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

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.

It’s Time to Complete the Picture on Health Transport PDF Print

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

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.

Better targeted dental funding doesn't let NSW off the hook PDF Print

30 August 2012
The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) congratulates the Gillard Government and the Greens on reaching an agreement for more equitable oral health funding, but says that additional state funding is still needed.

Lack of dentists contribute to Sydney's shameful health divide PDF Print

21 August 2012
A lack of access to oral health services is contributing to poorer health of people living in Western Sydney compared to other Sydney siders. The unequal access to oral health services and workforce shortages are consistent with the findings of a new report by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils which looked at GPs and hospital services.

Government's shortsighted cost-cutting trumps rehabilitation of young offenders PDF Print

Youth Justice Coalition Media Release 5 July 2012
The NSW Government's sudden decision to abolish the Youth Drug and Alcohol Court (YDAC) is shortsighted and in stark contrast to the Attorney General's publicly stated commitment to rehabilitation of young offenders.

Lack of investment in social infrastructure may undermine fiscal responsibility PDF Print

12 June 2012
NCOSS welcomes the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to funding important programs for vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities. However, this commitment provides no growth beyond what has been previously promised.

NSW Budget 2012-13 – will it make NSW Number 1 for Fairness? PDF Print

10 June 2012

NCOSS has called on the NSW Government to balance fairness with fiscal responsibility when it hands down the State Budget on Tuesday.