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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NCOSS Submission to the Discussion Paper: Foundations for Change - Homelessness in NSW

This submission provides the NCOSS response to the Discussion Paper Foundations for Change – Homelessness in NSW. We believe eliminating homelessness is not too ambitious a goal, and we need targets towards this goal developed in consultation with the community and sector. Our submission makes recommendations and comments that advocate for increasing supply, funding innovation and new ways of working and improving existing systems, products and services.

SAHF Readiness Program: producing social and affordable housing for and with Aboriginal People

This submission proposes investing $3 million over two years in a Social and Affordable Housing (SAHF) Readiness Program to build the capacity of Aboriginal Organisations to be active partners in the future production of social and affordable housing. 

Domestic violence: Children and young people

NCOSS welcomes the COAG National Summit on Reducing Violence against Women and the roundtable discussion on the effect of domestic violence on children.In our submission to this process we identify key initiatives at the State and National levels needed to support children and young people who are also victims of domestic violence.

New Year for Women Summit Report

This Report captures the key issues, potential partnerships and best ideas from the day. It provides an overview of our brilliant keynote speaker Lisa Witter’s address about the need for “bridge-builders” who can reach across different sectors to find new ways to collaborate and achieve real change.

Finally it outlines the strategy NCOSS will take moving forward with the New Year for Women project, how the announced funding from the Premier will be directed, how NCOSS will continue to engage stakeholders – including realising the vision outlined at the Summit from Aboriginal women and young women – and seek change in the short and long term to see the increased economic empowerment of women in NSW, Australia and beyond.

NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission 2017-18

Anchored in extensive consultations, bolstered by thorough research, and shaped with the knowledge and expertise of NCOSS staff and our advisory panels, we have developed seven recommendations endorsed by our members. Each recommendation targets a specific need with the goal of making a difference for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage here in NSW.

Social and Affordable Housing Fund: Phase 2 NCOSS Positioning Paper

This paper has been produced in response to early discussions with members and stakeholders about how future phases of the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF) can be refined to maximize its capacity to deliver housing for those most in need. We see this paper as a tool to aid the continuous improvement of SAHF. As with any new and innovative process, the next phase will need to be refined as we learn from the first phase.

NSW Disability Network Forum: Review of the Guardianship Act 1987: Response to Question Paper 1

In its response to this Question Paper, the DNF emphasises the importance of providing people appropriate support to make decisions. The paper deals with issues relating to decision-making capacity, as well as pre-conditions before guardianship orders are made.

Overweight and obesity: Balancing the scales for vulnerable children

This report aims to ensure children and young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds are not left further behind when it comes to NSW approaches to reducing childhood obesity. All efforts to achieve the Premier’s Priority must have a focus on equity. We must look at why these children are more likely to be overweight, and develop solutions that address the many and complex causes of their disadvantage and limited choice.

Submission to the Draft NSW Human Services Agreement Standard Terms

NCOSS commends the Government for its efforts to streamline contracting terms across agencies for human services. We agree that establishing a streamlined set of contract terms can reduce the compliance burden on our sector and make it easier to do business with government. This submission aims to assist the Department of Premier and Cabinet build on these improvements and develop a contract that delivers on DPC’s objectives, has few if any unintended consequences, that is fair and proportionate to the risk and size of the contract, and balances accountability and compliance costs.

A New Plan, A New Movement, A New Year For Women

NCOSS brought together key thinkers and stakeholders from across the community sector, business, academia, unions and government to develop this plan for action that so that all women and girls can make meaningful choices and freely determine the outcome of their lives.

Submission to the Omnibus Bill

This submission draws specific attention to two of the measures proposed in the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 – the removal of the energy supplement and the closure of the Child Dental Benefit Scheme – as they relate to the NSW context.


Data availability and Use: Joint Councils of Social Service Network submission to the Productivity Commission

Authoritative and reliable sources of data are fundamental to developing the programs and service delivery undertaken by the community services sector. Good use of data makes it possible to tackle complex, intergenerational and entrenched disadvantage and inequality. The COSS network is concerned the inquiry is missing an opportunity for improved economic and social outcomes due to its primary focus on government and private sector data and lack of due consideration of human services.


Submission to inquiry in to Access to Transport for seniors and disadvantaged people in Rural and Regional NSW

This submission makes reference both to the general issues of transport disadvantage experienced by residents of rural and regional NSW, as well as the specific issues relating to older people and other disadvantaged residents, who are particularly vulnerable, and for whom the issues raised have particular importance.

Read the full submission.

Childhood Obesity: An Equity Perspective

The Premier has recognised that childhood obesity is an ongoing concern, making it a priority to reduce overweight and obesity rates of children in NSW by 5% over 10 years. Low-income children are at much greater risk of being overweight, and we want to make sure they are the ones that benefit from efforts directed at achieving the Premier's priority. To this end, NCOSS has published a paper examining childhood obesity through an equity lens in order to inform discussions about the strategies needed to ensure that children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds benefit from responses to childhood obesity. NCOSS will be publishing a full report together with priority recommendations in the second half of 2016.

Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016

NCOSS’ submission to the NSW Fair Trading on the proposed Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016 noted that this was an opportunity to:

  • transfer oversight of NSW “charitable” associations to the ACNC, thus reducing costs and red tape for NSW charitable associations
  • ensure the regulation, notably the Model Constitution is in plain English and any reasonable person is able to comply and not place themselves or their organisations at risk 


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