2023 NSW Budget
What's in the budget for the community and disability sectors

19 September 2023

Today the NSW Labor Government handed down its first budget for the state of NSW.


In the budget, the new government has locked in a series of commitments it made to ASU members and the community sector as part of the election campaign earlier this year including:

  • Establishing a portable long service leave scheme for community and disability workers in 2024
  • 5.75% boost in funding to community services to cover the wage increases won by the ASU and other unions for all workers in our sector
  • Setting up a taskforce to deliver longer term funding and more permanent jobs in the community sector
  • $200 million Out of Home Care rescue package
  • $224 million Essential Housing Package (which includes money for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing, dedicated mental health housing and urgent funding for specialist homelessness services and more)
  • $39.1 million in new funding to help prevent family and domestic violence (including more financial counsellors and specialist DV workers for 20 women's refuges)
  • $34.3 million increase in funding for 20 women’s health centres
  • $4.4 million to establish a new multicultural DV centre in South West Sydney
  • $4.2 million to increase capacity for the NSW Sexual Violence helpline
  • Establishment of Homes for NSW as a new government agency to coordinate public and social housing and deliver more social housing

Find out more and book a workplace visit from an ASU Organiser today.

I love being a member of the ASU because as a collective we make a difference in the lives of all of the workers across the community sector
Josephine ASU member