News and commentary

Australian Government Solicitor wins Pro Bono Law Award

August 12, 2019

PIAC is delighted to congratulate the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) on winning the Australian Law Pro Bono Award at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards. AGS has been a major pro bono supporter of PIAC for many years, seconding lawyers … read more

Announcing PIAC’s new Principal Solicitors

August 6, 2019

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Camilla Pandolfini and Michelle Cohen as PIAC’s new co-Principal Solicitors, following the departure of Laura Lombardo. ‘Camilla and Michelle have significant experience driving successful strategic litigation at PIAC and both bring a … read more

Joint statement in support of religious discrimination protections

July 17, 2019

We, the undersigned LGBTIQ+ advocates, organisations and allies, place on the public record our support for protections from discrimination for people of all faiths, and for people who don’t hold religious beliefs, provided these laws do not sanction new forms … read more

Drug use and Human Rights: The missing piece of the Hep C elimination puzzle?

July 2, 2019

Access to good health is a basic human right. This World Hepatitis Day, the Kirby Institute, in partnership with PIAC, is hosting a special seminar that brings together experts from legal, health and community backgrounds to discuss strategies to ensure … read more

Sri Lanka conflict mapping report shared with stakeholders in Geneva

July 1, 2019

Late last month PIAC’s conflict mapping report on the Sri Lankan civil war was presented to a number of civil society groups and diplomats in Geneva at a roundtable hosted by the Australian Mission to the United Nations. The report … read more

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

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