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House Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth

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Inquiry into homelessness legislation

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Terms of Reference

"The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth shall inquire into and report on the content of homelessness legislation.

The Committee will make inquiries into the principles and service standards that could be incorporated in such legislation, building on the strengths of existing legislation, particularly the Supported Accommodation Assistance Act 1994.

The Committee shall give particular consideration to:

1. The principles that should underpin the provision of services to Australians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

2. The scope of any legislation with respect to related government initiatives in the areas of social inclusion and rights.

3. The role of legislation in improving the quality of services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

4. The effectiveness of existing legislation and regulations governing homelessness services in Australia and overseas.

5. The applicability of existing legislative and regulatory models used in other community service systems, such as disability services, aged care and child care, to the homelessness sector."

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