816. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Community Services:

I refer to state government funding of homelessness services, in particular short-term accommodation facilities.

(1)  Is there a requirement within existing procurement processes stipulating that services must not turn people away on the basis of their sexual orientation?

(2)  If no to (1), will the government consider including this as a requirement in future procurement processes?

(3)  If no to (2), why not?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) All organisations contracted by the Department of Communities are required to provide services appropriate and accessible to all Western Australians. No person should be denied a service on the basis of culture, race, disability, sexuality or inability to pay for the service.

(2)–(3) Not applicable.


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