Interview with Karl Stefanovic, Today Show

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

KARL STEFANOVIC: PM, good morning to you.

PRIME MINISTER: Good morning, Karl.

STEFANOVIC: You must be pretty pleased with the reaction. The only thing missing was the steak knives.

PRIME MINISTER: What’s important is to understand there is a pandemic raging and this is our second pandemic Budget and what the Budget is is a plan to secure Australia’s recovery. That recovery can’t be taken for granted, Karl. As you know Australians, we are living in this country like virtually nowhere else in the world and that has been hard won and we need to ensure we continue to hold on to these gains and we build on them. What we’re doing is working, more people in work today than there was before the pandemic, and we have avoided the absolute terrible tragedy that we have seen in so many other parts of the world. You know, if we had the average of what OECD countries, countries like ours, experienced with the fatality rate from COVID, more than 30,000 Australians would have perished during this crisis. So Australians have achieved a lot, but this Budget is about the plan to secure that recovery because, as we have seen in Europe, they’re going into a double-dip recession. We need to avoid that outcome, we need to keep doing what is working and keep pressing ahead.

STEFANOVIC: It was Gough Whitlamesque though, wasn’t it?

PRIME MINISTER: It’s about a pandemic, that is what it is about. In a pandemic you have to do what you need to do to save lives and save livelihoods. That’s what it is about. That is the enemy here. That is the opposition I’m focussed on. It’s the pandemic. Because that is what will rob Australians of their health, it’s what will rob Australians of their jobs and livelihoods and what we’re achieving here as Australians together is quite unique and this Budget is about continuing to secure that because it is the Federal Government that needs to step up in these circumstances and lean in to ensure that we can provide Australians with that security and that confidence which we are seeing.

STEFANOVIC: You went especially hard at Labor and accused them of spending like drunken sailors during the global financial crisis. Your Government has a record debt almost five times that size. It is hard to imagine a Budget further from the Coalition heartland.

PRIME MINISTER: 30 times worse, that’s what this pandemic is compared to the global financial crisis, Karl. When you’re faced looking into the abyss as we were this time last year, when we launched JobKeeper just over a year ago and put it into place, the biggest single intervention we have seen from a government, that together backed Australians to get where we are now and there’s a long way still to go, I just don’t think the situations are comparable. In a pandemic there is no politics, there is just a virus that is looking to take your health and to take your livelihood and this Budget is a plan to ensure we secure that recovery that has been so hard fought for in this country and I’m going to make sure that we keep it. I’m going to make sure we keep making those gains. So last night we did what we had to do to secure that recovery.

STEFANOVIC: You’re not at all worried about the size and magnitude of that debt?

PRIME MINISTER: Of course I am, Karl, but I don’t do it lightly and it’s why we did the hard work before the pandemic to get the Budget back into balance so we could respond in the way we have. This pandemic is 30 times worse globally, economically, than the global financial crisis. That is how serious it is and it is still raging now. Just because we can put 100,000 people at the G in Melbourne for a football game does not mean this is over. We are seeing it already having ravaged the developed world and now it is ravaging the developing world. As we were talking about last week when I was up in Rockhampton, this virus is not over and Australians, we can’t be complacent, the Government is not being complacent, this budget shows we are not being complacent because we are not being complacent because we are continuing to lean in, to protect lives and to protect livelihoods to ensure that we can maintain the gains and keep surging forward doing what works.

STEFANOVIC: But your party, Coalition, prides itself on being economically more conservative. When will you deliver a surplus next?

PRIME MINISTER: There’s not one scheduled and foreseeable within the next decade because of the significant investments we’ve had to take. This wasn’t a choice, this is something we had to do.

STEFANOVIC: That’s a huge philosophical shift, though.

PRIME MINISTER: John Howard reminded Josh Frydenberg and I constantly… It has nothing to do with philosophy, it has to do with a pandemic, Karl. If Australia didn’t take the actions, as John Howard told me himself, there’s no politics or ideology in a pandemic, there is just government needing to do what we need to do to save lives and livelihoods and that’s what we’ve done. Couldn’t care less about the politics. I care a lot about people’s jobs, I care a lot about their health and doing what is necessary. The only opponent I have got right now is the pandemic. That’s the opponent I’m focused on. That is the fight Australia is in and as Australia’s Prime Minister, that is the fight I’m focused on.

STEFANOVIC: You do care about being re-elected though again. You’ve left $10 billion for an election splash.

PRIME MINISTER: No, what we’ve done is kept things in reserve over the course of the balance of this year to keep fighting this pandemic. That’s what we’re doing, Karl. That’s what we’re doing. See, Australians like me, we’re focused on ensuring we come through this. Nothing else matters. The thing that matters is family’s jobs, family’s health and, in particular, in this Budget, focusing on important needs they have in mental health and aged care and disability services. But none of that can be funded unless you continue to strengthen your economy and this Budget leans in to strengthening the economy with focus on skills, on manufacturing, on innovation, on the digital economy, on infrastructure, lower taxes, tax incentives for people to invest in their businesses and keep people employed. The reason the Budget is $50 billion better than it was when we were here in October of last year is because more Australians are in work today than we’d anticipated. Since the last Budget, half a million Australians have got back into jobs. From December of last year, there’s 200,000 more jobs than we anticipated even at that time. What we’re doing is working and that’s why we need to secure the recovery with this plan to ensure that we can keep forging ahead and maintaining and extending on what we’ve gained in the country.

STEFANOVIC: Vaccinations are important and that has been slow. Quarantine is a huge issue with state governments crying for help yet there is no funding for federal facilities. We have flights arriving from India at week’s end. You don’t think we need those facilities up and running?

PRIME MINISTER: We do have federal facilities. We have got half a billion dollars in federal facilities which we have expanded from 850 capacity to 2,000 this month in Darwin which is where we are bringing those repatriation flights. So we are doing that and we are working with the Victorian Government on what I think is a very comprehensive proposal there as well. So no, I don’t accept we are not funding those and I don’t accept we are not acting on those and I don’t accept we are not working with the states and territories because we are doing all three things.

STEFANOVIC: We have had more breaches in hotel quarantine. I think people want to see more done in that regard.

