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Templates and resources

These resources are specifically designed to be capacity building tools for the NSW social services sector. 

Listed here are media release templates, campaign letter templates and best practice guidelines on a variety of topics, from governance to management and more. 

See the latest resources below or browse by focus area.

Principles of Co-design

Co-design is increasingly being used by both government and the community sector to describe a range of activities and processes that involve people who use a particular service or product in the design of that service or product.  However there is a lack of consistency in how it is used and what it means in practice.

If co-design is to be effective there needs to be agreement on what it is and how it works. This paper presents the community sector’s perspective on what we have identified as the key elements of co-design.

Q and A: NSW Associations Incorporation Act 2009

On 1 July 2010, the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 came into force to regulate incorporated associations in New South Wales, replacing the Associations Incorporation Act 1984.  New regulations, Associations Incorporation Regulation 2010, were also adopted and provide further material related to the Act. This information sheet summarises the major changes under the 2009 Act and provides ‘plain English’ answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Resource: Formalising partnerships kit

This kit has been developed by the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) through funding received from the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS). This kit is aimed at small to medium non government organisations (NGOs) who may be interested in formalising a partnership with a view to seeking new funding opportunities or revising the way in which recurrent funding is applied to service delivery.

Resources for TEI Local Learning Circles

In consultation with TEI stakeholders, NCOSS is currently developing user-friendly TEI outcomes-focused resources. You can use, adapt or further revise these customisable resources to suit the learning needs of your work team, interagency or Community of Practice. Watch this space!

Shell Media Release for Non-Profits

This shell media release is intended for non-profits to advocate for change to the indexation rate from 1.75% to at least 3%, as per the 2019/20 NSW State budget.

Skilled to Thrive: 'Selling what I'm Good At' panel discussion resources

The "Selling what I’m Good At" panel session, held as part of the Skilled to Thrive project, featured two Advocacy & Information organisations who are investigating/in the process of commercialising aspects of their expertise in different ways. The session gave organisations an opportunity to explore and strengthen their understanding of the funding opportunities presented by the NDIS to develop their ability to plug some potential funding gaps.

Watch the session: 

 

Skilled to Thrive: Conflict of interest resource for potential providers of Support Coordination in the NDIS

This Conflict Of Interest (COI) resource has been developed for the Skilled to Thrive Project in response to requests for more detail on possible ‘best practice’ in the area of COI. In these early stages, there is not yet a clear definition of ‘best practice’, however, there are a number of key areas of consideration which can be used as a guide: Part A Governance, Part B Operations and Part C Clients.

Skilled to Thrive: Moving towards Stories of Change and Good Practice

What stories are there to tell one year after the completion of NDIS roll-out in New South Wales?

Are disability information and advocacy services materially changing and adapting in response to the times?

Are there new practice models that are emerging, or old ones that are evolving?

NCOSS “Stories of Change and Good Practice” project is aiming to develop a set of practical resources.

Skilled to thrive: Safeguarding support action

Current changes in disability policy, such as the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), entail a move away from substitute decision making for the person with disability to supported decision making by the person themselves, with appropriate safeguard supports to reduce the risk of harm.

Skilled to Thrive: Service Alignment Resource for Advocacy & Information Providers

Some of the diverse services that Advocacy & Information providers currently deliver under the umbrella terms ‘advocacy’ and ‘information’ may, when viewed as distinct areas of work, be services that an A&I could offer under the NDIS.

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