The NSW Government announces the Budget each year, around mid-June. The Budget provides an overview of the state economy, outlines the NSW Government’s revenue and expenses for the coming year and details the priorities the Government will deliver. It contains key Government policies focused on improving the living standards of NSW citizens and provides information on the Government’s performance against State Outcomes.
The NSW Government invites submissions from organisations (e.g. businesses, non-government organisations or interest groups) and individuals who wish to provide input on existing policies or programs, new policy ideas or recommendations for reform as part of the upcoming State Budget.
This webpage provides guidance on submitting a pre-Budget submission for the 2022-23 Budget. Submissions will be accepted until 11.59pm, Sunday 30 January 2022.
If you have a question or comment that is not a pre-Budget submission, please contact NSW Treasury via our Contact Us page.
Things to consider when preparing your pre-Budget submission
There is no ‘right’ way to prepare your pre-Budget submission. However, we have included some key considerations below to help you formulate your submission and ensure that it is relevant to the 2022-23 Budget.
A quality submission includes not only the costs of a proposed initiative but the benefits. Ideally, it points to examples where this has been implemented before, or other forms of evidence. This could be peer-reviewed research, findings from policies and programs adopted in other jurisdictions, including overseas, or lived experience from stakeholders.
The NSW Government is particularly interested in submissions that focus on how we can lift 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 that 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.
Each year, the Government receives a high number of quality proposals that need to be considered within a hard budget constraint. For that reason, submissions are welcome to nominate funding models or areas of increased spending, but it may be helpful to think about the trade-offs.
We live in a society with limited resources. In particular, the economic and financial impacts of COVID-19 outbreaks and response measures have severely affected the State’s fiscal position. In view of these additional constraints, the Government must weigh up competing priorities to determine what is and isn’t funded by taxpayers. A dollar to support your proposal is a dollar that can’t be spent elsewhere, whether that be on schools, hospitals or roads. How would taxpayers’ money be put to better use in your proposal?
What happens when you lodge a submission
Please be aware that while you will not receive an individual response from NSW Treasury, your submission will be forwarded to the relevant Minister and agencies. The closing date of Sunday, 30 January 2022 has been designed to allow consideration of submitted proposals in the lead-up to the 2022-23 Budget.