From time to time State and Federal Governments in Australia conduct inquiries into social policy, program and infrastructure issues which may also be of concern to the Mercy Foundation.Over the past decade the Mercy Foundation has continued to make submissions to housing, homelessness, poverty, human rights, anti-slavery and other related inquiries. Those submissions can be read in the attached documents.

We are aware that Government inquiries may not always result in practical change or outcomes, however we believe that it is essential that as many informed voices as possible are heard on these issues. Some government inquiries have had and have the potential to make significant change to policy that can address key social justice issues. We have in the past and will continue in the future to make submissions to relevant government inquiries.

The first submission by the Mercy Foundation to a government inquiry into Homelessness was in 2008 in response to the Federal Government’s commitment to reduce homelessness in Australia. The Foundation made a submission to the Federal Government’s Green Paper on Homelessness in 2008. Mercy Foundation Submission-to-Green-Paper 2008 The Green Paper was then followed by the White Paper: The Road Home. The Road Home – A National Approach to Reducing Homelessness 2008

In the same year (2008) the NSW Government held an Inquiry into Homelessness and Low Cost Rental Accommodation. The Mercy Foundation made a submission and was also invited to give verbal evidence The inquiry received 66 written submissions and representatives from a number of organisations.The report from the inquiry identified 17 recommendations. The Mercy Foundation was pleased to note a number of the recommendations, including a specific recommendation on the Common Ground model: That Housing NSW in liaison with the Department of Planning and NSW Health identify and assess potential sites for additional Common Ground-type developments that have the necessary support structures available in the local area. Earlier in 2008, the Mercy Foundation had convened a Sydney Common Ground Working group which had been advocating for the development of at least one Common Ground permanent supportive housing development be implemented in Sydney.



Mercy Foundation Submission to the Committee on Community Services regarding options to  improve existing and alternate accommodation to address the housing shortage in NSW

Joint submission to the Inquiry  into the Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced by Uyghur Forced Labour) Bill 2020

With thanks to Be Slavery Free for their effort in preparing this submission.


The Ageing on the Edge NSW Forum Housing Justice for older people in NSW Pre-Budget Submission 20/21 The Mercy Foundation joined a coalition of organisations to promote policy recommendations critical to addressing the needs of older people facing housing stress and homelessness.

Submission to A Housing Strategy for NSW Discussion Paper August 2020

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia June 2020:

Submission to the Legal and Social Issues Committee Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria March 2020


Submission to the Statutory Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2016

Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Group Submission to the Statutory Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2016

Submission in response to the Foundations for Change – Homelessness in NSW 2016

Submission to the NSW Government Homelessness Strategic Framework Stage 1

Submission to the NSW Social Housing Discussion Paper 2015

Submission to the Inquiry into Economic Security for Women in Retirement Oct 2015

Submission to the Inquiry into Social, Public and Affordable Housing – NSW Legislative Council Feb 2014

Submission to the Inquiry into Affordable Housing – Senate Economics Reference Committee March 2014

Submission into the Inquiry into Homelessness and Low Cost Rental Accommodation 2009 (NSW Legislative Council)

Evidence to the Inquiry into Homelessness and Low Cost Rental Accommodation 2009 transcript