Who is responsible for services in NSW?

The New South Wales Government, New South Wales councils and the Australian Government all work to support people with disability in NSW. This section tells you who does what.

Key New South Wales disability information

NSW Health is responsible for disability policies and issues in the New South Wales Government. They are also responsible for state-based disability services that sit outside of the NDIS. The Disability Council of New South Wales provides advice to the New South Wales Government and helps people with disability to have a say in disability matters. New South Wales local councils also work to support, promote and improve local communities.

Learn about the New South Wales Disability Minister

Visit the disability section of NSW Health

Visit the New South Wales Government website

Learn more about local councils in New South Wales

Learn about the Disability Council of New South Wales

NSW Disability Inclusion Plan

Services the New South Wales Government provides

Public, social and community housing

Public hospitals

Community health services

Service NSW

Services NSW - Aboriginal Services

Home and Community Care programs for under 65s

Public transport services

Early childhood education and care

Public primary and secondary schools

Vocational Education and Training (VET)


Kindergartens and pre-schools

Jurisdictional court systems

Correctional centres and prisons

State/Territory Police

Guardianship, Public trustees

The Ombudsman

NSW Children' Guardian

Child protection

Community visitors programs for disability*

Domestic and family violence services

Major sporting facilities

State and territory human rights/anti-discrimination bodies

NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner

Services New South Wales local councils provide

New South Wales local councils provide the following support and services:

  • Urban planning/design of the built environment
  • Accessible buildings
  • Local development planning
  • Local roads, bikeways and footpaths
  • Local parks and recreational facilities
  • Local sports grounds
  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds
  • Council run childcare and aged care centres
  • Municipal services
  • Parking regulation
  • Public libraries, community halls

Find out more about Local Government in New South Wales.

The Australian Local Government Association is the national voice of local government, representing and providing a range of services to 537 councils across Australia.

Australian Government and shared services

Find out what services the Australian Government provides and those services all governments do together