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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Submission to the IPART Review of water prices: Gosford and Wyong

NCOSS believes that Gosford City Council and Wyong Shire Council should improve the assistance they provides to reduce financial hardship, and should implement additional measures in order to mitigate the impact of any price increase on low-income households.

Submission to the IPART Review of water prices: Hunter Water Corporation

NCOSS believes that there is the potential for Hunter Water to significantly strengthen measures designed to mitigate the impact of any price increase on low-income households, and to improve the assistance it provides to reduce financial hardship.

Submission to the Review of Competition in NSW Retail Electricity and Natural Gas Markets

This submission argues that the three key issues which need to be addressed for residential customers in the NSW energy market are affordability, consumer protections and improved consumer information.

Submission to the NSW Energy Savings Scheme Rule Change Consultation 2013

NCOSS strongly supports the Energy Savings Scheme as a mechanism to reduce electricity consumption and electricity costs.

Submission to the Review of Energy Efficiency Programs for Low Income Households

NCOSS contributed to the Review of of energy efficiency programs for low income households with this submission and through attendance at the evidence-gathering forum on 6 February 2014.

Submission to the Review of Energy Savings Scheme

This submission to the NSW Government's Review responds to Question 40 in the Issues Paper: How can the ESS encourage greater participation by vulnerable households?

Submission to the IPART Review of changes in regulated retail gas prices from 1 July 2014

NCOSS is concerned about the impact of the proposed price rises on households experiencing poverty and disadvantage. As such, our submission is aimed at mitigating the impacts of escalating gas prices on households with low incomes.

Submission to the NSW Electricity Distribution Network Price Determinations

NCOSS is concerned about the impact of high electricity prices on low-income customers. The escalating electricity prices of recent years have seen a corresponding increase in the number of people being disconnected from their electricity supply. While we believe these figures point to a need for better support for vulnerable energy customers, they also highlight more systemic failures in the provision of what is an essential service.

Prepayment Meters: NCOSS response to EWON Discussion Paper

This submission addresses concerns about the impact of pricing and metering arrangements on low-income households.

Submission to the NSW Planning System Review Issues Paper: The way ahead for planning in NSW

This submission focuses on the key concerns for the NSW community sector.

Submission to the Metropolitan Strategy Review: Sydney over the next 20 yearshot!

NCOSS notes the 2005 Strategy was the subject of an extensive review in 2010. We believe the key directions of the resulting Metropolitan Plan enjoyed strong support from key interest groups and are not in need of fundamental review. NCOSS is, however, strongly supportive of the current Government's desire to work towards a greater integration of long term plans for land use planning, infrastructure and transport within the overall framework of NSW 2021.

Submission on the North West Rail Corridor Strategy

NCOSS notes that the North West Rail Corridor has been identified as a key city shaper in the draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney. NCOSS recommends that the finalised Strategy contain an explicit target for additional affordable rental housing as part of the announced target of 27,400 new dwellings. This target should be at least 5%.

Response to the Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031

NCOSS is concerned that equity issues were neglected in the Draft Strategy, compared to issues such as economic growth and productivity.

Response to the Future Directions for NSW Local Government: Twenty Essential Steps

This submission comments on this paper from the perspective that local government in NSW plays an important role for the not-for-profit community sector, through its work on land use planning and development assessment, its provision of local facilities and other forms of community infrastructure, and its capacity building, co-ordination and direct service role in a range of community services.

Submission on the Wentworth Point Urban Activation Precinct

NCOSS comments on the rezoning proposal for the Wentworth Point Urban Activation Precinct.

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