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 

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Bungled police response leaves DV victim behind bars 17 May 2018

PIAC has commenced proceedings against NSW police and corrective services over the mishandling of a domestic violence case that saw a victim held in custody for failing to appear in court as a witness against her former partner. Sarah* was...

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...

Children as young as 10 'on secret NSW Police blacklist'; suspects 'routinely harassed'

26 Oct 2017

People as young as 10 are being included on a secretive blacklist kept by New South Wales Police, which experts...

Children as young as 10 on "secret police blacklist": study

26 Oct 2017

NSW Police are keeping a secretive blacklist of people, including children as young as 10, who they suspect may be...

Secret NSW Police policy harmful to young people

25 Oct 2017

A NSW Police policy that aims to predict and prevent future crime is causing serious harm to young people and...

About this project

Government accountability is a core public interest issue for PIAC. The exercise of police power has been a focus of our work, particularly in relation to vulnerable people such as children, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

PIAC holds police accountable, including through litigation, to challenge inappropriate, unlawful or unjust treatment. Supported by an innovative pro bono partnership with Allens, PIAC represents clients in claims of false imprisonment, assault, battery, malicious prosecution and trespass against the NSW Police Force arising from:

  • unlawful arrests including unlawful arrest for breach of bail;
  • unlawful stop and searches, including strip searches;
  • unlawful entry by police onto property for bail compliance checks;
  • unlawful searches or home visits under Suspect Target Management Plans.


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