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

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 the NSW Court of Appeal setting aside the December 2018 decision of the District Court. The Court of Appeal decided...

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...

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...

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...

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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