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



NCOSS Election Platform: Speak, Plan, Act! Achieving fairness for everyone

As we approach the 2015 NSW Election, NCOSS wants to see everyone speak about the issue of poverty and disadvantage in our state, plan for a fairer NSW and act to address poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation. The NCOSS Election 2015 Platform provides an agenda to start that discussion.

NCOSS 2010-11 PBS: A Community Services Stimulus Package

This Pre-Budget Submission seeks to balance the many pressing priorities in the community with the fact that there are limited resources available. The recommendations, therefore, represent where we believe Government can get the best return for their investment in the current environment and to ensure the best possible outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities.

NCOSS 2011 State Election Policy: Vote 1 Fairness in NSW

Vote 1 Fairness in NSW calls for a range of measures that will make a difference for those people and communities that are doing it tough. Real, practical ideas that deliver improved outcomes and build a fairer society. Vote 1 Fairness in NSW is a call for all current and aspiring politicians to agree to support measures that will contribute in a real and meaningful way to a fairer, more just and sustainable society. It is a call for us to make sure that when we vote in the State Election we are voting for fairness not just for ourselves but for us all

NCOSS 2012-13 PBS: Making NSW Number 1 for Fairness

This Pre-Budget Submission follows on from Vote 1 Fairness in NSW, our election platform, and seeks through its recommendations to ensure budgetary measures are adopted to enhance the lives of those in our communities who are the most vulnerable and marginalised.

NCOSS PBS 2013-14: Building Fairness First

NCOSS advocates for targeted measures that address the factors leading to disadvantage and vulnerability. For us, we seek to make society fairer by focusing our attention and resources on those who most need it.

NCOSS PBS 2014-15: Sharing the Benefits

NCOSS has framed its 2014-15 Pre-Budget Submission (PBS) to highlight those areas where we believe more needs to be done to address disadvantage, improve well-being and increase opportunity in NSW.

Joint COSS submission to 'A Definition of Charity' consultation

The COSS network strongly endorsed the 2001 Charities Definition Inquiry recommendations as they were developed in full and detailed consultation with the sector and attracted widespread support. The COSS network would like to see the adoption of the 2001 Inquiry recommendations as part of this process. Our support for the statutory definition of charity rests strongly on the principles established by that Inquiry and we reaffirm its centrality to the current reform.

Submission to NSW Fair Trading on Improving Governance

NCOSS supports NSW Fair Trading in their recognition of the need to ensure effective governance within incorporated associations whilst maintaining a light touch approach to regulation. This ensures that resources are directed to service delivery and the needs of clients as opposed to additional and potentially unnecessary compliance

Submission to the IPART Review of water prices: Gosford and Wyong

NCOSS believes that Gosford City Council and Wyong Shire Council should improve the assistance they provides to reduce financial hardship, and should implement additional measures in order to mitigate the impact of any price increase on low-income households.

Submission to the IPART Review of water prices: Hunter Water Corporation

NCOSS believes that there is the potential for Hunter Water to significantly strengthen measures designed to mitigate the impact of any price increase on low-income households, and to improve the assistance it provides to reduce financial hardship.

Submission to the Review of Competition in NSW Retail Electricity and Natural Gas Markets

This submission argues that the three key issues which need to be addressed for residential customers in the NSW energy market are affordability, consumer protections and improved consumer information.

Submission to the NSW Energy Savings Scheme Rule Change Consultation 2013

NCOSS strongly supports the Energy Savings Scheme as a mechanism to reduce electricity consumption and electricity costs.

Submission to the Review of Energy Efficiency Programs for Low Income Households

NCOSS contributed to the Review of of energy efficiency programs for low income households with this submission and through attendance at the evidence-gathering forum on 6 February 2014.

Submission to the Review of Energy Savings Scheme

This submission to the NSW Government's Review responds to Question 40 in the Issues Paper: How can the ESS encourage greater participation by vulnerable households?

Submission to the IPART Review of changes in regulated retail gas prices from 1 July 2014

NCOSS is concerned about the impact of the proposed price rises on households experiencing poverty and disadvantage. As such, our submission is aimed at mitigating the impacts of escalating gas prices on households with low incomes.

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