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.

See our latest work below or browse by policy area.


Social housing in NSW – Crunch Time: NCOSS response to Social Housing in NSW

This submission points to a new future for social housing. It recommends a broader, integrated plan to address affordable housing outside of the social housing system. It recommends new ways to increase the stock of social housing across the state and it calls for a person-centred approach, which recognises the inherent humanity of social housing tenants.

Response to the Consultation paper Future directions for specialist homelessness services

This response outlines why it is vital that the reforms move forward in a spirit of partnership and in a way that values the strengths of our sector, including its diversity, capacity to collaborate and expertise in both service delivery and policy and program development.

Submission to Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 Statutory Review - Discussion Paper

NCOSS believes a comprehensive public health approach, including strong legislative mechanisms, continues to be required to reduce smoking rates and smoking related harm in NSW.

Submission to the House Standing Committee on Health and Ageing Inquiry into Adult Dental Services in Australia

NSW Oral Health Alliance Submission: The Alliance provides this submission to supplement formal quantitative data with qualitative evidence about the extent and nature of demand for adult dental services. It reflects the perspectives of not-for-profit community sector organisations who work with those people most at risk of poor oral health and who struggle the most to access dental services.

Submission to the Commonwealth government on Grow Up Smiling

NCOSS commends the Commonwealth government for its investment in GUS and the national dental health reform package. Longer-term, the Commonwealth government must commit to implement a national, universal access oral health system that provides all Australians with the opportunity to maintain good oral health.

Submission to the NSW Ministry of Health on the discussion paper: Towards an Aboriginal Health Plan for NSW

This submission has been informed by the NCOSS Health Policy Advice Group and the NSW Aboriginal Community Care Gathering Committee.

Australia's domestic response to WHO Commission on SDoH Report "Closing the Gap within a Generation"

The Councils of Social Service believe that addressing the social determinants of health and reducing inequities will not only improve population health and well-being, but it will also make Australia fairer, more inclusive and sustainable

Submission to NSW Health on the NSW Rural Health Plan

People in rural and remote NSW have worse health outcomes across a range of indicators than those living in cities. NCOSS makes a number of recommendations to NSW Health on the NSW Rural Health Plan.

Submission to NSW Health: NSW Rural Health Plan

NCOSS believes the proposed directions and initiatives reflect the priority health equity issues affecting people living in rural and remote communities, and strategies to address them.

Submission to Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs on the National Health Amendment

NCOSS does not support the proposed measures, as they are regressive and place the biggest financial burden on low-to-middle income people who already experience the greatest burden of illness and disease. Cost barriers to medicines will lead to more preventable and expensive health problems and increased costs to the health system longterm.

Submission on the development of new flexible funds for Medicare Locals

NCOSS believes that the primary objective of the Fund should be: “...to make it easier for all Australians to access health services through funding to improve the availability, appropriateness, coordination and integration of services”, rather than the proposed objective, '...to help make it easier for all Australians to navigate their local health system'.

Submission to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority's discussion paper on a draft pricing framework

NCOSS broadly supports the proposed pricing framework, but has concerns about the potential unintended consequences for health equity, access to services, and investment in primary and community health.

Submission to the NSW Health Grants Management Improvement Taskforce Discussion Paper on the Grants Management Improvement Program

In this submission NCOSS argues that NSW Health must take a strategic approach to developing the funding policy, and that it must not undermine the broad community outcomes provided by the community sector.

NCOSS brief on Partnerships for Health

This NCOSS brief summarises NSW Health's response to the Grants Management Improvement Taskforce report.

Update on NSW Partnerships for Health - Health NGO funding reform

The Ministry of Health advised the Health NGO Advisory Committee meeting on 6 June that the next phase of the NGO funding reform is underway. NSW Health is currently planning services and programs to purchase under the new funding framework, NSW Partnerships for Health.There will be a phased implementation of the new system from mid-2013 to 2014.

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