News and commentary

Please help us continue the fight for social justice

May 25, 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

Bungled police response leaves DV victim behind bars

May 17, 2018

PIAC has commenced proceedings against NSW police and corrective services over the mishandling of a domestic violence case that saw a victim held in custody for failing to appear in court as a witness against her former partner. Sarah* was … read more

Practical Legal Training Placements: Apply now!

May 2, 2018

  We’re seeking two PLT’s to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation. If you’re near the end of your law degree and have a strong commitment to social justice, check out the information here.   Applications close 11 … read more

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

April 10, 2018

In a landmark report released on 27 March 2018, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services has recommended a range of initiatives to improve the way the life insurance industry deals with issues relating to mental health. Key … read more

Opinion: Public housing in NSW – a tragic game of musical chairs

April 6, 2018

By Dr Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer in PIAC’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Service As a kid I intensely disliked the game musical chairs. There was something in the underlying premise of the game that offended my childhood sensibilities – a … read more

More than a court case – my experience working with PIAC’s Homeless Persons Legal Service

March 23, 2018

By Sydney University Law student, Anneliese Harris. ‘How do you help a homeless person facing criminal charges?’ If you had asked me this question a month ago, my answer would have probably been centred around generic statements about submissions and representation … read more

Homelessness in NSW up by 37% since 2011

March 15, 2018

Alarming new statistics on homelessness, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, reveal a sharp increase in homelessness in NSW in recent years, with a particularly worrying rise in the number of older women experiencing homelessness. PIAC’s Senior … read more

Thank you Danielle Hobday, PIAC’s 2017 Indigenous secondee

March 14, 2018

We are very grateful to Danielle Hobday, who leaves us this week after 12 months at PIAC as part of a joint PIAC/ Australian Government Solicitor initiative to support up-and-coming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early-career lawyers. Through this program, … read more

Homeless women: #metoo and the need to look beyond rough sleepers

March 8, 2018

The recent City of Sydney Street Count found that the number of people sleeping rough in inner Sydney has decreased by 24 percent compared to the same time last year. That translates to 100 less people sleeping on the streets. … read more

Social Justice Dinner 2018 – thank you!

March 2, 2018

Thank you to everyone who supported PIAC at the 2018 Social Justice Dinner on Thursday. It was a wonderful event that highlighted the work that PIAC does with its partners and supporters to promote social justice. We are especially grateful … read more


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