The NSW Government is investing in critical infrastructure and frontline services aimed at making our communities safer, fairer and better for the people of New South Wales to live, work and do business, and for visitors to explore and enjoy.
The Budget invests:
- $288.2 million over four years to further support the re-engineering of the NSW Police Force and provide the Police Commissioner with the flexibility to deploy resources according to need and effectively address and respond to crime
- increased capability to respond to emergencies in New South Wales with:
- $56.4 million over four years for the State Emergency Service Operational Fleet Replacement Program, replacing emergency vehicles and equipment, marine vessels and trailers
- $6.5 million over two years for the Rural Fire Service to repurpose emergency response helicopters gifted by the Australian Defence Force to increase bushfire response capability.
- $52.6 million over four years from 2018-19 to support the rollout of National Facial Biometric Matching Capability across New South Wales which will enable access to new face-matching technology. This technology will increase the capability to identify suspects or victims of terrorist or other criminal activity, including identity crime
- $151.1 million in 2018-19 ($467.3 million over four years) for the Critical Communications Enhancement Program to expand the coverage of the Government Radio Network and improve critical communications during emergencies.
The NSW Government has allocated $193 million over four years to help safeguard the community against terrorism. This includes:
- $22.0 million ($89.3 million over four years) to enable post-sentence detention in a correctional centre or supervision in the community of offenders who pose an unacceptable risk of committing a serious terrorism offence.
Improving Road Safety
$315.0 million in 2018-19 for the NSW Government Road Safety Plan 2021 targeting where the majority of fatalities occur. This builds on existing programs funded through the Community Road Safety Fund including public education campaigns, road upgrades through the Safer Roads and Black Spot programs, as well as high-visibility police enforcement.