The Territory Government delivered Budget 2019 which Puts Territorians First by investing in creating local jobs, delivering a safer Territory and driving generational change.
Budget 2019 continues delivering on Government’s economic plans with the Treasurer announcing $8.4 million over two years for a new skills training package to prepare Territorians for jobs and confirming another big job-creating infrastructure spend of $1.45 billion.
Significantly, the Budget 19 forward estimates show that Government’s plans are working and the economy is beginning to turn around as the Territory transitions from the Inpex construction phase wind down.
It also starts delivering on the Plan to Fix the Territory Budget, outlined in April 2019, to address the $876 million deficit, to reach a balanced budget in 2027/28.
To Put Territorians First, Budget 2019 invests in:
- The most generous homebuyer assistance in the country ($16.6M)
- Support for families to manage the cost of childcare ($6M), education ($7.1M) and sports activities ($5.4M)
- Support for seniors through the NT concession and seniors recognition scheme ($31.64M)
- Subsidies to keep saving Territory families $1200 a year off their power bills ($92.5M)
- Ongoing Buy Local support to back Territory business
Key announcements regarding investing in creating local jobs, delivering a safer Territory and driving generational change are:
- $1.45 billion Infrastructure investment
- $62.8 million over two-years for tourism package Turbo2 (following the success of Turbo-charging 1).
- $8.4 million over two years for a new skills training package
- $1.56 million over two-years for Significant Project Champions
A Safer Territory:
- Funding to complete the 120 Police and 75 Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors (PALI) recruitment in 2019
- $34 million to tackle alcohol abuse
- $8.95 million to tackle anti-social behaviour
- $10.3 million over three years to provide better sentencing options for courts and to support youth justice programs
- Continue delivering of NT Government’s $1.1 billion investment into remote housing
- $35.6 million over four years for Government’s Early Childhood Development Plan. In 2019/20 this will include expanding Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home visiting program, expanding the Healthy Under-5 Kids program, establishing seven Families as First Teachers sites and four new Hearing Health Partnership locations.
- $11.4 million over four years to establish a network of 17 child and family centres by 2022‑23 to deliver targeted and coordinated support to families. This includes five sites to be established in 2019‑20
- $1.28 billion to deliver the best possible education for children
- $1.72 billion for high quality, sustainable health services
Source: NT Government