PRIME MINISTER: That’s why we’re working with the Victorian Government, that is why we have upgraded the facility at Howard Springs. But let me remind people when it comes to quarantine, that is only one ring of containment. It doesn’t matter where the facility is or who is running it, there will be breaches in quarantine. Our quarantine system has a 99.99 per cent effectiveness rate, with Howard Springs it’s 100 per cent. But it’s the containment beyond that, the testing and the tracing. That is where NSW in particular has been so successful, but so have other states, Queensland, Western Australia and I believe we will see the same thing in Victoria now as their systems have improved greatly from when we had the second wave. We need to keep COVID out of the country as much as we possibly can because that is also supporting our economic recovery. The borders for now, of course they have to remain closed. The pandemic is raging around the world. The idea that we could open Australia up in that environment is not responsible, it’s not sensible. But you made a point earlier about responsible decisions, Karl. We put JobKeeper in and we also decided to take JobKeeper off. Now, that was a decision that was criticised by our opponents, by others who said it should stay in, but we knew you put the measure in place, it’s targeted, proportionate, you have a clear exit strategy and that is how we are running the finances, even in the midst of what has been a very big Budget, we also know how to that responsibly and in a very targeted way.

STEFANOVIC: It is a very big Budget. Josh Frydenberg had a very big smile on his face this morning. I thought you might be happier this morning, PM. Everything Ok?

PRIME MINISTER: I’m fine, mate. I appreciate the care and concern. I’ve got to tell you, Karl, the reason is this. I know, look, budgets are big events and that’s all fine, but I just know the fight we’re in and the fight we’re in, and me as Prime Minister I’m in, is to be protecting Australians at this incredibly difficult time. I am very cognisant of how big those challenges are. It is with me every second of every day. That’s where my focus Australians can be assured of will remain. Every single day I’m going to fight this virus to protect lives and livelihoods.

STEFANOVIC: And that’s why you won’t go to an early election?

PRIME MINISTER: The election is next year, mate. The election is next year. I’ve said that. I can’t control every circumstance in Australian politics, but what I can do is stay focused on the fight that matters and that’s the pandemic and securing health and livelihoods of Australians.

STEFANOVIC: Thanks, PM. Appreciate your time today.

PRIME MINISTER: Thanks, Karl.

A new national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth Government will provide $146 million over four years for the first phase of a new National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.

The Strategy will be a 10 year, whole-of-nation framework to establish a coordinated and consistent approach to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in Australia.

“Every child deserves safety and protection and today’s new measures will prevent, detect and respond to child sexual abuse committed within Australia, online, and by Australians overseas,” the Prime Minister said.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ben Morton, said measures being announced today will lay the foundation for the landmark new National Strategy, which will be released in full in September 2021.

“The Commonwealth has a leadership and coordination role in tackling child sexual abuse, and many of these measures address our responsibilities under the Commonwealth Criminal Code,” Assistant Minister Morton said.

“These measures will deliver on commitments made in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“Any sexual crime against a child is one too many, and this National Strategy aims to deliver ambitious and world-leading measures to prevent all forms of child sexual abuse.”

The National Strategy will complement and align with other national policy frameworks, such as the current and future National Plans to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, and Closing the Gap.

Key initiatives include:

  • $59.9. million worth of initiatives to be delivered by the Australian Federal Police to combat child sexual abuse, including an additional $35.4 million for new frontline operational activities to keep our children safe.
  • $13.9 million to bolster the capabilities of AUSTRAC, the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Australian Border Force, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and the Department of Home Affairs to equip intelligence, research and border protection agencies to disrupt the cash flow behind child sexual abuse, prevent and disrupt livestreamed child sexual abuse, intercept material and offenders at the border, and enhance our ability to identify offenders within the community.
  • $4.1 million for the Department of Home Affairs to work with Indo-Pacific partners on regional policy and legislative responses to child sexual abuse.
  • $2.95 million to help the Department of Home Affairs build relationships with the digital industry to drive a coordinated and collaborative charge against offenders’ exploitation of online platforms to commit child sexual abuse related crimes.
  • $24.1 million to strengthen Commonwealth capacity to prosecute perpetrators of child sexual abuse.
  • $16.8 million for the Attorney-General’s Department to enhance and expand legal assistance concerning child sexual abuse.
  • $10.9 million for the National Indigenous Australians Agency to co-design place-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing approaches to support survivors of child sexual abuse.
  • $4.7 million for Sport Integrity Australia to enhance child safeguarding in sport.
  • $3.0 million to the eSafety Commissioner to deliver targeted online education programs to support parents and families to prevent online harms to children.
  • $5 million to expand the National Office for Child Safety’s national leadership role to deliver the National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.

Further announcements will be made with the full National Strategy, including additional measures to be jointly delivered by the Commonwealth and its state and territory partners.

The Australian Government is working with states and territories as well as non-government stakeholders to finalise the National Strategy for release in September 2021. For more information, visit: National Office for Child Safety.

Budget delivering for Australian women

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

The Morrison Government has announced a landmark package of around $3.4 billion new measures to improve outcomes for women’s safety, economic security, health and wellbeing in the 2021–22 Budget.

This includes the Government investing $1.1 billion in funding for women’s safety; $1.9 billion to support women’s economic security including $1.7 billion to improve the affordability of child care for Australian families and $351.6 million in women’s health and wellbeing measures.

“Our approach to developing this Women’s Budget Statement has been informed by our values of respect, dignity, choice, equality of opportunity and justice – these are fundamental to the safety and economic security of women in Australia,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

The package builds on the Government’s investment for women in Australia, including under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-22 (the National Plan) and the 2018 and 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statements.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the package covered three key pillars —women’s safety, economic security; and women’s health and wellbeing.

“Everyone has a basic right to safety, equality and respect in our society, and we all have a responsibility to address gender imbalances in Australia to create real change and genuine advances for women and girls,” Minister Payne said.

Women’s safety

Minister for Families and Social Services and Minister for Women’s Safety, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, said this package represents the Commonwealth’s down payment on the next National Plan which will commence in mid-2022, with further investment to follow after consultations including the National Women’s Safety Summit to be held on 29-30 July this year.

“Since 2013, the Australian Government has invested more than $1 billion to prevent and respond to violence against women and their children. This budget is yet another important  step toward our target to end violence against women and their children,” Minister Ruston said.

The package includes a new, two-year National Partnership Agreement in which the Morrison Government will provide up to $261.4 million to partner with states and territories to boost local frontline services and trial new initiatives during the transition to the next National Plan. States and territories will be asked to contribute funding to the agreement reflecting their primary role and responsibilities in the delivery of frontline services.

The Government will commit $164.8 million over three years to establish Escaping Violence Payments to provide up to $1,500 in immediate cash and a further $3,500 in kind for goods or direct payments of bonds, school fees or other items. The payments will be provided under a two-year trial through a domestic violence frontline service and include wrap around support for women and their children. The Safe Places emergency accommodation program will also be expanded with additional funding of $12.6 million to support women and children experiencing family and domestic violence.

The Government will build on its efforts to prevent violence with a $35.1 million investment including expanding national primary prevention campaigns to address new and emerging issues targeted at young people as well as continuing the award-winning campaign, Stop It At The Start.

An additional $26.0 million will be provided to Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) to improve support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Funding will be directed to improving the quality, capability and cultural safety of indigenous and non-indigenous family violence services. 

The Government will also invest $31.6million over five years to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Personal Safety Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This will enable us, for the first time, to measure the prevalence of family, domestic and sexual violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls. We will also commit funding to establish a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council.

The Government will invest $29.3 million over three years to improve migrant and refugee women’s safety through early intervention, grass-roots programs, and social and economic inclusion support. The Government will also invest an additional $10.3 million over two years to extend the new pilot program supporting women on temporary visas experiencing family violence for an extra year, making it a two-year trial ending in 2023. This will provide support for women who may be unable to access social services and welfare payments due to their visa status. It includes access to support through the Australian Red Cross, with women able to receive up to $3,000 to help them cover expenses such as food, accommodation, utilities and other essentials and medical care. Extended funding will also be provided to nine Community and Women’s Legal Centres nationally to help this group of women in these challenging situations access legal assistance and migration support.

$26.2 million over four years will address the increasing use of technology facilitated abuse, improve online safety for women and girls and raise awareness of the Online Safety Bill.

Under this investment, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner will pilot a program to develop software to better investigate cases of image-based abuse and provide targeted support for children. A further $4.9 million will also be invested in expanding support for men at risk of using violence and trialling new perpetrator interventions, including funding for No to Violence program and Men’s Line, which provides advice and information to men about services available to them such as a men’s behaviour change program.

Improving our family and justice responses

Attorney-General, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, said having a family law system that was safe and fit for purpose to protect and assist victim-survivors of family violence was a key priority of the Budget.

“We are committing more than $400 million across a range of measures to provide additional legal assistance funding for women, and to boost investment in Children’s Contact Services to reduce safety risks and expand Family Advocacy Support Services.”

These measures include $129.0 million in additional legal assistance funding to women’s legal centres to help women access justice. This funding will be directed to women’s legal centres, to enable these providers to respond to increasing demand for domestic violence assistance.

An extra $101.4 million will be put towards Children’s Contact Services (CCSs) to reduce safety risks to family law system users, including the establishment of an additional 20 CCSs.

Almost $85 million will be invested in the Family Advocacy Support Services to maintain, enhance and expand access to their services.

More than $60.8 million will fund the reform of family law case management in the federal family courts to improve outcomes and better meet the needs of families and children.

Addressing sexual harassment

The Government will invest an additional $9.3 million to further implement recommendations made in the Respect@Work report. This includes funding to support the Respect@Work Council to implement a range of practical measures highlighted in the Roadmap for Respect, and driving amendments to improve legal and regulatory responses to workplace sexual harassment.  It also includes interim funding to continue the targeted delivery of support for women experiencing workplace sexual harassment, while the Government consults with states and territories in line with its commitment in the Roadmap for Respect.

We are also investing $5.3 million over three years to build evidence and further develop primary prevention initiatives to respond to sexual harassment. We will also invest $6.0 million over four years for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency to work with the Respect@Work Council and extend reporting to the Australian public sector.

Increasing women’s workforce participation and securing their economic futures

The Minister for Women’s Economic Security, Jane Hume said “women’s workforce participation is a social and economic priority and critical to Australia’s recovery, which is why the Government is prioritising investment in childcare.”

The Budget includes targeted measures to increase choice and flexibility for women by addressing barriers to working in the paid workforce, and supporting women to build financially secure futures.

As part of our plan to secure Australia’s recovery, the Government is investing an additional $1.7 billion in childcare, building on around $10.0 billion already provided annually. We are removing the childcare subsidy annual cap and, starting in July 2022, increased childcare subsidies will be available to families with two or more young children, benefitting around 250,000 families. This will help give families greater choice and flexibility to manage work and care.

The Government is investing an additional $12.2 million for the National Careers Institute Partnership Grants Program for projects that facilitate more career opportunities and supported career pathways for women. 

In recognition of the economic and social benefits of home ownership, we will establish the Family Home Guarantee to assist 10,000 eligible single parents with dependent children, the vast majority of whom are women, to enter the housing market with a two per cent deposit.

The Government is also investing $42.4 million over seven years to support more than 230 women to pursue higher level STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) qualifications.

The Government is focused on improving retirement outcomes for women by increasing superannuation coverage and making our system fairer. This includes removing the $450 per month threshold under which employers are exempt from paying employees, predominantly women, the Superannuation Guarantee. The Government is also extending access to the downsizer contribution and removing the work test to improve the system’s flexibility.

Promoting women’s leadership opportunities and choices

The Government has made significant strides in its commitment to see more women serving on Australian Government boards.

“I am pleased to announce that as at 31 December 2020, we have a record 49.5 per cent of positions on Australian Government boards filled by women, which is a significant achievement and the highest overall result since reporting began in 2009,” said Minister Payne.

Women in visible positions of leadership is vital in bringing about cultural change, ensuring respect for women in the workplace and providing role models. That is why we are again investing $38.3 million over five years from 2021-22 into expanding the successful Women’s Leadership and Development Program.

This program funds innovative projects, many of which assist women into leadership roles, and builds on the Government’s $47.9 million investment in the 2020 Women’s Economic Security Statement.

Sport is a fundamental part of Australian life and women athletes are inspiring the next generation to get involved. The Government is investing $17.0 million to support a number of world class sporting events over coming years including eight additional Matildas international matches and the FIBA Women’s World Cup for basketball. This funding also supports development programs for women and girls in football and basketball.

Supporting women’s health and promoting wellbeing

The Australian Government is committed to promoting the health of all Australian women and girls throughout their lives.  The health of Australian women and girls is critical to their social and economic wellbeing.  The Women’s Budget Statement highlights a number of targeted measures. 

To ensure that Australian women have access to life-saving medicines and access to essential services, the Government is investing in new and amended PBS listings to treat a range of conditions, including breast cancer. The Government is also investing $148.0 million in women’s preventive health measures to further reduce the personal and financial costs of ill‑health.

This Budget demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment to creating more opportunities for women to fulfil their potential. To ensure Australia achieves the greatest and most enduring gains for women and girls, everyone needs to play a part — government, business, community and individuals. In this way, all Australians gain, and we are a better nation for it.

