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Choosing A Better Future

The NSW Council of Social Service calls upon the NSW Government to choose a better future for our state. The Government has the opportunity to choose to support those doing it toughest right now in the face of a cost-of-living crisis, and implement strategic policy interventions that dismantle deep inequities. Failure to act will further entrench poverty for generations to come. This submission recommends actions that provide immediate help to those in greatest need, as well as the investments that are required for long-term change, across five key areas:

  1. Cost of Living: Urgent and targeted support for communities barely hanging on.
  2. Housing: Invest in the housing system to address decades of neglect.
  3. Children, Young People and Families: Invest in children, young people, and families so they can thrive.
  4. First Nations: Enable self-determination for First Nations communities.
  5. Social Services Sector: Strengthen the social service sector to provide essential support for those most in need.

The detailed recommendations have been designed through consultation with our members, review of NCOSS research and evidence, and engagement with the sector.

It is incumbent upon the Government to address the systemic barriers faced by communities. Inaction and inadequate investments are a choice. A choice that will perpetuate the cycle of disadvantage, entrenching concentrated poverty that has momentous life-long and intergenerational costs for individuals, families, communities and the NSW economy.

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  • Emma Warren, Lived Experience Advocate NCOSS


The Family Place
Catholic Social Services NSW/ACT
Bathurst Meals on Wheels Service Inc
Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA)
Armidale Uralla Meals On Wheels Inc
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Tenterfield Social Development Committee
Weave Youth & Community Services
St Vincent de Paul Society (NSW)
Inner Sydney Voice
Community Legal Centres NSW
Seniors Rights Service
Women's Legal Service NSW
Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre
54 reasons part of Save The Children Australia Group
NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
Mercy Foundation
Eleanor Duncan Aborigial Services Ltd
Accessible Diversity Services Initiative Limited
Allevia Limited
Housing for the Aged Action Group
Central Coast Tenants' Advice and Advoacacy Service
Newtown Neigbourhood Centre
The Wollongong West Street Centre Inc.
Tenants' Union of NSW
Older Women's Network NSW
Homelessness NSW
Community First Step
Shelter NSW
Mountains Community Resource Network (MCRN)
Murwillumbah Community Centre Inc
Inside Out Recovery
Northern Rivers Community Gateway
Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Mental Health Carers NSW Inc
CORE Community Services
Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW
Human Nature Adventure Therapy
Wyong Neighbourhood Centre Inc.