A NSW free from poverty and inequality


NCOSS works with and for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage to see positive change in our communities. This includes developing independent and informed social policy, advice and review.

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Submission to the Inquiry into Public Infrastructure

NCOSS considers that social and affordable housing is a vital form of social infrastructure and should be considered as part of the Inquiry.

Submission to the BASIX Target Review

NCOSS supports the proposal to increase the BASIX targets and suggests that they should apply 6 months after any formal Government announcement to allow industry professionals time to adjust their current practices and procedures.

Submission on the Carter St Lidcombe Urban Activation Precinct - April 2014

NCOSS submits that the current proposal for the Carter St Lidcombe Urban Activation Precinct should not proceed until the completion of a comprehensive planning strategy for the wider Sydney Olympic Park area.

Submission to the Department of Planning and Environment Herring Road (Macquarie Park) Urban Activation Precinct

This submission recommends the site of the Ivanhoe public housing estate be removed from this Urban Activation Precinct as the public housing properties are in good condition and do not need to be redeveloped. We further recommend that developers of higher density housing in the precinct be required to contribute to an affordable housing plan for the area.

Submission Inquiry into Outsourcing Service Delivery Legislative Assembly Committee on Community Services

NCOSS makes a number of recommendations, including that the NSW Community Sector Charter be recognised as a foundation for discussion, that a new and effective Compact and whole of Government Funding Policy be negotiated by Government and the community sector, and that funding takes into account the full cost of service delivery including investment in the future capacity and sustainability of community sector organisations.

2012-13 NSW State Budget Analysis

The 2012-13 NSW State Budget was released on 12 June 2012. NCOSS has prepared a detailed analysis.

2013-14 NSW State Budget Analysis

The 2013-14 NSW State Budget was released on 18 June 2013. NCOSS has prepared a detailed analysis.

South West Sydney Regional Consultation, November 2013

NCOSS regularly holds community consultations in rural and regional NSW. The 19 November 2013 South West Sydney Regional Consultation was held in partnership with NCOSS Regional Forum member, Sector Connect. This report presents a summary of the issues raised at the consultation.

Submission on improving the governance of residential parks

NCOSS response to the discussion paper Improving the governance of residential parks , released by the Minister on 3 November 2011. NCOSS welcomes the passage last year of legislation to establish a register of residential parks in NSW.

Submission on the Exposure Draft of the Boarding Houses Bill 2012

NCOSS welcomes the Government's commitment to introduce legislation into Parliament in the Spring Session following consideration of community feedback on the Exposure Draft Bill. NCOSS is concerned, however, that the material released for comment excludes consideration of key matters that will determine the effectiveness of the reform agenda.

Submission on planning controls for Wentworth Point

NCOSS believes that any intensification of residential development at Wentworth Point should be conditional upon a substantial contribution of affordable rental housing by the companies that own the sites involved.

Submission to the Legislative Council Select Committee on Social, Public and Affordable Housing

Feedback from our members, and those of our national counterpart ACOSS, consistently identifies housing availability and affordability as the greatest unmet need for the clients of non-government welfare services.

Tenancy Management in Social Housing: NCOSS Submission

NCOSS supports a multi-provider social housing system delivered by a range of public and community (not for profit) entities, where tenants and applicants can choose the provider that best meets their particular needs. We are opposed to suggestions that the current inquiry will lead to private for profit providers being given responsibility for public housing tenancy management.

Rebuilding NSW: NCOSS Submission

This submission to the Rebuilding NSW Discussion Paper outlines the NSW Government's intention to part-lease the NSW electricity networks potentially releasing approximately $20 billion in capital funding. The first part of the NCOSS submission focuses on priorities for infrastructure investment in NSW. The second part of our proposal addresses the need to ensure the long-term interests of electricity customers.

Rebuilding NSW: NCOSS and IPA Joint Submission

NCOSS and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) have joined together in this submission from a common understanding that electricity reform must be used to drive better and fairer outcomes for electricity consumers - and from a recognition that the proceeds from the lease can be used to substantially improve the function and reach of the State's broader infrastructure.

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