For more information, including the full set of measures and detailed analysis is outlined below, you can also read the Government’s Women’s Budget Statement.

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$17.7 billion to deliver once in a generation change to aged care in Australia

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

In response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Morrison Government will deliver a $17.7 billion package of support and a once in a generation reform to aged care to deliver respect, care and dignity to our senior Australians.

Senior Australians built our nation. They are our parents and grandparents, our founders and protectors, and they have contributed so much to our Australian communities.

It is our duty and responsibility to give every Australian the care they need in their later years.

This investment of an additional $17.7 billion will deliver generational change with improved quality care, increased viability in the sector with services respecting the needs and choices of senior Australians. It is also the largest investment in aged care.

We welcome the final report of the Royal Commission and have founded our response on the principles of respect, care and dignity.

The Morrison Government is, therefore, responding to the Royal Commission with its five year – five pillar aged care reform plan addressing:

  • Home care – at home support and care based on assessed needs
  • Residential aged care services and sustainability – improving service suitability that ensures individual care needs and preferences are met
  • Residential aged care quality and safety – improving access to and quality of residential care
  • Workforce – growing a bigger, more highly skilled, caring and values based workforce; and
  • Governance – new legislation and stronger governance

The Government thanks Commissioners, the Hon Tony Pagone QC, Lynelle Briggs AO and the late Hon Richard Tracey AM RFD QC, for their efforts delivering one of the most important documents in the history of aged care in Australia.

In responding to the 148 recommendations, of which 123 were joint, and 25 were specific to the individual Commissioners requiring a decision by Government, the Morrison Government has accepted or accepted in principle 126 recommendations. In addition, the Government supports instead an alternative on four of the recommendations. Twelve recommendations were subject to further consideration or noted in the government response. Six were not accepted, including four which note the discordant views of the Commissioners.

The key elements of the Morrison Government’s response include:

  • Pillar 1 of the Royal Commission Response – Home Care: $7.5 billion towards supporting  senior Australians who choose to remain in their home, including: 
    • $6.5 billion for an additional 80,000 Home Care Packages – 40,000 released in 2021–22 and 40,000 in 2022–23, which will make a total of 275,598 packages available to senior Australians by June 2023
    • $10.8 million to design and plan a new support in home care program which better meets the needs of senior Australians
    • $798.3 million to support the 1.6 million informal carers, including additional respite services for 8,400 senior Australians each year, and
    • $272.5 million for enhanced support and face-to-face services to assist senior Australians accessing and navigating the aged care system.
  • Pillar 2 of the Royal Commission Response – Residential aged care services and sustainability:  $7.8 billion towards improving and simplifying residential aged care services and to ensure senior Australians can access value for money services, including:
    • $3.9 billion to increase the amount of front line care (care minutes) delivered to residents of aged care and respite services, mandated at 200 minutes per day, including 40 minutes with a registered nurse
    • $3.2 billion to support aged care providers to deliver better care and services, including food through a new Government-funded Basic Daily Fee Supplement of $10 per resident per day
    • $102.1 million to assign residential aged care places directly to senior Australians, and to support providers to adjust to a more competitive market
    • $49.1 million to expand the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority to help ensure that aged care costs are directly related to the care provided
    • $189.3 million for a new Australian National Aged Care Classification to deliver a fairer and more sustainable funding arrangements, and
    • $5.5 million to reform residential aged care design and planning to better meet the needs of senior Australians, particularly those living with dementia.
  • Pillar 3 of the Royal Commission Response – Residential aged care quality and safety: $942 million to drive systemic improvements to residential aged care quality and safety, including:
    • $365.7 million to improve access to primary care for senior Australians, including the transition of senior Australians between aged care and health care setting and improved medication management
    • $262.5 million to ensure the independent regulator, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC), is well equipped to safeguard the quality, safety and integrity of aged care services and can effectively address failures in care
    • $7.3 million for additional resources to build capacity within residential aged care for the care of senior Australians living with dementia
    • $67.5 million for the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service and the Severe Behaviour Response Teams to further reduce reliance on physical and chemical restraint (restrictive practices), and
    • $200.1 million to introduce a new star rating system to highlight the quality of aged care services, better informing senior Australians, their families and carers, including
      • $94.0 million to expand independent advocacy to support greater choice and quality safeguards for senior Australians.
  • Pillar 4 of the Royal Commission Response – Workforce: $652.1 million to grow a skilled, professional and compassionate aged care workforce, which will be the powerhouse of the Government’s reform agenda, including:
    • upskilling the existing workforce and providing training for thousands of new aged care workers, including 33,800 subsidised Vocational Education and Training places through JobTrainer.
    • $228.2 million to create a single assessment workforce to undertake all assessments that will improve and simplify the assessment experience for senior Australians as they enter or progress within the aged care system
    • $135.6 million to provide eligible Registered Nurses with financial support of $3,700 for full time workers, and $2,700 for part time workers, nursing scholarships and places in the Aged Care Transition to Practice Program; and
    • $9.8 million to extend the national recruitment campaign, to help increase the skilled and dedicated aged care workforce.
  • Pillar 5 of the Royal Commission Response – Governance: $698.3 million to improve the governance across the aged care system. This will embed respect, care and dignity at the heart of the system, guaranteeing better choice, high quality and safe care for senior Australians, including:
    • $21.1 million to establish new governance and advisory structures, including a National Aged Care Advisory Council, and a Council of Elders, and to work towards establishment of an office of the Inspector-General of Aged Care
    • $630.2 million to improve access to quality aged care services for consumers in regional, rural and remote areas including those with First Nations backgrounds and special needs groups
    • $13.4 million to improve rural and regional stewardship of aged care, with Department of Health aged care officers embedded within eight of the 31 Primary Health Network regions, and
    • The drafting of a new Aged Care Act to enshrine the Government’s reforms in legislation by mid-2023.

The initiatives outlined within the Morrison Government’s five pillars response will be introduced through a five year plan in response to the Royal Commission.

