Autumn 2015

ISV Editorial – Autumn 2015
Autumn 2015 / Editorial

ISV Editorial – Autumn 2015

In the lead up to the NSW election on 28 March 2015 groups have been lobbying for their agendas. Human Service peaks and community groups get drawn into this pre-election “we are listening” game by the possibility that they may get a much needed reform up against the competing demands […]

Community Justice Centres: The Road less travelled
Autumn 2015 / Community Safety / Judicial System

Community Justice Centres: The Road less travelled

Australia’s only community justice centre is the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in inner-city Melbourne. Its integrated approach to justice, service co-ordination and crime prevention is one many would like to see tried in NSW. To encourage this discussion Ann Strunks tells us about a project the centre undertook in Smith Street Collingwood.

Disability agenda for the NSW Government
Ageing / Autumn 2015 / Disability Services

Disability agenda for the NSW Government

Australia is moving to a nationally consistent system of support for people with disability following many reform initiatives on the state level. Even though the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) shifts policy focus on disability to the national level, there is still much which can only be achieved by the state. Enis Jusufspahic takes a look at the disability landscape in NSW and the challenges facing the NSW Government after the election.

Five foundations for youth housing
Autumn 2015 / Housing / Youth

Five foundations for youth housing

There are undeniably large challenges facing young people trying to move into their own home. The term ‘housing crisis’ is becoming commonplace, and the crisis is particularly acute for young people. Chris Stone explores the housing options needed to prevent youth homelessness.

Achieving effective strategic urban and regional planning
Autumn 2015 / Urban Development

Achieving effective strategic urban and regional planning

Planning for People: A Community Charter for Good Planning spells out the planning system changes that many organisations are asking the NSW Government to introduced in NSW. John Mant looks at what the Charter could mean for strategic planning in NSW.

No reason for a ‘law and order’ election
Autumn 2015 / Community Safety / Judicial System

No reason for a ‘law and order’ election

NSW elections in recent decades have been described as ‘law and order’ auctions. Garner Clancey explores some of the reasons why there is no reason for a ‘law and order’ auction and what criminal justice issues should receive greater attention by government after this election.

Rental reform for housing justice
Autumn 2015 / Homelessness / Housing

Rental reform for housing justice

About one in three voters rents their housing. Paul van Reyk explores what the Tenants’ Union of NSW sees as the challenges facing government in delivering a better deal for tenants.

Housing at the right price, in the right place, with the right amenity
Autumn 2015 / Homelessness / Housing

Housing at the right price, in the right place, with the right amenity

It’s one of the mysteries of modern political life that the issue that everyone agrees on – the unaffordability of housing in NSW – seems to pass without serious policies or commitments from the parties at every election. Adam Farrar explores the housing affordability crisis facing lower income people in NSW and spells out what Shelter NSW thinks the NSW Government should do to address the problem.

Working together for a fairer NSW
Autumn 2015 / Community Sector

Working together for a fairer NSW

Poverty affects nearly 900,000 people in New South Wales – more than in any other state or territory. Tracy Howe explains that the NSW Council for Social Services (NCOSS) wants to see everyone speak about the issue of poverty and disadvantage in our state, plan for a fairer NSW and act to address poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation.

The future of public housing
Autumn 2015 / Housing / Inner Sydney Voice (ISRCSD)

The future of public housing

Inner Sydney Regional Council (ISRC) held a forum in January to gather input from tenants and workers for its response to the Social Housing in NSW Discussion Paper. Vanessa Cartwright from the South Sydney Herald covered that forum and discusses some of the issues raised.