Enhancing liveability and social inclusion for Canberra

Australian Capital Territory Budget 2015-16 : For Canberra

Canberra is the world's most liveable city because of our lifestyle and our environment, but most of all – because of our people


Budget Highlights

  • more funding for police
  • more funding for emergency services
  • a better victims of crime financial assistance scheme
  • justice reforms
  • judicial resourcing
  • upgrades for the Canberra Theatre

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently declared what we already know – that Canberra is the 'the world's most liveable city'.

We know this because of our lifestyle and our environment, but most of all because of our people – who reflect the diversity and inclusiveness that make Canberra a fantastic place to live.

The ACT Government is a strong supporter of liveability and social inclusion.  This has been demonstrated by initiatives such as the introduction of new human rights laws to strengthen cultural rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – and the launch of the "Say No to Racism" program, designed so that ACT Public School students can promote inclusive multiculturalism in their school communities.

The ACT Government will invest a further $66.6 million in operating funding and $12.2 million in capital funding through the budget into initiatives that support liveability and social inclusion.

The Government is always looking for new opportunities to revitalise our city.

This year the 'Enlighten' festival was expanded to include the Noodle Markets and a new layout was adopted for the Multicultural Festival.

270000 people attended the Multicultural Festival

In the 2015-16 Budget, the Government will continue to develop the Lanyon Heritage Precinct and will undertake improvements to the Canberra Theatre Centre, including the replacement of seating and carpet to enhance amenity.

340000 patrons enjoy shows at our cultural facilities

A safe and just community

The ACT has amongst the lowest rates of crime in the country.

The emergency services Station Upgrade and Relocation Program will continue with a new ambulance station at Greenway to provide better response times to Canberra's south.

Additional funding will also be provided for policing services to cover things like the cost of high-tech crime and forensics.

The Government will create an administratively based Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme and an additional judge will create capacity and further reduce the backlog of matters in the courts.

The second phase of the Restorative Justice program will be implemented and funding for Street Law and Legal Aid will be provided.

2000+ cases assisted by Legal Aid

The Government will strengthen ACT Community Corrections to deliver services and prepare for the anticipated outcomes of the Justice Reform Strategy.

These investments will maintain a fair, safe and peaceful community where people's rights and interests are respected and protected.

Social inclusion

Budget Highlights

  • easier access to community services
  • support for families in need
  • more funding to prevent and respond to domestic violence
  • more homelessness services
  • special needs transport
  • new respite property

Social inclusion for Canberra

The development of greater social inclusion is a key commitment for this Government and our goal is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in the Canberra community.

As set out in our Social Inclusion Budget Statement, the Government aims to:

Phot of a family: Man, Pregnant Woman and a young boy.

One of our immediate priorities is to consider and address domestic violence in our community.

In 2015-16, the Government will invest in expanding the capacity of three key domestic and sexual violence crisis services.

Funding will also be provided to support ACT public schools to provide social and emotional learning programs; provide additional training for teachers and staff on domestic violence issues; and to provide additional support for children and young people who may be experiencing domestic violence.

The ACT Government will also contribute to the national campaign to reduce violence against women and children.

5000 Canberrans will take part in the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Government will provide a new respite property for young people aged between 13 and 18 years old.

The Government will also implement A Step Up for Our Kids – One Step Can Make a Lifetime of Difference, which is a strategy to reduce the numbers of children and young people in out-of-home care.

The One Human Services Gateway is a single point where Canberrans can access the help they need for social housing, homelessness services, family support services, supportive tenancy services, employment services, grants programs and disability services.

The Strengthening Families Program provides early intervention and support for families in need.

Funding will be provided in the 2015-16 Budget to extend both the One Human Services Gateway and the Strengthening Families Program.

98% of new tenancies for public housing are high needs allocations

Homelessness services will be continued and additional support for children with disability in ACT Schools will be provided, both for learning and special needs transport.

Social inclusion is a key platform for the ACT Government. The additional investments made in this area in 2015-16 will assist the Government and the community to ensure all have the potential to participate in community life.

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