News and commentary

Engaging with consumers: How do the energy distributors stack up?

September 18, 2018

Essential Energy has come out on top in PIAC’s first formal evaluation of the consumer engagement practices for the three electricity distribution businesses in NSW. Essential Energy, who received a 4 star rating, was closely followed by Endeavour on 3.5 … read more

Opinion: Royal Commission highlights appalling conduct of insurers re mental health

September 13, 2018

Round 6 of the Royal Commission into the Financial Services Industry opened this week, with the spotlight turning to insurers. Among the cache of reprehensible conduct laid out in the opening statement of Rowena Orr QC, was how life insurers … read more

Banking Royal Commission: insurers must end mental health discrimination

September 10, 2018

PIAC has called for urgent action by insurers to make policies and practices fair for people who have experienced a past or current symptom of a mental health condition, on the first day of the Banking Royal Commission’s hearings in … read more

Seminar: Litigating for Change

August 20, 2018

Presented by PIAC, UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute and Grata Fund. What is the role of litigation in creating change? Can our courts be a site of struggle? And how can lawyers work with others in civil society to protect human … read more

Mental Health Matters Forum

August 9, 2018

Thanks to everyone who came along to our forum on mental health and mental illness on Tuesday evening. The Mental Health Matters event was the fourth in an annual series of public forums that PIAC organises with Sydney Grammar School … read more

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


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