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.


COSS Network submission to Inquiry into chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care

COSS have long called for a health system that promotes positive health outcomes for all people in Australia, regardless of their social or economic situation. We advocate against systemic barriers in the health system that lead to people having poorer health; and we work towards equitable access to income, education, secure housing and employment as some of the social factors that correlate so strongly with health outcomes.

Targeted Earlier Intervention Programs: NCOSS Response to the Sector Consultation Paper

All children and young people in NSW deserve the best start in life. A properly funded, cohesive and effective early intervention can ensure that even the most vulnerable children grow receive the support they need to set them on a positive path early in life. This submission provides recommendations towards the development of such a system.

Submission to FACS reform of targeted earlier intervention programs

This submission from the Children's Services Forum argues there is considerable opportunity for early intervention services to work more closely with children services towards the goal of universal access. Further, there is scope to build on the potential for early education and care services to provide pathways through which developmental and other issues can be identified early and families connected into a more targeted service system.

Submission to Senate Inquiry into the Gender Retirement Income Gap

This submission takes the view that by breaking the cycle of disadvantage experienced by women across the life course, developing targeted responses for groups of women who face multiple layers of disadvantage and creating stronger links to economic opportunities for women, the numbers of women facing poverty and disadvantage in NSW can be significantly reduced.

Submission on Electricity Tariff Reform in NSW

NCOSS believes it is important to provide a voice for low income and disadvantaged households in the tariff reform process. Network tariffs in NSW make up a significant proportion of the retail price paid by consumers, and tariff structures can have a large impact on the prices that households pay, depending on their usage profile. 

Beyond the myth of "pink privilege": Poverty, disadvantage and LGBTI people in NSW

LGBTI people experience higher levels of social disadvantage than the general population in Australia. In spite of consistent evidence to show that many, though not all, people in this diverse population gain qualifications, the odds are often stacked against them.

NCOSS 2016-2017 Pre-Budget Submission

NCOSS has identified the top seven actions the NSW State Government could take to make the biggest difference in the lives of people experiencing poverty following a state-wide consultation with health and community service organisations.   

Submission to the Inquiry into the Regulation of Brothels

The decriminalisation of sex work in NSW has improved the human rights of sex workers and made the NSW sex industry safer for sex workers and clients.

NCOSS Submission to IPART Review of Public Transport Fares: Fare Structure

NCOSS strongly urges IPART to take into account the needs of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community throughout this review process. While NCOSS understands the Government’s need to maintain appropriate fare revenue from the transport system, it is paramount that the needs of people experiencing poverty and disadvantage be taken into account when structuring public transport fares so as not to exacerbate their disadvantage.

Submission to the Inquiry into Point to Point Transport

NCOSS makes comments to the inquiry in relation to wheelchair-accessible taxis, the impact on the community transport sector, concessions and social inclusion.

Submission to the IPART review of the Draft Operating Licence for Sydney Water Corporation

Comments on the draft licence and addresses issues of financial hardship in relation to provisions contained within it.

Submission to the IPART Review of the external benefits of public transport

NCOSS believes that the benefits of public transport have historically been undervalued, largely due to gaps in the availability of information that enables accurate accounting of these benefits. In recent years, however, growing attention has been paid to both the benefits attributed to public transport and to the costs associated with car travel. We trust that IPART will make every effort to adopt a best practice and comprehensive approach to calculating external benefits based on the most up-to-date research available.

Submission to the Legislative Council Inquiry into Service Co-ordination in communities with high social needs

This submission will provide input to the Inquiry’s Terms of reference (a) and (b) and use a case study to demonstrate how funding uncertainty could minimise the potential for the Community Sector to work effectively with Government to deliver against the Government’s agenda for the inclusion of people with disability in NSW.

Disability Network Forum submission to the review of the National Disability Advocacy Framework

The DNF strongly supports the Principles, Outcomes and Outputs of the current Framework. However members note that, while advocacy is a crucial factor in enabling NDIS participants to achieve choice and control, it is also central to the inclusion of people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS.

Submission to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme Discussion Paper

NCOSS recognises the complex nature of domestic violence and believes it is vital that the Government invests in a range of measures to reduce the impacts and prevalence of domestic violence. This submission makes some brief comments on elements of the DVDS and recommends actions that NCOSS believes are crucial to providing people in NSW greater levels of safety from domestic violence.

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