DVNSW analysis of NSW State Budget 2018-2019

DVNSW has now obtained the fact sheets released by FACS for the NSW State Budget 2018-2019.

The fact sheets can be accessed here

According to our analysis:

– In the 2018-19 NSW State Budget, no significant new money for the domestic and family violence sector was announced.

Funding has been maintained for: Start Safely (rental subsidy), Safer Pathway, Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Scheme, Staying Home Leaving Violence, Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Service Program, NSW Domestic Violence Line, No To Violence, sexual assault services, and Specialist Homelessness Services.

– The remaining Safer Pathway sites will be rolled out by the end of 2018 as planned ($7m for the remaining sites).

– The NSW Homelessness Strategy has been released with $61.7m in new funding over four years ($7m in 2018-19):

$20m in new investment for homelessness social impact investment.
$10.6m in new investment for sustaining tenancies support.
$9.1m in new investment for additional transitional accommodation.
$6.9m in new investment for co-located homelessness-health services.
$6.2m in new investment to expand Staying Home Leaving Violence to five new locations (over the next four years).
$4.7m in new investment for universal risk screening and supports.
$3.8m in new investment for assertive outreach to support rough sleepers.

– The Aboriginal Social Housing Strategy has received $33.1m in new funding over four years ($7.6m in 2018-19).

Of concern:

– No new funding or an evidence-based strategy for violence prevention across NSW (the small-scale Domestic Violence Innovation Fund only received $2.7m. This fund includes early intervention and crisis responses).

– No additional funding for specialist women’s services to meet the current demand.

– No funding to implement the yet-to-be-released Sexual Assault Strategy.

– Funding for prisons and corrective services rather than preventative measures and support services for perpetrators and re-offenders.

– A push to increase the number of adoptions from out-of-home care, which may be too short a timeframe for vulnerable parents to reach stability and reunification ($17m over two years for the Adoption Transformation Program).

– Funding for FACS to implement multisystemic therapy for child abuse and neglect and functional family therapy child welfare services in priority locations ($39.3m), which is an untested approach for families experiencing domestic and family violence.

If you would like to discuss any of these areas in more detail, please contact Shelley, DVNSW Policy Manager by email: pm@dvnsw.org.au