A NSW free from poverty and inequality


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.

DNF preliminary submission into Review of Guardianship Act 1987

The Disability Network Forum believes the review presents animportant opportunity to align NSW guardianship legislation with person centered, rights-based developments occurring in relation to people with disability at the international, Commonwealth and State levels, paticularly the assumption of legal capacity.

Social and Affordable Housing Innovations: People First

There is no single solution to the social and affordable housing crisis; instead multiple approaches need to be trialed and evaluated, and we need to be open to the possibility that new solutions we haven’t yet considered may emerge in the coming years.

NCOSS welcomes the NSW Government’s flexible and innovative strategy to addressing the social housing crisis in NSW. The variety of programs and approaches contained in Future Directions has the potential to markedly improve the lives of people in need of social and affordable housing. The time to act is now and it is only with a long term, bi-partisan commitment to solving the social and affordable housing crisis that people will find the homes they deserve.

A New Year for Women: Economic Empowerment Discussion Paper

This discussion paper was the starting point for a series of roundtable and meetings to inform the New Year for Women project. It focuses on the economic inequality that women and girls experience across their life cycle.

Plan first, don't 'retrofit': delivering on the promise of the NDIS for Aboriginal and CALD people in NSW

The NDIS aims to deliver social and economic independence for people with disability, and enable their independent choice and control of their own lives. In this report NCOSS looks closely at how the NDIS trials have delivered on this promise for Aboriginal and CALD people in NSW, and what practical measures can be taken in the wider roll-out to overcome the entrenched disadvantage and potential disconnection that is commonly experienced by people from Aboriginal and CALD backgrounds in NSW.


NSW Disability Network Forum Submission to Senate Inquiry into Accommodation for People With Disabilities and the NDIS

This submission explores the DNF’s vision for housing for people with disability, and build on the case studies and the research presented at the Beyond Accomodation Forum. It will also explore case studies promoting choice and control for people who may have required 24 hour care if they were not embedded in the community.

Local Services in Local Communities: The contribution of NSW Community Organisations

Community service organisations are often valued in terms of the services they deliver and because community services organisations (CSOs) don’t make a profit or pay dividends to shareholders, the economic and social value they bring to their community can be overlooked. CSOs create jobs, contribute to economic growth and activity and invest in our local communities.

This report by EY looks at what that value is, and how can it be measured.

LISTEN: to Northern Rivers Social Development Council CEO Tony Davies talk about the fundings of the report with ABC radio.

Comment on proposal to expand complying development

In its comment on the proposal to expand complying development, NCOSS reinforced the importance of universal design and affordable housing for new developments.


Submission to Blueprint for the domestic and family violence response in NSW

The Blueprint must focus on the safety of women and their children as its primary objective; and have choice, control, gender equality and perpetrator accountability as its key principles.

Submission to IPART: More efficient, more integrated Opal Fares Transport - Draft Report

NCOSS’ fundamental concern with the Report is that its recommendations would see a substantial increase in fare prices, such that by 2018, passengers would pay an average of 8% more in real terms per journey. NCOSS’ concerns also relate not just to their end result. In many instances it seems the Tribunal has not given proper consideration or weight to the positive social and economic outcomes of having an affordable and accessible public transport system. It is, however, pleasing to see a number of recommendations which would reduce the complexity of the public transport system. In certain instances, such changes would lead to simpler and fairer services provision.

Submission to the inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 (Cth)

Whilst participation in the workforce is a matter of economic importance it is also important to note that future prosperity and sustaining the well being of children and families is also dependent upon high quality early childhood education for all children.

To achieve this, long term investment in early childhood education is required both to facilitate positive outcomes for children and families and to ensure Australia is in step with our fellow OECD nations who consider citizen education and well-being and socially just societies to be key to economic sustainability and to civil society.

Response to Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework

This submission explores the Disability Network Forum’s vision for housing for people with disability, and builds on the case studies and the research presented at the Beyond Housing Forum it held in 2015. It also explores case studies promoting choice and control for people who may have required 24 hour care if they were not embedded in the community.

Domestic Violence interventions for higher risk offenders

No one response will increase the safety of the victims of domestic and family violence on its own. NCOSS sees merit in a range of options discussed in the Discussion Paper and rather than choosing one over another prefers to view these options as part of the strong toolkit that is needed to tackle domestic and family violence.

Disability Network Forum Update

This Update provides information on the activities of the NSW Disability Network Forum (DNF). Updates are produced regularly after scheduled DNF meetings.

From January 2017, updates will be contained within the Ageing and Disability Update. 

You can contact the DNF through the NCOSS secretariat via yael@ncoss.org.au 

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