Policing and detention

PIAC is committed to making our systems of detention fairer and to ensuring that any limits placed on an individual’s freedom of movement are justifiable. Read more 

Latest News

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...

LECC hearings to scrutinise excessive, invasive home visits by NSW Police

9 Sep 2019

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) will today hold public hearings in relation to the use of ‘bail compliance checks’...

Challenge continues to excessive bail compliance checks

21 Mar 2019

PIAC’s challenge to the power of NSW police officers to conduct bail compliance checks without a Court order continues, with...

Court win stops excessive and invasive police checks

7 Dec 2018

In a significant decision handed down on Tuesday, the District Court of NSW has confirmed that NSW Police do not...

Police powers: hearing today on excessive ‘bail compliance checks’

29 Nov 2018

PIAC is challenging in court the powers of police to conduct ‘bail compliance checks’ at people’s homes without a court...

About this project

Our work aims to improve the way police use their powers and discretion, particularly in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people and people who are homeless.

We improve the transparency of police practices, hold police to account for unlawful and improper use of their powers and discretion, and collaborate to improve unfair laws, policies and practices.

Our current areas of focus include:

  • the use of the Suspect Targeting Management Plan on young people;
  • bail compliance checks; and
  • the over use of arrest for breach of bail.

Supported by an innovative pro bono partnership with Allens, PIAC represents clients in litigation in our current focus areas, and in strategic litigation regarding inappropriate, unlawful or unjust treatment by police.  We also work collaboratively with other organisations to undertake systemic and strategic advocacy and policy work.

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