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 NSW Budget 2016/17 Analysis

In the 2016/2017 Budget, the NSW Government has once again focussed on its key themes of fiscal management, with significant infrastructure investment and modest growth in service delivery.

This is clearly an infrastructure budget, with several major projects funded or planned – including infrastructure to support new housing supply in south west and western Sydney. That said, it also invests in new and expanded services across government, with funding for most major service areas increasing in 2016/2017. Health (up 5%) and education (up 7.2%) are the major highlights. 

This budget also sees new investments in a range of key areas that have featured in NCOSS’ and our sector’s advocacy over the past year– housing and homelessness, domestic and family violence, mental health, children and families, disability, employment and transport

DNF submission into the Review of the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP)

The Disability Network Forum highlights its vision of the NDAP facilitating a strong and independent advocacy sector, which is able to be responsive to individuals’ needs while also addressing systemic issues.

Maximising choice and control in assistive technology

This paper presents the views of the Assistive Technology Community Alliance of NSW (ATCAN) on how to increase person centred (or ‘user centred’) approaches in the provision of assistive technology (AT).

Review of Public Health Act 2010

 NCOSS adopted an equity focus in its submission to the review of the Public Health Act 2010, concentrating on the issues affecting people experiencing disadvantage. Our response was informed by the NCOSS Health Policy Advice Group (HPAG).

Standardised Contracts for NSW Community Organisations

NCOSS’ campaign for a Fair Deal for our Community Services specifically recommended that the:

“NSW Government negotiate with the sector to develop a new, standardised NGO contract with NGOs that is based on the principles outlined in the Whitlam Institute’s paper A Question of Balance.”

The State Government has listened, releasing a draft standardised contract and funding schedule, giving NCOSS and FONGA the opportunity to provide feedback at the Fair Deal Contracts Forum.  This and comment from others unable to attend was forwarded to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Submission: AER Issues paper on the NSW Tariff Structure Statements

NCOSS opposes the NSW Distribution Businesses (DBs) Tariff Structure Statements (TSSs) and the proposed transition to declining block tariffs for residential consumers in NSW. We do not believe the proposed structure
meets the requirements of the new pricing rules to signal to consumers the long run marginal cost of supplying energy, nor do the TSSs demonstrate an understanding and effort to manage the consumer impact.

CSF response to review of the NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES)

The NSW Children’s Services Forum argues that additional infrastructure needed in the prior to school sector to ensure a teaching accreditation process is successful for all early childhood teachers working in NSW in a variety of settings and approved service providers.

DNF Submission on Information, Linkages and Capacity-Building Commissioning Framework


This submission highlights the views of the Disability Network Forum on the proposed process for commissioning organisations in the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building component of the NDIS. It is critical that the ILC outcomes are measurable and person-centred, and that the ILC works for groups who are usually under-represented in service provision.

Detailed training and technical support, as well as a recognition of collaboration in the ILC sourcing process will assist the sector to transition to outcomes-based measurement.

Review of proposed amendments to the ClubGRANTS Guidelines

NCOSS makes a series of recommemdations in this submission to make sure the ClubGrants Scheme stays focussed on supporting the community. NCOSS  acknowledges the important role registered clubs play in local communities and in supporting community sector organisations. This occurs in a variety of ways, including the ClubGRANTS Scheme. However, the NCOSS preference is for government policies and programs to be funded from consolidated revenue. This allows state wide assessment of need and allocation to priority issues.

DNF preliminary submission into Review of Guardianship Act 1987

The Disability Network Forum believes the review presents animportant opportunity to align NSW guardianship legislation with person centered, rights-based developments occurring in relation to people with disability at the international, Commonwealth and State levels, paticularly the assumption of legal capacity.

Social and Affordable Housing Innovations: People First

There is no single solution to the social and affordable housing crisis; instead multiple approaches need to be trialed and evaluated, and we need to be open to the possibility that new solutions we haven’t yet considered may emerge in the coming years.

NCOSS welcomes the NSW Government’s flexible and innovative strategy to addressing the social housing crisis in NSW. The variety of programs and approaches contained in Future Directions has the potential to markedly improve the lives of people in need of social and affordable housing. The time to act is now and it is only with a long term, bi-partisan commitment to solving the social and affordable housing crisis that people will find the homes they deserve.

A New Year for Women: Economic Empowerment Discussion Paper

This discussion paper was the starting point for a series of roundtable and meetings to inform the New Year for Women project. It focuses on the economic inequality that women and girls experience across their life cycle.

Plan first, don't 'retrofit': delivering on the promise of the NDIS for Aboriginal and CALD people in NSW

The NDIS aims to deliver social and economic independence for people with disability, and enable their independent choice and control of their own lives. In this report NCOSS looks closely at how the NDIS trials have delivered on this promise for Aboriginal and CALD people in NSW, and what practical measures can be taken in the wider roll-out to overcome the entrenched disadvantage and potential disconnection that is commonly experienced by people from Aboriginal and CALD backgrounds in NSW.


NSW Disability Network Forum Submission to Senate Inquiry into Accommodation for People With Disabilities and the NDIS

This submission explores the DNF’s vision for housing for people with disability, and build on the case studies and the research presented at the Beyond Accomodation Forum. It will also explore case studies promoting choice and control for people who may have required 24 hour care if they were not embedded in the community.

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