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.
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.