This budget invests in a range of new and existing projects, programs and initiatives aimed at protecting and potentiating children, youth and families, with big ticket expenditure items in education, child protection and health.
In relation to the 1 in 7 campaign recommendations this Budget delivers on a few key areas with:
- An additional $10 million for youth homelessness initiatives that prioritise young people leaving care ($40 million over four years), as well as $10 million for support and accommodation under the Homeless Youth Assistance Program
- An extra $7 million for programs to tackle childhood obesity from NSW Health
- Initiatives that will support the inclusion of vulnerable children including $50 million for the roll-out of the Supported Students, Successful Students election commitment which begins in Term 3, 2016 and an additional $15 million for the Assisted School Travel Program; and
- Investment of $55 million in the Future Directions social housing strategy, with initiatives including early childhood centres in social housing areas, and the delivery of a home visiting program for parents with babies in social housing areas
This investment is due to the tireless work of NCOSS members around the state who have written to and met with their local members, signed petitions and raised awareness of the 1 in 7 campaign in their communities.
But, as always, there is still a lot more work to do to make sure all children in this state are given the best possible start in life.
This is particularly the case in relation to investment in early childhood education and care which continues to fall short of what is needed. See our Budget analysis for more detail.
Together we’ve made a difference but there is more work we can all do to see more gains in these areas. The Children, Young People and Families Alliance is due to meet in July and we’ll be talking about how we can keep up the pressure on Government to see the 1 in 7 campaign continue to make a difference.
We’ll be in touch soon to let you know what’s next.