Indigenous Justice

Our Indigenous Justice Program (IJP), which is supported by the law firm Allens, works in partnership with organisations and communities to conduct advocacy, strategic litigation and policy work. Read more 

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Thank you Danielle Hobday, PIAC’s 2017 Indigenous secondee 14 Mar 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,...

January 26: PIAC supports changing the date

22 Jan 2018

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre supports changing the date of Australia’s national day from 26 January. Our national day should...

Lessons From The NT Royal Commission Must Be Learnt Across The Nation

23 Nov 2017

‘The NT Royal Commission’s final Report, released November 17, is an indictment of the NT Government’s failure to protect the...

NT Royal Commission highlights national crisis in child protection for Aboriginal children

21 Nov 2017

The NT Royal Commission’s final Report, released Friday, is an indictment of the NT government’s failure to protect the most...

More than 50% of those on secretive NSW police blacklist are Aboriginal

11 Nov 2017

‘More than half the people on a secretive New South Wales police blacklist are Aboriginal, the state’s top law enforcement...

About this project

With generous support from law firm Allens, our Indigenous Justice Program addresses unmet legal needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We work closely with Indigenous organisations to identify gaps in access to justice and bring about systemic change.   

A recent focus of our work has been police accountability. Through a referral partnership with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT and Allens lawyers, we advise and represent Indigenous clients, especially children and young people, in claims of unlawful conduct against the police.

In 2017 PIAC launched the Indigenous Child Protection Project in collaboration with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. The project will seek to drive practical and tangible changes to the child protection system, through test cases, research and law reform.

For many years, PIAC has also worked closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in advocating for effective and adequate reparations to be made to members of the Stolen Generations and for the repayment of wages and entitlements held in trust by governments.


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