A NSW free from poverty and inequality

Policy

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

 

 

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.

Submission to the NDIA Towards Solutions for Assistive Technology-Discussion Paper

NCOSS understands the need to investigate the potential for savings that could make assistive technology cheaper by unit price and therefore more accessible. However, we have some concerns that a focus on making savings in some areas may result in costs being down-streamed to consumers and potentially impacting on the quality of service experienced by people accessing assistive technology.

Disability Network Forum submission to discussion paper on quality and safeguards in the National Disability Insurance Scheme

In considering the options presented, the DNF seeks to maximise the choice and control of NDIS participants. A crucial part of maximising choice and control is building the capacity of participants (and their allies where appropriate) to be informed about their rights and to direct their supports with consideration of the individual risks they face.

Disability Network Forum submission to discussion paper on the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Policy Framework.

The DNF argues that the Policy Framework would be strengthened by being outcomes based, and focusing on the needs of local communities, including those based on geographic location, cultural group and disability type.

Disability Network Forum submission to the inquiry into residential care

The DNF offers the following comment against a selection of the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference to promote the need for action so young people with complex needs have greater access to accommodation and support that works for them and recognises their capabilities.

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

Employment is important to the self-worth and social status of all working age members of our community, and for people with disability, it is particularly important to their inclusion, self-worth and social status. Given this importance, it is critical that the Framework reflects the principles of empowerment, inclusion, choice and control on which the National Disability Strategy (NDS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are based.

Submission to the Establishing a Gas Community Benefits Fund Discussion Paper

NCOSS is broadly supportive of the plan to establish a Gas Community Benefits Fund to support communities in areas which are affected by gas operations activities. We think it is particularly important to involve affected communities in funding decisions and agree that the administration of the fund and any funding decisions must be transparent and accountable.

Follow NCOSS - NSW Council of Social Service on: