Discriminatory policing

First Nations people in NSW are unfairly targeted by police, resulting in disproportionate rates of arrest and imprisonment.

Working in collaboration with First Nations partner organisations, we call out discriminatory police practices that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and pull them into the criminal legal system.

Our work exposes and challenges discriminatory policing that results in:

  • Aboriginal people being far more likely to be the targets of ongoing and intimidatory use of police powers, such as searches and home visits;
  • restrictions on relationships or gatherings between Aboriginal people, for example, through the use of ‘consorting laws’, which make it an offence to spend time with a person named by police; and
  • grossly disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal people in prisons and youth detention centres.

We urge NSW Police to take action to Close the Gap and address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal legal system, in genuine partnership with Aboriginal peak organisations and communities

News and resources

Our CEO Jonathon Hunyor urged reform of the fines system in the National Indigenous Times.
Our major test case against NSW Police was covered in the Sydney Morning Herald.
A coalition of Aboriginal and legal organisations says a secret proposal to tighten NSW bail laws for children would make NSW regional communities more dangerous.  Multiple government sources have indicated
We worked tirelessly to defeat the STMP, which unlawfully targeted First Nations people.
A report by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) into the NSW Police policing and engagement with Aboriginal people and communities is critical of the force’s failure to take seriously
The report also confirmed Aboriginal people continue to be significantly over-represented in the application of the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP). Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has called for reform

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