Carers NSW Pre-Budget Submission 2018 - 2019

Carers NSW Pre-Budget Submission 2018 - 2019

The NSW Government has a strong history of supporting carers, with the NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 (the Act) and the NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019 (the Strategy) leading whole-of-government carer recognition and support nationally. In spite of the challenges presented by significant sector reforms at both Commonwealth and State levels, 2017 held a number of positive milestones for carers in NSW.

Following a statutory review in 2016, May 2017 saw the amended Act, including a considerably improved NSW Carers Charter, passed by both Houses of Parliament. Carers NSW is supportive of the changes, many of which were in line with our recommendations.

July 2017 marked the beginning of the last year of NDIS rollout in NSW, with nearly 44,000 people with disability already having approved NDIS plans, 2 and 70,000 more scheduled to transition within a twelve month period.3 Participant satisfaction in NSW remained high at 80 percent, 4 with the most recent research indicating that many carers were benefiting from the transition.

The announcement of the Carers Investment Program by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) in August 2017 reflected the NSW Government’s continuing commitment to support carers in line with the focus areas of the Strategy. Carers NSW welcomed this commitment, as well as the opportunity it provided our organisation to propose ten innovative, evidence-based carer projects for consideration.

Carers NSW commends the NSW Government on its ongoing support of carers, but wishes to highlight that carer recognition and support are currently at risk, particularly as NSW transitions to the NDIS. Carers NSW urges the NSW Government to address gaps that are leaving carers worse off, and consider its ongoing role in supporting carers into the future.

This Pre-Budget Submission focuses on four key areas that Carers NSW has identified as of the most importance to address for carers in the 2018-19 State Budget. These are:

  1. Ongoing commitment to carers
  2. Gaps in NDIS transition
  3. Building carer resilience
  4. Keeping carers engaged

Our recommendations, developed in consultation with our staff, carers and key partners and stakeholders, highlight what we believe are the most achievable and cost-effective ways in which the NSW Government can make practical gains for carers in the 2018-19 financial year. Carers NSW urges the NSW Government to seriously consider these recommendations and commit to ensuring that no carer is worse off in the 2018-19 State Budget.

Download the Carers NSW Pre-Budget submission.

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Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.