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The Council of Social Service of New South Wales (NCOSS) is the peak body for the social and community services sector in New South Wales. NCOSS works with our membership on behalf of disadvantaged people and communities towards achieving social justice in NSW.

NCOSS was established in 1935 to promote cooperation in the provision of community services and influence social legislation. Today our constituents are:

  • disadvantaged and low income people and communities in NSW
  • our members
  • other peak community service agencies in NSW
  • service providers
  • other agencies working in the social policy and social services field
  • individual members interested in social policy and social service issues .

NCOSS provides an independent voice on welfare policy issues and social and economic reforms and is the major co-ordinator for non-government social and community services in NSW. We act as a channel for consultation with government and between parts of the non-government sector with common interests and diverse functions.


NCOSS is a membership organisation. Members range from the smallest community services to the largest major welfare agencies, state and regional level peak councils, churches, hospitals, local government and consumer groups.

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Our work

NCOSS aims is to achieve social justice for disadvantaged people and communities. We provide leadership to the sector and provide independent and informed social policy development, advice and review.

Key functions

  • Provide coordination, advice & information
  • Advocacy
  • Policy development
  • Promote partnerships and collaboration
  • Provide leadership and innovation
  • Build Sector Capacity

NCOSS Policy & Advocacy

Achievements in the last decade include:

  • improvements to early childhood education and care for children in NSW.
  • increases in public housing.
  • establishment of the Stronger Together 10 year plan for Disability Services.
  • IPART decisions that reduced the impact of public transport fares, energy and water charges on people with low incomes.

Some major areas of work in the immediate future include:

  • 2015 NSW Election Platform.
  • Cost of Living report.
  • State of the Sector Research.
  • NSW 2015-16 Pre-Budget Submission.