The NSW Budget 2019-2020 was handed down on June 18 and we were there to check out the latest announcements impacting on the charities and nfp sector.  The Budget highlights include:

  • $13.9 million over four years to establish an Ageing and Disability Commissioner
  • A drought relief package now at $1.8 billion to help farmers with drought relief
  • 43.3 billion in 2019-2020 to support people participating in the NSIS
  • $2.7 billion invested in capital on top of recurring spending for the health budget
  • The gold Opal card will be capped at $2.50 a day for the next four years, and the Regional Seniors Transport Card will provide $250 per year in fuel, taxis or train tickets for pensioners in regional area
  • Funding for free breakfast in 500 public schools across NSW through Foodbank
  • Marine Rescue will receive $37.6 million over four years to enhance its rescue capabilities
  • The Volunteer Rescue Association will receive $18.8 million over four years to help volunteers respond to incidents
  • Surfing NSW will receive $1 million over four years to deliver training
  • $21.8 million to extrend GPS tracking and supervision of serious sex offenders
  • $79 million to help local councils provide pensioner discounts on rates and charges
  • $71 million over four years to offer an additional 100,000 free TAFE and VET courses for young job-seekers and mature-aged workers seeking to retrain or re-enter the workforce
  • Additional $40 million for the Active Kids program to include two $100 vouchers per child from June 1
  • $23.5 million over four years to expand the capacity of Lifeline and Kids Helpline
  • 4,600 extra teachers across government schools over the next four years
  • 1,500 more police at a cost of $583.6 million over four years
  • $18.5 million for 300 new school crossing supervisors across NSW primary schools by 2022
  • additional 100 school counsellors or psychologists, 350 student support officers, as well as dedicated services for rural and remote students ($88.4 million over four years) for public high school students
  • Additional funding for Vision Australia to focus on cataract surgery

For more information on the NSW Budget 2019-2020 and access to the complete Budget Papers visit the Budget website (yes, it has it’s very own!).