NSW BUDGET: BILLIONS TO SUPPORT PATIENTS, STUDENTS, PARENTS AND COMMUNITIES

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NSW BUDGET: BILLIONS TO SUPPORT PATIENTS, STUDENTS, PARENTS AND COMMUNITIES


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The NSW Government’s commitment to investing in communities in every corner of the state is evident with the announcement of the 2018 – 2019 NSW Budget, Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.

“The NSW Government has announced a staggering $3.9 surplus today, with many innovative, important and unprecedented state wide initiatives to be rolled out,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Investment spans across all areas, including law and order, education and health, with the NSW Government committing to projects that will benefit the state for many years to come.

“The NSW Budget has a core focus on health, with one in three dollars going funding new ambulance stations, new roles for medical professionals and support packages for parents.

“This budget is revolutionary for NSW, with funding that will make a real difference to families here in the Monaro.”

EXAMPLES OF STATE WIDE INITIATIVES INCLUDE:

$100 CREATIVE KIDS REBATE

Off the back of the NSW Government’s highly successful Active Kids program, the NSW Government has announced the launch of the $100 Creative Kids rebate to ease the costs and allow young people to experience cultural and learning activities outside of school.

“Whether your kids are passionate about languages, coding, visual arts, music or performing arts, the Creative Kids rebate can be used towards the cost of registration, participation or tuition fees,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Every single kid should be encouraged and given the opportunity to participate, try new things and continue the activities that they love.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government does not want cost to stand in the way of our kids’ enjoyment, which is why we are committed to this investment.

Mr Barilaro said that families will be able to claim the Creative and Active Kids rebates, saving parents up to $200 off recreational activity fees per child, per year.

100 NEW POLICE

The NSW Budget includes a $3.9 billion investment in the NSW Police Force, including the recruitment of 100 new police officers.

“We know that our police force play a crucial role in keeping our communities safe and the NSW Government is committed to getting more boots on the ground,” Mr Barilaro said.

“With the NSW Government investing in new stations, such as the station to be built in Queanbeyan and impressive upgrades including the announced refurbishment of Braidwood police station, the new recruits will be well-supported and in a position to serve their communities properly.”

100,000 FEE FREE APPRENTICESHIPS

Mr Barilaro said the budget continues the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government’s investment in jobs and training throughout the region with the announcement of a huge investment in apprenticeships.

“The NSW Government has committed to offering 100,000 fee free apprenticeships across NSW to ensure we have a strong pipeline of skilled workers,” he said.

“The free apprenticeships will be on offer for any course TAFE and non-TAFE institutions that are approved to deliver apprenticeship programs.

“As an ex-tradie turned Member for Monaro, it is incredibly rewarding to be delivering this free training opportunity and removing the burden of costs, particularly for our youngest workers.

1100 NEW TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS AND TAFE

Funding for 1100 new teachers in NSW schools and TAFE campuses has been announced in the 2018 – 19 NSW Budget.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring students have the best support from the time they enter preschool to the time they finish a post-school course, which is why we have committed to fund an additional 1100 teaching positions across the state,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Everybody deserves the best start in life, and that includes a quality education that is well-supported by teachers, mentors and tutors.

“We know that the extra support can mean a lot to students and can make a real difference to their success during school and during further education at TAFE.

“Supporting every student will always be a priority for the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government, with this support extending out to the Monaro and broader regional NSW.”

3 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL FUNDING
The NSW Government’s $200 million fee subsidising program will help families with the cost of living and heavily subsidise fees for all three year olds enrolled in community preschools.

“This announcement will encourage parents to send their children to preschool for two years before school, and we know that this can have terrific flow on effects for the student later in their studies,” Mr Barilaro said.

Additionally, the NSW Government will spend $42 million on capital works to deliver 5000 extra community preschool places across areas of need.

1370 NEW MEDICAL STAFF

The NSW Government has announced an impressive investment in health services and medical staff with almost 1400 new jobs to be funded across NSW.

“There’s no room for error when it comes to health, which is why we are investing in our health system and funding positions for 950 new nurses and midwives, 300 new doctors and 120 new allied health workers across the state,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I’m proud to be part of a government that is investing in solutions to continually improve health facilities for all people in NSW.

“These new positions will mean more surgeries, less waiting time and better and faster emergency care in hospitals and health services.”

750 NEW PARAMEDICS

In a record for NSW, 750 new paramedics and call centre staff will be employed across NSW. The announcement comes as the NSW Government commits to $1 billion in funding for ambulance services.

“We want to cut ambulance response times, improve the safety of our paramedics and patients, and reduce paramedic fatigue,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The only way to do this is to have more paramedics available and more support staff in ‘000’ and emergency call centres.

“Nobody wants to be in a situation where they need to use an ambulance or call an emergency call centre, but when they do, they will know that they are getting the best support possible thanks to this investment.”

BABY BUNDLES FOR NEWBORNS AND THEIR PARENTS

The NSW Government has unveiled its $157 million parenting package, which includes funding for new babies born in NSW and their parents.

“Our government is passionate and committed to supporting parents when they need it most, which is why we have announced that every baby born will receive a $150 baby bundle,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The hamper will include items such as an infant sleeping bag, swaddle, nappies, change mat and thermometer, as well as important pamphlets about baby care and mental health awareness for parents.

“Having a newborn baby can be one of the most exciting, rewarding and enjoyable experiences, while at the same time being one of the most daunting, restless and frightening times in any parent’s life.

“The pack is designed to help parents, take away the added pressure, worry and cost of baby items, and ensure they know the signs of post-natal depression.”

NSW GOVERNMENT’S COOLER CLASSROOMS POLICY

The NSW Government has announced $500 million for the removal of gas heaters and the installation of brand new air-conditioning systems in 1000 schools across the state.

“We know this is an issue and in the region, some of our schools have no air conditioning or have unflued gas heaters,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This is an opportunity to invest in new infrastructure and new facilities to make sure our schools are able to deliver the training and education our students deserve.

“We know the difference a comfortable environment makes on a student’s time at school and their ability to learn properly, so this decision is a no-brainer.”