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ACT Budget 2017-18: At a glance

By Charlotte Harper - 6 June 2017 3

ACT Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr has this afternoon handed down a big spending 2017-18 Budget containing few surprises and confirming his predictions of a return to surplus in 2018-19.

To find out how the Budget will affect your hip pocket, click here

See also: Ratepayers feel the pinch as ACT Government spends up on infrastructure in 2017-18 Budget

 

OVERVIEW

Projected deficit of $83.4 million with an expected return to surplus of $9.7 million in 2018-19

Net debt up from $2001.1 million to an estimated $2746.9 million

A $400 million improvement overall since the peak of the Mr Fluffy crisis in 2014, according to the Treasurer

Retention of AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s

THE BIG TICKET COMMITMENTS*

$443 million in new health investment including $236 million for the development of a new Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency Centre and $70 million to expand the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children

$210 million in new education spending including $100 million for infrastructure upgrades to local schools

$26.2 million to increase the capacity of schools in Gungahlin

$23.8 million spending in mental health including funds to establish a new Office for Mental Health

$49.9 million for the demolition of Gowrie Court in Narrabundah, subsequent relocation of public tenants and the related replacement of public housing stock.

$80 million to improve the city centre and surrounds, revitalise town centres and improve the quality of the city’s built environment including $59 million over four years to enable the City Renewal Authority to implement developments in the CBD, Dickson, along Northbourne Avenue and in West Basin and $20 million for planning and development of the City Hill and Lakeside precincts.

$30 million in city services including improved waste management and sportsground works.

$53.5 million for the second stage of light rail between the city and Woden, including the development of a business case, design analysis and procurement activities.

$54 million in road upgrades including $35 million for stage two of the Gundaroo Drive duplication

$20 million to boost the economy and create jobs, including $3 million to support the tertiary education sector and attract more students to Canberra and $11.6 million for tourism and events

$57.1 million for the largest renewal of public housing in ACT history, replacing 1288 units with new homes

$43.8 million for child and youth protection initiatives

$16.3 million over four years to upgrade and expand arts facilities in the Territory

$12 million in infrastructure and reforms to encourage active travel

$11 million in emergency services spending including $7.3 million for more frontline firefighters

$5.3 million for police equipment including tasers

$4.8 million for six extra police to patrol the Territory’s nightlife precincts

$1.4 million over four years for the Office of LGBTIQ Affairs

$1.4 million to help refugees and asylum seekers improve their English language skills.

* Many of these were either announced prior to Budget day or are confirming funding for promises made in the lead-up to the ACT election.

SPENDING BY CATEGORY

$1.6 billion spending on health

$1.2 billion spending on education

$1.1 billion spending on justice and safety and disability, community services and housing

$731 million spending on city services, public transport and government service delivery

$340 million to city improvement programs overseen by the Planning and Regulation and Environment, Sustainability and Land Management directorates

$314 million on events, tourism and investment and economic and financial stewardship

REVENUE STREAMS

41 per cent from Commonwealth grants including GST

33 per cent from taxation revenue including rates (27% or $487 million), payroll tax (27% or $470 million), general duties (18% or $299 million) and other (28% or $495 million).

16 per cent from other revenue

10 per cent from sales of goods and services

 

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3 Responses to
ACT Budget 2017-18: At a glance
dungfungus 9:24 pm 07 Jun 17

bj_ACT said :

The ACT Government has passed another mark in it’s long ongoing reduction in Funding, reduction in Staffing and reduction in Services to the Tuggeranong region.

The Budget in your region brochures highlight “the number of ACT Government employees in each region”. See them at link http://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget-2017-2018/region#

Tuggeranong has dropped to just 1,686 ACT Government workers, now behind Gunghalin at 1,761 workers. Tuggeranong’s ACT Workers remain well below the other regions when compared to over 7,000 ACT Government workers in in Woden/Weston Creek – 3,000 in Belconnen – and 6,500 in Central Canberra.

