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



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.

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.

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