RECORD $10.1 BILLION HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE SPEND

One of the largest health projects in NSW is on track to deliver world-class care to local communities for decades to come following the 2019-20 Budget’s commitment to a record $26.7 billion investment in health.

This includes a $2.7 billion spend on health infrastructure in 2019-20, up 27 per cent on last year. This brings the Government’s health capital spending over the next four years to a record $10.1 billion – a 25 per cent increase on last year’s Budget.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard at Westmead to mark a major milestone for the Central Acute Services Building.

“This redevelopment is just one of 200 health projects completed or in progress since 2011 that the Liberals & Nationals Government has funded, and the 2019-20 Budget will ensure the cranes keep moving,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This Government has a strong track record when it comes to delivering new and upgraded hospitals and health facilities, and this year’s Budget is no exception.”

Mr Perrottet said the building, due for completion in 2020, was an investment in the future health of the people of NSW.

“The $1 billion-plus Westmead precinct redevelopment provides NSW with a cuttingedge health, innovation and education precinct,” Mr Perrottet said.

“When the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government promises to deliver world-class health services we do it and our record speaks for itself.”

Mr Perrottet said $10.1 billion, including hospital redevelopments and lease acquisitions, will be invested over four years to continue current works and commence upgrading and building a further 29 health infrastructure projects.

Within the next term, funding will ensure the delivery of four new hospitals on greenfield sites for communities at Maitland, Macksville, Mudgee and in the Tweed.

Mr Hazzard said the record investment in health infrastructure mirrors the neverbefore-seen funding in services and the frontline health workforce, with 8,300 additional frontline staff over the next four years.

“Whether you’re in the Tweed or in Tumut, Westmead or Wyong, Macksville or Mona Vale, all across NSW, direct and indirect jobs are being created through health builds,” Mr Hazzard said.

“We are future-proofing the health system to ensure no matter where you live in this vast State, you and your loved ones have access to care and support close to home.”

The record $2.7 billion health infrastructure investment in 2019-20 will enable the following works:

  • Commencement of new works John Hunter Hospital ($780 million), the Children’s Hospital at Westmead ($619 million) and Tumut Hospital ($50 million)
  • Continuing works at Griffith Hospital, Goulburn Hospital, Hornsby Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital
  • New hospital car parks at Liverpool, Shellharbour and Wagga Wagga
  • Planning for major projects including Sutherland Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network at Randwick and the Comprehensive Children’s Cancer Centre, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Other highlights of the health capital works investment for 2019-20 includes continuing work on the Nepean Hospital and Integrated Ambulatory Services redevelopment, the Randwick campus reconfiguration and expansion, the Concord Hospital upgrade and the Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment.

The new Westmead building, a collaboration between Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, will transform healthcare in western Sydney and provide a base for ground-breaking health research to benefit every Australian.

Key features of the new building include:

  • Two new emergency departments – one for adults and one for children
  • Digital operating theatres
  • Expanded imaging, pharmacy and logistics
  • Additional patient rooms, and
  • Education, training and research embedded into every floor.

ARTS, SCREEN & CULTURE ACROSS NSW TO FLOURISH WITH $871 MILLION INVESTMENT

Arts, screen and culture are alive and well with the NSW Government delivering an $871 million total investment in the sector, including a 22 per cent increase in recurrent funding for the 2019-20 NSW Budget.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said following four years of unprecedented investment in cultural endeavours across NSW, the Government is reaffirming its commitment to the sector.

“The NSW Government is creating an arts, screen and culture landscape that is the envy of the nation. These industries play a pivotal role in delivering significant economic and social benefits to our State,” Mr Harwin said.

“This year we are increasing overall Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) funding to $61 million, including funding for the National Art School. The Australian Museum will receive $40 million to continue the delivery of a new touring exhibition hall for the King Tutankhamun exhibition in 2021, as well as education and visitor facilities.

“To drive screen investment from domestic and international producers we are increasing our Made in NSW fund to $15 million this year and $55 million over the next four years to attract productions to our State.

“The fund’s $43 million investment to date has already delivered an estimated $700 million to the NSW economy – I can’t wait to see what the future holds for production in our State.

“As part of the Sydney Opera House renewal we are also delivering an important investment in ongoing operational security measures,” Mr Harwin said.

Investment in arts, screen and culture in 2019-20 will include:

  • Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) in 2019/20, inclusive of National Art School funding: $61 million
  • Made in NSW fund: $15 million in 2019/20 and $55 million over the next four years
  • Australian Museum operational budget: an increase of $9.7 million in 2019-20 and $39 million over the next four years

Ongoing funding for 2019-20 capital projects includes:

  • Sydney Modern Project – Art Gallery of NSW: $103.4 million
  • MAAS Powerhouse Precinct Parramatta: $167.2 million
  • Walsh Bay Arts Precinct: $113.5 million
  • Sydney Opera House Renewal Program and security measures: $76.6 million
  • Australian Museum: $40 million

RECORD $21 BILLION FOR NSW SCHOOLS, TAFE AND VET

The Liberals & Nationals continue to invest unprecedented funds into the education system in NSW, with a record $21 billion allocated to schools, early childhood, TAFE and VET in today’s Budget.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said that over the next four years, the NSW Government will:

  • Allocate $6.7 billion to deliver 190 new and upgraded schools;
  • Recruit 4600 more teachers;
  • Allocate $120 million to expand before and after school care;
  • Dedicate $88.4 million towards employing 100 additional school counsellors or psychologists and an additional 350 student support officers.