As a proportion of 2016 Population, just 2% of Tuggeranong’s 85,000 residents are represented by ACT Government workers. Compare that to 8% for Central Canberra or 12% for Woden/Weston Creek/Molonglo.

ACT Labor has slowly but surely closed public schools in Tuggeranong, reduced public transport services, moved ACT Public servants out of Tuggeranong to other areas of Canberra and reduced ACT Government services to the region. Despite Tuggeranong’s high need for Indigenous Services, Housing Services and Social Services, Andrew Barr has continued a long tradition of moving and funding these services into other parts of Canberra.

The Budget funding and initiatives for Tuggeranong in this Budget have hit a new low in Comparison to other parts of Canberra. Surely even the most ardent ACT Labor supporters from North of the Lake, would concede Tuggeranong was heavily ignored on this occasion.

That adds up to almost 20,000 ACT public servants (“workers” sounds a bit demeaning). Wow.
That must be more than Federal public servants.

Mysteryman 4:22 pm 07 Jun 17

bj_ACT said :

The ACT Government has passed another mark in it’s long ongoing reduction in Funding, reduction in Staffing and reduction in Services to the Tuggeranong region.

The Budget in your region brochures highlight “the number of ACT Government employees in each region”. See them at link http://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget-2017-2018/region#

Tuggeranong has dropped to just 1,686 ACT Government workers, now behind Gunghalin at 1,761 workers. Tuggeranong’s ACT Workers remain well below the other regions when compared to over 7,000 ACT Government workers in in Woden/Weston Creek – 3,000 in Belconnen – and 6,500 in Central Canberra.

As a proportion of 2016 Population, just 2% of Tuggeranong’s 85,000 residents are represented by ACT Government workers. Compare that to 8% for Central Canberra or 12% for Woden/Weston Creek/Molonglo.

ACT Labor has slowly but surely closed public schools in Tuggeranong, reduced public transport services, moved ACT Public servants out of Tuggeranong to other areas of Canberra and reduced ACT Government services to the region. Despite Tuggeranong’s high need for Indigenous Services, Housing Services and Social Services, Andrew Barr has continued a long tradition of moving and funding these services into other parts of Canberra.

The Budget funding and initiatives for Tuggeranong in this Budget have hit a new low in Comparison to other parts of Canberra. Surely even the most ardent ACT Labor supporters from North of the Lake, would concede Tuggeranong was heavily ignored on this occasion.

I think you’re giving them a bit too much credit.

bj_ACT 1:14 pm 07 Jun 17

The ACT Government has passed another mark in it’s long ongoing reduction in Funding, reduction in Staffing and reduction in Services to the Tuggeranong region.

The Budget in your region brochures highlight “the number of ACT Government employees in each region”. See them at link http://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget-2017-2018/region#

Tuggeranong has dropped to just 1,686 ACT Government workers, now behind Gunghalin at 1,761 workers. Tuggeranong’s ACT Workers remain well below the other regions when compared to over 7,000 ACT Government workers in in Woden/Weston Creek – 3,000 in Belconnen – and 6,500 in Central Canberra.

As a proportion of 2016 Population, just 2% of Tuggeranong’s 85,000 residents are represented by ACT Government workers. Compare that to 8% for Central Canberra or 12% for Woden/Weston Creek/Molonglo.

ACT Labor has slowly but surely closed public schools in Tuggeranong, reduced public transport services, moved ACT Public servants out of Tuggeranong to other areas of Canberra and reduced ACT Government services to the region. Despite Tuggeranong’s high need for Indigenous Services, Housing Services and Social Services, Andrew Barr has continued a long tradition of moving and funding these services into other parts of Canberra.

The Budget funding and initiatives for Tuggeranong in this Budget have hit a new low in Comparison to other parts of Canberra. Surely even the most ardent ACT Labor supporters from North of the Lake, would concede Tuggeranong was heavily ignored on this occasion.

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