2018 ACT Budget: Growing services for our growing city

2018 ACT Budget: Growing services for our growing city

The 2018 ACT Budget is growing services for our growing city.

This Budget delivers significant new investment in public services: more hospital beds and surgeries, new and expanded schools, better roads and public transport and more support for the Canberrans who need it most.

Canberra is one of the fastest-growing communities in the country. People from across Australia and around the world are coming to Canberra because we are a city of brilliant possibilities.

Our city’s growth is an opportunity; Canberra is more diverse and dynamic today because more people from different places call it home. We know services and infrastructure have to grow alongside our community to make sure Canberra keeps getting better. That’s what the 2018 Budget delivers.

More schools & better healthcare for our growing community

We know that great local schools and easy to access, high quality healthcare are two of the things that matter most to Canberrans. This Budget will grow our investment in these areas by delivering more elective and emergency surgeries, lifting the number of elective surgeries delivered each year to 14,000. The Budget also invests in more resources to help cut waiting times at our Emergency Departments, as part of the ACT Government’s $1.7 billion investment in our city’s health system in 2018-19.

The 2018 Budget will also deliver new and expanded schools for Canberra’s growing suburbs, including a new primary school for Molonglo and more places at four Gungahlin schools. We will also recruit more teachers and support staff, and enhance learning opportunities across the territory with a new Future Skills Academy to continue strengthening our city’s world class education system.

More services for our suburbs

The 2018 ACT Budget will deliver tidier suburbs and better transport across Canberra. We are investing more every year for mowing, weeding, cleaning up graffiti, maintaining local waterways and tree trimming. We are making these investments because we recognise that a growing city means more demand for municipal services.

Light rail is at the heart of our plan for a city wide integrated public transport network. As the first stage of this project nears completion, we are already starting the work on Stage Two linking the City to the Woden Town Centre, with more funding to progress the design and planning of the project.

Keeping Canberra moving also requires more investment in road and active travel connections – not just from our suburbs to the city, but between our town centres too. That is why this Budget will deliver the duplication of William Slim Drive from Ginninderra Drive to the Barton Highway to help reduce congestion between Gungahlin and Belconnen, as well as better footpath and cycling links for the Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong town centres.

Better help for first home buyers

The 2018 Budget will make it easier for more Canberrans to own their own home.

From 1 July 2019, first home buyers with a household income below $160,000 will pay no stamp duty – whether they are buying an established property or a newly built home.

This will fully abolish stamp duty for any type of property, and at any purchase price, for eligible first home buyers.

A stronger economy and more good jobs for Canberrans

The ACT now has one of the fastest growing economies in the country. Our rapid growth drove the creation of around 10,000 new jobs in 2017.

The 2018 Budget projects more strong growth and job creation in the years to come. It also confirms the Budget is in balance every year across the forward estimates. This means we are fully covering the cost of delivering services for Canberrans while building in a responsible buffer against future risks or shocks.

No other government in Australia delivers as many services as we do. We have a plan to keep Canberra liveable with great schools and healthcare, efficient public transport and local government services, more housing options, a clean environment and exciting events.

The ACT Government is growing services for our growing city through the 2018 Budget

Media contact: Mark Paviour     0466 521 634     mark.paviour@act.gov.au