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2017-18 Budget

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In 2017-18 the FACS cluster will spend $7 billion supporting people with disability, vulnerable children, young people and families to live a better life. This is an increase of $459 million (or 7.1%) on the 2016-17 revised budget.

Download the 2017-18 NSW Budget - Overview document.

Child Protection

The NSW Government is investing $1.9 billion to protect and support our most vulnerable children, young people and families.

Highlights include:

  • $25 million for new evidence-based models improving family preservation through multisystemic therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect and Functional Family Therapy Child Welfare services to help at least 900 children a year in 15 priority locations.
  • $63 million ($18 million in 2017–18) over four years of new funding for additional caseworkers and casework support workers.
  • $148 million ($30 million in 2017–18) over four years in new spending to support children with high needs in out-of-home care.
  • $95 million in 2017-18 for targeted early intervention to provide parenting, youth and family support programs.

Download the 2017-18 NSW Budget – Child Protection document

Social Housing & Homelessness

The NSW Government will invest $1.1 billion to support people experiencing homelessness and improve services for social housing tenants to help break disadvantage.

Highlights include:

  • $81 million to support community housing providers head lease properties for vulnerable families as a pathway to housing independence.
  • $198 million for specialist homelessness services and critical referral services such as Link2Home.
  • $218 million for capital maintenance of social housing properties to improve the lives andexperience for tenants.
  • $152 million to improve Aboriginal housing outcomes through capital works, maintenance and strengthening the Aboriginal community housing sector.

Download the 2017-18 NSW Budget – Social Housing & Homelessness document

Disability services

The NSW Government is investing $3.4 billion on disability services in 2017-18. This includes $2 billion on accommodation and other supports for people with disability to assist them to live with dignity in their communities and promote choice and inclusion; and $1.4 billion on supporting people with disability to participate socially and economically in their community and realise their potential.