2015–16 ACT BUDGET
Budget Up Close
- $159 million to renew ageing public housing
- 19 local shops upkeep and maintenance
- $10.1 million to begin transformation of West Basin
- 1,148 hectares of grass mowed in parks and on public land
- 68 playgrounds upkeep and maintenance
- 717,406 items loaned at Kingston, Civic and Dickson libraries
Construction for Central Canberra
The 2015-16 Budget is funding improvements to Canberra's central suburbs to ensure Canberra remains the world's most liveable city. This includes:
- $150 million for public housing renewal Construct new purpose-built accommodation to replace ageing public housing on Northbourne Avenue and in Red Hill.
- $5.4 million to upgrade the National Convention Centre Making our city even more attractive as a conference destination.
- $4.1 million to upgrade the Canberra Theatre
- $10.1 million for West Basin. A new public park and intersection upgrades.
Light Rail for Central Canberra
The first stage of Capital Metro will deliver more than 3,500 jobs during construction and deliver more than $1 billion in benefits to the ACT economy.
The Budget funds:
- $375 million Capital Contribution. Funded by sale of land, ACTTAB and a contribution by the Federal Government.
- $20 million in ongoing Northbourne Avenue Corridor work. Preparing our infrastructure for Capital Metro.
Urban Renewal for Central Canberra
This Budget will revitalise our shopping centres, playgrounds and shared spaces. For central Canberra this Budget:
- Invests $1.5 million to upgrade outdoor areas in Haig Park and Braddon
- $150,000 for Kingston group centre upgrades
- $600,000 for Kingston Foreshore. New cycleways and footpaths through Bowen Park and the Foreshore.
- $1.5 million for Sullivans Creek cycleways
- Funds more mowing, tree pruning, weeding and graffiti removal and prevention
- $3.3 million in ongoing funding for intersection upgrades in Dickson
Education for Central Canberra
The ACT Government is delivering $1.1 billion this year for education.
In Central Canberra this funds:
- 10,596 students; and
- 1,080 teachers; in
- 19 public schools
This Budget will also fund:
- Upgrades to facilities at CIT Reid
- 3,450 CIT students from Central Canberra
The ACT Government Funds
- 87 Public schools
- 43,000 School students taught
- 2,900 Nurses
- 5,000 people part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2016
- 3,300 km of roads
- 233,000 hospital admissions and presentations to emergency
- 3 million library items borrowed
- 17.5 million ACTION passengers
- 563 firefighters and ambulance officers
- 450+ playgrounds
Right Across Canberra
Record funding in Health
More hospital beds, more operations and better health facilities with upgrades at The Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital, and work continuing on the new University of Canberra Public Hospital.
New funding to address domestic violence
Expanding the capacity of three key domestic and sexual violence crisis services; support for ACT public schools to provide programs and additional training for teachers; additional support for children and young people who may be experiencing domestic violence; and contribution to the national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children.
Better digital technology in schools
Ongoing replacement and refresh of computers and the expansion of wireless internet capability in our primary schools.
More funding to keep our community safe
A boost in funding to the services that support ACT Policing's frontline operations.
The ACT Government's Vision for Canberra
The 2015-16 Budget is for Canberra. The ACT Government is joining with the community and our local businesses to renew the city and bolster our economy to support jobs for Canberrans.
We want Canberra to remain the world's most liveable city and a place all Canberrans can be proud of.
In 2015-16, the Government will spend $4.7 billion in the delivery of services to the people of Canberra. The government will also invest a further $825 million in infrastructure (and a total of $2.8 billion over the next four years).
Where our money goes
- $2.6 billion Health and education
- $502 million Economic growth and diversification
- $933 million Enhancing liveability and social inclusion
- $660 million Suburban renewal and transport