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As the peak body for the social and community services sector in NSW, we work with our members, on behalf of disadvantaged people in communities, towards achieving social justice in NSW. We bring the plights of disadvantaged people to the attention of government and the wider community through our press releases. This section contains all media releases from 2012-13 - for earlier releases, dating back to 1997, refer to the Media Release archives .

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Home ownership plan unveiled as housing prices found to be out of reach PDF Print

20 June 2014

A proposal to introduce shared homeownership options will be launched today to provide a new alternative for those struggling to enter one of the most expensive housing markets in the world.

The proposal, developed by a coalition of NSW community housing associations and peak bodies, comes as IMF figures show Australia is third only to Belgium and Canada when it comes to sky rocketing housing prices.

2014-15 NSW Budget: Social Housing Misses Out Again PDF Print

17 June 2014
In a budget that sets out another record for infrastructure spending, bricks and mortar to house low income people again misses out according to the Council of Social Service of NSW.

NCOSS CEO Alison Peters said with a substantial waiting list for social housing, less than 2.5% of the proposed capital works outlined is for new stock in an already stretched system.

"It's been pleasing to see expected spending across a range of programs that support vulnerable and disadvantaged people reflected in the Budget," Ms Peters said.

"However, the biggest issue affecting many people our members work with is access to affordable housing. This is an essential foundation for vulnerable people and the support they need to break cycles of disadvantage works best when their housing is affordable and secure."

"We’ve been calling on the Government to look at how, together with the Commonwealth and the private and community sector we can address this gap."

"We acknowledge the Government's ongoing commitment to programs and services that support those who need it most."

"We would like to see increasing investment in prevention and early intervention programs in future years and look forward to further discussions about how this can be achieved."

Media contact: Alison Peters, CEO Mob: 0425 231 814

Action needed to support NSW families as gas prices set to soar PDF Print

10 June 2014

Families on low incomes may be forced to forgo heating over winter after IPART confirmed an average 17.8 percent rise in gas prices according to the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS).

The large hike in retail gas prices comes as increased export capacity is expected to push up wholesale gas prices.

NCOSS CEO Alison Peters said urgent action would be needed from the NSW Government to support households already struggling to make ends meet.

Uncertainty holding community sector back PDF Print

30 May 2014

A lack of certainty, including about funding, is a key problem affecting the community sector’s ability to deliver crucial services, new research has revealed.

The research, the first of its kind in the sector, is detailed in a report released today from the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Council of Social Service, NSW. The research was made possible with funding from the Department of Family and Community Services.


Budget rethink needed to keep Australia on course PDF Print

20 May 2014

The Federal Budget does not set a course for building the social infrastructure and opportunity that Australians need according to representatives from state and territory Councils of Social Service meeting in Sydney.

“An open and transparent conversation is needed with the community, business and state and territory governments to identify the services and safety net Australians expect, who will deliver these services and how they will be funded.

The backlash the budget has received from State and Territory governments and from the community shows it delivered no certainty on any of these points.

First NSW Cost of Living Report Released - NCOSS shows "Who's Really Hurting" PDF Print

27 March 2014

Cost-of-living measures should focus on low-income and vulnerable groups, a new report released by the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) argues.

Drawing on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and various other sources, the NCOSS report The Cost of Living: Who’s Really Hurting? is the first in a series of reports focusing on the living expenses of NSW residents.

Its Time to Complete the Picture on Health Transport PDF Print

20 February 2014

In marking today’s World Day of Social Justice, the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) has called on the NSW Government to address the hidden problem of health transport.

“Too many people are missing out on vital health care simply due to a lack of transport” said Alison Peters, NCOSS CEO. “This issue affects many of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society”.

Exit fee for electricity contracts to lock more customers into hardship PDF Print

16 December 2013
The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) today expressed concern that people will find themselves locked into electricity contracts following the NSW regulator's failure to curb excessive exit fees.

NCOSS Calls on NSW Government to address disadvantage in 2014-15 Budget PDF Print

14 October 2013

Starting off Anti-Poverty Week, The Council of Social Service of New South Wales (NCOSS) is calling on the NSW Government to think seriously about the future of the most disadvantaged people in before handing down next years’ budget.

MEDIA ALERT: NCOSS to release 2014 Pre-Budget Submission PDF Print
  • Who: NCOSS CEO Alison Peters and representatives from Australia's community welfare sector
  • When: 4:30 PM Monday, October 14 2013
  • Where: Strangers Dining Room, Parliament of NSW, Sydney
Community Sector Peak Supports Water Fluoridation Bill Amendment PDF Print

17 September 2013

The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) welcomes the Bill currently before NSW Parliament that would increase water fluoridation levels in NSW.

Quality early childhood education an imperative PDF Print

19 August 2013
The NSW Children's Services Forum, representing peak and statewide early childhood services, has today released its Platform for the 2013 Federal Election. It calls on Federal candidates to commit to raising the quality, availability and affordability of early childhood education and care services for all children in Australia.

2013-14 NSW Budget: Lack of investment in social infrastructure may undermine fiscal responsibility PDF Print

18 June 2013
The NSW Budget does not deliver anything new for low income and vulnerable households according to the state's social justice peak advocacy body.

Services and affordable housing missing from Sydney plan PDF Print

18 March 2013
The NSW Government’s new plan for housing and jobs in Sydney fails to detail any plans to expand the provision of social and affordable housing or fund the community services needed by a growing population.

Travel subsidies welcomed but many still missing out PDF Print

7 December 2012
NCOSS has welcomed the Minister for Health's announcement that patients accessing the Isolated Patient Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (ITPAAS) will benefit from a simpler administration process, but believes that more needs to be done to support people who are unable to benefit from this scheme.

Transport a barrier to health care: new report PDF Print

5 December 2012
A new report released by the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) has found that people are missing out on appropriate health care because they do not have access to transport.

Report Launch: Transport as a barrier to health care PDF Print

At 10.00am next Thursday, 6 December NCOSS will be launching a report highlighting the deteriorating state of our non-emergency health transport system.

Commonwealth and States must take the next step on homelessness PDF Print

13 November 2012
The NSW Homelessness Community Alliance today called on Commonwealth and State Ministers to urgently resolve the future of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) funding which expires in June next year.

One in eight people living in poverty in Australia: new report PDF Print

14 October 2012
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has today released a new report showing poverty in Australia remains a persistent problem with an estimated 2,265,000 people or 12.8% of all people living below the internationally accepted poverty line used to measure financial hardship in wealthy countries.

Community sector applauds proposal to legislate to ban gag-clauses PDF Print

19 September 2012
The peak body of Australia’s community welfare sector, ACOSS, today applauded moves by the Federal Government to legislate to ban gag-clauses in Commonwealth contracts with the community and not for profit sector.

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