Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice

We work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, communities, and organisations to protect and promote human rights, in areas including policing, youth justice, child protection and truth-telling. Read more 

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Police watchdog to probe 'excessive' bail checks of Indigenous accused 9 Sep 2019

‘The independent police watchdog will hold public hearings into claims an Indigenous man in NSW was subjected to excessive bail checks as part of a broader probe into whether officers across the state have engaged in unlawful behaviour or serious...

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...

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...

About this project

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the solutions to the law and justice issues that affect them. Our work reflects the priorities and goals identified by our clients and/or partner Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and representative bodies.

Police accountability

We challenge and seek to change policing practices that disproportionately target or impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Through a referral partnership with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT and pro bono assistance from law firm Allens, we advise and represent Indigenous clients, especially children and young people, in claims of unlawful conduct against the police.

Improving the child protection system

In partnership with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT, we are driving change in the child protection system and achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities through the Indigenous Child Protection Project.

Raising the age of criminal responsibility

We are leading efforts in NSW as part of a national campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10, recognising the grossly disproportionate and negative impact of the criminal justice system on Aboriginal children and young people.

Towards Truth: Supporting the Uluru statement from the heart

In partnership with the UNSW Indigenous Law Centre, we are supporting First Nations truth-telling and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. ‘Towards Truth’ provides practical, foundational support for truth-telling by mapping local truth-telling processes and developing a searchable database of laws, policies and practices that have discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

We acknowledge the generous support from Allens for our work on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice. Since 2001, Allens has funded a Senior Lawyer to lead our work on issues including reparations for the Stolen Generations, repayment of stolen wages and police accountability.

We acknowledge the generous support of the B B & A Miller Foundation and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation for the Indigenous Child Protection Project.

We acknowledge the generous support of Herbert Smith Freehills, Maurice Blackburn, Harbour Litigation Funding and Lander & Rogers for Towards Truth.

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