CBM supporters’ voices heard on reinstating the budget
CBM supporters joined us in lobbying the Government to restore the disability allocation within the Australia budget.
At the end of the previous financial year, extra funding was retrospectively applied to the core budget, increasing it from $9.6 million to $12.1 million. This is a huge win for our advocacy efforts and a sign our continued lobbying is having a real impact on decision-makers. The fight is not over yet — the 25% cut for the current year (2021/2022) is unfortunately still sustained. We are now focusing our efforts on restoring this year’s budget and, of course, looking ahead to next year.
We were thrilled to recently meet with the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Zed Seselja, to discuss the inclusion of people with disabilities in Australia’s aid program. Together with ADDC, our CEO Jane Edge spoke directly to the Minister about how people with disabilities are being impacted by COVID-19; and the need to prioritise people with disabilities in the Australian aid program. The Minister was positively engaged, and we will continue to find opportunities to share with him the voices and priorities of people living with disabilities in our region.