A NSW free from poverty and inequality


Briefing paper: Regional Consultations

We've prepared a briefing paper to set the stage for our upcoming regional visits and kickstart the conversation with our members about their priorities for the 2019 NSW state election.

Download the regional consultation briefing paper



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 


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.

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