A NSW free from poverty and inequality

Policy

NCOSS works with and for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage to see positive change in our communities. This includes developing independent and informed social policy, advice and review.

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NSW DISABILITY NETWORK FORUM Response to Productivity Commission Review of NDIS Costs: Issues Paper

This submission focuses on areas of investment that will reduce long-term NDIS costs. The areas of investment we focus on are:

  • systemic advocacy to assist all levels of Government to fulfill their responsibilities under the National Disability Strategy;
  • the ILC;
  • planning processes which encourage participants to develop self-direction; and
  • community-based supports for people ineligible for the NDIS.

NCOSS Submission: Staysafe Inquiry into Driver Education, Training and Road Safety

NCOSS welcomes this opportunity to provide input to the current inquiry into driver education, training and road safety. For many people with low incomes, particularly those in rural and regional areas of NSW, the ability to drive is a crucial link to employment, services, community and opportunity. This submission will focus on the needs of Aboriginal people, particularly those living in rural and regional NSW, and highlight a range of issues they face in obtaining driver training and successfully fulfilling the requirements to obtain and retain a driver’s licence.

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Assistive technology: Factors to consider when assisting participants to develop their NDIS Plans

This information sheet was developed by NCOSS in collaboration with members of the Assistive Technology Community Alliance of NSW (ATCAN). It is directed at Local Area Coordinators (LACs) and NDIS planners, guiding them to consider all factors relevant to a person’s assistive technology (AT) needs when helping them develop their NDIS plans. 

A Guide to Maximising A Person's Choice and Control Over Assistive Technology

In assisting people to prepare for the NDIS, it is important the NDIS planners and Local Area Coordinators (LAC) are aware of  assistive technology (AT) issues, and understand the importance of putting the person at the centre of their AT solution.

This guide, devoloped by the Assistive Technology Community Alliance of NSW (ATCAN) unpacks the key elements of person-centred approaches and apply them in the context of AT.. Best practice examples are provided.

NCOSS Submission: Greater Sydney Commission District Plans

In this submission NCOSS draws attention to several broad areas of principle that are common across all of the draft District Plans, and reiterate recommendations which seek to strengthen the equity, sustainability and liveability of the GSC planning process.

Joint Submission: Social Impact Investing Discussion Paper

Social Impact Investing (SII) represents an innovative opportunity to work with government and the private sector to deliver better outcomes for people and communities whilst also addressing government budgetary challenges and social service funding pressures. We also recognise that using a market-based approach is not suitable for funding every service, so determining where these opportunities apply will be a key step in directing resources to develop the market.

NSW Children's Services Forum: Communiques

The NSW Children’s Services Forum is comprised of state-wide, not-for-profit, community-based children's service organisations and their representatives. The Forum aims to facilitate a coordinated advocacy and communication towards improving the quality, range and provision of children's services in NSW.

The Forum meets bi-monthly. These communiqués are intended to communicate issues discussed at Forum meetings to a broader audience.

Gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic equality

NCOSS's Submission to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee Inquiry looks at how gender segregation is shaped by a multitude of factors that are complex and interconnected, and how understanding their complexity is critical to designing interventions to address them. The submission focuses on the three key drivers for industrial and occupational gender segregation in Australia:

  • Education: Fields of study, career choices and pay gaps
  • Women in Leadership: Discrimination and structural bias
  • The gendered nature of work and caring responsibilities

Disability Network Forum:Review of the Guardianship Act 1987: Response to Question Paper 3

Disability Network Forum:Review of the Guardianship Act 1987: Response to Question Paper 2

The DNF argues that a range of supported decision-making models should be introduced, accompanied by appropriate safegaurds.

Review of the Guardianship Act 1987: Response to Question Paper 1

NCOSS argues that a revised Guardianship Act must reflect an environment where people with disability are empowered, while recognising many may need support to exercise their rights and time to develop decision-making capacity. A focus on accessible information and providing appropriate support, as well as a timely statory review, are crucial elements of striking this balance.

NSW Disability Network Forum (DNF) comment on draft National Mental Health Plan

The DNF is concerned that there is no mention of people with intellectual disability in the draft Plan. People with intellectual disability who experience mental health issues are particularly vulnerable due to the challenges they face in accessing appropriate mental health care.

The DNF endorses the position statement and recommendations of its member, the NSW Council of Intellectual Disability, in relation to the draft Plan. These recommendations are contained in our submisson.

Independent Review of the NSW Regulatory Policy Framework: NCOSS Submission

NCOSS has spoken to communities and services across the state – hearing from over 200 community organisations and nearly 30 different communities, as well as key stakeholders. What we heard was that across the state the sector wants A Fair Deal for Our Community Services. The sector is seeking regulation that is fair and reasonable, not onerous or repetitive, and is consistent with the level of risk. Ideally the types and forms of regulatory requirements would be standardised within and across government departments and agencies to ensure consistency in approach.

Review of Rent Models for Social and Affordable Housing: NCOSS Submission to IPART

NCOSS advocates for a fair and equitable housing system where low income families and individuals have access to safe, secure and affordable housing. As an organisation representing the interests of people experiencing poverty in NSW, NCOSS is particularly focused in this submission on improving access to safe and affordable housing to vulnerable families and individuals. We therefore welcome the aim of the Review to ensure the housing assistance is affordable and easy to understand for clients, and allocations of assistance are needs-based, efficient and equitable.

Poor Health: The Cost of Living in NSW

The high and growing cost of health is having a very real impact on people experiencing or at risk of poverty and their families across NSW. There is plenty of research highlighting the negative health outcomes that low-income people experience as a result of being unable to meet growing health costs. This report looks not only at what the data and research tells us; but hears directly from people experiencing or at risk of poverty about their experiences and what would make a real difference in their lives.

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