NSW Budget Breakdown

Your budget news, for your industry, as it comes in. 

Here are our notes so far, we'll update as new and definitive information comes to light. 

Domestic Violence

Premier Baird says:

  • $44m over 4 yrs to reduce DV by 5% by 2019 by funding GPS tracking of high offenders, behaviour change programs for higher risk perpetrators and the establishment of the NSW Police DV High Risk Offender teams across the state

 Hazzard says:

  • $57m over 4 years to expand the Start Safely subsidy private rental subsidy program –takes total funding for the program to $100m – level of subsidy will be increased to support women who fall outside social housing eligibility – aims to relieve pressure on crisis accommodation; maximum length of subsidy extended from 2 – 3 years; money also will be available to assist women to set up a private tenancy & access education.  This expanded funding is part of the Future Directions reforms of social housing
  • $43m over 4 years in base funding for Start Safely already announced this month by Goward
  • 2016-17 $22m for Start Safely, including $11m from the Future Directions social housing strategy

Goward says:

  • Doubling of funds to DV to $300m+ - up from $148.5m in 2015-16 budget
  • $53m over 4 yrs for statewide roil out of Safer Pathways – 19 new sites in addition to existing 6 pilot sites
  • New $20m DV Innovation Fund for support DV services & refuges (there is no detail on this – so we’re pleased to see the money – but don’t know yet how it will be spent)
  • $2.9m over 4 years to introduce GPS monitoring of high risk perpetrators (on parole, on bail, or where an ADVO applies with geographical restrictions) + option for victim to wear an alert device
  • $22m over 4 years to roll out Police High Risk Offender teams (announced last October)
  • $43m over 4 yrs for housing supports through Start Safely
  • $34m over 4 yrs for DV Cas services (this is good)
  • $25m over 4 yrs for Staying Home Leaving Violence (continuation of existing program)
  • $15m over 4 yrs for NGO led community based perpetrator interventions, incl $8m for behaviour change programs
  • $13m over 4 yrs for Victims Services to pilot new responses for male victims such as gay men, or fathers and sons suffering violence through expert NGO support (not sure how this will work and its not very much money)

Drug & Alcohol Services 

(Entirely about police) Increased funding for police – hand –held narcotic analysers for testing multiple drugs & increased investment in upgrading police stations, increasing aerial patrols and terrorism surveillance

Community Transport/Disability

 $16m for wheel chair accessible taxis; $84m for community transport and home and community care services for people who cannot drive or catch public transport


$1.8b for mental health services – an increase of $106m from last year

  • $8m over 4 years for suicide prevention programs delivered by NGO’s
  • $20m to continue Community Living Supports program to support people with complex mental illnesses
  • $11m for statewide roll out of CAMHS GOT IT Teams – early mental health intervention for young people in schools
  • $5.1m for Whole Family Teams – complex mental health and D&A issues (incr of $1.7m)
  • $5m for Older Persons Mental Health Teams (incr of $3.5m)
  • $3m for perinatal and infant mental health teams
  • $3m for LifeLine


  • Syrian Refugees: $11m for health services for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in NSW, incl psychological and emotional therapeutic intervention
  • $9m for translation and interpreting services (increase)
  • $3m Multicultural NSW Compact
  • $2.8m (23% incr) cultural diversity grants
  • $1m telephone interpreter service


Supporting half of NSW transferring to the NDIS:

  • $1.3b implementation of the NDIS in NSW
  • $22m to finance and establish new homes to house people currently in larger residential centres
  • $2.8m to support Advocate for Children & Young People

Aged Care

  • NSW Ageing strategy and second NSW Volunteering strategy
  • $20m for integrated health care including through the Health Care Homes initiative in partnership with the C’wealth Primary Health Networks
  • $500,000 expand NSW Seniors Card program
  • $6.5m to implement NSW Ageing strategy:
  • $1m liveable communities program
  • $600,000 Elder Abuse Hotline and Resource Unit
  • $500,000 Tech Savvy Seniors program 

FACS (Youth, TEIP, Aboriginal services, affordable housing)

We welcome the new investment in youth homelessness – but need to see the detail that is not provided int eh budget.

There is no commitment or plan for affordable housing – releasing new land for housing is good for developers but increasing the supply of land in an already overpriced market does not address affordable housing needs – the government is confusing supply with distribution and their response fails woefully.

