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Forum: Mental health matters

July 4, 2018

Tackling taboos, stigma and discrimination around mental health One in five Australians experience a mental health issue in any year and almost one in two will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime. Join an expert … read more

NSW Reforms Vilification Offences

June 22, 2018

PIAC welcomes the Crimes Amendment (Publicly Threatening and Inciting Violence) Act 2018 (NSW), passed this week by the NSW Parliament. This legislation makes significant changes to anti-vilification provisions in NSW, implementing some of the key recommendations of the Standing Committee … read more

AEMC review: stronger action needed by energy retailers and regulators to ensure that the market is working for consumers

June 15, 2018

Following the release of the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) 2018 Retail Energy Competition Review, PIAC’s Energy and Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP) has called for stronger action by energy retailers and regulators to ensure that the market is working … read more

Sri Lanka conflict mapping project enters phase two

June 12, 2018

We are about to commence the next phase of our Sri Lanka Conflict Mapping and Archive Project (CMAP). Phase one of CMAP included a detailed review of more than 60 different sources that had written or reported on alleged violations … read more

Please help us continue the fight for social justice

May 25, 2018

In 2017, we ran 176 public interest cases for 165 clients, including in the High Court. At the heart of every PIAC case is a person confronted by injustice. And through our casework we expose and challenge unfair laws, policies … 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


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