A NSW free from poverty and inequality


Disability Network Forum:Review of the Guardianship Act 1987: Response to Question Paper 2

The DNF argues that a range of supported decision-making models should be introduced, accompanied by appropriate safegaurds.

Review of the Guardianship Act 1987: Response to Question Paper 1

NCOSS argues that a revised Guardianship Act must reflect an environment where people with disability are empowered, while recognising many may need support to exercise their rights and time to develop decision-making capacity. A focus on accessible information and providing appropriate support, as well as a timely statory review, are crucial elements of striking this balance.

NSW Disability Network Forum (DNF) comment on draft National Mental Health Plan

The DNF is concerned that there is no mention of people with intellectual disability in the draft Plan. People with intellectual disability who experience mental health issues are particularly vulnerable due to the challenges they face in accessing appropriate mental health care.

The DNF endorses the position statement and recommendations of its member, the NSW Council of Intellectual Disability, in relation to the draft Plan. These recommendations are contained in our submisson.

Independent Review of the NSW Regulatory Policy Framework: NCOSS Submission

NCOSS has spoken to communities and services across the state – hearing from over 200 community organisations and nearly 30 different communities, as well as key stakeholders. What we heard was that across the state the sector wants A Fair Deal for Our Community Services. The sector is seeking regulation that is fair and reasonable, not onerous or repetitive, and is consistent with the level of risk. Ideally the types and forms of regulatory requirements would be standardised within and across government departments and agencies to ensure consistency in approach.

Review of Rent Models for Social and Affordable Housing: NCOSS Submission to IPART

NCOSS advocates for a fair and equitable housing system where low income families and individuals have access to safe, secure and affordable housing. As an organisation representing the interests of people experiencing poverty in NSW, NCOSS is particularly focused in this submission on improving access to safe and affordable housing to vulnerable families and individuals. We therefore welcome the aim of the Review to ensure the housing assistance is affordable and easy to understand for clients, and allocations of assistance are needs-based, efficient and equitable.

Poor Health: The Cost of Living in NSW

The high and growing cost of health is having a very real impact on people experiencing or at risk of poverty and their families across NSW. There is plenty of research highlighting the negative health outcomes that low-income people experience as a result of being unable to meet growing health costs. This report looks not only at what the data and research tells us; but hears directly from people experiencing or at risk of poverty about their experiences and what would make a real difference in their lives.

Submision on Social Services Legislation Amendment (Transition Mobility Allowance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme) Bill

This submission:

  • outlines the importance of preserving volunteering and job search activities as activities that qualify a person for the Mobility Allowance, and maintaining the 12 week continuation period;
  • emphasises the need for certainty about the application of continuity of support arrangements; and
  • argues for an individualised approach to transport subsidies under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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.

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