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  • Community Sector Banking
    Unlike a traditional bank, Community Sector Banking is not designed to serve a geographic community, rather a "community of interest", a collection of stakeholders from the not-for-profit and community sector sharing a common purpose.
  • Anti-Poverty Week 2011
    Poverty and severe hardship affect more than one million Australians. Around the world, more than one billion people are desperately poor. Anti-Poverty Week is an Australia-wide initiative that began several years ago and continues to grow. This annual United Nations recognised event will be held this year from 16-22 October 2011.
  • Every Australian Counts
    Every Australian Counts is the campaign for the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme. The NDIS will revolutionise the way people with a disability, their families and carers are supported in this country.

Councils of Social Services (COSSes)

The COSSes are the principal voice of low income and disadvantaged people in social and economic policy matters throughout Australia and all states and territories.




Government websites

  • New South Wales Government
    Main entry point for State government Departements and agencies.
  • Premiers and Cabinet
    The NSW Premier's Department is the central agency for the Government of New South Wales, Australia.
  • Communitybuilders.nsw
    Resources for community workers and groups, including guides on how to form a cooperative, where to get funding for community projects, how to compose surveys and advice on drug and youth suicide prevention. Also contains real case studies, discussion forums and the opportunity to publish your own info to the site. A NSW Government project.
  • Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC)
    ADHC provide support and services to older people, people with disabilities and their carers in NSW.
  • Community Services
    This site includes essential support numbers and information on Community Services programs, projects and publications.
    • Parenting NSW
      Online resource developed by DoCS for people like family support and child care workers, teachers, health care professionals, researchers and policy makers.
  • Juvenile Justice
    NSW Juvenile Justice supervises and cares for young offenders in the community and in detention centres. It provides youth justice conferences for young offenders referred by police or the courts.
  • Housing NSW
    The NSW Department of Housing provides a range of housing solutions to meet the needs of today’s community.
  • Corrective Services  NSW
    NSW Corrective Services provides custodial and community-based correctional services as an important element of the NSW criminal justice system.
  • Planning and Infrastructure
    Manages state resources.
  • Commission for Children and Young People
    An organisation that listens to kids and promotes their interests, and aims to make NSW a better place for children and young people.
  • WorkCover Authority of NSW
    WorkCover NSW is a statutory authority within the Ministry for Commerce. Its primary objective is to work in partnership with the NSW community to achieve safe workplaces, effective return to work and security for injured workers.
  • Commonwealth Government
    Main entry point for Federal government Departments and agencies.
  • Healthelink EHR
    NSW Health is piloting a new electronic health record called Healthelink in parts of NSW. Healthelink brings together summaries of health information for individuals from different GPs, hospitals and community health centres and puts it into one secure computer record.


Media websites


NCOSS member websites

NCOSS has over 700 members and affiliates throughout the NSW community, health and NGO sectors. This list is by no means complete - if you are a member organisation and your website isn't listed below then please let us know.


  • Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Assoc of NSW Inc.
    Advocacy organisation for all pensioners and superannuants. Campaigns on issues such as health, aged care, HACC and public transport. Provides tenancy advice services, information on medicine use, a seniors infoline and policy development on ageing, disability and related areas.
  • Council On The Ageing (NSW)
    Council on the Ageing (COTA) protects and promotes the well-being of all older people. It is an independent consumer organisation run by and for older Australians.
  • Older Mens Health and Wellbeing (COTA NSW initiative)
    Designed to promote the health and wellbeing of older men, by providing a directory of links to useful resources, particularly in NSW with some national links.
  • Grandparents Raising Children (COTA NSW initiative)
    GRG (NSW) a website that has stories, information and support links for grandparents who are raising grandchildren. For more information ring COTA NSW on 02 9286 3860 (Sydney callers) or 1800 449 102 (regional callers only).
  • Disability and Aged Information Service Inc.
    Information/referral service for people with disabilities, older people, and their carers and their advocates


