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.

Police accountability

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

In partnership with the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT, we are driving change in the child protection system and achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities through the Indigenous Child Protection Project.

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.

We acknowledge the generous support of Herbert Smith Freehills, Maurice Blackburn, Harbour Litigation Funding and Lander & Rogers for Towards Truth.

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