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Hot Issues contains important information, updates, resources, downloads, directories and calandars of upcoming events relating to current high priority issues within the community sector. For information, articles and papers on other issues, please refer to our Resources section.

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Not-for-Profit Sector Reform PDF Print
9 February 2015

Since 1995, there have been seven major reviews of the Not-For-Profit (NFP) Sector, including the Productivity Commission Research Report on the Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector released in 2010. In 2011 the Federal Government made an election promise to support a reform agenda which lead to the establishment of the Office for the Non-Profit Sector in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and, subsequently, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) Taskforce.

NSW Health NGO Funding Reforms PDF Print
10 November 2014
The NSW Health Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Program provides funding to eligible organisations for the provision of specified health services and projects in NSW.
Concessions - Cost of Living Report PDF Print

updated 19 December 2014

Concessions are an important tool used to make goods and services more affordable for particular groups of people. But in NSW, our concessions system is seriously out-of-date.

During September 2014 we hosted an ongoing discussion about concessions and you are welcome to join in.

On 19 December 2014 the Cost of Living Report- Are concessions doing their job?  was launched.

Public participation in NSW PDF Print

Do you feel you can have a say in public issues that are important to you?
NCOSS is looking at how to improve public participation in NSW and we want to know your views.  

Public participation is about people having a say in decisions that affect them. It means people are not only involved in government policy and decision-making processes, but their views can potentially influence the outcome of those processes. It is an important feature of our democracy and makes society fairer.
NSW Election 2015 PDF Print

Speak, Plan, Act! Towards a state of equality

10 July 2014
As we approach the 2015 NSW Election, NCOSS wants to see political parties and candidates talk about what they would do to reduce the levels of inequality and disadvantage that too many people face. We also want to utilise the on the ground expertise of our members to get your ideas about what the priorities for the elected NSW Government should be. 

Working towards a sustainable community sector PDF Print

13 June 2014

NCOSS is currently engaged in a number of projects aimed at ensuring the community sector gets the support it needs to have a sustainable future. The projects will deliver a solid evidence base to strengthen advocacy efforts in this area.

Currently available are:

  • the State of the community service sector in NSW, from the University of NSW’s Social Policy Research Centre, which provides the most comprehensive snap shot of the NSW community sector compiled in years;
  • three case studies, undertaken by Tim Childs Consulting, that analyse the experience of funding and programmatic reforms recently undertaken by the NSW Government; and
  • a Literature Review which lists a range of resources that develop and consolidate understanding of the Community Services not-for-profit sector and its effectiveness.  
Seeking endorsement for the NSW Community Sector Charter PDF Print
29 May 2014
The NSW Community Sector Charter
is a document which has been prepared to define and communicate to other sectors of society (governments, business and the broader community) what the community sector is, and to raise awareness of its vital role and invaluable contribution to society.
Primary Health Networks/Medicare Locals PDF Print

15 October 2014

Medicare Locals are regional primary health care organisations established by the Commonwealth Government as part of the 2010 national health reform agreement to improve the coordination and integration primary health care at the local level.

From July 2015, Medicare Locals will be replaced by a smaller number of Primary Health Networks. Primary Health Networks role will be to network health services across local communities and improve coordination.