NSW Budget 2019: Where the cash was splashed
Five thousand more nurses, 4,600 new teachers, $1.6 billion for NSW bus services and a $1.8 billion drought relief package, find out where the money went in this year's NSW Budget.
- 5,000 nurses and midwives and 3,300 more health professionals over next four years
- $2.9 billion in 2019-20 for health infrastructure including hospital upgrades and new regional facilities
- Kids Helpline boosted by $5 million to answer an extra 18,400 calls per year
- 4,600 new teachers over next four years
- $6.7 billion to build and upgrade 190 schools
- $8 million partnership with Foodbank over next four years to provide breakfast at an additional 500 schools across this State.
- $120 million over four years to make before and after school care available in every public primary school by 2021
- $88.4 million for an additional 100 school counsellors or psychologist across public high schools.
- $500 million to repair local roads and another $500 million to fix country bridges.
- $350 million added to Farm Innovation Fund to provide concessional interest rate loans to farmers affected by drought
- A $170 million Drought Stimulus Package to improve water security in regional towns including Dubbo, Coonabarabran and Nyngan.
- $32 million over three years to investigating raising Wyangala Dam
COST OF LIVING
- Two $100 Active Kids vouchers available per child each year to encourage children's participation in sport.
- $70 million to provide dental care for primary school kids
- $250 Regional Seniors Transport Card to aged pensioners in regional NSW from January 1, 2020
- Opal Travel capped at $50 a week for commuters and $25 a week for youth and concession
- 50 per cent off vehicle registration for motorists who spend more than $15 a week on tolls
INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT
- $1.6 billion for NSW bus services
- $1.2 billion in 2019-20 to continue delivery of the Sydney Metro City and Southwest linking Chatswood and Bankstown
- $1.6 billion towards the WestConnex Motorway
- $852 million to continue the NSW and Australian Government funded Pacific Highway upgrade program
- $631 million for NSW and Australian Government funded road upgrades to support the new Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek
- $561 million to continue construction of Parramatta Light Rail (Stage 1)
- $56 million (part of a $6.4 billion commitment over four years) for planning and the acceleration of construction of Sydney Metro West
- $150 million for new and improved public parklands
- $7.9 million to support the rollout of solar panels and battery systems to households across NSW
- $5.1 million to accelerate the roll-out of solar panels on government buildings, such as schools and hospitals, with a target to reach 55,000 megawatt hours per year by 2024
STATE OF THE BUDGET
- Projected operating surplus for 2018-19 of $802 million
- NSW net worth expected to surpass $310 billion by 2023
- Expected between 2,000 to 3,000 public sector backroom jobs to be shed
- Abolished bonuses for the highest paid department executives
- Net debt expected to increase from negative $8.8 billion in 2018-19 to $38.64 billion in the red by 2022-23