Spending in FACS $6.2b – increase of $195m (3.2%).  After allowing for a one off C’wealth disability payment in 2015-16, FACS recurrent spending in 2016-17 is up 6.3%

$1.9b ($1.8b recurrent + $49m capital) including:

  • $560m over 4 years in new funding  to reform Out of Home Care and Child Protection through Targeted Earlier Intervention, intensive family restoration programs and adoption initiatives
  • $1.1b ($1m recurrent + $11m capital) to prevent homelessness & support people who need help to house themselves including:
  • $188m for crisis homelessness services and refuges to support approx. 58,000 people seeking assistance this year
  • $76m for Community Housing Providers to fund leasing subsidies for vulnerable individuals and families in the private rental market
  • $280m over 4 years for Future Directions reforms in the social housing system to ‘break the cycle of disadvantage’ in social housing through ‘improved parenting, health, education, work and training’
  • $163m Aboriginal Housing Office ($110m recurrent and $53m capital) delivering new housing, upgrading existing housing, and supporting Aboriginal Community Housing
  • $592m capital expenditure for off-Budget Land and Housing Corporation on new social housing and upgraded existing housing 


  • $34m over 4 years for Women’s DV Advocacy program + additional $6.3 m over 4 years to meet unmet demand to respond to police referrals (This is good – we are pleased with this)
  • $19.5m over 2 years for the creation of behaviour change interventions for high risk DV offenders as part of the $44m whole-of-govt DV policy
  • Youth justice: competitive tendering for roll out of Youth on Track program (we are worried about this – lack of detail – we hope it won’t be a shadow of the much criticised federal so-called ‘interns program’.  We are also concerned about the program being based upon competitive tendering – with a proven track record of failure in the community sector))
  • $28.9m for programs and partnerships with aboriginal communities, incl  an Aboriginal Centre for Excellence in western Sydney (not new and we are concerned about the lack of real consultation with ATSIC communities)


  • (new) $100m Smart, Skilled and Hired initiative for areas of high unemployment – will ramp up training in construction and disabililty care sectors to prepare a ‘pipeline of qualified workers to work in the state’s infrastructure and NDIS

Again there is a real lack of detail around this program. We hope it won’t be a shadow of the much criticised federal so-called ‘interns program’.  We are particularly concerned about how young people will be trained.  

The NDIS means that there will be a real increase in the workforce that is required to work with people with a disability. 

Those people have the right to expect the best standard of training and skill by people with a real commitment to the sector and the people with whom they work. 

We certainly hope that this will not be the NSW version of the federal budget’s dodgy subsidy to employers for a constantly rotating workforce of $4 an hour workers.

Local Government

  • The problems associated with the current and planned forced amalgamations are just beginning and the Budget fails completely to provide any detail of how local communities will deal with the changes.
  • No new money to assist in the process of amalgamations
  • $79m for pensioner rebate schemes – nothing new
  • $16m local infrastructure renewal – insignificant amount of money and not sure what its for – no detail


Privatisation continues, while there is new investment in rail, buses and ferries there is no commitment to local procurement or to retaining this essential infrastructure in public hands, so the number of jobs in manufacturing will be limited and it is impossible to see what impact there will be on people currently employed in the transport sector.

Roads, Rail & Freight:  $242m to upgrade & maintain regional freight lines; $32m to upgrade Sydney commuter wharves; $1.5b to upgrade & maintain road, maritime and freight assets, incl $224m in grants to local councils;

More express services to Western Sydney; $1bn for new suburban trains; $1.3b to renew & maintain Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink networks; $100m to continue delivery of Automatic Train Protection , $90m to progress the Rail Operations Centre; a new rail nerve centre

Ferries: $30m to continue delivery of 6 new inner harbour ferries, first of which is to be delivered in 2016; $17m to continue construction of a new ferry wharf at Barangaroo and $8m to start delivery of 4 new ferries for the Parramatta River


  • $500m over 3 years to secure Broken Hills water supply
  • $75m water saving infrastructure projects funded by the C’wealth under the Water for the Future program
  • $45m under Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage program
  • $18m water reforms in Murray Darling Basin
  • $9.4m to improve water & sewerage services for aboriginal communities


  • $38m for mining and petroleum industries to prevent workplace safety issues; $23m from the Coal Innovation Fund to continue the Darling Basin drilling program, exploring for CO2 sites
  • $3m for research on alternative CO2 storage
  • $4m for a NSW Coal Fired Electricity Generation study for future NSW power generation
  • $240m investment ion private land conservation over 5 yrs
  • $175m NSW EPA
  • $49m improved energy productivity, including $1.4m towards renewable energy programs
  • $48m to protect Aboriginal and other cultural and heritage sites 

 Energy $259m to assist 800,000 eligible households with meeting energy costs.