Submission on Exposure Draft Homelessness Bill 2012

3 August 2012

In our submission on the Exposure Draft Homelessness Bill 2012, we called for a right to adequate housing under Australian law  — we think that the relevant commitments made in the international conventions listed in the Exposure Draft Bill should be transformed into rights created by legislation that can by asserted by citizens under Australian law. Our submission also covered issues such as the recognition of the specific needs and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing homelessness, a mechanism to ensure consultation with homeless people to improve policies and programs, increased acknowledgement of the need to enhance social inclusion as part of measures for responding to homelessness, and greater commitment to funding more affordable rental housing.