2021-22 State Budget

The Budget is the Government’s principle financial, economic and policy statement and is released once a year. It contains policies across all portfolios and provides information on Government performance.

The NSW Government invites submissions from interest groups, businesses or individuals who wish to comment on existing policies, propose new policy ideas or provide recommendations for policy reform as part of the upcoming State Budget.

This webpage provides advice on how to submit a pre-Budget submission for the 2021-22 Budget.

Please note that while the 2021-22 Budget Date is yet to be communicated, it is typically handed down in mid-June. The NSW Government is accepting pre-Budget submissions up until Friday, 12 February 2021

If you have a question or comment that is not a pre-Budget submission, please contact NSW Treasury via our Contact Us page.


Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the State’s revenue and expenditure. In response, the Government is undertaking a major fiscal repair program, as outlined in the 2020-21 Budget. As a result, there may be limited capacity to fund new policies in the short term. Nonetheless, NSW Treasury encourage new ideas from the community.


What to include in your pre-Budget submission?

There is no rigid or fixed approach in what to include in your pre-Budget submission. However, the NSW Government is focused on lifting performance against State Outcome indicators, which can be found in Budget Paper No. 2 Outcomes Statement. The Budget Papers can be viewed here.

Outcome budgeting is a performance management approach which starts the conversation by asking what outcome is being pursued (e.g. best start in life for young children), how success can be tracked (e.g. proportion of young children enrolled in early education), what policy options have evidence of achieving that goal and, finally, the cost of alternate policy approaches. It is a more innovative approach than simply looking at whether existing programs or agencies need incremental adjustments. More information about Outcome budgeting can be found here.

In addition to considering the impact on State Outcomes, the NSW Government will consider whether a proposal is value for money and what evidence exists that the proposal will achieve the desired effect for the community.

Prior to lodging your pre-Budget submission, you may also wish to consider the Premier’s Priorities. Further detail about the Premier’s Priorities can be found here.

Please note NSW Treasury will delete any pre-Budget submissions that are inappropriate or offensive.


How to submit your pre-Budget submission

Please email [email protected] with your submission. Documents in PDF format are preferred, but MS Word is also acceptable.

Submissions are open until Friday, 12 February 2021, but we do encourage earlier submissions wherever possible. Pre-Budget submissions lodged after this date are unlikely to be considered and assessed in time for the 2021-22 Budget. However, they will still be forwarded to the relevant portfolio agency in case they or their Minister wish to consider it as part of a future year.


What happens once you submit

Once lodged, your pre-Budget submission will be sent to NSW Treasury and it will also be forwarded to the specific agency responsible for that portfolio.

Please note that while your pre-Budget submission will be considered, NSW Treasury will not be responding to individual proposals.

Last updated: 04/02/2021