February 8, 2021

Class action for people who have been strip searched by NSW Police

It’s common for our communities to come into contact with police, especially over the Mardi Gras period. In previous years, we’ve seen a heavy police presence at events like the Mardi Gras after party, the parade, and other major events.

If you’ve been strip searched by NSW police since 2014, you might be eligible to participate in a class action investigation by Redfern Legal Centre and Slater and Gordon. They want to hear from you if:

  • You were asked to take off some or all of your clothing
  • You were asked to show or move your bra or underpants
  • Police looked underneath your bra or underpants
  • Police peered into your clothing to see your bra, underpants or parts of your body
  • You were searched after a police drug dog noticed you


Find out more information about the class action investigation at Redfern Legal Centre.

While Mardi Gras looks a little different this year, we can still expect a police presence at major events, as they enforce social distancing and other laws, including those pertaining to drugs and alcohol. Check out Fair Play for more information about your rights and the laws around drug possession and supply.


ACON provides confidential counselling to people in our communities seeking support in relation to their mental health and wellbeing. Contact ACON on (02) 9206 2000 or 1800 063 060 or visit the ACON Mental Health page.

You can also get in contact with other mental health services including  QLife on 1800 184 527, Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.