NTCOSS is a peak body for the Social and Community Sector in the NT and an advocate for social justice on behalf of people and communities who may be affected by poverty and disadvantage.
The NTCOSS team is located in both Darwin and Alice Springs, and for over 40 years has worked with its membership base, government and other stakeholders to strive for better outcomes for Territorians.
NTCOSS represents a varied service sector, with members contributing different experiences and perspectives. The Community Sector in the NT is made up of community managed, non-government, not for profit organisations that 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. The Sector provides services that enable people to access and participate in society, including health, education, employment, economic development and family and community life.
NTCOSS members are central to our work and advocacy. As a representative voice of the Sector to government, NTCOSS seeks to strengthen the Sector so that it can continue providing its essential services to the NT community
Integrity and Respect
- To promote and assist the development of all aspects of social services throughout the NT
- To provide to organisations, services and support such as training, a resource base, research and consultation relating to social issues
- To contribute to the debate on social issues
- To ensure the Council is representative on a sector wide and regional basis in the NT as well as representing the interests of members
- To promote and make representations on behalf of socially disadvantaged groups and those disadvantaged in the NT community by policy decisions
- To be the peak organisation providing a focal point for the community sector and a reference point for government
- To provide advice and policy input to all levels of government and other appropriate organisations and agencies on behalf of the NT community sector
- To contribute an NT perspective to the national Council of Social Service (COSS) network.
The National network of Councils of Social Service in Australia collaborate to achieve our vision of a fair, inclusive and sustainable Australia. The COSS Network is committed to achieving the best outcomes for people affected by poverty, disadvantage and inequity.
Australia’s Councils of Social Service (COSS’s) are the peak councils of the community welfare sector and the principal voice for people affected by poverty and disadvantage.
There are nine independent organisations, (one for each state and territory in Australia and a national body), which work together to reduce poverty and promote social justice.
Key Areas: the COSS network is active on many fronts in key areas of social and economic policy, including: social security and income support, community services, health, including mental health, housing and urban development, law and justice, rural and regional communities, Indigenous communities – rights and reconciliation, economic development and taxation, employment, education and training.