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 on the draft National Primary Health Care Strategic Framework

NCOSS believes a robust national Framework and State bilateral plans are essential to improve the coordination and integration of primary health services and improve health outcomes.

Submission on the NSW Bilateral Primary Health Care Plan Consultation Paper

This submission begins by providing over-arching comments on the NSW bilateral plan. It then comments under each of the four strategic outcomes on the proposed NSW-specific actions and makes recommendations for additional actions.

Interim report on not-for-profit community sector organisations' engagement with Medicare Locals

The following report presents a summary of two round table discussions convened by NCOSS with not-for-profit community sector organisations (CSOs) about their engagement with NSW Medicare Locals.The roundtables were the first stage in aproject aimed at supporting the sector's engagement with Medicare Locals.

Survey report: Not-for-profit community sector's engagement with NSW Medicare Locals

This NCOSS survey was completed by 323 respondents from a range of sectors and geographic locations. The results show considerable variation in the extent and quality of engagement between community sector organisations and Medicare Locals across the State.

Submission to Medicare Local Review

NCOSS has been monitoring Medicare Locals' development since their inception in 2011.Our interest is in their engagement with the non-government community sector and their role in addressing health inequities in local communities.

NCOSS Brief: Medicare Locals Review

This brief provides an overview of the Medicare Locals review report, NCOSS analysis of the recommendations, and the Government's response.

2014-15 Federal Budget - NCOSS Analysis of Health Measures

The 2014federal health budget focuses on reducing health spending and investing in medical research. The budget is cut by $428m in 2014-15, with a total reduction of $8.6bover the forward estimates.The Government argues the savings are necessary due to the unsustainable budget position and growing demand for health care.

NCOSS analysis of NSW Health Budget 2014-15

Health continues to be the largest government expense with a record $19.9bn budget in 2014-15. This comprises $18.7bn on health services and $1.17bn on infrastructure. There is an additional $846m for health services this year, which reflects a 5.2% growth rate on a comparative basis with previous years. This is slightly less than Treasury's estimated demand projection of 6% per annum over the long-term.

Submission to the ICAC Consultation Paper Funding NGO Delivery of Human Services: A period of transition

This submission focuses on the need for a fair and equitable funding arrangement which is respectful of both NGOs and their clients whilst meeting NSW Government requirements that use of these monies is not wasteful, inefficient or ineffective.

Submission to the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan Exposure Draft

The DNF argues the National Disability Strategy is critically important to the participation and inclusion of people with disability in Australian society. The implementation of the NDS must be well considered and capably applied to provide authentic opportunities for success for the proposed outcomes.

Position Paper to the Ability Links NSW Taskforce

The NSW Disability Network Forum is pleased to provide this Position Paper to the Ability Links NSW Taskforce to explain the critical role of Independent Advocacy and Independent Information, not only to support people with disability and their families and carers, but also to ensure the success of the Ability Links NSW Program and its implementation.

An approach to Eligibility and Support under an NDIS

The NSW Disability Network Forum was pleased to provide feedback on the Discussion Paper on Eligibility & Reasonable and Necessary Support to the NDIS Select Council on Disability Reform as part of its second forum.

Submission to the National Disability Strategy (NDS) NSW Implementation Plan

The NSW Disability Network Forum convened a special meeting to develop their response to the implementation plan and took into account additional comments by member organisations.

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into the NDIS Bill 2012

The Disability Network Forum recommends that the NDIS Rules be framed within an enabling approach rather than in a restrictive or prohibitive manner to avoid always limiting options for the person with disability rather than promoting opportunities for independence and social, economic and political participation.

Submission to NSW Disability Services Act Review February 2013

The NSW Disability Network Forum considered the questions in the Issues Paper and the Discussion Paper and has provided feedback.

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