  • Carer Resource Centre
    The Carer Resource Centre is part of Carers NSW. Carers are people who provide care and support for family members and friends who have a chronic or mental illness, disability or who are frail aged. The Carer Resource Centre staff can assist carers across NSW with information, referrals and emotional support as well as providing resources for Service Providers who are in contact with carers. The Centre is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government. Free call number: 1800 242 636
  • NSW HACC Development Officers Network
    The NSW HACC DOs Network is a structure through which HACC DOs arrange to meet for mutual support and the exchange of information, including developments relating specifically to the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program.
  • NSW Meals on Wheels Association Inc.
    Peak Body supporting Meals on Wheels and Food Services in NSW.
  • NSW Neighbour Aid & Social Support Association Inc.
    Neighbour Aid has developed creative and flexible community based support services, primarily via the coordination of volunteers to help frail aged and people with disabilities and their carers to live independently in their home and community.
  • Sutherland Shire Community Care Network Inc
    SSCCN was formed as a local community development organisation in 1998 as a result of the Building Bridges Community Care Demonstration Project. it manages the Sutherland Shire HACC Development Project, Carer Support Project and Sutherland Shire Carers and Consumers Forum.
  • The Working Carers Support Gateway
    The Gateway website provides information and support for people who juggle paid employment with unpaid caring. The Gateway project encourages support for service providers to offer after-hours services, and employers to adopt flexible workplace practices. The website publishes stories and fact sheets for busy working carers and also includes a discussion forum, comprehensive services database, and links to websites about illnesses and general health issues.

Children, Young People and Family

  • Association of Childrens Welfare Agencies (ACWA)
    Reflects the responsibility of non-government agencies to be concerned with the welfare of the 'whole child' by not just providing a substitute care environment, but rather assisting the child and young person to 'find their place in the world'.
  • Association for the Welfare of Child Health
    Services: Addresses the psychosocial needs of children, young people and their families in the health care system in Australia.
  • Barnardos Australia
    Barnardos is Australia's leading children's charity providing services which successfully help prevent and reverse the effects of abuse, neglect and homelessness on children and young people.
  • New South Wales Family Services Inc
    The aim of NSW Family Services is the promotion of quality support services provided by non-government organisations in NSW and the ACT to families experiencing stress.
  • The Infants' Home
    A range of caring and educational services for children from birth to school age and their families. We offer Learning and Development Centres (Long Day Care), Family Day Care, Family Centre of Early Intervention, Sydney Hope Family Cottage.
  • Marrickville Youth Resource Centre Inc
    Provides Recreational, Educational and Cultural programs, free Internet Access, and, Individual Support for young people in the Marrickville area aged between 12 - 24yrs
  • SDN Children's Services Inc
    Provides quality education and care. Currently manages more than 25 services including 20 Long Day Care Centres, 2 Preschools, 2 Outside School Hours Care Services and Early Intervention programs.
  • The Ted Noffs Foundation
    The Ted Noffs Foundation operates direct services to young people and their families.
  • Twenty 10 Gay and Lesbian Youth Service
    Twenty 10 is an organisation for young gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who are having problems at home or have become homeless. We offer Subsidised Medium Term Supported Accommodation with support, referral, information, advocacy and case management as well as Family Support services focussing on family relationships, employment, education and community support.
  • Youth Off The Street
    Youth Off the Streets is a registered charity working with chronically homeless and drug addicted young people. We support these youth by providing accommodation, education and counselling, as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense trauma such as neglect, physical, psychological and emotional abuse.
  • YouthZone - Youth Centre
    YouthZone is here for all young people aged between 12 - 24 who live, work or study in the St George area regardless of their race, religion and gender.


  • The Benevolent Society
    The Benevolent Society's vision is to be an outstanding social enterprise, anticipating changing social needs and driving innovative and effective responses in ageing, children, women's health and social leadership.
  • Cabramatta Community Centre
    CCC is a large community based organisation that receives funding from a number of different sources and Government departments. CCC provides a wide range of services for the community of Cabramatta and its environs.
  • Community Programs Inc
    Community Programs Inc.  provide the following services: Aged Care Programs; Home Clubs; Sunshine Clubs; In-Home Respite and Flexible Dementia Options; Disability Services Programs; Community Participation and Post School Options; Transition To Work; Rural & Remote Respite; Family Based Respite; Respite Options Supported Accommodation Program; Rural Access Service; Leisurelink; Ageing Parent Carers Brokerage Services
  • Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre
    FMRC provides settlement services to newly arrived immigrants and refugees to improve access to services, address special settlement needs and help develop skills and confidence. Services include: advice, support and information relating to employment, housing, education, Centrelink, health, domestic violence, immigration, refugee and humanitarian entrants support and aged care.
  • Georges River Community Services Inc
  • Independent Living Centre NSW
    Provide free infoline service to public. Our display centre have a comprehensive range of products and equipment to assist with daily living activities.
  • Inner West Cultural Services
    General community cultural activities in the region.
  • Northern Sydney Regional Community Forum Inc.
    Provides support to funded community services, information and co-ordination of respite for carers, community development and support to HACC services.
  • Northern Rivers Social Development Council
    NRSDC is a regional community-based organisation that aims to provide a peak organisation role for the community services sector located in the Far North Coast of New South Wales.
  • Riverwood Community Centre
    A local centre providing a wide range of community services for everybody.
  • Relationships Australia NSW
    Relationship Australia NSW provides counselling, family support and Employee Assistance programs to support respectful and resilient relationships, families and communities. For more information phone: 1300 364 277
  • Sutherland Shire Community Care Network
    Working towards improved quality and co-ordination of community care services; auspices four HACC projects: Sutherland Shire HACC Development Project, Southern Sydney HACC Reform Project, Sutherland Shire Carer Support Project, Sutherland Shire Carers & Consumers Forum
  • UnitingCare NSW.ACT
    A diverse provider of child care,community, family, and aged care services and the peak body for the Uniting Church's social advocacy in NSW and the ACT.
  • YWCA, Sydney
    Providing training and employment services, vacation and out of school hours care, Youth services and opportunities for volunteers. Plus a lot more. For more information phone 02 9285 6211


