What you need to know
The NSW 2023-24 State Budget, announced on Tuesday 19 September, does not contain any new funding for the disability sector. The first budget of the Minns Labor Government stated its priorities as addressing economic challenges and investment in housing and essential services.
About 1.46 million people in NSW live with disability. Out of a population of 8.1 million that equates to 18 per cent. But only around 183,000 of them participate in the NDIS. While NDS welcomes NSW’s contribution to the NDIS ($3.9 billion for 2023–24), we note there are about 1.2 million people with disability in NSW who do not have access to the NDIS. There is significant need for further funding for state-based disability initiatives, especially tier two and foundation supports.