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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Northern Territory detention no place for children with disabilities 3 Feb 2017

In 2016 PIAC was engaged to represent the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) (FPDN) before the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. Young Indigenous people are significantly over-represented in the child protection and...

Police misuse of tasers

24 Nov 2016

PIAC has successfully settled civil proceedings against NSW police and Juvenile Justice NSW on behalf of a young man who...

Computer glitch causes wrongful arrests

20 Aug 2015

A glitch in the police computer system is resulting in dozens of people on bail being wrongfully arrested. Robert Ovadia...

Class action resolves: wrongfully imprisoned children to be compensated by NSW Police

4 Aug 2015

PIAC and Maurice Blackburn, who are jointly acting in a class action on behalf of young people allegedly wrongfully arrested...

Department of Justice award for Prisoners' Legal Information Portal

11 Dec 2014

Congratulations to everyone involved in the development of the Legal Information Portal for Prisoners, which won a ‘Working Collaboratively’ Award...

About this project

Vulnerable people, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those with mental illness, are  over-represented in the criminal justice system. PIAC works to address this problem in a number of ways.

PIAC aims to ensure that police use their powers, particularly the power of arrest, lawfully and appropriately. Arrest should be a last resort for vulnerable people, particularly children and young people. We hold police accountable, including through litigation to challenge inappropriate, unlawful or unjust treatment by police.

PIAC also seeks to uphold the rights of people who are detained by police or imprisoned. People in detention should be treated fairly and respectfully and have access to appropriate healthcare. In addition to meeting the rights of those detained, these minimum standards are also critical to the rehabilitation of offenders.

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