A NSW free from poverty and inequality


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 the NDIA Towards Solutions for Assistive Technology Discussion Paper

Assistive technology plays an important role inenabling people with disability to live independent lives. NCOSS understands the need to investigate the potential for savings that could make assistive technology cheaper by unit price and therefore more accessible. However, we have some concerns that a focuson making savings in some areas may result in costs being down-streamed to consumers and potentially impacting on the quality of service experienced by people accessing assistive technology.

Submission to the Review of Police Oversight in NSW

NCOSS outlines the need to consider enhanced independant oversight of the police and the barriers to access to justice that particular groups currently experience.

Cost of Living Report: Children and Families

NCOSS examines the experience of cost of living pressures for low to middle income families with dependent children in NSW.

NCOSS analysis of the NSW 2015/2016 Budget

While the NSW Government’s 2015/16 Budget has a focus on fiscal strength and infrastructure spending, it also provides for a welcome expansion of a number of key social services.

1 in 7 campaign consultation report

NCOSS consulted with communities and members across the state about what actions would make a difference for the 1 in 7 children living in poverty in NSW. We have heard about what solutions are working in communities  and what the NSW Government could do to make a difference.

NCOSS precis of Partnerships for Health, NSW Health's response to the Grants Management Improvement Program Taskforce Report

This NCOSS brief summarises NSW Health's response to the Grants Management Improvement Taskforce report. NSW Health initiated a review of NGO funding and administration in mid-2012. The Taskforce made 43 recommendations for a new approach to partnering with NGOs.

Shared Services in the NGO Sector

The NCOSS Sector Development Seminar on Shared Services provided an opportunity to find out about the latest research and learn from the 'practice' of other NGOs and other sectors. Speakers included academic researchers, as well as NGO professionals with first-hand experience of 'sharing services'.

Poverty in New South Wales: Any one of us is just one step away

This report to highlights that all of us – along with our family, friends, neighbours and communities – are just one step away from poverty or disadvantage, and reinforce that everyone in societybenefits when we reduce inequality

Doors to ownership: a business case and guidelines for a shared homeownership scheme with NSW community housing associations

This document outlines a scheme for a shared homeownership arrangement where the two parties concerned would be an individual (the homeowner) and a community housing association (which would be a registered community housing association under NSW law).

State of the Community Service Sector in NSW

NCOSS is currently engaged in a number of projects aimed at ensuring the community sector gets the support it needs to have a sustainable future. The projects will deliver a solid evidence base to strengthen advocacy efforts in this area.

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The Cost of Living: Who's Really Hurting?

This report focuses on those most in need. It draws on data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to assess how living costs have changed over the last ten years, and how these changes impact people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

Consumer power: The lease of the NSW Electricity Networks from an electricity consumer's perspective

This Report analyses the proposed partial lease from the point of view of NSW electricity consumers. It does not seek to answer the question of whether the NSW Government should go ahead with the lease, but aims to ensure the best outcomes for consumers whatever the future holds.

Have your say...but how? Improving public participation in NSW

This report presents the findings of a research project on public participation by NCOSS. Public participation is about people having a say in decisions that affect them. It means people are not only involved in government decision-making processes but they can potentially influence the outcome of those processes. It is an important feature of our democracy and makes society fairer.

Measuring Up: A Framework for Government Social Performance Reporting in NSW

NCOSS believes that social performance reporting needs to become a central feature ofgovernance in our state.

The Cost of Living: Are Concessions Doing Their Job?

This report presents a way forward for the provision of concessions in NSW. It begins the conversation we believe is needed if concessions are to remain effective in the face of rising living costs and shrinking Government Budgets.

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