NCOSS Sector e-News 25 November 2021

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Headshot Joanna Quilty resized with margins Dear Colleagues,


This week NCOSS has released its 2022-23 Pre Budget Submission. In the wake of the pandemic, our focus is on building a more resilient and inclusive NSW. The NSW Government has, by and large, ably steered us through the health crisis, and taken important actions to keep the most vulnerable safe and connected – accommodation for rough sleepers; tutoring for kids whose education has been interrupted; an injection of funds to assist NGOs respond to rising demand; collaborating with our sector to prepare for and prevent outbreaks in high rise public housing; and recently investing in 21st century models of support for women fleeing domestic violence.


This shows that, during a crisis like COVID-19, we can prioritise the wellbeing of those doing it toughest. But we know that the aftermath of COVID-19 will be long lasting and, while life will return to normal for many of us, others will not be so lucky. That’s why we are calling on the NSW Government to strategically invest in initiatives that will build a more resilient and inclusive NSW – one that doesn’t see people left behind or a widening of inequality; and that strengthens our ability to deal with future crises, be they driven by climate, health or other emergencies.


Our 2022-23 asks will deliver both economic and social dividends and contribute to a strong recovery for NSW. You can find out more below, including a link to the PBS and how you can show your support and provide endorsement.


If you are an NCOSS member based in rural, regional or remote NSW, you might be interested in attending our regional members meeting, the first of which will be held on Wednesday 7 December, 10.30am to 12 noon. We know that as a small organisation based in Sydney, and with regional travel restricted over 2020 and 2021, our focus at NCOSS can be, at times, Sydney-centric. But people outside metropolitan areas experience higher levels of disadvantage and barriers on a range of fronts, and organisations in these locations face unique challenges when it comes to providing support. We are keen to hear your reflections on the year that was, share with you some new research and other important information, and talk with you about priorities for 2022. The intention is for this to be a regular platform for engaging directly with our regional members. If you’d like to attend, please email or call Francesca on 0444 501 221.


As we come to the end of yet another tough year, the 2021 NCOSS Annual General Meeting on Friday, 26 November, is a great opportunity to focus on our achievements as a sector and celebrate the extraordinary efforts undertaken in 2021. We’ve had a fantastic response to our Celebrating the Sector! prize draw, with over 250 nominations for three individual prizes of $250 and the $1,000 team prize. Winners will be announced at the event. Thanks to our strategic communications partner Australian Public Affairs for sponsoring the individual prize categories.


We are also showcasing local talent with an exhibition by a talented artist from one of the identified "LGAs of Concern” - Jessie Waratah - at our AGM venue, the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, and then on our website. Jessie will also receive a $1,000 grant to help her pay the bills and continue to make her art. The grant and the exhibition are being proudly co-sponsored by SydWest Multicultural Services and NCOSS.


It’s not too late to register to attend. I look forward to seeing you there.


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Copyright Jessie Waratah


And a quick reminder - If you are a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation whose revenue has declined by up to 15% and/or have experienced increased demand or costs due to COVID-19, the Open Applications grant stream of the Social Sector Support Fund closes this Sunday, 28 November at 11.59pm.


- Joanna Quilty, NCOSS CEO




Endorse the NCOSS Pre-Budget Submission 2022-23 today!

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NCOSS is calling on the sector to endorse our 2022-23 Pre-Budget Submission, After the pandemic: building a more resilient and inclusive NSW.


The PBS follows engagement and consultation with NCOSS members, frontline services and fellow peak bodies from across the state. It outlines key initiatives – including more social housing and funding for the sector – that will deliver economic and social dividends to NSW, driving job creation and boosting our recovery from the pandemic.


You can read and endorse the full PBS here.


NSW Modern Slavery Act passed

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Last Friday the NSW Parliament passed the NSW Modern Slavery Act, which will finally come into force on 1 January 2022 after over three years of advocacy from anti-slavery campaigners.


NCOSS is proud to be part of a coalition of NGOs, led by International Justice Mission Australia, pushing for stronger anti-slavery laws in NSW. The laws will include an Anti-Slavery Commissioner independent of government, support for survivors, and ensuring local governments and state-owned corporations are covered by any NSW modern slavery regime.


AbSec - New Interactive Short Course
for Aboriginal Case Management Policy

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To support the implementation of the Aboriginal Case Management Policy (ACMP) throughout the state, AbSec has launched a new interactive short course consisting of three training modules to provide an exploration of the ACMP and the role of a caseworker within it. The course identifies key practice approaches and the importance of self-determination when supporting Aboriginal children and their communities.