  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance
    Cerebral Palsy Alliance supports children and adults with cerebral palsy in NSW and the ACT. The organisation was founded under the name The Spastic Centre on 30 January 1945 by a concerned group of 25 parents of children with cerebral palsy, led by Neil and Audrie McLeod.
  • Disability and Aged Information Service Inc.
    Information/referral service for people with disabilities, older people, and their carers and their advocates
  • Family Advocacy
    Family Advocacy is an independent, community based social advocacy organisation which works across New South Wales. They work with families in which there is a child or an adult who has a developmental disability and provide information and support. Family Advocacy has a resources library with books, articles and videos about different issues around disability and families, educators, professionals and researchers are welcome to borrow material. Family Advocacy also organises workshops and makes representations at the government level for changes legislation, policy and services.
  • I.D.E.A.S. Inc - Information on Disability Equipment Access Services
    An information service on disability with an extensive resources including information on services available, equipment and suppliers of equipment, Accessible Holiday accommodation, accessible tourist attractions and venues, government legislation and Reports.
  • Intellectual Disability Rights Service
    The Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS) is a community legal centre in New South Wales working to advance the rights of people with an intellectual disability. IDRS provides free legal advice, develops and provides community education and resources for people with an intellectual disability, and engages in law and policy reform work.
  • Macarthur Disability Services
    Provides a range of services to people with disabilities, HACC development, central info and referral for Macarthur.
  • Multicultural Disability Advocacy Assoc. NSW
    Peak advocacy service for people from NESB with disability and their families in NSW.
  • People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD)
    People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD) is a national peak disability rights and advocacy organisation. Primary membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. PWD also has a large associate membership of other individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
    The mission of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is to enable people with severe physical disabilities to achieve maximum independence through a rehabilitation perspective in all its services.
  • Touching Base
    Touching Base Inc assists people with disability and sex workers to connect with each other; focusing on access, discrimination, human rights and legal issues and addressing attitudinal barriers. Services include providing web-based information, workshops for disability service providers and sex workers and a Referral List of disability friendly sex workers and accessible sex services premises.


  • The Alzheimer's Association NSW
    The Alzheimer's Association NSW is an Australian non-profit community organisation providing support services to people with dementia and their families who live in NSW.
  • Australian Huntington's Disease Association (NSW) Inc.
    The Association provides education, support and advocacy for people with Huntington's Disease, their families and carers. The Association operates within the Australian States of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, is an incorporated, non-profit organisation and is managed by a committee elected annually by the membership.
  • Brain Injury Association of NSW
    The Brain Injury Association of NSW works to make the community, and the government, aware of the needs and issues affecting people who have an acquired brain injury. Their purpose is to represent and support people with an acquired brain injury so that they can participate equally in the community. A peak organisation with members who are individuals living with an acquired brain injury, their families and friends, their carers and support workers. They also have organisational members and aim to use all of these voices to inform our work
  • Cystic Fibrosis NSW
    Achieving the best possible care and quality of life for people with Cystic Fibrosis and their carers, now and in the future. Provides support services, education and information.
  • Hepatitis C Council of NSW
    Provides information, support, referral and advocacy to people affected by hepatitis C. Distributes a range of hard copy and electronic information resources, operate an telphone infoline, publish a regular hepatitis C magazine and provide education and workplace development services.
  • Mental Health Association NSW Inc
    The Association's vision is a society that maintains, promotes and protects the mental health of everyone, in which people who have, or have had mental illness participate to their full potential in the community. Our mission is to promote opportunities for the people of NSW to achieve their optimal level of mental health through providing information services, education about protecting mental health, mutual support and advocacy services.
  • Positive Life
    Positive Life NSW is a non profit community organisation representing the interests of people living with HIV in New South Wales.
  • Post-Polio Network (NSW)
    The Post-Polio Network (NSW) Inc is a self-help self-funded organisation run by polio survivors for polio survivors. It was established in 1989 and provides support and information to people who are experiencing the late effects of polio.
  • Workers Health Centre
    Occupational health and safety services, including medical, audiological and rehabilitation services. Safety audits, ergonomic assessments, occupational hygiene (air quality, hazardous substances etc), OHS training, information. We specialise in OHS for community sector organisations.

