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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-Now - for earlier releases, dating back to 1997, refer to the Media Release archives .

Media inquiries: Laura Maclean, 0412 867 658

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Certainty for seniors welcome but more work needed on concessions system PDF Print

27 January 2015

The NSW Government’s commitment to funding certainty for pensioner and senior concessions is a welcome step, but a broader review of the concessions system is needed to ensure adequate support is reaching households doing it tough according to the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS).

Price rises on the horizon if electricity lease goes ahead without safeguards PDF Print

15 January2015

Consumers could bear the long term costs of leasing the electricity networks if adequate safeguards are not put in place beforehand according to a new report from the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS).

Families falling through the cracks as financial supports miss the mark PDF Print

19 December 2014

A review of the NSW concessions system is desperately needed as low income households struggle to afford the basic essentials according to a new report from the Council of Social Service of NSW.

People at the centre of new plan to transform mental health in NSW PDF Print

15 December 2014

A new plan for the mental health system in NSW has the capacity, if fully implemented, to provide early, effective care and support that could prevent people becoming unwell in the first place according to the peak body for community services.

Investment in housing will make biggest difference to most vulnerable PDF Print

8 December 2014 

Investment in additional housing and homelessness services is the thing most likely to benefit people on low incomes according to new findings in the largest survey of Australia's community services sector.

Sector welcomes strong voice for children and young people PDF Print

3 December 2014

The appointment of Mr Andrew Johnson as the first Advocate for Children and Young People in NSW is an important step in ensuring children and young people are given a say in decisions that affect them according to the Council of Social Services of NSW (NCOSS) and Youth Action NSW. 

32,940 left in the dark as energy disconnections go through the roof PDF Print

25 November 2014

A review of rebates available to low income households struggling to make ends meet is desperately needed following a spike in household energy disconnections according to the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS).

Social housing investment canít wait any longer as shortages worsen PDF Print

 16 November 2014

New figures revealing a large drop in the number of households with access to social housing - despite tens of thousands remaining on waiting lists – show increased investment in social and affordable housing stock cannot be put off any longer according to the NSW peak body for community services.

Social housing shortage leaves nearly 4000 Ďat riskí applicants out in the cold PDF Print

23 October 2014

The community sector is calling for urgent action to address the State’s social housing shortage ahead of the upcoming election as new figures show tens of thousands of people across NSW are left waiting, sometimes for over ten years.

Batty case highlights need for action on domestic and family violence plan PDF Print

22 October 2014

The tragic death of Luke Batty highlights the need to better coordinate support and responses to domestic and family violence to keep families and children safe says the Council of Social Service of NSW.

NSW: Number 1 in economic performance, number 1 for people living in poverty PDF Print

20 October 2014

Findings today that NSW’s economy performance has returned to number one in the country means the state is in its best position in a decade to tackle its other number one position – the number of people living in poverty.

Social housing must be included in infrastructure spending PDF Print

20 October 2014

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and the Council of Social Services of NSW (NCOSS) have joined forces today, calling for a dedicated social housing investment fund from the proceeds of the long-term lease of 49 per cent of the NSW electricity grid.

NSW has more people living in poverty than any other state PDF Print

 13 October 2014

NSW has nearly nine hundred thousand people living in poverty – more than any other state – according to research that provides the most up-to-date picture of experiences of poverty in Australia.

From the latest available data, published today in the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) Poverty in NSW report, the state has one of the highest rates of poverty in the country at 14.6%.

Time to ensure everyone has a place to call home PDF Print

10 September 2014

A blueprint for action to address critical shortages in social and affordable housing has been outlined in a recent report from Select Committee on Social, Public and Affordable Housing according to the peak body for the community sector.

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.