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Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues

The Standing Committee on Social Issues is a current standing committee of the Legislative Council, established 9 June 1988, re-established 6 May 2015.

The Standing Committee on Social Issues was first established in the 49th Parliament by resolution of the House of 9 June 1988. The Committee was reappointed in each of the subsequent Parliaments, most recently, on 6 May 2015 for the current 56th Parliament.

The committee may inquire into and report on:

(a) issues concerned with the social development and wellbeing of the people of New South Wales, including health, education, housing, ageing, disability, children's services and community services, and

(b) matters concerned with citizenship, sport and recreation and gaiming and racing.

Legacy Report - 55th Parliament

Inquiries (click to show)

During the current parliament, the following inquiries have been undertaken by the committee:

ReferredInquiry Name
25/06/2015 Service coordination in communities with high social needs (Commenced)

Records of 35 earlier inquiries conducted by the committee are also available online.

Submissions invited (click to show)


  • Prior to lodging your submission we recommend reading Guide to writing submissions (PDF), and for background reading, Upper House Committees (PDF).
  • Submissions received by the Committee become Committee documents and attract parliamentary privilege. If you republish or distribute a submission, including your own, it will not be a privileged publication as authorised by the Committee. After the Committee has published it, you may include a link to the submission on the Parliament’s website. Information about privilege is contained within the brochure. Please contact the Secretariat if you wish to discuss how parliamentary privilege may affect you.
  • The Standing Committee on Social Issues is currently receiving submissions in respect of the following:


    Reports and government responses (click to show)

    The committee has not published any reports during the current parliament.

    Records of earlier reports published by the committee appear below:

    Report DateName of the report
    13/12/2013   Strategies to reduce alcohol abuse among young people in New South Wales
    26/07/2013   Same-sex marriage law in New South Wales
    27/08/2012   Domestic violence trends and issues in NSW
    06/03/2012   Transition support for students with additional or complex needs and their families
    25/11/2010   'Easy Read' version of Report on services provided or funded by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care
    11/11/2010   Services provided or funded by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care
    11/11/2010   Services provided or funded by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care - Audible report (mp3 version)
    25/02/2010   Substitute decision-making for people lacking capacity
    24/09/2009   Homelessness and low-cost rental accommodation
    27/11/2008   Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage in New South Wales - Final Report
    27/06/2008   Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage in New South Wales - Interim report
    23/11/2006   Impact of the WorkChoices legislation
    16/06/2006   Public Disturbances at Macquarie Fields
    31/03/2006   Dental services
    09/12/2005   The funeral industry
    25/10/2005   Recruitment and training of teachers
    16/12/2004   Final Report on Inquiry into issues relating to Redfern and Waterloo
    27/08/2004   Report on the Inebriates Act 1912
    02/08/2004   Interim Report: Inquiry into issues relating to Redfern and Waterloo
    28/11/2003   Report On Community Housing
    16/09/2003   Realising Potential: Final Report of the Inquiry into Early Intervention for Children with Learning Difficulties
    10/12/2002   Care and Support: Final Report on Child Protection Services
    01/11/2002   Making It Happen. Final Report on Disability Services
    16/10/2002   Prevention: Interim Report on Child Protection Services
    16/10/2002   Early Child Development: A Co-ordinated Approach: First Report on Early Intervention for Children with Learning Difficulties
    01/06/2002   Safety Net?: Final Report of the Inquiry into Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Amendment Bill 2001
    14/03/2002   Off-line Matters: Interim Report of the Inquiry into Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Amendment Bill 2001
    12/03/2002   Foundations for learning: a new vision for New South Wales?
    18/12/2000   A Matter of Priority Report on Disability Services Second Report
    08/12/2000   Releasing the Past Adoption Practices 1950-1998 Final Report
    21/06/2000   Report on Adoption Practices.
    02/12/1999   Domestic Relationships: Issues for Reform
    02/12/1999   The Group Homes Proposal
    23/11/1998   Enhancing Aboriginal Political Representation
    19/11/1998   Interim Report on Inquiry into Adoption Practices
    11/11/1998   Hepatitis C: The Neglected Epidemic. Inquiry into Hepatitis C in New South Wales
    01/09/1997   Clinical Trials and Guardianship: Maximising the Safeguards
    01/09/1997   Caring for the Aged. Inquiry into Aged Care and Nursing Homes in New South Wales
    01/07/1997   A report into children of imprisoned parents
    01/06/1997   Caring for the Aged: An Interim Report of the Inquiry into Ages Care and Nursing Homes
    01/09/1996   Inquiry into Children's Advocacy
    01/04/1996   Sexual Violence: Addressing the Crime. Inquiry into the Incidence of Sexual Offences in New South Wales: Part II
    01/09/1995   Youth Violence in New South Wales
    01/11/1994   Suicide in Rural New South Wales
    01/12/1993   Sexual Violence: The Hidden Crime. Inquiry into the Incidence of Sexual Offences in New South Wales: Part I
    01/09/1993   Youth Violence Issue Paper
    01/03/1993   Births, Deaths and Marriages: An Open Register?
    01/05/1992   Juvenile Justice in New south Wales
    01/12/1990   Drug Abuse Among Youth

    Members (click to show)

    Position
    Chair: The Hon. Bronnie TAYLOR (Nat, LC Member).
    Deputy Chair: The Hon. Greg DONNELLY (ALP, LC Member).
    Members:The Hon. Shayne MALLARD (Lib, LC Member)
     Reverend the Hon. Fred NILE (CDP, LC Member)
     The Hon. Dr Peter PHELPS (Lib, LC Member)
     Ms Penny SHARPE (ALP, LC Member)

    Contact (click to show)

    RoleNamePhoneFaxEmail
    Main contactStewart Smith(02) 9230 2798(02) 9230 2981socialissues@parliament.nsw.gov.au

    Postal address (click to show)

    NSW Parliament, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

    Terms of Reference establishing Committee (click to show)

    Resolution passed 6 May 2015, Minutes No 2, Item 63, pages 62 - 65.

    Resolution establishing Standing Committees.pdfResolution establishing Standing Committees.pdf

    Further reading (click to show)

    The Standing Committee on Social Issues of the 55th Parliament tabled its Legacy report on 12 November 2014.

    Social Issues - Legacy Report 2014.pdfSocial Issues - Legacy Report 2014.pdf