Housing and Homelessness

  • Common Equity New South Wales (CENSW)
    ARCH is the peak resourcing agency for Housing Co-operatives in NSW. It assists interested groups of people statewide to plan, develop and establish housing co-operatives. It also undertakes representation, advocacy, networking, education and training, program and policy development, information provision, planning and project development on behalf of NSW co-ops.
  • Homelessness NSW
    A central contact point for information and resources concerning adult homelessness in NSW.
  • NSW Federation of Housing Associations
    Peak body for community managed housing associations. The website contains useful links and information about community housing, including housing associations. Tools, resources, reports and information on training is available for housing managers.
  • Shelter NSW
    Shelter is a peak housing body, which promotes the interests of low-income and disadvantaged housing consumers in NSW.
  • Tenant's Union of NSW and Tenant's Advice and Advocacy Program (TAAP) Services
    Provides tenancy advice for NSW tenants.

Information, Communications and Technology

  • Tricomm
    Tricomm is a leader in Community IT development initiatives and is a valuable community resource in all areas of IT, including training, web services, information management, consultancy, research, technical support and advice and advocacy for the sector on all IT issues. Tricomm has been providing on-line information services since 1993 and supports the community sector in Greater Western Sydney, Central West NSW and across the state.


  • Beyond Bars
    Provides access to expert commentators on criminal justice issues for journalists and members of the public, facts and information for students, politicians and interested citizens
  • Communications Law Centre
    The Communications Law Centre (CLC) is an independent, non-profit, public interest organisation specialising in media and communications law and policy.
  • Redfern Legal Centre
    Community Legal Centre providing services for people who live and/or work in Sydney, South Sydney, Leichhardt and Botany LGAs.

Local Government

  • Baulkham Hills Shire Council
    For access to information on community events, schools, shopping, parks, health support groups, and more.
  • Hastings Council
    To provide, manage or facilitate a range of services and activities to enhance equity and social well-being and create a safe, inclusive and vibrant community.
  • Lake Macquarie City Council
    Planning and developing community facilities and services.
  • Lismore City Council
    Working with the community to maintain Lismore as the regional centre in a healthy rural setting.
  • City of Ryde
    The Community Services team is responsible for social planning and policy, cultural planning and community development.We deliver a range of direct services to the community icluding immunisation,vacation care,home modification and maintenance,family and childrens services,community information.
  • Orange City Council
    Community services section provides a range of childcare, youth and aged and disability services as well as community development,crime prevention, road safety, and HACC regional development. Involved in social planning, consultation and needs assessment as well as information provision and advocacy.
  • Warringah Council
    Warringah is a community which values its quality of life and strives to care for its special bush and beach environment.


  • Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre
    LMRC aims to contribute to the successful settlement of migrants from NESB in the Liverpool area. We strive to provide relevant information, referrals and services to local communities and individuals.
  • South Sydney Community Aid
    Provides all neighbourhood centre services focusing on multicultural, culturally and linguistically diverse service provision.

No Interest Loans Schemes (NILS)

  • No Interest Loan Schemes
    Many low income households face a major problem if they need to buy an essential household item, but don't have savings and can't get affordable credit. Community groups have devised "No Interest Loan Schemes" (NILS) to solve this problem.

Unions/Professional Associations

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (NSW Branch)
    Professional Association for social workers in NSW.
  • Australian Service Union (ASU)
    NSW and ACT branch - committed to developing a strong presence in the workplace and in the industries our union represents to protect and enhance the working lives of our members and their families.


