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Women’s opportunity

The NSW Government will invest in significant reforms to make New South Wales the best place in Australia for women to live, work and raise a family. These investments are based on the findings of the Women's Economic Opportunities Review, which was commissioned by the Government as part of the NSW Economic Recovery Strategy in October 2021.

This investment will drive economic gains through higher women's workforce participation, while achieving better outcomes for children through its focus on early childhood education and care.


Up to $5.0 billion (over 10 years) will be invested to establish the Affordable and Accessible Childcare and Economic Participation Fund, which is part of a package of early childhood education and care reforms, including universal pre-kindergarten and affordable preschool. These reforms, in combination with the changes to the Commonwealth Child Care Subsidy as proposed by the new Commonwealth Government, are estimated to:

  • Close the women's workforce participation gap by between 4 and 14 per cent by 2032-33.

  • Increase economic activity in New South Wales (Gross State Product) by between $4.7 billion and $17.1 billion (in real 2021-22 dollars) per year by 2032-33.

  • This translates to an additional $1,200 to $4,400 (in real 2021-22 dollars) income per household by 2032-33.

  • Increase NSW Government revenue by between $750 million and $3.5 billion (inclusive of up to $713 million extra GST receipts) over the 10 years to 2032-33.

  • Lead to between 26,000 and 95,000 women entering the workforce or switching from part-time to full-time work by 2032-33.

  • Deliver 47,000 ongoing affordable childcare places, ramping up over a number of years.

Additional measures to support greater economic opportunities for women in the workforce include:

  • $20.2 million towards the objective of women making up 15 per cent of trades and nontraditional roles in the construction industry by 2030.

  • $32.0 million in grants and tailored wraparound training support to assist women to return to work after lengthy stints out of paid employment as full-time parents, carers or for other reasons.

  • Additional two weeks' bonus Paid Parental Leave for NSW public sector workers where parental leave is shared more equally between both parents, and no distinction between a primary or secondary carer, meaning that every parent in the public sector will be entitled to at least 14 weeks' paid parental leave.

Small business and entrepreneurship

  • $12.0 million to establish the Carla Zampatti Fund (a women's venture capital fund) to support female entrepreneurs and small business owners, including $10.0 million for the Fund and $2.0 million for establishment and operation.

  • $9.5 million for dedicated support for female business owners through Service for Business and Business Connect programs.


  • $80.0 million to support families with the high cost of fertility treatments.

  • $40.3 million to establish 16 new menopause services, including four hubs across the State for women experiencing severe symptoms of menopause and address associated health risks.

  • $5.2 million to extend support for post-natal mental health services delivered by not-for-profit organisations.

Safety and security

  • $43.6 million for expansion and enhancement of Safer Pathway to support victim-survivors of domestic and family violence.

  • $30.0 million to increase safety and levels of comfort for women and girls in public spaces and when using public transport.

  • $25.0 million to increase the number of fit-for-purpose, safe, accessible and inclusive female sports facilities in New South Wales.

  • $18.0 million to expand audio-visual links to enable remote evidence, including for victim-survivors of domestic violence.

  • $9.7 million for safe workplaces through the Respect at Work SafeWork taskforce to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace.

  • $8.0 million for court-appointed questioners to facilitate cross-examination of domestic violence complainants.

Giving children and young people the best start to life

This Budget will set children and young people up for success through continued investment in early education, local schools and vocational education, including TAFE. This investment comprises:

Ensuring every child has the best start in life

  • $111.2 million for development checks in preschools, delivered jointly by the Department of Education and Ministry of Health.

  • $70.9 million to expand the Sustaining NSW Families program to support families to reach their full potential.

  • $38.6 million for a State-wide expansion of Pregnancy Family Conferencing for vulnerable women and their families, delivered jointly by the Department of Communities and Justice and Ministry of Health.

Providing more schools and learning opportunities

  • $5.8 billion over 10 years towards the establishment of universal pre-kindergarten for all children in the year before school by 2030.

  • $1.6 billion to deliver 23 new and upgraded school projects and additional funding for minor works.

  • $1.3 billion for the Brighter Beginnings Affordable Preschool initiative to provide fee relief for families with children across the community and mobile preschool and long day-care sectors.

  • $1.2 billion to maintain and enhance the quality of education facilities at NSW public schools.

  • $281.6 million to ensure quality, retention and supply of early childhood educators to address existing shortages and build for future demand.

Boosting education and training to set young people up for success

  • $108.5 million to continue the rollout of Institutes of Applied Technology pilots, bringing together industry, Vocational Education and Training and higher education providers.

  • $82.7 million for Fee Free Vocational Education and Training to support a further 70,000 students to access apprenticeships, traineeships and other high-priority training.

  • $25.1 million to expand the Careers NSW pilot, providing comprehensive careers and education advice to NSW schools.

  • $18.2 million co-investment towards development of a University of Newcastle campus in the Gosford CBD.