Phase One (2021) will see the Morrison Government focus on setting the foundations for generational change, commencing with key structural and governance change across the aged care system, building the workforce, and addressing immediate priorities across each of the five pillars:

2021

  • Home care
    • Release of 40,000 of the 80,000 additional home care packages throughout the year
    • Investment in home care with at home support and care based on assessed need, building towards a new support in the home model
  • Residential aged care services and sustainability
    • Supplement ($10 Basic Daily Fee) and continue Viability Supplements
    • Independent Pricing Authority
    • Begin phasing in enhanced financial and prudential oversight
  • Residential aged care quality and safety
    • Improve Quality Standards for dementia, diversity, food, nutrition
    • Enhanced regulatory and monitoring powers of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to improve clinical standards
    • Additional GP services and access available for aged care residents
  • Workforce
    • Additional training places provided for new and existing aged care workers
    • Scholarships to attract nurses and personal care workers
    • Additional advocacy, dementia and palliative care training
  • Governance
    • Council of the Elders
    • Inspector-General of Aged Care
    • Funding uplift for MPS and NATSIFAC residential care

Phase Two (2022–2023), the Morrison Government will be rebuilding institutions across the sector ensuring their resolute focus on the dignity, care and respect for senior Australians.

We will develop and pass new legislation and embed regulation with a focus on high quality support for older people, which is simpler to access and better tailored to the needs of the individual. We will reform funding arrangements and make significant changes to service delivery. We will continue to enhance workforce capability, and improve the culture in aged care.

2022

  • Home care
    • Release of 40,000 additional home care packages
  • Residential aged care services and sustainability
    • Transition to AN-ACC funding model
    • Increase in the residential funding base
  • Residential aged care quality and safety
    • Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) expanded to home and community care
    • Reporting of staffing hours
    • Enhanced financial reporting transparency
    • Worker screening (workforce register) and code of conduct introduced
    • Stage one implementation of Star Ratings
  • Workforce
    • Single assessment workforce model implemented in residential care
    • Financial incentive payments for registered nurses
    • Additional training places provided for new and existing workers, including 6,000 new personal care workers and 33,800 additional training places for personal care workers to attain a Certificate III
  • Governance
    • Procurement of Indigenous care finders

2023

  • Home care
    • Network of 500 local Care Finders in place
    • Single in-home care program
  • Residential aged care services and sustainability
    • Mandatory care time (200 care minutes)
  • Residential aged care quality and safety
    • National Aged Care Minimum Dataset to improve information metrics about aged care
    • Expanded National Mandatory Quality Indicator Program (NMQIP)
  • Workforce
    • Single assessment workforce model implemented in home care
    • Additional training places provided for new and existing personal care workers to attain a Certificate III
  • Governance
    • New Aged Care Act commences

Phase Three (2024–2025) will begin to realise the vision of a high-quality and safe aged care system. We will deliver an aged care system that places the needs of senior Australians at its core. Most of all, our care system will treat our senior Australians with dignity, care and respect.

2024

  • Home care
    • Expected new support at home program supports senior Australians to stay in their homes and keep connected to their communities
  • Residential aged care services and sustainability
    • Reformed residential aged care accommodation framework implemented
    • Discontinue the Aged Care Approvals Round process from 1 July 2024
  • Residential aged care quality and safety
    • Full implementation of Star Ratings

2025

  • Residential aged care services and sustainability
    • Young People In Residential Aged Care targets met – no people under 65 living in residential aged care (Dec 2025)
  • Governance
    • Strong and effective governance of aged care is in place with senior Australians at the center and improved care outcomes consistently delivered.

Ministerial Statement: His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – Australian Parliament House, ACT

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

PRIME MINISTER: Mr Speaker, I move that an address to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the following terms be agreed to.

We, the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia received with great sorrow the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

On behalf of the Australian people, we express deep sympathy to Your Majesty and other members of the Royal Family, and give thanks for a remarkable life dedicated to service, devotion and commitment. 

Mr Speaker, for almost 80 years, Prince Philip served the Crown, his country and our Commonwealth.

He was part of a generation that we will never see again.

A generation who defied tyranny, who won a peace, and built a liberal world that protects and favours freedom.

A generation who found meaning in service over self and to whom we owe so much.

Prince Philip, as consort to the Monarch, is said to have remarked “constitutionally I don’t exist”.

That, no doubt, is true. But it belies the Prince’s lifelong support of the Queen and as an exemplar of a life of service.

In Her Majesty’s own words, Prince Philip was her ‘strength and stay’.

Married a remarkable 73 years. Remarkable in any time and any context, but even more remarkable, under an unrelenting public gaze.

It was a romance that began when he was a young officer in the Royal Navy.

Prior to war, he graduated top of his class at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

At 21 he was the youngest 1st Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.

Like so many others, the war had tempered this young Lieutenant. 

It forced him to confront who he was, what he valued and how he would live.

As he wrote after War’s end to his betrothed: 

“To have been spared in war and seen victory, to have been given the chance to rest and to readjust myself, to have fallen in love completely and unreservedly, makes one’s personal and even the world’s troubles seem small and petty”.

The then Lieutenant Mountbatten and Princess Elizabeth married in 1947 and in keeping with the times, ration coupons were used to purchase the wedding dress. 

Five years later, the Princess became our Queen and Prince Philip put aside his active military career, and took up the role of royal consort and companion.

It was a role that required another to shine, not him.

That takes a certain humility as well as a deep understanding of what service truly means.

Whilst their partnership embodied tradition and timelessness of Monarchy, their partnership in another way was one ahead of its time. A husband who put aside his career to support and affirm the work of his spouse.

The role of consort is one without a rule book.

Prince Philip put his own unique stamp on the role with geniality, good humour, a genuine interest in others and a fair dinkum authenticity.

By the time he had retired at the spritely age of 96, he had undertaken some 22,000 public engagements. 

For those of us here who have been to plenty of engagements, I don’t think any of us would pretend to a number of that scale. 

Again and again, he deployed his trademark lightheartedness to draw out people and put them at ease. 

It was an unfaltering service.

Always walking two steps behind Her Majesty. 

And what you saw is what you got. 

If the photographers were taking too long, he’d tell them.

If the environment was in danger, he’d indeed say it.

And if Monarchy could encourage and inspire, he made sure it did.

Sixty five years ago, Prince Philip created the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

An award that is about young people giving their best, taking responsibility, persevering, developing skills, giving back, and making a contribution.

He described the Award as a ‘do-it-yourself growing up kit’.

An Award modelled on how the Duke himself saw life.

In Australia alone, 775,000 young people have completed the Award. Millions more have around the world. 

Every one of those lives gaining a layer of texture because of that experience.

Internationally, the Prince was Patron or President of more than 750 organisations. Of those hundreds, 50 were here in Australia.

Many of them reflected his personal passions for conservation, science, industry and design, engineering, sport and, of course, the military.

Prince Philip was a frequent visitor to Australia over his life.

