A NSW free from poverty and inequality


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



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 

Submission on NSW Statutory Out of Home Care Quality Assurance Framework

The Quality Assurance Framework has the potential to support a service system more firmly centred on the needs of children and young people in out-of-home care. The documentation provided, however, doesn’t provide sufficient information about how the Framework will be used. Rather than focus on the proposed outcomes, this submission highlights potential issues with the implementation of the Quality Assurance Framework.

Releasing the pressure on remand: Bail support solutions for children and young people in NSW

This position paper has been developed in response to the Roundtable on Keeping Children and Young People out of Remand that was convened by the Council of Social Service of NSW on 26 March 2009.  

Local Job Partnerships: NCOSS Jobs & Skills Proposal

NCOSS proposes the NSW Government invest $82.93 million pa (rising in line with inflation and population increases in subsequent years) in a comprehensive program to address unemployment among young people, Aboriginal peoples, regional jobseekers and jobless families.

What's needed for a fair deal for our community services

This paper sets out what needs to be done to ensure the relationship between government and the sector lives up to its potential, and delivers the outcomes for communities and people across NSW that everyone wants to see. It makes recommendations for all agencies that fund community organisations, and for the NSW Government as a whole. It takes a problem solving approach and aims to create an even stronger partnership.

1 in 7 campaign report

Almost 1 in 7 children are living in households below the poverty line. But we can act to break the cycle of disadvantage and ensure these children have the best chance in life.

Report on the development, structure and operations of the NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund

The NSW Government has agreed to provide $1 billion worth of new funding to provide additional social and affordable housing stock to support vulnerable households in NSW - the Social and Affordable Housing Fund.

In keeping with the requirements of the MoU between NSW Treasury (Treasury), the New South Wales Council of Social Services (NCOSS) and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) - and the timeline for the development of the Fund - this is the Report prepared by NCOSS for discussion by the Expert Advisory Group before it is presented to the NSW government.

COSS Network submission to Inquiry into chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care

COSS have long called for a health system that promotes positive health outcomes for all people in Australia, regardless of their social or economic situation. We advocate against systemic barriers in the health system that lead to people having poorer health; and we work towards equitable access to income, education, secure housing and employment as some of the social factors that correlate so strongly with health outcomes.

Targeted Earlier Intervention Programs: NCOSS Response to the Sector Consultation Paper

All children and young people in NSW deserve the best start in life. A properly funded, cohesive and effective early intervention can ensure that even the most vulnerable children grow receive the support they need to set them on a positive path early in life. This submission provides recommendations towards the development of such a system.

Submission to FACS reform of targeted earlier intervention programs

This submission from the Children's Services Forum argues there is considerable opportunity for early intervention services to work more closely with children services towards the goal of universal access. Further, there is scope to build on the potential for early education and care services to provide pathways through which developmental and other issues can be identified early and families connected into a more targeted service system.

Submission to Senate Inquiry into the Gender Retirement Income Gap

This submission takes the view that by breaking the cycle of disadvantage experienced by women across the life course, developing targeted responses for groups of women who face multiple layers of disadvantage and creating stronger links to economic opportunities for women, the numbers of women facing poverty and disadvantage in NSW can be significantly reduced.

Submission on Electricity Tariff Reform in NSW

NCOSS believes it is important to provide a voice for low income and disadvantaged households in the tariff reform process. Network tariffs in NSW make up a significant proportion of the retail price paid by consumers, and tariff structures can have a large impact on the prices that households pay, depending on their usage profile. 

Beyond the myth of "pink privilege": Poverty, disadvantage and LGBTI people in NSW

LGBTI people experience higher levels of social disadvantage than the general population in Australia. In spite of consistent evidence to show that many, though not all, people in this diverse population gain qualifications, the odds are often stacked against them.

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.

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