NSW Budget 2018-19 to help ease cost of living pressures
A range of budget measures will help with the cost of living, including a new Creative Kids Rebate to save families $100 per school child to help meet the cost of creative extra-curricular activities.
Service NSW will be a one-stop shop for individuals and families to claim rebates and incentives.
The budget also focuses on giving young people the best start in life. An optional Baby Bundle will provide new parents with practical items to support their newborn. Preschool education support will be extended to three year olds.
Funding will provide 100,000 free apprenticeships in high-demand industries to support the future skilled workforce.
A $6 billion investment over four years will fund more than 170 new and upgraded schools, and provide 1000 public schools with new or replacement air conditioning.
Health will receive $8 billion over four years to fund 40 new and upgraded hospitals across NSW, including $740 million to transform Liverpool Hospital into a world-leading health and academic precinct.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said this budget is putting people first.
“Despite revenue pressures, we have kept expenses under control, pursued bold reform, and made better use of our resources,” Mr Perrottet said.
“That’s why this budget can keep building for the future on a record scale, while offering more help for families working hard to get ahead.”