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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Local Services in Local Communities: The contribution of NSW Community Organisations

Community service organisations are often valued in terms of the services they deliver and because community services organisations (CSOs) don’t make a profit or pay dividends to shareholders, the economic and social value they bring to their community can be overlooked. CSOs create jobs, contribute to economic growth and activity and invest in our local communities.

This report by EY looks at what that value is, and how can it be measured.

LISTEN: to Northern Rivers Social Development Council CEO Tony Davies talk about the fundings of the report with ABC radio.

Comment on proposal to expand complying development

In its comment on the proposal to expand complying development, NCOSS reinforced the importance of universal design and affordable housing for new developments.


Submission to Blueprint for the domestic and family violence response in NSW

The Blueprint must focus on the safety of women and their children as its primary objective; and have choice, control, gender equality and perpetrator accountability as its key principles.

Submission to IPART: More efficient, more integrated Opal Fares Transport - Draft Report

NCOSS’ fundamental concern with the Report is that its recommendations would see a substantial increase in fare prices, such that by 2018, passengers would pay an average of 8% more in real terms per journey. NCOSS’ concerns also relate not just to their end result. In many instances it seems the Tribunal has not given proper consideration or weight to the positive social and economic outcomes of having an affordable and accessible public transport system. It is, however, pleasing to see a number of recommendations which would reduce the complexity of the public transport system. In certain instances, such changes would lead to simpler and fairer services provision.

Submission to the inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 (Cth)

Whilst participation in the workforce is a matter of economic importance it is also important to note that future prosperity and sustaining the well being of children and families is also dependent upon high quality early childhood education for all children.

To achieve this, long term investment in early childhood education is required both to facilitate positive outcomes for children and families and to ensure Australia is in step with our fellow OECD nations who consider citizen education and well-being and socially just societies to be key to economic sustainability and to civil society.

Response to Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework

This submission explores the Disability Network Forum’s vision for housing for people with disability, and builds on the case studies and the research presented at the Beyond Housing Forum it held in 2015. It also explores case studies promoting choice and control for people who may have required 24 hour care if they were not embedded in the community.

Domestic Violence interventions for higher risk offenders

No one response will increase the safety of the victims of domestic and family violence on its own. NCOSS sees merit in a range of options discussed in the Discussion Paper and rather than choosing one over another prefers to view these options as part of the strong toolkit that is needed to tackle domestic and family violence.

Disability Network Forum Update

This Update provides information on the activities of the NSW Disability Network Forum (DNF). Updates are produced regularly after scheduled DNF meetings.

From January 2017, updates will be contained within the Ageing and Disability Update. 

You can contact the DNF through the NCOSS secretariat via yael@ncoss.org.au 

Submission on NSW Statutory Out of Home Care Quality Assurance Framework

The Quality Assurance Framework has the potential to support a service system more firmly centred on the needs of children and young people in out-of-home care. The documentation provided, however, doesn’t provide sufficient information about how the Framework will be used. Rather than focus on the proposed outcomes, this submission highlights potential issues with the implementation of the Quality Assurance Framework.

Releasing the pressure on remand: Bail support solutions for children and young people in NSW

This position paper has been developed in response to the Roundtable on Keeping Children and Young People out of Remand that was convened by the Council of Social Service of NSW on 26 March 2009.  

Local Job Partnerships: NCOSS Jobs & Skills Proposal

NCOSS proposes the NSW Government invest $82.93 million pa (rising in line with inflation and population increases in subsequent years) in a comprehensive program to address unemployment among young people, Aboriginal peoples, regional jobseekers and jobless families.

What's needed for a fair deal for our community services

This paper sets out what needs to be done to ensure the relationship between government and the sector lives up to its potential, and delivers the outcomes for communities and people across NSW that everyone wants to see. It makes recommendations for all agencies that fund community organisations, and for the NSW Government as a whole. It takes a problem solving approach and aims to create an even stronger partnership.

1 in 7 campaign report

Almost 1 in 7 children are living in households below the poverty line. But we can act to break the cycle of disadvantage and ensure these children have the best chance in life.

NCOSS Ageing and Disability Update

A compilation of ageing and disability related news, publications, training and events in NSW and Australia for the social and community services sector.

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Report on the development, structure and operations of the NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund

The NSW Government has agreed to provide $1 billion worth of new funding to provide additional social and affordable housing stock to support vulnerable households in NSW - the Social and Affordable Housing Fund.

In keeping with the requirements of the MoU between NSW Treasury (Treasury), the New South Wales Council of Social Services (NCOSS) and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) - and the timeline for the development of the Fund - this is the Report prepared by NCOSS for discussion by the Expert Advisory Group before it is presented to the NSW government.

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