In fact, he first came to our shores as a midshipman aboard the battleship Ramilles in 1940. And again in 1945 aboard the Royal Navy Destroyer Whelp.

One trip that is almost lost to history, but is worth recounting today here in this place was his visit in 1967, some fifty four years ago.

In February of that year, Tasmania experienced its most deadly bushfire, Black Tuesday. A day when 64 people died and more than 7,000 lost their homes.

Less than a month later, The Duke visited Tasmania’s fire-ravaged southern region on what some dubbed ‘a protocol-wrecking tour.’

He travelled through Taroona, Kingston, Margate, and Snug. 

He met with people and heard their stories.

He listened, he consoled and did his best to lift everyone’s spirits.

But that is not where that story ended.

Because a year later, he returned to visit the same sites and the same people.

He was checking in.

Over his eighty years of service, Australians saw the measure of Prince Philip.

More than the husband and partner of our Sovereign, he was an authentic man, who despite the protocol and privilege that surrounded him, sought to reach out and connect with people and good causes in his own way.

He was a genuine friend of Australia.

Today we place on record our gratitude for his lifetime of service to the Crown, to our Commonwealth and to our country.

We honour indeed a remarkable life that bore witness to almost a hundred years of history and the making of our modern world.

On behalf of all Australians, I extend our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to the Royal Family in this, their time of grief, but especially to Her Majesty.

The image of her seated alone at her Prince’s funeral service was a very sullen one.  

I know she would have been drawing, as she always has, great comfort from her very deep faith.

But let also now our Commonwealth seek to sustain her, as she continues in her selfless and devoted duty to our Commonwealth and indeed to Australia.

Let us, her Commonwealth, be her strength and her stay.

To Her Majesty, we send Australia’s love and respect and to His Royal Highness, may he rest in peace.

Federal Budget supports NSW’s recovery plan

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

New South Wales continues to benefit from the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s record infrastructure investment, with funding for major new projects to be announced in this week’s 2021-22 Budget, securing Australia’s recovery.

Key projects to be funded include:

  • $2.03 billion for the Great Western Highway Upgrade – Katoomba to Lithgow – Construction of East and West Sections
  • $400 million for the Princes Highway Corridor – Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road – Stage 1
  • $240 million for the Mount Ousley Interchange
  • $100 million for the Princes Highway Corridor – Jervis Bay Road Intersection
  • $87.5 million for M5 Motorway – Moorebank Avenue-Hume Highway Intersection Upgrade
  • $52.8 million for Manns Road – Intersection Upgrades at Narara Creek Road and Stockyard Place; and
  • $48 million for Pacific Highway – Harrington Road Intersection Upgrade, Coopernook.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said these projects will make New South Wales roads safer, reduce travel times and support thousands of jobs across the state.

“From upgrading the Great Western and Princes highways, to improving the key road connections in the outer suburbs and regional areas – these projects will support more than 6,500 direct and indirect jobs across New South Wales,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

“Our record funding commitment is creating jobs, boosting business investment, while securing Australia’s COVID recovery.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this additional investment demonstrated the Government’s commitment to nation-defining infrastructure right here in New South Wales.

“Whether it’s the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport or the transformative Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, we are investing to build Australia’s future,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Our more than $2 billion investment in upgrading Great Western Highway will bring enormous benefits, both in road safety and in the ongoing jobs that construction will support.

“The Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects to map the economic road back from the pandemic, building the economy and providing certainty for businesses over the long term.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the Australian Government will continue to invest in the NSW economy in the coming years through investments in key urban pinch points such as the Moorebank Avenue and Hume Highway intersections with the M5, and the planning for the Stacey Street corridor in Bankstown.

“This is complemented by targeted road investments along key commuter corridors, including $240 million for the Mount Ousley Interchange near Wollongong and an additional $18 million for Appin Road upgrades,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Major projects delivered over the last year include the Pacific Highway – Woolgoolga to Ballina, which completed the duplication between Hexham and the Queensland border, as well as NorthConnex, which bypassed one of NSW’s most congested routes – Pennant Hills Road.”

The Australian Government looks forward to working constructively with the New South Wales Government to deliver this infrastructure, supporting jobs and businesses right across New South Wales.

For more information on investments in NSW visit Infrastructure Investment Program.

New South Wales

     

New Projects

     

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Great Western Highway Upgrade – Katoomba to Lithgow – Construction of East and West Sections

2,032.0

2,540.0

M5 Motorway – Moorebank Avenue – Hume Highway Intersection Upgrade

87.5

175.0

Manns Road – Intersection Upgrades at Narara Creek Road and Stockyard Place

52.8

66.0

Mount Ousley Interchange

240.0

300.0

Pacific Highway – Harrington Road Intersection Upgrade, Coopernook

48.0

60.0

Princes Highway Corridor (NSW)

Jervis Bay Road Intersection*

100.0

125.0

Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road – Stage 1

400.0

500.0

Stacey St Bankstown – Planning

25.0

50.0

Total

2,985.3

3,816.0

 

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

     

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Appin Road

18.0

68.0

68.0

Eurobodalla Roads Upgrade Package

0.4

9.4

9.4

Far North Collector Road Network, Nowra

19.0

32.8

32.8

Warren Road Upgrade, Coonamble to Warren

0.03

1.93

4.83

Whipstick Bridge Upgrade, Wyndham

1.7

2.4

2.4

Total

39.1

114.5

117.4

     

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$3.02 billion

         

*Allocation of existing funding

Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) Allocations of Existing Funding

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Toowoomba to Seymour – New South Wales

County Boundary Road

8.2

10.2

Entrance to Mugincoble Silos Access Road

3.8

4.8

Forbes Iron Bridge Upgrade

36.0

45.0

Moree Intermodal Overpass

35.2

44.0

Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway Intersection Upgrade

20.0

40.0

Newell Highway and Oxley Highway Intersection Upgrade

32.0

40.0

Peak Hill Road Upgrade ‘Part 1’

8.6

10.8

Peak Hill Road Upgrade ‘Part 2’

7.8

9.7

Pilliga Road Upgrade

5.0

6.2

Purlewaugh Road Upgrade

2.4

3.0

Upgrades to Hargraves Lane and Federation Street

32.0

40.0

Tenterfield to Newcastle

Bald Nob Road Upgrade

4.5

5.6

Sunnyside Platform Road Upgrade

1.5

1.9

Total

197.0

261.2

Federal Budget supports South Australia’s recovery plan

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

South Australia continues to benefit from the Liberal and Nationals Government’s record infrastructure investment, with funding for major new projects to be announced in this week’s 2021-22 Budget, securing Australia’s recovery.