  • EWON (Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW)
    EWON provides an independent way of resolving complaints for customers of electricity and gas providers and member water providers.



  • Mercy Foundation
    Foundation established for grants, advocacy and education.
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) has been providing care and assistance to people in New South Wales and the A.C.T. for more than a century.
  • Wesley Mission
    Wesley Mission Sydney is a strategic city church committed to ministering to human need, utilising the media and providing personal and family care.


  • NSW Women's Refuge Refuge Resource Centre
    The Women's Refuge Resource Centre is the central contact for the New South Wales Women's Refuge Movement (W.R.M) a network of 55 women's refuges situated across New South Wales providing support and accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
  • Older Women's Network
    The Older Women's Network promotes the rights, dignity and wellbeing of older women, and its focus is skill development, social action, empowerment and having fun!


NCOSS Regional Forum members


Other community links

  • About-cerebral-palsy.org
    Find out about cerebral palsy disease, types of cerebral palsy.
  • The Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers Inc.
    AIWCW is the recognised professional body for welfare and community workers in Australia and was founded in 1969. It represents at a national and state level the interests of welfare and community workers employed within government departments, non-government social welfare agencies, self help groups, commercial andindustrial enterprises.
  • Black Dog Institute
    The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to advancing the understanding, diagnosis and management of the depressive disorders.
  • Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
    Working towards a united Australia which respects the land, values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and provides justice and equity for all.
  • Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education
    The Centre is a community education, networking and advocacy organisation whose aim is to raise public awareness around key social justice issues including Indigenous, refugee and youth concerns. The site includes publications and information on projects.
  • FindLaw Australia
    FindLaw Australia is a free access broad-based legal web site that contains 'plain English' legal articles, case law, legislation and a directory of lawyers.
  • National Homelessness Information Clearinghouse
    Facilitates the sharing of homelessness research, information and good practice examples across the sector, and provides opportunities for collaboration, interaction and discussion.
  • Homelessness Action Team Support and Outreach Services
    The HATSOS is a one stop shop that helps homeless people who are sleeping rough in the inner city suburbs of Sydney make the move from the streets to appropriate long-term accommodation with the support they need. The HATSOS provides a specialised street outreach service that is linked to support professionals
    phone: 1800 505 501
  • It's Your Life Retirement Village Information
    Lots of useful information about retirement villages for prospective residents and their families.
  • Ku-ring-gai Meals on Wheels Service
    The Meals on Wheels Service for the Ku-ring-gai local government area.
  • Lawstuff
    Accessible legal information for young people
  • Mason's Place
    A way for the entire community to come together as one, for all children and for each other.
  • National Welfare Rights Network
    The NWRN is a network of services throughout Australia that provides free and independent information, advice and representation to individuals about Social Security law and its administration through Centrelink. The NWRN consists of both specialist community legal centres and services as well as individual advocates who are based in generalist community legal centres. NWRN member organisations are located in each capital city around Australia and in four regional centres. They are completely independent of Centrelink and all government departments.
  • NSW Council for Civil Liberties
    The largest voluntary dometsic civil liberties and domestic human rights NGO in Australia. The New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties was established in October 1963. The CCL aim to assist in the protection of rights and liberties by investigating any infringement of rights by governments, their agencies or others in authority, especially the police.
  • ReconciliACTION
    ReconciliACTION is the youth wing of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and aims to promote reconciliation and Indigenous rights.
  • St George Area Child Care Directory
    Provides a complete list of all childcare centres in the St George area, registered centres have fully comprehensive information included - hours, staff, mission statement, photographs and much much more. Parents can subscribe to receive a free monthly newsletter advising them of vacancies, enroling now and waitlisting.
  • Sutherland Shire Child Care Directory
    Provides a complete list of all childcare centres in the Sutherland Shire, registered centres have fully comprehensive information included - hours, staff, mission statement, photographs and much much more. Parents can subscribe to receive a free monthly newsletter advising them of vacancies, enroling now and waitlisting.
  • Treatment of Cerebral Palsy
    Outlines some of the treatment possibilities for patients with cerebral palsy, as well as containing links offering more information on specific topics.
  • UTS Shopfront
    This program acts as a gateway for community access to theUniversity of Technology, Sydney. Shopfront links under-resourced community groups to university skills, resources and professional expertise. This allows projects that would not otherwise proceed to be completed with multiple benefits for both the community and students.