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NCOSS continues to build on the ways in which we consult and collaborate with our members, the broader community services sector, people with lived experience and other stakeholders. We regularly convene stakeholder and policy advisory groups, and also represent the interests of our members, the broader sector and the communities they support in groups hosted by external stakeholders.

Forum of Non-Government Agencies (FONGA)

FONGA is comprised of leaders of non-government organisations in the community and health sectors providing services to people experiencing disadvantage in NSW. Services represented include ageing, disability, youth, women, domestic violence, housing and justice. FONGA meetings offer an opportunity for information sharing, problem solving, innovation and collaboration on shared challenges across the sector and vulnerable communities.

FONGA - Terms of Reference

If you would like to be involved in FONGA, contact Executive Support Officer Jay Seto for further information.

Regional Forum

Regional Forum brings together regionally-based non-government organisations and networks that work across a range of service areas and diverse communities in NSW. Members are leaders in their own region with close connections to their communities and strong knowledge of local and place-based issues. Regional Forum provides an opportunity for NCOSS to support regional members and to be informed about regional community and sector needs. Importantly, Regional Forum brings a unique and valuable regional perspective to NCOSS’s policy and advocacy work.

Online Forum - Regional Forum members only

Regional Forum - Terms of Reference

If you would like to be involved in Regional Forum, email for further information.

Health Equity Alliance

The Health Equity Alliance brings together non-government organisations, peak organisations, representatives from academia and other interested parties to develop and advance the policy responses needed to improve health outcomes for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage in NSW. Health Equity Alliance meetings provide the opportunity for information sharing and advice on current and emerging health policy issues that affect access and equity in communities, and for identifying shared priorities and opportunities for collaboration.

Health Equity Alliance - Terms of Reference

If you would like to be involved in the Health Equity Alliance, contact NCOSS Policy Lead Elyse Cain for further information.

External stakeholder groups

NCOSS participates in a range of external stakeholder groups convened by other organisations. Some of these currently include:

  • Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Ministerial Advisory Group
  • NSW Health NGO Advisory Committee
  • NSW Health Oral Health Advisory Group
  • NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program Reference Group
  • NSW Women’s Alliance
  • NSW Ageing Alliance

Engaging with people with lived experience

NCOSS is guided by a set of principles and practice guides that was co-designed with a group of Lived Experience Advocates and representatives from the federal, state and territory Councils of Social Services.

View the NCOSS Lived Experience Framework here