News and commentary

Reconciliation Action Plan launched

July 18, 2017

PIAC is proud to announce the launch or our first Reconciliation Action Plan. It brings together our existing initiatives and sets out a plan to drive the organisation to find and pursue further opportunities to enhance respectful relationships and opportunities … read more

Sleeping rough, stigma and the importance of home

July 3, 2017

It’s time to talk about homelessness   Despite Australia’s record economic boom, rates of homelessness have been on the rise for years, and the social stigma surrounding homelessness only perpetuates the problem.       Join the host of SBS’s … read more

Litigation funders support PIAC’s public interest litigation

June 30, 2017

Litigation Lending, Woodsford Litigation Funding, Vannin Capital and Investor Claim Partner have together pitched in $120,000 to support public interest litigation run by PIAC. The Adverse Costs Order Guarantee Fund was established by PIAC last year to ensure public interest … read more

Transitional justice in Sri Lanka: meeting with Minister for National Co existence

June 30, 2017

Jonathon Hunyor and Daniela Gavshon met with the Hononourable Mano Ganesan, Minister for National Co existence, Dialogue and Official Languages at the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Sri Lankan delegation included, Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda, Secretary to the Ministry of National … read more

Response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart

June 9, 2017

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is pleased to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, issued by the First Nations National Constitutional Convention. The Statement calls for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice to be enshrined in the Constitution. … read more

Five things you may not know about health care and immigration detention

June 1, 2017

Did you know that every day asylum seekers in Australian onshore detention centres are suffering without a basic, enforceable right to medical care and treatment? This is something we’re working to change through our Asylum Seeker Health Rights project. You … read more

Asylum seekers on Manus Island commence class action

May 30, 2017

A class action is commencing this week for 1905 asylum seekers who are seeking compensation for physical and psychological injuries they suffered in detention on Manus Island. The group members are also seeking additional damages for false imprisonment after the … read more

Ending school uniform discrimination

May 30, 2017

Following a discrimination claim against John Palmer Public School, a Sydney mum, Melissa Mibus, is calling on the NSW Department of Education to require all public schools to provide pants and shorts options for girls as part of their official … read more

Facing the outside world – the voices of those who exit prison into homelessness

May 19, 2017

By Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer, Homelessness, Public Interest Advocacy Centre “All I’ve known is crime and drugs and jail. My home is jail. This is like my holiday, in there’s my home.” The interrelationship between homelessness, criminal offending, incarceration … read more

Help asylum seekers in detention get the medical care they need

May 18, 2017

In late 2016 PIAC launched the Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project to help people who are suffering in Australian immigration detention centres without access to the medical and mental health care they need. Marco* is one of our clients. 33 … read more