Alastair Lawrie

Senior Policy Officer

Alastair has been the Senior Policy Officer at PIAC since June 2017.
 
He works across a range of PIAC’s projects. This includes a major focus on anti-discrimination law reform (with past projects on the Religious Freedom Review and the issue of discrimination against LGBT students and teachers by religious schools, and a current project on modernising the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)). He also works on Asylum Seeker Health Rights, Indigenous constitutional recognition and police accountability.
 
Alastair has 16 years experience in public policy, most recently as the Policy & Engagement Manager at Hepatitis NSW. He has also served as a ministerial adviser to the Commonwealth Special Minister of State and Minister for Agriculture, worked as the Policy and Law Reform Officer at Victoria Legal Aid and as a public servant in the Victorian Departments of Premier & Cabinet and Justice.
 
Alastair is a mentor with the Pinnacle Foundation, sits on the Social Justice Committee of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Board, and on Pride Foundation Australia’s working group on LGBTI refugees. He has previously served as Policy Working Group Chair of the Victorian and NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobbies. In 2017, Alastair was a finalist in the Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual category at the Australian Human Rights Awards.

Publications

Alastair was a contributor to the Australian LGBTIQA+ Policy Guide 2020 and has written for publications including Star Observer, Archer and samesame. He also writes a website focusing on LGBTI anti-discrimination law in Australia.

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