2019 Election Platform
No Child in Poverty
Message from the CEO
When we talk about building strong, connected and sustainable communities, we know that first and foremost our communities care about getting it right from the start and building a strong foundation for children, young people and their families.
We know this because over the last few years since the last State Election, NCOSS has travelled across NSW to hear directly from communities about the key issues that matter to them, and the solutions making a real difference.
NSW is a prosperous state with a strong economy and budget surplus. This is why it is all the more alarming that when we speak to our members, leaders and services on the ground, we hear there are still too many children and young people falling through the cracks and missing out on the support they need.
In NSW, we know that 14% of children under the age of 15 are experiencing poverty – a rate higher than any other mainland state. This means that almost 1 in 7 children are living in households below the poverty line.
NCOSS calls for all sides of politics to lead by example and demonstrate that they are committed to investing in our children, young people and families where it is needed most.
Together, we can build a community where all children and young people are supported and empowered to flourish. The upcoming State Election presents a real opportunity to end child poverty in NSW. Let’s get to work, and get it done.
Chief Executive Officer
To break this cycle, we clearly need solutions that address a number of intersecting issues.
Before we can flourish and tackle the challenges in life, we all need a stable base and secure environment. This includes a secure home that meets the needs of children, young people and their families. Their families also need to be able to access supports at the right time to avoid crisis and stay together.
For children to get the best start in life and grow through education, we need to support them to engage early and consistently, particularly during times of hardship. They also need to be able to access the right services and supports within their communities when times are tough, so that they feel safe, connected, supported and empowered at all times.
Our roadmap to end child poverty is underpinned by six fundamental principles. All six principles sit at the core of our recommendations and should be considered fundamental in any policy response to end child poverty:
Communities should be empowered and resourced to design and deliver their own solutions by coming together and leveraging cross-sectoral partnerships. We need place-based solutions that are grounded in communities.
NCOSS supports our members
Support young people to avoid homelessness
Make rent more secure and fair
Support children and their families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness
Implement an affordable housing strategy
Reduce the impact of transport disadvantage on children, young people and their families
Deliver place-based community transport solutions
Extend opportunities for young people in regional NSW to be supported to learn to drive
Urgently address health transport barriers in regional NSW for children and their families
- NCOSS refers to children and young people interchangeably throughout our platform and includes all those below the age of 25 years.