In an unprecedented year that saw the release of the NSW 2020-21 budgetÂ was delayed, the focus is on recovery from drought, bushfires and COVID-19.
Despite a tight fiscal environment and uncertain future, NDS is pleased to see a number of budget announcements aimed at supporting the disability and community sectors.
Headlines measures include an expansion and continuation of the Skilling for Recovery initiative. NSW will contribute $159.3 million over two years to match Commonwealth JobTrainer funding (joint funding of $318.6 million over two years). $17 million will be allocated to targeted investment to support jobs growth and improve the quality of workers in the disability and care sectors. This is likely to include mentoring and job matching for people in the care sector. Given the high representation of women in the disability workforce the commitment of $10 million (over two years) to support women displaced by COVID-19 or experiencing long term unemployment return to the workforce is likely to benefit our sector.