A NSW free from poverty and inequality

NCOSS has released a new plan that shows a path forward for the NSW 2018-19 Budget to reduce the experience of poverty and disadvantage in NSW and prevent it happening in the first place. This is your plan. Help us see the change we want to see in our communities by taking action with us today.

News & Updates

The NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission 2018/19 - No Poverty: A roadmap for a fair NSW is the outcome of extensive work across metro and regional NSW. This year, we held six conferences, two additional consultations and ran a total of 38 workshops, speaking to approximately 570 people across the state. We conducted a deeper conversation in policy priority areas to gain insight into regional challenges and solutions. We have also spoken directly to individuals and families doing it tough in households living below the poverty line.

These papers outline everything we heard during the NCOSS 2017 Regional Consultations and how these stories will feed into our broader policy and advocacy work going forward. We encourage you to read about these key issues and get in touch if you want to get involved in our work.

Thanks for joining with NCOSS to progress the Pre-Budget Submission. You will be joining with NCOSS members across the State who will be meeting with their local member of parliament, talking to their local media, and participating in community campaign action.

You know what is recommended and why it’s so important for your community. But we need all members of parliament to know too.

Together we can make real change happen. So let’s get to it! There are four steps you can take: 

According to the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS), the 2017-18 NSW Government Budget is a missed opportunity to invest in people and stop the growing number of people and families reaching crisis point.

NCOSS CEO, Tracy Howe, said much of this year’s Budget is business as usual and considering the billions of dollars in surplus, the peak body was hoping to see significantly more investment in communities rather than physical infrastructure of roads and buildings.  

Anchored in extensive consultations, bolstered by thorough research, and shaped with the knowledge and expertise of NCOSS staff and our advisory panels, we have developed seven recommendations endorsed by our members. Each recommendation targets a specific need with the goal of making a difference for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage here in NSW.

On Tuesday last week Treasurer Berejiklian handed down the 2016/2017 NSW Budget – outlining this Government’s vision for the future.

Yesterday, at a breakfast with the Treasurer, NCOSS released its Budget analysis outlining where we’ve seen gains for the people we serve – people experiencing poverty and disadvantage – and where there is much more work to do.

In the 2016/2017 Budget, the NSW Government has once again focussed on its key themes of fiscal management, with significant infrastructure investment and modest growth in service delivery.

The NSW Council of Social Service has identified the top seven actions the NSW State Government could take to make the biggest difference in the lives of people experiencing poverty following a state-wide consultation with health and community service organisations.   

NCOSS CEO Tracy Howe said the seven recommendations featured in the NCOSS Pre Budget submission to be launched today.

“With almost 900 000 people currently experiencing poverty in NSW, there is no time to waste in taking action.

NCOSS has identified the top seven actions the NSW State Government could take to make the biggest difference in the lives of people experiencing poverty following a state-wide consultation with health and community service organisations.   

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