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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. 

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NSW Health NGO Funding Reforms PDF Print
2 May 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.
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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.  
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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.
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Medicare Locals PDF Print

14 July 2014

Medicare Locals are regional primary health care organisations. Their role is to improve the coordination and integration primary health care at the local level. They were established by the Commonwealth Government as part of the 2010 national health reform agreement. From July 2015, they will be replaced by Primary Health Networks.

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Not-for-Profit Sector Reform PDF Print
4 July 2014
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.
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Equal Pay Case and Transition to the SCHCADS Award PDF Print
20 December 2013
NCOSS has long advocated for improved pay and conditions for workers in social and community service organisations. This is an integral part of our sustained advocacy for fair and proper funding that ensures the best quality of service delivery and improved outcomes for the most vulnerable people and communities.

NCOSS is not an industrial body and as such cannot give industrial advice. For further advice, please contact an employer body such as Jobs Australia.

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Federal Election 2013 PDF Print
27 August 2013
The Federal Election will be held on 7 September 2013. This page collects together information and documents produced by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) which can also be found via their website acoss.org.au
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Aged Care Reform PDF Print
30 May 2013
The Australian Government has embarked on a 10-year process to reform the aged care system. The reforms aim to build an integrated system of supports that offer more choice and control to older people, have a greater emphasis on restorative and preventative care, and that address the needs of the ageing population.  
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NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan PDF Print
4 December 2012
The NSW Government is in the process of developing a new Long Term Transport Master Plan for NSW. This is an opportunity to advocate for a fairer transport system that meets the needs of all people within our society.
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Associations Incorporation Act 2009 PDF Print
19 November 2012
Incorporation: An explanation of the Incorporation Act 2009, 7th Edition

This 60 page handbook written by Graham Wheeler was published by NCOSS in 2012. It is most relevant to new community groups, to Incorporated Associations and to anyone offering them information on their obligations. The printed version is in English and can be purchased. The CD ROM is free and available in English, Arabic or Chinese. To order: click here

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NSW State-Wide Workforce Development Project PDF Print
19 November 2012
Essential research is needed to map the NGO human services sector in NSW and identify workforce needs before sensible and workable strategies can be developed to improve workforce development.

NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission Building Fairness First: Social and economic priorities for a fair and sustainable community: 2013-14 State Budget, calls on the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to consider a State-Wide Workforce Development Project. 

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