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A quality home for everyone

The NSW Government will invest $2.8 billion in measures to support greater opportunities to access and own a quality home and help the most vulnerable, including:

  • $780.4 million two-year trial of a shared equity scheme for up to 6,000 eligible single parents, older singles and first home buyers who are teachers, nurses or police.

  • $728.6 million to introduce an option for first home buyers purchasing a home for up to $1.5 million to pay an annual property tax instead of upfront stamp duty.

  • $300.0 million for a third round of the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund, including $120.0 million for regional areas, to co-fund critical housing-enabling infrastructure.

  • $300.0 million for maintenance and upgrades to more than 15,800 social housing properties, extending the life of social homes and ensuring tenants have safe accommodation.

  • $174.0 million for 271 new homes for key workers in regional and remote New South Wales.

  • $149.8 million for 200 new and 260 upgraded homes for First Nations people, as well as 4,400 climate-resilience and energy-saving upgrades, helping to reduce overcrowding and improve the quality of life for tenants.

  • $89.0 million to reduce planning assessment timeframes and bring forward housing supply.

  • $73.5 million to undertake strategic planning and rezoning in State-led precincts to increase capacity for new housing and employment opportunities.

  • $67.2 million to continue and expand the Strong Family, Strong Communities program, to provide wraparound services and support to at-risk First Nations families and the Aboriginal Community Housing sector.

  • $37.0 million towards supporting the Community Housing Sector to deliver 120 social housing dwellings for households in the Together Home program.

  • $33.8 million for the Regional Housing Development Program to overcome data gaps and coordination and planning barriers to secure a pipeline of housing supply in regional New South Wales.

  • $32.0 million to deliver planning and infrastructure upgrades to First Nations communities through the Roads to Home program, supporting access to essential services.

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Stronger regions, stronger opportunities

Regional New South Wales is a key driver of the State's economic success, and one-third of the NSW population have made the regions their permanent home. Thousands more spend time in the regions each year at holiday homes, for study and work, to visit family and friends and experience unique tourist attractions.

The NSW Government is continuing to support regional communities in building a better future:

Regional health

  • $2.4 billion over 10 years to provide flexible and bespoke recruitment and retention incentives to build and sustain the rural and regional health workforce. This includes increasing training positions locally and supporting professional development to build the skills and expertise to meet regional needs.

Regional economic activation

  • Expanding the Regional Growth Fund, with a further $1.3 billion to continue the successful program which has invested in more than 2,700 projects since 2017. This includes:

    • $250.0 million over three years to expand the Stronger Country Communities Fund, for grassroots projects to reinvigorate rural communities across regional New South Wales

    • $230.0 million to support tourism development projects and enabling infrastructure, leveraging recent significant growth in regional tourism and supporting job creation

    • $220.0 million over three years to expand the Resources for Regions program, supporting the ongoing prosperity of mining communities by improving economic opportunities, local amenities and creating positive social outcomes

    • $175.0 million for economic activation, providing investment to existing key regional industries in regional New South Wales

    • $100.0 million for the Regional Job Creation Fund to support NSW businesses to grow and incentivise interstate and international businesses to invest in regional New South Wales

    • $65.0 million for Regional Events Acceleration to allow them to reach a wider audience across regional New South Wales

    • $20.0 million to support projects and events for the activation of business opportunities in community facilities.

  • $391.3 million for the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct, to support the development of the regional visitor economy and transition the region to a year-round destination to increase investment and jobs in the area.

  • $369.6 million for initiatives through the Safe and Secure Water Program, including $90.0 million in new funding to address water supply, quality and safety risks for regional towns.

  • $163.9 million in 2022-23 to bolster the State's response capability and readiness for future biosecurity incursions.

  • $59.0 million for additional regional youth initiatives to support children and young people across regional New South Wales.

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Empowering First Nations communities

The 2022-23 NSW Budget will invest $715.8 million in First Nations policies, programs, and to help meet NSW's targets under the National 'Closing the Gap' agreement, as part of the existing $1.19 billion of planned expenditure, including:

  • $317.3 million for appropriate housing, land rights and interests, and essential community infrastructure, including:

    • $9.9 million to develop culturally responsible building standards and design principles for First Nations housing in partnership with First Nations communities

    • For more First Nations housing measures, see the measures listed under the $2.8 billion housing package.

  • $178.8 million to support young First Nations people to thrive, measures include:

    • $98.7 million to expand existing Aboriginal Child and Family Centres and build nine new centres to provide a mix of culturally safe services and support for First Nations families with children aged up to 8 years

    • $43.5 million for the Clontarf Foundation and other First Nations education providers to support First Nations students and undertake external quality assurance

    • $10.6 million to support First Nations communities across New South Wales to self-determine and deliver local, regional and state-wide educational services

    • $9.9 million to pilot a Child and Family Advocacy and Support program to provide legal and non-legal advocacy to families at risk of having their children removed through holistic early assistance.

