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Prevention, early intervention missing from NT Budget

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Prevention, early intervention missing from NT Budget

Today’s Northern Territory Budget has failed to focus on early intervention and prevention strategies in health, corrections and child and family welfare. The Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS)is concerned that preventive programs have been undervalued and the government’s Budget does not provide strategic measures in family support, mental health and youth justice to support the NT’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people. NTCOSS notes allocations of small funds for social housing and homelessness programs, but is...

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Working with the Media

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Working with the Media

Do you have great work and a great message you want to get out to a wider audience? Is the media knocking on your door seeking comment?   Maybe the thought of doing an interview makes you want to run and hide. It’s easier than you think and can be  done with limited resources.  $50- per person NTCOSS members / $75-per person non-members CLICK ON THE LOCATION TO REGISTER NOW: Alice Springs  Friday 27 May  10am – 1pm For more information contact  08 8948 2665 or...

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Media Release – NTCOSS Cost of Living Report No.11- Benefits of low CPI not all seen remotely

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Media Release – NTCOSS Cost of Living Report No.11- Benefits of low CPI not all seen remotely

 A new report by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) shows Darwin’s CPI over the past year has been low at only 0.5%, compared with the national rise of 1.7%, though the last two quarters for Darwin (0.3% and 0.4%) are higher than the two quarters prior (0.0% and -0.2%). The 11th NT Cost of Living Report, released today, reveals clothing (-02%), rent (-2.7%) and overall transport prices (-2.6%) in Darwin all went down, and the CPI for food was 0.0% in Darwin over the past year. The main reason for the fall in the costs...

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Media Release – NTCOSS Cost of Living Report No.11- Benefits of low CPI not all seen remotely

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Media Releases, News and Events | 0 comments

Media Release – NTCOSS Cost of Living Report No.11- Benefits of low CPI not all seen remotely

A new report by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) shows Darwin’s CPI over the past year has been low at only 0.5%, compared with the national rise of 1.7%, though the last two quarters for Darwin (0.3% and 0.4%) are higher than the two quarters prior (0.0% and -0.2%)….. The 11th NT Cost of Living Report, released today, reveals clothing (-02%), rent (-2.7%) and overall transport prices (-2.6%) in Darwin all went down, and the CPI for food was 0.0% in Darwin over the past year. The main reason for the fall in the...

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Media Release – NT Justice Coalition calls for bus service to NT prisons

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Making Justice Work (MJW) is a coalition of community organisations with a common interest in effective responses to crime in the Northern Territory. The coalition calls on the NT Government to reinstate a bus service to Darwin and Alice Springs prison. MJW Top End spokesperson Sandra Cannon said, “A bus service was a condition of the prison’s construction, but since the centre became operational both the Department of Transport and Department of Corrections have refused to accept responsibility for this.”[1]  “Making Justice Work is keen to...

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Media Release:NT Justice Coalition commends NT Government’s Justice Targets

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in News and Events | 0 comments

Making Justice Work is a coalition of community organisations with a common interest in effective responses to crime in the Northern Territory. Coalition spokesperson Wendy Morton commends the ambitious justice targets in the NT Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Strategy.i “These targets are consistent with the published Making Justice Work principles” explained Ms Morton. Ms Morton said “The cost to Territorians of achieving these targets will see a big saving in Territory budgets that can be better spent on education and...

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Vision for a Coordinated Service System to Promote Child and Family Wellbeing

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in News and Events | 0 comments

Vision for a Coordinated Service System to Promote Child and Family Wellbeing

The NT Council of Social Service Inc. (NTCOSS) is proud to have been a part of developing the NTCOSS Child and Family Wellbeing Framework. This framework has been the result of over 18 months of consultation across the Northern Territory including focus groups, forums, group and individual meetings with key stakeholders.     Some of these were led by NTCOSS but others were led by member organisations who all had the same commitment to the project. I want to thank all of those who contributed their time, expertise and resources, and in...

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NTCOSS Cost of Living Report – Insurance

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in News and Events | 0 comments

NTCOSS Cost of Living Report – Insurance

A new report by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service highlights that far too many Territorians face rising insurance costs, despite the generic CPI for Darwin being low over the past year. The 10th NTCOSS  Cost of Living Report released today reveals that Insurance prices in Darwin have risen rapidly over recent years, rising at a twice the rate of the generic CPI for Darwin for the last 15 years, according to Mr. Jonathan Pilbrow, Policy Advisor, NTCOSS. “These price rises add to the already high cost of living for Territorian...

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NTCOSS Pre Budget Submission 2016-2017

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in News and Events | 0 comments

NTCOSS Pre Budget Submission 2016-2017

NTCOSS is a peak body for the community sector in the NT and is a voice for people affected by social and economic disadvantage and inequality. The community sector in the NT is made up of community managed, non-government, not for profit organisations who work in social and community service delivery, sector development and advocacy.The community sector plays a vital role in creating social wellbeing for all Territorians and in building safe and healthy communities by providing services that enable people to access and participate in health...

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Using a higher GST to pay for income tax cuts is a ‘recipe for more inequality, with higher income earners the winners’

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in News and Events | 0 comments

Using a higher GST to pay for income tax cuts is a ‘recipe for more inequality, with higher income earners the winners’

The Australian Council of Social Service today released new modelling from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) to show what an increase in the GST to 15% would mean for households across the community. The NATSEM modelling also shows what  it would mean if the Federal Government used the revenue from an increase in the GST to fund a reduction in personal income taxes across different income groups. The NATSEM modelling, commissioned by ACOSS with support from the Carnegie Foundation, confirms that using an increase...

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