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.


Submission to IPART review of fares for metropolitan and outer metropolitan bus services

The NCOSS submission responds to questions relating to the social impact of the price determination.

News from Newtown: NCOSS Transport Project

This report discusses findings from a small qualitative study exploring public and community transport use in the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown and its surrounds. The study had a focus on accessible public transport.

Submission to the review of maximum taxi fares and review of annual Sydney taxi licences

NCOSS outlines a series of recommendations aimed at ensuring taxi fares are made as affordable as possible for those who rely on taxis as their only form of transport and are experiencing some form of disadvantage.

Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport

NCOSS welcomes the Senate Inquiry into the role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes, and provides detailed responses to selected matters covered by the Inquiry's Terms of Reference.

Submission to the Review of Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport

Since the introduction of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport there have been significant improvements in the accessibility of public transport. There is still a long way to go.

Response to the Vehicle Registration Initiatives Discussion Paper

NCOSS welcomes many of the changes proposed in the paper but raises three issues.

Review of External Benefits of Public Transport

NCOSS provides recommendations aimed at ensuring public transport's role in providing a social service is given due consideration in this review. It also comments on the health and social costs and benefits linked to public transport and car travel.

Submission to IPART: Pricing VET under Smart and Skilled

NCOSS is concerned that when the component parts of IPART's proposed funding model are considered as a whole, it is likely that people who are disadvantaged will be worse off.

Submission to the NSW Ageing Strategy 2012

Supporting older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to age well will require a range of specific strategies according to The Gathering.

Response to the Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs

NCOSS supports the establishment of the Taskforce, but notes while the focus is on improvements in service delivery, educational and employment outcomes, other issues 'such as juvenile detention rates, health and housing' should also be addressed.

Towards an Aboriginal Health Plan for NSW

NCOSS Submission: comment on the discussion paper to support the development of a new 10-year plan to improve Aboriginal health.

Challenge, Change & Choice Policy Position

This policy position sets out the principles and strategies necessary to improve support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older people, people with disability and carers.

Staying Alive: Transport to treatment for people living with a chronic disease

This report focuses on the unmet health transport needs associated with two of the most prevalent chronic diseases impacting individuals, families, communities in our society: cancer and chronic kidney disease.

Poverty in NSW: Any one of us is just one step away

Poverty affects nearly nine hundred thousand people in New South Wales – more than in any other state or territory. The rate of poverty in NSW is 14.6% - also among the highest of any state or territory, and well above the national average. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of people living in poverty in NSW, a further 7% are near, or at risk of poverty.

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