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NCOSS is moving! PDF Print
NCOSS
Date added: 16 October 2014

NCOSS has moved!

After 30 years at the old Children’s Court in Albion St Surry Hills, NCOSS has moved to new premises at:

Level 3, 52-58 Williams Street, East Sydney (see picture right).

It has the benefit of natural light, air-con, a meeting room, lifts, an accessible loo and is nearby to Museum station, with buses from Town Hall Station (Park St) and from Elizabeth Street (see map below).

New Contact details

  • Physical address: Suite 301, Level 3, 52-58 Williams St, East Sydney
  • Post: NCOSS, Suite 301, Level 3, 52-58 Williams St, East Sydney 2011
  • Phone: 02 9211 2599 (remains same)
  • Fax: 02 9281 1968 (remains same)

52-58 Williams St, East Sydney

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Help put social and affordable housing in the Rebuilding NSW mix PDF Print
Planning and Infrastructure
Date added: 16 September 2014

We have a chance to make a big difference to the availability of social and affordable housing in NSW.

$20 billion could be made available to fund key infrastructure projects in NSW after the next state election and a boost in social and affordable housing must be included in the funding mix.

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Social, Public and Affordable Housing Report, 8 Sept 2014 PDF Print
Housing
Date added: 09 September 2014

NCOSS welcomes the release on 8 September 2014 of the report of the Legislative Council Select Committee on Social, Public and Affordable Housing. The Select Committee has produced a comprehensive report that includes 41 recommendations to the NSW Government on the lack of social and affordable housing, the need for a social housing policy, sales and maintenance, transfers to community housing, links with support services and planning measures. NCOSS will provide a more detailed outline of the report in the next issue of NCOSS eNews.

View online: Final Report: Social, public and affordable housing

 

 

 
Alison Peters - Farewell speech 31 July 2014 PDF Print
NCOSS
Date added: 07 August 2014
There was a sector farewell for former CEO Alison Peters on July 31. Attended by many colleagues, friends and representatitives from the community and government it was a fitting send off for her after close to seven years in the top job. Below is a reproduction from Alison's speech.
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Introducing Tracy Howe PDF Print
NCOSS
Date added: 05 August 2014

It’s with great excitement that I introduce myself today. By now many of you will know that as of June 30 I took on the position of CEO here at NCOSS, stepping into the large shoes left by Alison Peters.

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NCOSS Deputy CEO appointed PDF Print
NCOSS
Date added: 31 July 2014

NCOSS is pleased to announce it has appointed John Mikelsons as its new Deputy CEO.

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Have your say on capacity building for health NGOs PDF Print
Health
Date added: 28 July 2014

NSW Health is conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of the factors that support or detract NGOs in accessing opportunities to develop capacity, and directly inform strategy development on building NGO capacity. 

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Out of home care referred to Senate Committee PDF Print
Children/Young People
Date added: 18 July 2014

On 17 July 2014, the Senate referred out of home care to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report.

The committee must report by the second sitting week in February 2015, and the submissions due date is yet to be decided. 

More information, including the Terms of Reference, can accessed here. 

 
Cost effective tenancy management on Government’s radar PDF Print
Housing
Date added: 08 July 2014

The NSW Government has announced an inquiry into current tenancy management arrangements for social housing.

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NCOSS Analysis of 2014-15 NSW State Budget PDF Print
NSW State Budget
Date added: 25 June 2014

BudgetNCOSS presented its analysis of human services spending in the 2014-15 NSW Budget at a well-attended community sector seminar on 25 June 2014. 

The NCOSS analysis was presented by portfolio area and was prepared from information in the 2014-15 NSW Budget Papers, from briefings provided by NSW Government agencies and from follow up research by the NCOSS Policy and Advocacy team.

Download: NCOSS 2014-15 NSW Budget Analysis presentation

NCOSS members will be able to access a more detailed analysis via a special edition NSW Budget Edition NCOSS eNews from July 2.
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$7 Medicare co-payment advocacy campaigns PDF Print
Health
Date added: 04 June 2014

The Commonwealth government has proposed introducing a $7 patient co-payment for GP visits, pathology tests and diagnostic imaging from the 1 July 2015. The Senate must pass legislation on the co-payment before it can come into effect. NCOSS opposes the introduction of the proposed Medicare co-payment.

We have serious concerns about the impact on people on low income earners and people with chronic disease. It will create a disincentive for the most vulnerable Australians to get the health care they need and lead to greater longer term costs from late presentations of preventable diseases.

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NCOSS appoints new CEO: Tracy Howe PDF Print
NCOSS
Date added: 27 May 2014

Ms Tracy Howe has been appointed the new CEO of the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS).

Tracy is the former CEO at Domestic Violence NSW (formerly Women’s Refuge Movement NSW) the peak body representing specialist domestic violence services across NSW.

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Changes to Department of Social Services community programs PDF Print
Funding Issues
Date added: 16 May 2014

This week's Budget announced changes to DSS grants programs. DSS has advised NCOSS that:

  • All currently funded organisations would be getting a letter about information sessions to explain these changes. The information sessions will also be advertised in coming days (as well as being on the DSS website). NSW sessions are on the 30th May (Sydney), 4th June (Coffs Harbour) and 6th June (Dubbo).
  • Programs will be consolidated into 7 programs – 4 ageing related ones and 3 others. These are:
  • Home Support - existing
  • Residential and Flexible Care - existing
  • Workforce & Quality - existing
  • Ageing & Service Improvement - existing
  • Families & Communities – new
  • Housing & Homelessness – new
  • Disability, Mental Health & Carers – new
  • Some services have been given a five year extension. These were Communities for Children Facillitating Partners, Family and Relationship Services and Family Law Services.
  • Other current providers have received an email advising that they have a 12 month extension (those services affected by transition to NDIS and those that were coming into Home Support at July 2015) or 6 months (everyone else).
  • The new programs will be subject to a competitive tender process over coming months.
 
Extension of funding for some FACS programs to 30 June 2016 PDF Print
Funding Issues
Date added: 12 May 2014

NCOSS has welcomed the decision by FACS to extend funding for the following programs for two years (until 30th June 2016):

  • Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy
  • Child Youth and Family Services
  • Brighter Futures
  • Families NSW
  • Getting it Together
  • Intensive Family Support
  • Intensive Family Preservations Services
  • Community Builders Renewable

While we understand that each of the programs will be reviewed over this period, the renewal of funding provides certainty for clients, staff and organisations and allows any changes to the programs to be discussed, developed and implemented in a timely manner.

 
NCOSS welcomes Keep Them Safe funding announcement PDF Print
Children/Young People
Date added: 06 May 2014

NCOSS welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Family & Community Services, Gabrielle Upton, that funding for Keep Them Safe (KTS) programs will continue for a further 2 years.

The $342 million will allow vital services for vulnerable children, young people and families to continue while the evaluation of KTS is completed.

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