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A wave of disadvantage across NSW: impact of the COVID-19 recession

COVID-19 has started an economic tsunami that threatens to overwhelm progress towards reducing disadvantage across New South Wales. This report provides estimates based on international, Australian and original research on the impact of rising unemployment on disadvantage across NSW’s regions.

Access to healthy food

For the past three years, NCOSS has travelled around NSW, speaking to members about the issues that are important to them and their communities. Cost of living has come up as one of the key challenges, particularly in the context of its impact on healthy...

Turning off the lights: the cost of living in NSW June 2017

In this report, NCOSS spoke to people and families doing it tough across NSW, hearing from people living below the poverty line on their experience and what would make a real difference for them.

‘Staying alive’: transport to treatment for people living with a chronic disease

Non-emergency health transport makes a significant difference to the lives of people living with cancer or undergoing treatment for chronic kidney disease in NSW. For many of these people it is a lifeline, reducing the burden of travel and improving access to healthcare services.

Call for a New South Wales homelessness strategy

HomelessnessNSW.ACT, the NSW Women’s Refuge Movement, the Youth Accommodation Association and the NSW Council of Social Service commend the Iemma Government in developing a State Plan to guide the growth of NSW over the next 10 years.

Cost of living: who's really hurting

It’s not uncommon to hear that the cost of living in Australia – and Sydney in particular – is among the highest in the world. And in exploiting our fear of hip-pocket pain, politicians and the media have fuelled our sense that keeping up with...

Healthy relationships? Survey report: not-for-profit community sector’s engagement with NSW Medicare Locals

This report presents the findings of a survey intended to develop an evidence base about the extent and nature of Medicare Locals' engagement and collaboration with the community sector.

News from Newtown: NCOSS transport project

Executive summary The Council of Social Service of New South Wales (NCOSS) report discusses findings from a small qualitative study exploring public and community transport use in the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown and its surrounds. The study had a focus on accessible public transport...

Provided there's transport: Transport as a barrier to accessing health care in NSW

Transport plays a vital role in enabling access healthcare. Yet for many people, it is a major barrier; impacting their ability to receive the health care they need. Over the last decade and a half, the lack of support for health transport has been regularly...

The social sector in NSW: capitalising on the potential for growth

The NSW social services sector employs more than 230,000 people, and provides care to more than 1 million people per year. This report underlines the opportunities arising from investing in the sector.