Inquiry is suspended until a later date
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs have suspended their Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia.
The decision, a response to the COVID-19 situation, means the inquiry will resume again at a later date.
In a letter the Committee Secretary, Shennia Spillane said “the Committee is conscious of the significant pressures on interested people and groups, particularly organisations working in the housing and homelessness sector, at this difficult time. The Committee does not want to add to the stress on community groups, or divert their efforts from responding to COVID-19, by continuing to seek submissions to the inquiry now.”
Period of suspension not specified
The Committee will cease accepting submissions after 1 April 2020.
The Committee has not specified the period of suspension of the inquiry. It will consider the appropriate time to restart work on the inquiry after Parliament resumes in August. Any updates will be provided on the inquiry website.
Shelter WA in partnership with the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness are preparing a joint submission for the inquiry. To inform their submission a Pulse Meeting was held to engage the sector and to provide input. This work will resume once a new date is finalised by the Committee.