2019 WA State Budget

We’ve broken down the key themes of the 2019 WA State Budget, so you can see how this may affect you.

Young people

  • Up to $110 million over four years to create jobs for apprenticeships and traineeships
  • $15.6 million in 2019-20 to establish a secure, 20-bed adult mental health unit at Fremantle Hospital and $4 million for the Mental Health Emergency Centre at St John of God Midland
  • Over $130 million in 2019-20 for the redevelopment and upgrade of secondary schools
  • The Western Australia Police Force will provide grants totalling $7 million to the Police and Community Youth Centre over two years to enable the organisation to maintain service delivery, including programs targeted to at-risk youth
  • $1.1 million from 2019-20 to 2022-23 for alcohol and drug education programs in schools with a focus on at-risk groups.

Families

  • With the smallest year-on-year increase since 2006-07, total expenditure by a ‘representative’ household on public sector goods and services - including motor vehicles, utility charges, public transport, Emergency Services Levy (ESL) and stamp duty - is $6,395.44 in 2019-20. This represents an increase of $127.77 (2%) on 2018-19 levels
  • $425.8 million in 2019-20 to build and improve WA schools to meet student enrolment growth across the State, as well as strengthen the delivery of education services
  • An additional $31 million over the next four years to address family and domestic violence. Central to this is the establishment of two One Stop Hubs for victims of family and domestic violence in Mirrabooka and Kalgoorlie
  • An additional $216.7 million for hospital services, which will see spending on hospital services increase to $6.7 billion in 2019-20. Plus, an additional $99.7 million for core non-hospital services over five years
  • The Early Years Initiative brings together community leaders, government, researchers, business and philanthropic organisations to improve the health and learning of young children. The remaining partner communities are expected to be announced in 2019.

Retirees

  • $2.3 million to combat elder abuse, including continued funding for the WA Elder Abuse Helpline
  • $34 million over four years towards end-of-life choices and palliative care services
  • $8.6 million over the next two years to support the Karlarra House residential aged care facility in Port Hedland
  • An extra $5 million in 2019-20 for a residential aged and palliative care facility in Carnarvon (on top of the $11.6 million previously committed)
  • Continual support on aged care travel schemes in 2019-20, including the country pension fuel card scheme (over $30 million) and pensioner fare subsidies scheme (over $1.5 million).

Businesses

  • $182.4 million over four years for the Employer Incentive Scheme to make it more affordable for employers to take on apprentices and trainees
  • $17.9 million in 2019-20 for the Esperance New Replacement Campus to provide industry relevant training facilities to support the training and workforce development needs of the Esperance region
  • A new approach to catering for the specific training needs of enterprises will be piloted in the allied health and social assistance sectors to support the large forecast employment growth in this sector over the next five years
  • Main Roads is continuing to build road construction opportunities to develop a skilled workforce in the Kimberley region and enable Aboriginal service businesses to support their ongoing program of works
  • The Small Business Development Corporation continues to advocate for small businesses in WA to minimise compliance burdens and improve the operating environment.

Regional

  • $131.5 million for the WA agriculture sector to enhance productivity and support research and development, including $40 million over four years for bio security defences and grain research and development
  • $9.5 million from over four years for the Collie Adventure Trail Initiative to build mountain bike and walking trails to help boost tourism in the area
  • $24 million over four years for WA Open For Business program to promote export opportunities for regional WA
  • $20 million over four years for the North West Drug and Alcohol Program in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid-West, including medical withdrawal beds and youth services
  • $45 million from over four years for regional WA for the Employer Incentive Scheme, which provides financial incentives for businesses to take on apprentices and trainees.

Transport

  • Funding for Metronet projects including $420.2 million for the Yanchep Rail Extension ($119 million in 2019-20), $535 million for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link ($158 million in 2019-20) and $39 million to plan the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line
  • $1.3 billion on road infrastructure in 2019-20, including $260 million of new funding, including Metronet-related road projects around new train stations and early works for Tonkin Highway upgrades
  • $342 million over four years for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road
  • $78 million over four years for the Fremantle Traffic Bridge replacement project. The project is expected to cost $230 million in total
  • $27 million in 2019-20 will be available for the planning, design and construction of local bicycle infrastructure, plus the safe active streets programs.

Important things you should know

Source: ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

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