We are proud to support the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and their valuable work in tackling difficult social problems in Australian communities.
PIAC was launched in July 1982 and over the following years, pioneered public interest advocacy in Australia. PIAC has advocated for the vulnerable, been at the forefront of improving access to justice, found solutions to complex social problems and tackled systemic disadvantage.
As part of their work the PIAC conduct test cases and strategic litigation in the public interest, and provide legal assistance, policy advice and training to create positive change to the lives of people who are disadvantaged and marginalised.
Issues they address include:
- access for people with disability to basic services
- access to energy and water for low-income and vulnerable consumers
- Indigenous disadvantage
- discrimination against people with mental health conditions
- the proper exercise of police power
- the rights of people in detention
- government accountability
Harbour’s Stephen O’Dowd is currently in Australia and will meet with PIAC CEO Jonathon Hunyor, to learn more about the valuable work this organisation are doing and how support like ours helps to achieve their objectives.
To learn more about the work of PIAC visit their website.