Key projects to be funded include:

  • $2.6 billion allocation of funding for the North-South Corridor – Darlington to Anzac Highway;
  • $161.6 million for the Truro Bypass;
  • $148 million for the Augusta Highway Duplication Stage 2;
  • An additional $64 million for the Strzelecki Track Upgrade – Sealing;
  • An additional $60 million for the Gawler Rail Line Electrification;
  • $48 million for the Heysen Tunnel Refit and Upgrade – Stage 2
  • An additional $27.6 million for the Overpass at Port Wakefield and Township Duplication;
  • $32 million for the Kangaroo Island Road Safety and Bushfire Resilience Package, and
  • $22.5 million for the Marion Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive Intersection Upgrade 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said these projects will make South Australian roads safer, improve public transport, reduce travel times and support thousands of jobs across the state.

“From continuing upgrades on the North South Corridor, to delivering the roads needed for the recovery of Kangaroo Island from devastating bushfires – these projects will support more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs across South Australia,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

“Our record funding commitment is creating jobs, boosting business investment, while securing Australia’s COVID recovery.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said nationwide, the Budget will further extend the Government’s already unprecedented rolling investment pipeline, supporting jobs across the country.

“This includes supporting more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in SA over the life of the new projects announced through the Budget, boosting businesses and communities as part of the Government’s National Economic Recovery Plan,” the Prime Minister said.

“The substantial injection of funding delivered in this year’s Budget is a key plank of the Government’s plan to help Australia bounce back stronger than ever from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Budget was supporting South Australians to continue building back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects to continue South Australia’s comeback from the pandemic, building the economy and providing certainty for business over the long term.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and the Federal Government is playing our part by improving local roads and infrastructure across the State to get South Australians home sooner and safer.

“Investing more than $160 million for the Truro Bypass is just one example of our ongoing commitment to building the infrastructure South Australians need, want, expect and deserve.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the Budget is also delivering additional funding to progress delivery of priority projects.

“We are committing $60 million in additional funding for the Gawler Rail Line Electrification and $3.1 million in additional funding for Goodwood and Torrens Junctions,” Minister Fletcher said.

“The Government will continue to invest in the South Australian economy in the coming years, including through key congestion-busting projects such as the next North-South Corridor priority between Darlington and the Anzac Highway, as well as priority intersection upgrades.”

Minister for Finance Simon Birmingham said this funding injection would support projects in Adelaide as well as those across regional SA, including the APY Lands – Main Access Road Upgrade between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja, and the Port Wakefield overpass and township.

“This massive investment in major infrastructure will generate thousands of jobs, better connect our state and help South Australians get home sooner and safer,” Minister Birmingham said.

“Our Government is helping to deliver a steady pipeline of infrastructure projects across the state that will play a critical role in the ongoing economic recovery and jobs revival.

The Australian Government looks forward to working constructively with the South Australian Government to deliver this infrastructure, supporting jobs and businesses right across South Australia.

For more information on investments in South Australia visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au

     

New Projects

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Augusta Highway Duplication Stage 2

148.0

185.0

Eyre Highway Widening and Upgrade Planning Study

1.0

2.0

Greater Adelaide Freight Bypass Planning Study

5.0

10.0

Heysen Tunnel Refit and Upgrade – Stage 2

48.0

60.0

Kangaroo Island Road Safety and Bushfire Resilience Package

32.0

40.0

Marion Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive Intersection Upgrade

22.5

45.0

Murray Bridge to South East Links Planning Study

2.5

5.0

North East Road and Nottage Terrace Intersection Upgrade

3.0

6.0

North-South Corridor – Darlington to Anzac Highway*

2,600.0

5,200.0

Truro Bypass

161.6

202.0

Total

3023.6

5,755.0

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands – Main Access Road Upgrade – Stuart Highway to Pukatja

12.0

125.4

156.8

Gawler Rail Line Electrification

60.0

280.0

560.0

Goodwood and Torrens Junctions

3.1

205.7

388.6

Overpass at Port Wakefield and Township Duplication

27.6

99.6

124.5

Strzelecki Track Upgrade – Sealing

64.0

164.0

205.0

Total

166.7

874.7

1434.9

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$3.2 billion

 *Allocation of existing funding

Federal Budget supports Tasmania’s recovery plan

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

Tasmania continues to benefit from the Liberal and Nationals Government’s record infrastructure investment, with funding for major new projects to be announced in this week’s 2021-22 Budget, securing Australia’s recovery.

Key projects to be funded include:

  • $80 million for the Tasmanian Roads Package – Bass Highway Safety and Freight Efficiency Upgrades Package – Future Priorities;
  • $48 million for the Algona Road Grade Separated Interchange and Duplication of the Kingston Bypass;
  • $44 million for the Rokeby Road – South Arm Road Upgrades;
  • $37.8 million for the Midland Highway Upgrade – Campbell Town North (Campbell Town to Epping Forest);
  • $36.4 million for the Midland Highway Upgrade – Oatlands (Jericho to South of York Plains);
  • $35.7 million for the Midland Highway Upgrade – Ross (Mona Vale Road to Campbell Town);
  • An additional $24 million for the Port of Burnie Shiploader Upgrade; and
  • $13.2 million for the Huon Link Road.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said these projects will make Tasmanian roads safer, reduce travel times and support thousands of jobs across the state.

“From continuing upgrades on the Bass and Midland highways, to delivering a better Port of Burnie Shiploader – these projects will support more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs across Tasmania,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

“Our record funding commitment is creating jobs, boosting business investment, while securing Australia’s COVID recovery.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Government’s ongoing record of delivery is enhancing transport connectivity, underpinning economic growth and helping Tasmanians get home sooner and safer.

“In this year’s Budget, the Government is announcing our future Midland Highway priority investments for critical works north of Campbell Town, Ross and Oatland,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Major projects delivered since April last year include the Perth Link Roads project, to which the Australian Government committed $83 million to duplicate the Midland Highway around the township of Perth.

“This investment has improved safety and enhanced transport efficiency between the southern and western regions of the state and this year’s Budget builds on this record of delivery.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects to map the economic road back from the pandemic, building the economy and providing certainty for business over the long term.

“The Australian Government will continue to invest in the Tasmanian economy in the coming years,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Major investments will include projects such as upgrading the Algona Road interchange and duplicating the Kingston Bypass.”

