The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has moved to its new home on Level 7, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney, opposite the
Law Courts Building at Queen’s Square.
The move, effective from Monday 26 March 2012, is part of a joint venture PIAC
has embarked on with the University of Sydney Law School.
The joint venture will allow PIAC and the Law School to jointly pursue
opportunities in education, law reform and public interest litigation, as well
as in research and policy development.
In February this year, PIAC delivered the first annual Social Justice
Clinical Summer School; a new program developed by PIAC as part of the joint
venture and intended to enhance the Law School’s social justice program.
The summer school program included a teaching component
focused on public interest advocacy and a clinical placement of up to 15 days.
‘Through its internship and placement programs,
PIAC lawyers and policy officers have long played a mentoring role for students
and recent graduates,’ said PIAC Chief Executive
Officer, Edward Santow.
‘This joint venture allows PIAC to expand this role –
opening up new opportunities for students and academics to be involved in
PIAC’s litigation work.
The joint venture will also enhance
collaboration between the Law School and PIAC in policy development and
‘PIAC shares several areas of interest with the
Law School, including human rights and homelessness,’ Mr Santow said.
‘PIAC’s advocacy on these issues, and on other
issues such as discrimination and access to energy and water for disadvantaged
consumers, draws very strongly on our experience representing and assisting
‘The joint venture will allow us to work more
closely with academic researchers. It enables us to strengthen our
evidence-based approach in relation to this advocacy, and collaborate with
Sydney Law School academics to produce more influential reports,’ Mr Santow
PIAC’s telephone and fax numbers are unchanged.
Phone: +61 2 8898 6500
Fax: +61 2 8898 6555