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NSW State Election 2023 - NCOSS Policy Priority 4

Invest in social infrastructure so that essential support reaches those in need.

Neighbourhood centres and others such as multicultural services and Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) have been lifelines during recent disasters. They are an essential service that provide social connection, psychological support and practical assistance for those most in need, yet don’t receive core funding to operate.

Below we outline our solution to this issue, and policy responses from the major parties in the lead up to the 2023 NSW State Election.

NCOSS recommendation

NCOSS calls on the next NSW Parliament to -

  • Provide core funding for neighbourhood centres and similar services that act as access and distribution points for essential support, social connection and pathways to assistance during tough times.

Coalition - NSW Liberal Party and NSW Nationals

No significant announcements identified.

The Greens NSW

Have committed to -

  • Provide funding security for the social services sector
  • Guarantee funding for neighbourhood and community centres
  • Fund local programs to target social isolation and strengthen community connections
  • Resource community legal services to meet 100% of demand
  • Invest in the social services workforce with a workforce development strategy
  • Support the security of funding for successful community-based and culturally safe and secure programs administered by, and for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.
  • Increase resources in both community-controlled health and general support services and mainstream services and train more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health and community workers and health professionals.

NSW Labor

No significant announcements identified.

Published February 2023. For reference and context, please visit NCOSS Policy Tracker 2023 and NCOSS Policy Platform 2023: Working Together for a Fairer NSW.

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