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Homelessness NSW responds to policy and legislative reform through submissions to both State and Commonwealth governments, departments and human service agencies. Browse through our most recent submissions below.



2021 NSW Economic Stimulus and Budget submission

January 1, 2021

This submission re-highlights Homelessness NSW’s key asks and suggestions on how to end homelessness - the requirement for affordable social housing, investment in at risk cohorts as well as an increase in funding to the Specialist Homelessness Sector.


NSW Ombudsman’s Office Review

October 9, 2020

This submission responds to the NSW Ombudsman’s Office review with an oversight of homelessness and the key issues that need to be addressed to prevent it.


Submission to the NSW Government Housing Strategy

July 24, 2020

This submission highlights Homelessness NSW five key recommendations for the NSW Government to consider in their released strategy to address housing and homelessness.


Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia

July 6, 2020

This submission provides extensive feedback into the Inquiry and addresses the need for a national housing and homelessness strategy. We also raise the need to redress disproportionately represented communities in homelessness such as Aboriginal, CALD, and LGBTQI+ communities.


2020 Pre-Budget and Economic Stimulus Statement

June 4, 2020

Homelessness NSW provides three key asks in response to the proposed NSW Budget which includes the need for the budget to contain an investment in social housing and increased funding for Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) providers.


Inquiry into domestic, family and sexual violence

May 3, 2020

This submission provides 33 recommendations to address the need for the Commonwealth Government to act on funding social housing and provide a coordinated support system for victim/survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence at risk of or experiencing homelessness.


Inquiry into the 2019/20 NSW Bushfires

April 5, 2020

This submission provides comment into the 2019/2020 bushfires. It urges the Inquiry to focus on communities who experience vulnerability particularly those experiencing homelessness both before and after the bushfire season to mend and provide consistent assistance in their housing situation.


Inquiry into the Protocol for Homeless People in Public Places

March 4, 2020

Homelessness NSW provides commentary on this inquiry by calling for the review and update of the 20-year-old Protocol, suggesting a whole of government approach to ensure it is implemented across local councils.


Response to the City of Sydney’s ‘draft homelessness action plan’

February 2, 2020

This submission recommends that the City of Sydney release the broader goals of their action plan and considers having a ‘Housing First’ approach with focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, prevention, as well as early intervention.


Response to the NSW Special Commission of inquiry into the drug ‘Ice’

May 3, 2019

This submission notes Homelessness NSW’s support for a ‘Housing First’ approach to people experiencing homelessness, for more investment in specialised services for drug users and in training for workers in mainstream services to equip them with the skills to work with drug users.


Review of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH)

April 1, 2019

This submission responds to the NRSCH Review Discussion Paper.  The submission noted that any review of the NRSCH should take account of other, existing regulatory frameworks and that ASES accreditation is better tailored to regulating SHSs than the NHRSCH.


Regulating Child Safe Organisations

March 25, 2019

A response to the Office of the Children’s Guardian to its Regulating Child Safe Organisations discussion paper and proposed child safe standards by the three homelessness peaks (Homelessness NSW, Domestic Violence NSW and Yfoundations).

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