NSW Budget: Funding Decisions Place Essential Family Services at Risk

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) says it shares widespread concerns of the community sector regarding the impact that NSW Budget funding provisions will have on future services for our community’s most vulnerable. 

NCOSS, along with a number of other NSW peak bodies, have noted that the latest budgetary measures pose a threat to services that provide critical frontline support to vulnerable children and families.

Of particular concern is the Government’s decision to set the indexation rate for some community funded services at just 1.75 per cent for the coming year, despite the fact that wages are set to increase by 3 per cent.

ACWA CEO Steve Kinmond echoes these concerns, saying there is a genuine risk that funding decisions contained within this latest budget will lead to a cut in essential services across the community which, at their very worst, will leave the most vulnerable and disadvantaged with nowhere to turn.

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies is the NSW peak body representing non-government organisations that provide services to vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Media enquiries: Libby McCalman  0418 659 525   libby@acwa.asn.au