Click here for more details and to register: ACMP Introductory Training.


There are also new dates for their Cultural Connections Workshop and Trauma Informed Care short course.


FACSIAR Evidence to Action Notes

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Family and Community Services Insights Analysis and Research (FACSIAR) has released 3 Evidence to Action notes which share research findings and implications for policy and practice to improve child outcomes on a range of topics including: the relationship between childhood maltreatment and early education outcomes in numeracy and literacy, the developmental outcomes of children and young people who have experienced out-of-home care and the developmental outcomes of Aboriginal children and young people who have experienced out-of-home care.


Click here to view the publications: Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study.


NCOSS Training & Events for the Sector




2021 NCOSS AGM & Celebrating the Sector Event



ACWA - Centre for Community Training: Upcoming Short Courses 2021



4th Financial Inclusion Conference – Roads to Resilience
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In Brief


DEX Data Quality Workshop: 8 December 2021, 9.30am-11.30am, online. Fams is offering a workshop which address DEX data quality in the lead-up to the close of the 2021 reporting period. It is designed to help you troubleshoot leading up to the end of the reporting period between July and December 2021. More information.


The Social and Emotional Wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ Young People: 9 December 2021, 1.00pm-2.00pm, online. This webinar by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will present the research on LGBTIQA+ young people’s social and emotional wellbeing and how professionals can better understand, engage and respond to their needs. This webinar will be of interest to professionals working in domestic and family violence, mental health, child protection, out-of-home care and other social services. Register.


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Sector Professional Development


Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) to be Registered as a Charity Information Session - 30 November 2021, Online

Tax law has been amended, so that from 14 December 2021, all non-government Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs) will need to register as a charity. This amendment does not apply to ancillary funds or DGRs specifically listed in tax law.

If your DGR is not already a registered charity, you will need to take steps...

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LawAccess NSW Information Session - 1 December 2021, Online

In this webinar you will hear from LawAccess NSW - the single entry point for free legal help in NSW. Presenters will talk about their comprehensive triage system that enables the best outcome for clients seeking free legal information and referrals to meet their needs. LawAccess NSW now offers services by phone and web chat.

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FWD+Organise 2021 - 1-2 December 2021, Online

Australian Progress' FWD+Organise 2021 is the place where community organisers and digital campaigners come together to share practical skills, learn innovative approaches to advocacy and build lasting collaborations to win systemic change. The conference offers changemakers the opportunity to learn from the very best in offline and digital. 

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Impact of COVID on Social Care - 2 December 2021, Online

The public health response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and especially lockdowns, have had significant effects on the social care system and on the people we serve. Some of these are new challenges, some are standing issues exacerbated by the new environment, and some are opportunities to build something new.

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Planning a Merger: Key Legal Issues for Not-for-profit Organisations - 7 December 2021, Online

Merging with another group can have its advantages - however achieving a successful merger takes planning and effort. Before heading down this road, your organisation should understand what’s involved – including the benefits and costs, the due diligence required and other legal issues that might come up along the way.

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Planning your Content Calendar for 2022 - 9 December 2021, Online

Creating content for social media is difficult for some and easy for others.

If you know you need to find your content rhythm, join Connecting Up for a practical webinar where they'll teach you all the tricks to quickly and easily come up with a swag of suitable content including copy and imagery, week in and week out for 2022.

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Sector News & Resources


Harvard Club of Australia Ferris Family Fellowships 2022

The Harvard Club of Australia (HCA), in partnership with the Australian Scholarships Foundation, is supporting not-for-profit leaders with an opportunity to study at Harvard Business School in the United States. Two Fellowships are available to attend the six-day course "Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management"

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Governance Health Check for NSW Organisations

Does your community organisation need a governance refresh? Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law are offering free Governance Health Checks to eligible not-for-profit organisations in the social services and health sectors and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations based in NSW, thanks to the NSW Government’s Social Sector Transformation Fund.

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ACOSS Policy Webinar: Uluru Statement from the Heart - 9 December 2021, Online

This webinar by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) will explore where the Uluru Statement from the Heart is now, what's coming up, and how the community sector can support the call for constitutional change. The next steps in the campaign are paramount, as is the support from the community sector.

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Continued Strain for Charities & Social Services After a "Profoundly Hard Year"


The Centre for Social Impact have released the report from Wave 2 of their national Pulse of the For-Purpose Sector & Building Back Better survey, revealing significant challenges for the sector as nearly 80% of service providers report struggling to meet requests for support.

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