Report on disability advocacy, representative and information organisations
The issue of ongoing funding for disability advocacy and information organisations in NSW has been the subject of public, and more recently parliamentary, debate. Since the full-roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW the operating environment for these organisations has changed dramatically. Between May and July 2019 NCOSS conducted a small research project that collected information from 34 disability advocacy and information organisations. The research focussed on the experiences of these organisations; the changes since the end of previous block funding for specialist disability services and the full roll out of the NDIS, and their plans for the future.
NCOSS position on cashless welfare card
The Coalition Government is seeking to extend existing Cashless Debit Card trials and introduce the trial in new locations, including Cape York and the Northern Territory. NCOSS is of the position that addressing complex health and social issues through income management is a fundamentally flawed approach. This statement provides detail and links on the position of NCOSS and other Councils of Social Service on the Cashless Debit Card.
Mapping Economic Disadvantage in NSW Report
The “Mapping Economic Disadvantage in NSW” project was undertaken with the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM). This research breaks down poverty rates and gives us a sophisticated picture of people living with disadvantage in NSW, including geographical concentrations of poverty and disadvantage.
Not having sufficient resources to cover the basics and achieve a reasonable standard of living can have profound and long-lasting impacts. Poverty and disadvantage impact on social and emotional wellbeing, physical health, life expectancy and the ability to create a stable home environment. It can prevent communities from thriving. This report, and its accompanying maps at https://maps.ncoss.org.au/, examine where disadvantage occurs in NSW and those affected by it.
Governments continue to place a strong emphasis on the importance of evidence-informed, data-driven policies and programs that result in measurable outcomes. This research is intended to feed into this evidence base by helping us see and understand how poverty affects our communities.
Read the complete report here.
View the interactive maps here.
Please view the Poverty in NSW report technical appendix here.
Inquiry into the sustainability of energy supply and resources in NSW
NCOSS made a submission to the inquiry into the sustainability of energy supply and resources in NSW. The climate crisis, the continued use of fossil fuels to provide our energy and a slow, poorly managed transition to zero net emissions are major threats to achieving our vision of a NSW free from inequality and disadvantage. This submission provides analysis on the health and social impacts of ‘business-as-usual’ and the opportunities of a just transition away from fossil fuels. The submission posits that reform of the energy industry in NSW must be assessed through a framework of the costs and benefits to the people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis.
Response to Trajectory for Low Energy Existing Homes July 2019 Consultation Paper
NCOSS has joined 25 organisations to support an ACOSS submission to the National Energy Productivity Plan secretariat on a Trajectory for Low Energy Existing Homes. Inefficient housing along with rising energy costs means that a significant and growing portion of the population now live in homes that are cold and damp in winter and too hot in the summer. The coalition of organisations welcome many of the initiatives currently underway to improve existing housing, however recommend a systemic, coordinated response to achieve low carbon homes, soon
The Human Service Agreement for Funding of Services- Appendix A
The Human Service Agreement for Funding of Services (HSA) was developed in consultation with the Social Innovation Council with the intention of reducing the cost of compliance impacting on the sustainability of funded organisations. Attachment A is a summary of 10 clauses in the HSA on which NCOSS and other peak bodies seek amendment as part of the immediate review.
NCOSS Analysis: NSW Budget 2019-20
This State Budget comes at a time when more people are experiencing homelessness than ever, the rate of children and young people entering out-of-home-care remains too high, and almost 1 million people in NSW seek community legal assistance each year. NCOSS looks at how the 2019-20 NSW Budget will help those who are doing it tough, where the gaps are, and what more is needed.
Maximum Opal fares 2020 - 24 and on-demand transport
NCOSS has submitted a response to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's Issues Paper on Opal fares from 2020 and the future of on-demand transport services. In our submission, NCOSS argues that equity of access should be a specific objective of IPART in fare setting because of the disproportionate impact fare increases have on people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. NCOSS recommends deeper concessions and a more incremental approach to distance bands on the Greater Sydney network. With regard to on-demand transport, NCOSS recommends community consultation and an awareness of the value and purpose of existing community transport networks.
The regulation of lobbying access and influence in NSW
NCOSS recently made a submission to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation into the regulation of lobbying access and influence in NSW. This investigation presents an opportunity to improve the transparency and fairness of lobbying activities and decision-making processes in NSW. In recognition of the disparity between the resources available for NGOs and community groups for advocating and lobbying, and those available to many industries and professional lobbyists, NCOSS supports an approach that ensures fairness, transparency and a level playing field for all who seek to influence government.
Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug 'Ice'
NCOSS prepared a submission to the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug 'Ice' in recognition of the intersectionality of issues surrounding substance use, including inequality, mental health and the particular challenges facing regional communities.
Issues Paper: Insights on Priorities
In February 2019, NCOSS sought the views of 544 NSW residents on their perceptions of inequality. This Issues Paper compares these findings with other research and commentary related to the views of this sample of NSW residents. Overall, it is clear that people feel inequality is growing and that more action is required on a range of essential services. The top priorities for action identified in this data include health and mental health support and facilities, housing and the protection of the environment.
Informing Australia's priorities at United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 63rd Session
After two consecutive years of direct involvement in CSW61 and CSW62, NCOSS provided input to inform Australia's priorities at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 63rd Session (CSW63).
Older Persons Transport and Mobility Plan 2018-2022
NCOSS recently made comments on Transport for NSW's draft Older Persons Transport and Mobility Plan 2018-2022 about the need for:
- actions to incorporate clearer specifications so that progress can be measured;
- actions to make reference to related processes across Government;
- additional actions relating to accessibility and affordability; and
- strengthened actions relating to rural and regional trnasport.
NCOSS comment on Their Futures Matter (TFM) Access System Redesign Discussion Paper
NCOSS has prepared a response to the Their Futures Matter Access System Redesign Discussion Paper The response was informed by consultations with and advice from NCOSS members, partners and key stakeholders.
Productivity Commission inquiry into Mental Health
NCOSS has made a submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Mental Health, which presents an important opportunity to look more holistically at the social determinants of mental health and consider how supports and services should respond to complex and intersecting needs. We discuss how federal, state and territory governments must focus efforts on the 'missing middle' to keep people well in the community for longer, particularly through access to non-stigmatising, soft entry points to mental health support, addressing immediate needs such as housing and improving access to affordable services. We also discuss how people must be supported to transition in and out of acute care where it is needed and have access to peer support to feel more empowered and resilient. Finally, we discuss how the sector must be supported to be sustainable if it is to continue delivering vital services to the community.