Response to the Ageing and Disability Commission’s NSW Disability Advocacy Review Issues Paper


Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission’s Issues Paper. On 9 September 2019 the Ageing and Disability Commission released the NSW Disability Advocacy Review (the Review) under the first appointed NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner Mr. Robert Fitzgerald. This Review is providing the opportunity

City of Parramatta Council Draft Delivery Program 2017-2021 & Operational Plan 2020-2021


On 29 May 2020, City of Parramatta Council released its Draft Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Budget 2020/2021. The document outlines actions and targets, budget, capital works and rates, fees and charges. The City of Parramatta is set to more than double in its population by 2041. Given the development and growth of Parramatta,

Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Review of Public Transport Fares


Western Sydney Community Forum (WSCF) welcomes the opportunity to comment on IPART’s review of the fare structure of public transport in NSW. Since 1993 WSCF has been actively involved in addressing transport disadvantage in Western Sydney. In recent years WSCF have: Partnered with Western Sydney University to undertake a research project ‘Estimating Transport Disadvantage

Draft Community Participation Plan WSCF response


On October 2018, the NSW Department of Planning & Environment (the Department) released their draft Community Participation Plan. The draft Community Participation Plan sets out to be the driving principles behind engaging communities in the planning process, in addition to providing space for community participation within the planning processes. Click Here

State Environment Planning Policy No.70 WSCF Response


In November 2018, the NSW Department of Planning & Environment (the Department) released their proposed changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 70 (SEPP 70). These proposed changes amend the Department’s SEPP on affordable housing. Of the series of changes listed by the Department, the critical changes that affect residents in Western Sydney

Their Futures Matters – Access System Redesign WSCF Response


In February of 2019, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACs) released the Their Futures Matter (TFM) Access System Redesign discussion paper. This discussion paper articulates a new vision for the Access System and calls for feedback regarding a number of important considerations. The Access System Redesign discussion paper features 39 questions focused

Submission to the Greater Sydney Commission


In October of 2017, the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) released the Draft Sydney Region Plan as well as the individual Revised Draft District plans. The Draft District Plans connect metropolitan planning with local planning, and comprise of aspirations and proposals that will inform planning across Greater Sydney towards a 2056 target year. Ten directions

Submission to NSW Development of Family Community Services


In January 2018, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services released the consultation paper: Protections for Residents of Long Term Supported Group Accommodation in NSW. The aim of the paper was to engage with people with disability who are residents in supported accommodation, their families and carers, service providers and other stakeholders; to

Submission to NSW Department of Community Services


In early September, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) released the Targeted Earlier Intervention Programs Sector Consultation Paper. Western Sydney Community Forum joined with partner peak agencies and local councils to host three Roundtables in Greater Western Sydney on the FACS Earlier Intervention Programs (TEIP) Reforms. In total the three Roundtables captured the

Submission to the Chair of the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues


This submission aims to respond to the Inquiry into service coordination in communities with high needs through a solutions based framework by demonstrating best practice examples in areas of high social needs in Greater Western Sydney and capturing key insights from local organisations. Key themes from these consultations are explored along with several recommendations