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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.



Homelessness NSW – 2023-24 Australian Government Pre-Budget Submission

January 27, 2023

Homelessness NSW made a submission to the Australian Government to adopt two realistic and achievable recommendations for inclusion in the 2023-24 Budget. The recommendations call on the Government to invest in social housing and fund Specialist Homelessness Services through appropriate and ongoing ERO and Indexation.


Response to proposed amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing 2021) (Housing SEPP)

January 12, 2023

Homelessness NSW made a submission to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment proposed amendments to the in-fill affordable housing, group homes, supportive accommodation and social housing provisions of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing) 2021 (Housing SEPP). Our submission makes recommendations to cut red tape to increase the supply of social and affordable housing and fast track solutions for supported accommodation models.


Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

January 9, 2023

Following Trina Jones, CEO of Homelessness NSW, being called by the Disability Royal Commission to provide expert testimony about people with disability and homelessness, Homelessness NSW provided a submission to the Disability Royal Commission. The submission details a variety of reforms to reduce the incidence of homelessness amongst people with disability; and provide better support for people with disability who do experience homelessness


Submission to NSW Treasury Follow the Dollar Reforms September 2022

September 7, 2022

Homelessness NSW provided a submission to NSW Treasury regarding their proposal to give the NSW Auditor General new legislative powers to conduct performance reviews into non-public sector entities.


Submission to the Regional Housing Taskforce

August 30, 2021

Homelessness NSW have provided a submission to the Regional Housing Taskforce on key issues including the lack of housing stock and funding for appropriate social housing in regional communities.


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.

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