Response to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Concept Paper for a National Anti-Racism Framework

In March 2021, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released a concept paper for a National Anti-Racism Framework, which is intended to be a central reference point to guide anti-racism across all sectors and communities. The concept paper proposes directions for the Framework, including guiding principles such as equality, intersectionality, and human rights. It also


Response to the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and Related Bills

On 23 November 2021, the third draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill was released. Introduced with the Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021 and Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, the bill: prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person’s religious belief or activity in a range of areas of public life, including in


Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022

In 2015, WSCF launched its first Innovation Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for the 2015-2017 period. Once this three year period concluded, our team spent time reflecting on and improving our work, attitudes, and collaborations with Aboriginal partners and communities and created our new Innovate RAP for the 2020-2022 period with its launch on 7


Response to the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020

On 5 August 2020, One Nation put forward the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020 (the Bill) for review. This Bill centres around the notion that all school curriculum, syllabuses, and courses of instruction must acknowledge that parents are primarily responsible for the teaching of social, political, and moral matters to their children.


Collaborative Response to A Housing Strategy for NSW Discussion Paper

Given the state-wide impact of the NSW Housing Strategy, Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF), in collaboration and consultation with key agencies operating across Western Sydney and NSW, welcomes the opportunity to put forward a submission to the Discussion Paper. Our joint submission puts forward recommendations to ensure the future of housing in NSW is safe,


City of Parramatta Council Draft Delivery Program 2017-2021 & Operational Plan 2020-2021

On 29 May 2020, City of Parramatta Council released its Draft Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Budget 2020/2021. The document outlines actions and targets, budget, capital works and rates, fees and charges. The City of Parramatta is set to more than double in its population by 2041. Given the development and growth of Parramatta,


Response to Blacktown City Council Draft Delivery Program 2017-2021 & Operational Plan 2020-2021

On 13 May 2020, Blacktown City Council released its draft Delivery program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan 2020/21. The document outlines actions and targets, budget, capital works and rates, fees and charges. Given the growth of Blacktown and its already significant population, a strong program needs to be put in place to ensure equity and access


NDIS Annual Price Review 2020-2021

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is undertaking its annual price review to examine whether the existing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) pricing framework and other pricing related policies under the NDIS continue to be appropriate, or whether modifications are required. The recommendations in this submission are based on consultation undertaken with WSCF member and