First Nations justice
We work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to tackle injustice in the child protection system, raise the age of criminal responsibility and address discrimination in the policing of Aboriginal young people.Read more
Towards Truth: supporting First Nations truth telling
Towards Truth shows how laws and policies have impacted First Nations people in Australia since 1788. Learn more about this partnership between PIAC and the UNSW Indigenous Law Centre.Watch a 2 minute video
About this Project
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the solutions to the law and justice issues that affect them. Our work reflects the priorities and goals identified by our clients and/or partner Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and representative bodies.
We challenge and seek to change policing practices that disproportionately target or impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Through a referral partnership with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT and pro bono assistance from law firm Allens, we advise and represent Indigenous clients, especially children and young people, in claims of unlawful conduct against the police.
Improving the child protection system
We work in partnership with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT, AbSec – the NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation and the Jumbunna Institute to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities in the NSW child protection system.
Raising the age of criminal responsibility
We are leading efforts in NSW as part of a national campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10, recognising the grossly disproportionate and negative impact of the criminal justice system on Aboriginal children and young people.
Towards Truth: Supporting the Uluru statement from the heart
In partnership with the UNSW Indigenous Law Centre, we are supporting First Nations truth-telling and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. ‘Towards Truth’ provides practical, foundational support for truth-telling by mapping local truth-telling processes and developing a searchable database of laws, policies and practices that have discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We acknowledge the generous support from Allens for our work on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice. Since 2001, Allens has funded a Senior Lawyer to lead our work on issues including reparations for the Stolen Generations, repayment of stolen wages and police accountability.
We acknowledge the generous support of the B B & A Miller Foundation and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation for the Indigenous Child Protection Project.