This investment will not only provide the best quality schools for NSW children but deliver the highest number of teachers in government schools in the State’s history.

“An investment in the next generation is the best one any Government can ever make,” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.

“We are lucky to live in such a wonderful country and in NSW we want to ensure our children get the best education they can and that we provide options and incentives for them.”

Ms Mitchell said that this Budget recognised the complexity of our education system. “Not only is this budget focussed on continuing to deliver our record school infrastructure program – it also recognises the importance of supporting a students’ mental health, as well as the critical role that teachers play in the education of our children.”

In another historic first, the Government will be investing $449 million to clear maintenance backlog in all public schools by July 2020, bringing the total investment to $1.3 billion over 5 years.

Other investments in the Education cluster in the 2019-20 Budget include:

  • $2.4 billion in the 2019-20 Budget towards vocational education and training.
  • $500 million over four years to support non-government schools in building facilities to provide more student places in growing communities;
  • $20 million over four years for new and existing preschools to build or renovate facilities; and
  • $10 million over four years for the Sustainable Schools Program to help schools take effective steps to improve their environmental footprint.

BUDGET DELIVERS FOR STUDENTS IN REGIONAL NSW

The 2019-20 NSW Budget features significant investment in regional school infrastructure, with funding for 18 new and upgraded schools and hundreds of millions committed to clear the maintenance backlog in regional schools.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the NSW Government is continuing its record $6.7 billion investment in school infrastructure, with a total of 190 new and upgraded schools being rolled out across the State, with 40 projects currently underway in regional areas.

“Investment in education is a core priority for this Government, and I am very proud that we are also providing more pathways and opportunities for families and students in regional NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.

“The 2019-20 Budget also allocates $917.4 million in funding for 40 new and upgraded schools the Liberals & Nationals Government committed to as part of the recent elections.

“Eighteen of these new and upgraded schools are in regional NSW, including two new high schools, a new primary school and upgrades to multiple schools across the State.”

There are a number of projects planned or currently underway across regional NSW, including:

  • New primary schools in Murrumbateman and Googong prioritised for planning in 2019;
  • Major upgrades underway at schools in Queanbeyan and at Karabar High School;
  • New high schools committed at Bungendore and Jerrabomberra;
  • Major upgrades to schools in Murwillumbah, Kingscliff, Tweed Heads, Lennox Head, Byron Bay and Pottsville; and
  • Upgrades to Bexhill Public School, Bangalow Public School and Teven-Tintenbar Public School.

The Government has invested a further $449 million to clear the school maintenance backlog in all public schools by July 2020 bringing the total maintenance investment to more than $1.3 billion over five years.

Ms Mitchell said that it will be the first time in the State’s history that the school maintenance backlog will be wiped to zero and that more than $300 million will be invested in regional school maintenance for the coming twelve months.

“Children in regional NSW deserve a great public school education – to be educated close to home, in top-quality facilities from early childhood to year 12, and I am thrilled this Government is delivering that,” Ms Mitchell said.

HELPING CREATE A BETTER FUTURE FOR NSW CHILDREN ONE MEAL AT A TIME

Thousands of vulnerable children will now have the chance to get a wholesome, nutritious start to their day, with Foodbank rolling out free breakfasts in 500 public schools across NSW thanks to funding from the State Government.

The initiative will be funded by an investment of $8 million in this year’s 2019-20 NSW Budget and will be delivered in partnership with Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief organisation.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the initiative will reduce food insecurity for vulnerable Australians and address the nation’s food waste problem.

“The single most important investment you can ever make is in a child’s future,” Mr Perrottet said.

“This initiative will help take the pressure off parents and carers who are struggling to put food on the table for their children and will provide relief to the communities who need it the most.”

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the joint initiative with Foodbank will give children a better chance to succeed in the classroom.

“Research shows that a nutritious breakfast will have a positive impact on a child’s mental and physical health, will enhance engagement and productivity in the classroom, improves cognitive functions and educational outcomes, and helps to develop social and leadership skills,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Foodbank currently provides food to more than 100 schools in NSW, so I am thrilled we can help offer this program in an additional 500 public schools.”

This announcement is part of a suite of education initiatives in the 2019-20 Budget, including 4,600 more teachers in NSW public schools, $917 million for 40 new and upgraded schools, $500 million for non-Government schools and $449 million to erase the existing maintenance backlog.

“The NSW Government is investing more in education than ever before, because an investment in our children really is an investment in the future of NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Our state’s future doctors, nurses and farmers are being shaped in our schools as we speak, so it is crucial they are nurtured to be the best they can be.”