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After the pandemic: building a more resilient and inclusive NSW

This Pre-Budget Submission follows engagement and consultation with the many NCOSS members, other frontline services and peak organisations who have supported communities through bushfires, drought, floods, multiple COVID-19 outbreaks and associated economic and social dislocation.

These recent crises have shone a light on some of the biggest challenges facing our state: including that the most basic of human rights – having a decent home – is out of reach for a growing number of people; and that our social services sector doesn’t have sufficient resources, nor adequate involvement in critical planning and decision-making processes, to deliver the support needed to ensure vulnerable individuals and communities can reach their potential.

Addressing these challenges now is not only the right thing to do, it will deliver economic and social dividends, driving job creation and boosting NSW’s economic recovery.

This Pre-Budget Submission calls on the NSW Government to:

1. Ensure people have a safe, healthy, accessible and affordable place to call home

a. Build 5,000 additional units of social housing every year for the next 10 years

b. Upgrade inefficient fixtures (water, heating and cooling) and improve the thermal performance of existing social housing stock

c. Renew and expand the NSW Appliance Replacement Offer program to support lower-income households to replace inefficient appliances

d. Mandate minimum accessibility standards (Silver Level Livable Design) in NSW building regulation

2. Invest in essential support, social cohesion and job security for women by  boosting recurrent baseline funding for the social services sector by 20 per cent

3. Embed place-based NGOs in emergency management systems to improve local emergency responses and recovery.


Read the full Pre-Budget Submission 2022-23 and strengthen its impact by endorsing below.


NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission 2022-23 is Endorsed By:

Catholic Social Services NSW/ACT Inc
Mountains Community Resource Network (MCRN)
Armidale Neighbourhood Centre
CatholicCare Sydney
National Council of Women of New South Wales Inc.
Highlands Community Centres Inc.
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Australian Network for Universal Housing Design
Parramatta Mission
Mercy Foundation
Asthma Australia
Western Sydney Community Forum
Welfare Rights Centre
Full Stop Australia
Armidale Family Support Service Inc. t/as New England Family Support Service
Homelessness NSW
Dementia Reframed Inc
Good360 Australia
Tamworth Family Support Service Ltd
Cicada International
Sydney Women's Counselling Centre
Community Industry Group
Bridge Housing
Riverstone Neighbourhood Centre and Community Aid Service Inc
Southern Youth and Family Services
Humanity Matters
Sector Connect Incorporated
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC)
Common Equity NSW
Physical Disability Council of NSW
SydWest Multicultural Services
Mission Australia
Community Legal Centres NSW
Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA)
Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW
Dementia Reframed Inc
CORE Community Services
Local Community Services Association
Settlement Service International
Tenants' Union of NSW
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
The Salvation Army
Older Women's Network NSW
Barnardos Australia
Domestic Violence NSW
North Coast Community Housing
Youth Action
Shelter NSW