Home arrow Media Releases

Media Releases

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 .

RSS IconClick here to subscribe to news feed for Media Releases.

Current Releases

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

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.

Read more...
 
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.

Read more...
 
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.

Read more...
 
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.

 

Read more...
 
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.

Read more...
 
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.

Read more...
 
Itís 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”.

Read more...