The Australian Government looks forward to working constructively with the Tasmanian Government to deliver this infrastructure, supporting jobs and businesses right across Tasmania.

For more information on investments in Tasmania visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au

     
       

New Projects

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Algona Road Grade Separated Interchange and Duplication of the Kingston Bypass

48.0

60.0

Huon Link Road

13.2

16.5

Midland Highway Upgrade –  Campbell Town North (Campbell Town to Epping Forest)*

37.8

54.0

Midland Highway Upgrade – Oatlands

(Jericho to South of York Plains)*

36.4

45.5

Midland Highway Upgrade – Ross

(Mona Vale Road to Campbell Town)*

35.7

44.6

Rokeby Road – South Arm Road Upgrades

44.0

55.0

Tasmanian Roads Package – Bass Highway Safety and Freight Efficiency Upgrades Package – Future Priorities

80.0

100.0

Total

295.1

375.6

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Tasmanian Midland Highway Upgrade – Preconstruction*

3.5

18.9

25.9

Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation – Tranche 3 – Port of Burnie Shiploader Upgrade

24.0

64.0

64.0

Total

27.5

82.9

89.9

     

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$322.6 million

*Allocation of existing funding

Federal Budget supports ACT’s recovery plan

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

The Australian Capital Territory continues to benefit from the Liberal and Nationals Government’s record infrastructure investment, with funding for major new projects to be announced in this week’s 2021-22 Budget, securing Australia’s recovery.

Key projects to be funded include $26.5 million to duplicate the remaining sections of William Hovell Drive, an additional $5 million for Gundaroo Drive Duplication and $2.5 million for upgrades to Beltana Road in Pialligo.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said these projects will make Canberra roads safer, improve public transport, reduce travel times and support hundreds of jobs.

“From the duplication of Williams Hovell Drive, to supporting the extension of light rail in Canberra – these projects will support more than 200 direct and indirect jobs across the ACT,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

“Our record funding commitment is creating jobs, boosting business investment, while securing Australia’s COVID recovery.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the substantial injection of funding delivered in this year’s Budget is a key plank of the Government’s plan to help Australia bounce back stronger than ever from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects to map the economic road back from the pandemic, building the economy and providing certainty for business over the long term,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The new $26.5 William Hovell Drive Duplication project will bust congestion for commuters from West Belconnen and surrounding suburbs, while also supporting more than 170 jobs in the ACT at a time when it is needed most.

“This is on top of the Australian Government’s recent commitments of $137 million to upgrade Commonwealth Avenue Bridge (delivered by the National Capital Authority) and $132.5 million for Canberra Light Rail – Stage 2A.”

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said that this year’s Budget continues the Government’s commitment to critical infrastructure across the Territory.

“The Liberal-National Government’s infrastructure bonanza continues for Canberra, with more than $300 million of new investment in projects right across our city announced in this calendar year alone and more than $1.5 billion announced in recent years,” Senator Seselja said.

“Regular users of the Beltana, Kallaroo and Dapu Place road corridor in Pialligo will benefit from $2.5 million in much needed safety upgrades in this week’s Budget, and we are boosting our commitment for the congestion-busting duplication of Gundaroo Drive to $25 million.

“We are backing jobs and boosting our economic recovery by investing in infrastructure projects for the future of Canberra. This includes our commitment to $88 million for the Molonglo River Bridge, $50 million for upgrades along the Tuggeranong Parkway corridor, and $115 million for the Monaro Highway.”

The Australian Government looks forward to working constructively with the ACT Government to deliver this infrastructure, supporting jobs and businesses right across the ACT.

For more information on investments in the ACT visit Infrastructure Investment Program.

Australian Capital Territory

New Projects

 

 

 

 

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Beltana Road Improvements

 

2.50

5.0

Canberra Light Rail – Stage 2A

 

132.5

265.0

William Hovell Drive Duplication

 

26.5

53.0

Total

 

161.5

323.0

 

 

 

 

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

 

 

 

 

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Gundaroo Drive Duplication

5.0

25.0

54.5

Variable Speed Limit System

0.8

1.1

4.5

Total

5.8

26.1

59.0

 

     

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$167.3 million

Federal Budget supports Queensland’s recovery plan

Source: Prime Minister of Australia

Queensland continues to benefit from the Liberal and Nationals Government’s record infrastructure investment, with funding for major new projects to be announced in this week’s 2021-22 Budget, securing Australia’s recovery.

Key projects to be funded include:

  • $400 million for the Inland Freight Route (Mungindi to Charters Towers) Upgrades
  • An additional $400 million for Bruce Highway Upgrades
  • $240 million for the Cairns Western Arterial Road Duplication
  • $178.1 million for the Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement (Kuraby to Beenleigh) – Preconstruction
  • $160 million for the Mooloolah River Interchange Upgrade (Packages 1 and 2)
  • An additional $126.6 million for Gold Coast Light Rail – Stage 3
  • $35.3 million for the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road Intersection Upgrade; and
  • $10 million for the Caboolture – Bribie Island Road (Hickey Road-King John Creek) Upgrade.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said these projects will make Queensland roads safer, improve public transport, reduce travel times and support thousands of jobs across the state.

“From continuing upgrades on the Bruce Highway, to increasing our investment in rail on the Gold Coast – these projects will support more than 2,800 direct and indirect jobs across Queensland,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

“Our record funding commitment is creating jobs, boosting business investment, while securing Australia’s COVID recovery.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this Budget demonstrated the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to investing in generation-defining projects right here in Queensland.

“These initiatives will enhance transport connectivity, underpin economic growth and help Queenslanders get home sooner and safer,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We are backing Queensland jobs, we are backing Queensland businesses, we are backing Queensland to keep being its best self as the State helps drive our economic recovery.

“Our $400 million investment for the Inland Freight Route will transform the way freight moves across the State, all the way from Mungindi to Charters Towers, increasing productivity right through the Queensland economy.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects to map the economic road back from the pandemic, building the economy and providing certainty for business over the long term.

“The Australian Government will continue to invest in the Queensland economy in the coming years, through projects such as $178.1 million for capacity upgrades along the Gold Coast Rail Line from Kuraby to Beenleigh and $10m for the Caboolture – Bribie Island Road Upgrade,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Major projects delivered over the past year include the Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 ($398 million federal investment) and the M1 Pacific Motorway – Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes Upgrade ($195 million federal investment).”

The Australian Government looks forward to working constructively with the Queensland Government to deliver this infrastructure, supporting jobs and businesses right across Queensland.

For more information on investments in Queensland visit Infrastructure Investment Program