The New South Wales budget has invested in initiatives that will make a difference to the lives of people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, but a continued lack of investment in early intervention and early learning are missed opportunities, according to the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS).
NCOSS CEO Tracy Howe said the state budget would see welcome funding injections to ensure people – particularly young people – have a safe, secure place to call home, to reduce crisis levels of domestic and family violence, to ensure people experiencing mental ill-health have the right support and people with disability continue to have strong advocates.
“Investment in these key areas will go a long way to reducing poverty and disadvantage in our state and ensure our communities are stronger. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home and our young people, in particular, deserve our protection and support,” Howe said.
“With the roll out of the NDIS it’s also crucial the advocacy services remain to support people with disability through one of the largest reforms this country has ever seen – it’s great to see funding for these service extended.”
Source: Pro Bono Australia