The role of the AER in regulating compliance with the hardship protections in the Retail Law and Retail Rules requirements is important for people living in poverty and in households at risk of poverty. It is essential that retailers have policies, and more importantly practices, that provide support to people who struggle to pay energy bills. Alleviating the impost of the cost of energy bills through effective programs can positively impact on many aspects of people’s lives.This submission responds to the Australian Energy Regulator's Hardship Policy Guideline Issues Paper.
Customer Hardship Policy Guideline: NCOSS Submission to to Australian Energy Regulator
NCOSS 2019 Election Platform - No Child In Poverty
NCOSS has listened to stories and experiences all over NSW, and we have formed our Election Platform based on what have we heard.
The Platform outlines NCOSS Election priorities in six key areas:
- Affordable and secure housing
- Mental health
- Lifelong learning
- Family and connectedness
You can see more detail at https://platform.ncoss.org.au/, where you can read case studies highlighting the importance of each ask.
Response to Accessible Housing Options Paper
NCOSS would like to acknowledge and formally endorse the submission by the Australian Network for Universal Housing Design (ANUHD).
Given the anticipated demographic changes in the next 30 years, most housing will need to be accessible at some time during the houses life-cycle, to meet the needs of residents and their visitors. Market forces are insufficient to create an adequate supply of accessible housing, and accessible housing facilitates inclusion and the implementation of NSW policy frameworks for older people and people with disability.
Inquiry into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the provision of disability services in New South Wales
In our submission to this inquiry, NCOSS emphasised the findings of our major report into the gaps created in mainstream services with the closure of the Department of Aging Disability and Home Care in June 2018. Although it is heartening to see Government action in relation to some of the issues identified in the report since its release, more work needs to be done to ensure the NSW service system is inclusive of and responsive to all people with disability, in line with the Inclusion Act 2014.
We also prepared supplementary evidence about groups of people not receiving support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Letter in support of removing no grounds evictions from Residential Tenancies Act
NCOSS wrote to members of Parliament in support of the Tenants' Union campaign to remove no grounds evictions from the Residential Tenancies Act 2010. No grounds evictions impact harshly on people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.
Regional Community Consultation Report, 2018
At NCOSS we know that our communities are one of the State's most important assets. They are strong, resilient and innovative and contain the solutions to the challenges they face. In 2018 we held consultations which shone a light on the kind of communities our sector want to see and the key challenges facing us in achieving this.
Accessible version is available for download here.
Access to Healthy Food: NCOSS Cost of Living Report 2018
The report draws on a survey of 402 people on low incomes to highlight their experiences of food insecurity and its impacts. We found the sample experienced food insecurity at a rate more than six times higher than the NSW population. Drawing on the three pillars of food security (availability, access and utilisation), we outline some immediate actions which the Government could take right now, as well as some future policy options to explore.
Briefing paper: Regional Consultations
We've prepared a briefing paper to set the stage for our upcoming regional visits and kickstart the conversation with our members about their priorities for the 2019 NSW state election.
Download the regional consultation briefing paper
Submission to Inquiry into Sydney stadiums strategy
In our submission we argue that instead of rebuilding and refurbishing stadia, the Government should invest in the priority areas identified in our Pre Budget submission. These areas were idenitified by the community as as actions that make a difference in their lives. We also support investment targeted at regional communities, who have less opportunity to enjoy sporting events.
Submission to Fresh Food Inquiry
In our submission, we argue about people on low incomes experience barriers accessing fresh food, and that this issue needs to be addressed at the systemic level.
Response to Transport for New South Wales Disability Inclusion Action Plan
NCOSS welcomes the identification of specific, outward facing actions against the DIAP’s outcomes; as well as the progress in outlining more concrete measurement of performance. However, there are some significant opportunities for improvement to ensure that the final document is effective in driving its outcomes and objectives. While the move to more clearly identify measurement indicators is very welcome, these need to be more detailed to be effective. Similarly, NCOSS is concerned that there are some crucial actions which are missing, and that some of the actions identified need to be more targeted.
Response to Transport Disability Incentives and Subsidies Review
Response to the discussion paper in Transport for NSW Disability Incentives and Subsidies Review.
Submission: Inquiry into fresh food pricing
NCOSS made a submission to the NSW Parliament inquiry into fresh food pricing. We made comments on the prevalence of food insecurity in NSW and the identification of 'food deserts' and how to address this issue. We also flagged our forthcoming annual Cost of Living report, which has surveyed over 400 low income households on the affordability, accessibility and availability of healthy food options.
Submission: Inquiry into the Sydney stadiums strategy
NCOSS made a submission to the NSW Parliament inquiry into the Sydney stadiums strategy. We strongly believe that the funds needed to implement the Sydney stadiums strategy would be better spent in other areas. Areas where they would make a social impact and improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our community should be prioritised. This includes measures to address the disadvantage faced in rural and regional communities and those identified in our 2018/19 Pre-Budget Submission.
Submission: NSW Curriculum Review Terms of Reference
NCOSS was invited to provide input to shape the Terms of Reference for the recently announced NSW Curriculum Review. We emphasised the importance of involving Aboriginal controlled organisations in this process, as well as the voice of children and young people.