Submission to the Draft NSW Human Services Agreement Standard Terms
NCOSS commends the Government for its efforts to streamline contracting terms across agencies for human services. We agree that establishing a streamlined set of contract terms can reduce the compliance burden on our sector and make it easier to do business with government. This submission aims to assist the Department of Premier and Cabinet build on these improvements and develop a contract that delivers on DPC’s objectives, has few if any unintended consequences, that is fair and proportionate to the risk and size of the contract, and balances accountability and compliance costs.
A New Plan, A New Movement, A New Year For Women
NCOSS brought together key thinkers and stakeholders from across the community sector, business, academia, unions and government to develop this plan for action that so that all women and girls can make meaningful choices and freely determine the outcome of their lives.
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.
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
NSW Children's Services Forum membership and TOR
Through the NSW Children’s Services Forum, state-wide non-profit organisations work towards improving the quality, range and provision of children's services in NSW. The Forum's Terms of Reference are available here.
- Australian Community Children's Services - NSW
- Community Child Care Co-operative
- Contact Inc and Mobile Children’s Services Association of NSW Inc
- Early Childhood Australia NSW Inc
- Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW
- Ethnic Community Services Cooperative
- Goodstart Early Learning
- Gowrie NSW
- KU Children's Services
- Local Government NSW
- Montessori Australia Foundation
- Network Of Community Activities
- NSW Family Day Care Association Inc
- Occasional Child Care Association Of NSW
- Playgroup NSW Inc
- SDN Children's Services
- SNAICC, represented by Nikinpa Aboriginal Child & Family Centre
- ACEQA, represented by Ms Sandra Cheeseman
- Mission Australia
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.