Budget Breakdown at NCOSS Breakfast

NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) hosted its annual post-budget breakfast at NSW Parliament House this morning, providing guests from across the spectrum of community and social services, with an opportunity to direct questions to NSW Treasurer, Daniel Mookhey.

Minster Kate Washington, Shadow Treasurer Damien Tudenhope and Shadow Minister Natasha Maclaren Jones, were also in attendance, with Political Reporter, Ashleigh Raper, facilitating the discussions.

Treasurer Mookhey paid tribute to the sector for their 'hard, hard' advocacy in addressing the housing crisis, and praised campaigners in the room who pushed tirelessly for the positive outcomes outlined in his budget; primarily to boost social housing stock and improve overall conditions for tenants.

Closer to ACWA's remit, he reinforced the government's position that the child protection system is in 'dire need of urgent reform, with current policies not working for anyone, especially children'. He also declared the importance of sector and government collaboration to 'rise to the challenge', and help repair a 'broken system.'

CEO's from across the sector including Rebecca Pinkstone from government agency Homes NSW, Paul Coe from Birribee Housing, @John Leha from AbSec and Jessica Innes from Peppercorn Hawkesbury, presented a critical lens on how this budget will impact the future of housing, child protection and early intervention for families, and what else is needed to enable communities to thrive.

ACWA welcomed John Leha voicing the sector's concern regarding the uncertainty around early intervention funding, in particular for ACCO's. We echo John's sentiments in asking for a redirection of investments to ACCO's so they can continue the critical work they're undertaking in working towards Closing the Gap.

Makeeta, NCOSS lived experience advocate and 'cyclebreaker', shared her personal experiences as a single mother of 5 children, overcoming multiple challenges to ensure her children have a better life. She highlighted the importance of funding mental health programs, having witnessed the detrimental effects poor wellbeing has on people of all ages.

President of NCOSS, John Robertson's closing remarks allowed us all to reflect on what we all should keep top of mind: 𝐝𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭.

As always, we thank NCOSS for their leadership across many social issues, and for providing its members with opportunities to connect as a group and have these essential conversations.