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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Australian Government Solicitor wins Pro Bono Law Award 12 Aug 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...

Opinion: Why we should be concerned about the NSW adoption reforms

14 Nov 2018

This week, the NSW Government will seek to pass sweeping changes through Parliament that will make it easier for children...

NSW Government to rush through adoption reforms today

13 Nov 2018

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (ALS) and PIAC have re-iterated their concerns about the NSW Government’s child protection and adoption...

Urgent need for consultation on child protection changes to avoid dire consequences for Aboriginal children and families

31 Oct 2018

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (ALS) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) have joined forces to call on Members...

Calls for greater transparency and accountability for secret ‘STMP’ policing policy and its impact on young people

21 Sep 2018

PIAC has welcomed calls by a NSW Parliamentary Committee for greater transparency and accountability in relation to the way the...

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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