The Australian Government has released an exposure draft of a Bill aimed at increasing recognition and awareness of people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and for related purposes.
The draft Bill:
- draws national attention to the experience of homelessness
- voices the aspiration underpinning the effort to address homelessness, that all Australians have access to adequate housing
- acknowledges the direct relationship between addressing homelessness and social inclusion
- sets out a range of service delivery principles that the Commonwealth is committed to
- sets out the strategies the Commonwealth regards as necessary to reduce homelessness
- confirms the Commonwealth’s commitment to cooperation and consultation in reducing homelessness
- promotes the human rights of people facing homelessness.
As the Commonwealth has no express power to legislate on homelessness, the draft Bill does not:
- create or give rise to rights or obligations
- intend to exclude similar State or Territory laws.
The Homelessness Bill 2012 is a result of a commitment by the Australian Government as outlined in The Road Home - The Australian Government White Paper on Homelessness and an inquiry into the homelessness legislation held in 2009 by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth.
For greater detailed explanation behind the development of the exposure draft please refer to the Introduction to the Homelessness Bill 2012
Making a submission
Interested parties are invited to comment on the exposure draft. For accessibility reasons, please submit written responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format.
Please ensure your submissions are limited to a maximum of 2 pages.
All submissions will be treated as public documents, and may be published in full on the FaHSCIA website. All submissions collected by the Government for the purpose of this exposure draft may be subject to requests for access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Such requests will be determined in accordance with that Act.
Email is preferred, but submissions can also be made to:
Homelessness Bill Consultation
PO Box 7576
Canberra Business Centre
Canberra ACT 2610
Closing date for submissions: 3 August 2012