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.

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Doors to ownership: a business case and guidelines for a shared homeownership scheme with NSW community housing associations

This document outlines a scheme for a shared homeownership arrangement where the two parties concerned would be an individual (the homeowner) and a community housing association (which would be a registered community housing association under NSW law).

State of the Community Service Sector in NSW

NCOSS is currently engaged in a number of projects aimed at ensuring the community sector gets the support it needs to have a sustainable future. The projects will deliver a solid evidence base to strengthen advocacy efforts in this area.

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The Cost of Living: Who's Really Hurting?

This report focuses on those most in need. It draws on data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to assess how living costs have changed over the last ten years, and how these changes impact people experiencing poverty and disadvantage.

Consumer power: The lease of the NSW Electricity Networks from an electricity consumer's perspective

This Report analyses the proposed partial lease from the point of view of NSW electricity consumers. It does not seek to answer the question of whether the NSW Government should go ahead with the lease, but aims to ensure the best outcomes for consumers whatever the future holds.

Have your say...but how? Improving public participation in NSW

This report presents the findings of a research project on public participation by NCOSS. Public participation is about people having a say in decisions that affect them. It means people are not only involved in government decision-making processes but they can potentially influence the outcome of those processes. It is an important feature of our democracy and makes society fairer.

Measuring Up: A Framework for Government Social Performance Reporting in NSW

NCOSS believes that social performance reporting needs to become a central feature ofgovernance in our state.

The Cost of Living: Are Concessions Doing Their Job?

This report presents a way forward for the provision of concessions in NSW. It begins the conversation we believe is needed if concessions are to remain effective in the face of rising living costs and shrinking Government Budgets.

NCOSS Election Platform: Speak, Plan, Act! Achieving fairness for everyone

As we approach the 2015 NSW Election, NCOSS wants to see everyone speak about the issue of poverty and disadvantage in our state, plan for a fairer NSW and act to address poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation. The NCOSS Election 2015 Platform provides an agenda to start that discussion.

NCOSS 2010-11 PBS: A Community Services Stimulus Package

This Pre-Budget Submission seeks to balance the many pressing priorities in the community with the fact that there are limited resources available. The recommendations, therefore, represent where we believe Government can get the best return for their investment in the current environment and to ensure the best possible outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities.

NCOSS 2011 State Election Policy: Vote 1 Fairness in NSW

Vote 1 Fairness in NSW calls for a range of measures that will make a difference for those people and communities that are doing it tough. Real, practical ideas that deliver improved outcomes and build a fairer society. Vote 1 Fairness in NSW is a call for all current and aspiring politicians to agree to support measures that will contribute in a real and meaningful way to a fairer, more just and sustainable society. It is a call for us to make sure that when we vote in the State Election we are voting for fairness not just for ourselves but for us all

NCOSS 2012-13 PBS: Making NSW Number 1 for Fairness

This Pre-Budget Submission follows on from Vote 1 Fairness in NSW, our election platform, and seeks through its recommendations to ensure budgetary measures are adopted to enhance the lives of those in our communities who are the most vulnerable and marginalised.

NCOSS PBS 2013-14: Building Fairness First

NCOSS advocates for targeted measures that address the factors leading to disadvantage and vulnerability. For us, we seek to make society fairer by focusing our attention and resources on those who most need it.

NCOSS PBS 2014-15: Sharing the Benefits

NCOSS has framed its 2014-15 Pre-Budget Submission (PBS) to highlight those areas where we believe more needs to be done to address disadvantage, improve well-being and increase opportunity in NSW.

Joint COSS submission to 'A Definition of Charity' consultation

The COSS network strongly endorsed the 2001 Charities Definition Inquiry recommendations as they were developed in full and detailed consultation with the sector and attracted widespread support. The COSS network would like to see the adoption of the 2001 Inquiry recommendations as part of this process. Our support for the statutory definition of charity rests strongly on the principles established by that Inquiry and we reaffirm its centrality to the current reform.

Submission to NSW Fair Trading on Improving Governance

NCOSS supports NSW Fair Trading in their recognition of the need to ensure effective governance within incorporated associations whilst maintaining a light touch approach to regulation. This ensures that resources are directed to service delivery and the needs of clients as opposed to additional and potentially unnecessary compliance

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