumers, and will help curb rising household energy bills. ‘Overall, this determination is welcome news for NSW consumers,’ said Craig Memery, Team … read more

Opinion: Who’s afraid of advocacy?

April 1, 2019

By Jonathon Hunyor and Cassandra Goldie Advocacy by independent groups in civil society is vital to a healthy democracy and makes for better government decisions and outcomes. Civil society plays a vital role in ensuring a more diverse range of … read more

Challenge continues to excessive bail compliance checks

March 21, 2019

PIAC’s challenge to the power of NSW police officers to conduct bail compliance checks without a Court order continues, with the NSW Court of Appeal setting aside the December 2018 decision of the District Court. The Court of Appeal decided … read more

Reducing homelessness: scheme helps 50 000 people out of debt

March 13, 2019

PIAC is delighted to note the success of the Work Development Order Scheme in reducing the impact of fines on people who are financially vulnerable. The scheme, adopted in NSW in 2011, allows people facing homelessness or who have other vulnerabilities to … read more

Using technology to support transitional justice in Sri Lanka

February 19, 2019

“Information Overload: How Technology Can Help Convert Raw Data into Rich Information for Transitional Justice Processes” written by PIAC staff members Daniela Gavshon and Erol Gorur, was recently published in of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. The article draws … read more

StreetCare endorses Homelessness NSW State Election Platform

February 15, 2019

PIAC’s consumer committee on homelessness, StreetCare, has welcomed Homelessness NSW’s State Election Platform 2018-2019. StreetCare Project Officer, Maddy Humphreys, said that the platform presented a clear set of priorities to prevent and address homelessness across the state. ‘StreetCare members, all … read more

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