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  • $91.1 million to support First Nations languages, culture and survivors of the Stolen Generations and to accelerate the repatriation of First Nations remains, including:

    • $43.9 million for the Aboriginal Languages Trust to deliver its Strategic Plan 2022-2027 and support Aboriginal Communities to grow their languages

    • $25.0 million capital expenditure in 2022-23 to construct a third flagpole atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the permanent flying of the Aboriginal flag

    • $15.3 million to support survivors of the Stolen Generations to establish memorials and keeping places, including on the sites of former Aboriginal Children's Homes in Bomaderry, Cootamundra and Kinchela, and Keller House in North Parramatta.

  • $47.0 million to improve access to data and improved governance, including:

    • $22.1 million to research and establish service partnerships between First Nations community-controlled organisations and NSW Government clusters and agencies

    • $18.8 million to establish a data concierge service to support data sharing and oversee development of data and insight-sharing tools across NSW Government agencies.

  • $32.3 million to drive local decision-making and support the community-controlled sector, including:

    • $30.0 million to provide grants of up to $250,000 to community-controlled organisations to respond to the needs of local communities.

  • $29.6 million to drive health and wellbeing outcomes, including:

    • >$10.1 million to implement and sustain effective cultural models of mental health and wellbeing care for First Nations people in partnership with the community-controlled sector

    • $9.8 million to expand the Building on Aboriginal Communities' Resilience initiative to a further 12 Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisations.

  • $19.7 million to improve community safety and the justice system, including:

    • $10.0 million to establish an Aboriginal Bail Advocacy and Support Service aimed at reducing the number of First Nations women and young people remanded in custody

    • $7.2 million to work in partnership with community-controlled justice organisations, grow the rate of community-controlled service delivery and develop a quality improvement framework to embed cultural safety into the design and delivery of justice-related policies and programs.

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Investing in Western Sydney

The NSW Government is committed to creating opportunities and improving quality of life for people living in Western Sydney for decades to come.

This Budget invests in transformational infrastructure to build a better future for Western Sydney communities, including.

  • $1.5 billion including $220.1 million in 2022-23 on the Western Sydney Growth Roads Program to accommodate population and employment growth in Western Sydney. Key projects include:

    • Mulgoa Road upgrades (state and federally funded)

    • The Horsley Drive, M7 motorway to Cowpasture Road (state and federally funded)

    • Appin Road Improvements (Commonwealth Government-funded)

    • Spring Farm Parkway Stage 1

    • Mamre Road, M4 Motorway to Erskine Park Road

    • Memorial Avenue, Old Windsor Road to Windsor Road

    • Western Sydney Long-Term Strategic Transport Corridor Preservation.

  • More than $1.2 billion including $205.6 million in 2022-23 towards the M12 Motorway to support the Western Sydney International Airport. The M12 Motorway provides direct access to the airport, running east-west, linking the M7 Motorway and The Northern Road. It will also improve the movement of freight in and through Western Sydney.

  • $680.5 million for Parramatta Light Rail Stages 1 and 2 to continue construction of the Light Rail, from Westmead to Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and to deliver a new bridge connection across the Parramatta River between Wentworth Point to Melrose Park.

  • $261.9 million towards the establishment of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility at the heart of Bradfield City Centre, which ensures Western Sydney will continue to be the heart of Australia's high-tech manufacturing capability.

  • $246.1 million in 2022-23 for the new Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta and expansion of the Museum Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.

  • $243.1 million over three years including $74.0 million in 2022-23 on Prospect Highway, Reservoir Road to St Martins Crescent to improve road safety for all road users, reduce congestion leading to improved travel times, and increase network efficiency.

  • $185.4 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $619.0 million project) for Stage 2 of The Children's Hospital at Westmead Redevelopment.

  • $126.8 million in 2022-23 (as part of a $740.0 million project) for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

  • $60.0 million to develop a final business case for a south-eastern extension of the Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport project from the current southern terminus at Bradfield to Glenfield.

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The new $5.0 billion WestInvest program announced in September 2021 will fund transformational projects to support liveability and community amenity in Western Sydney.

The program is split between two funding streams.

The community project stream is under way. Successful projects are expected to be determined from November 2022

1. $2.0 billion is reserved for high-priority community projects:

  • $1.6 billion to be allocated through a competitive grants process to non-government organisations, community groups, not-for-profits and local councils.

  • $400.0 million directly allocated to eligible Councils to advance local projects in Western Sydney LGAs.

The community project stream is under way. Successful projects are expected to be determined from November 2022.

2. A further $3.0 billion will be made available to NSW Government agencies to deliver transformational projects that will benefit local communities.

All funding through WestInvest will be allocated to projects that drive outcomes to improve one or more of the six focus areas below:

  1. Quality green and open spaces

  2. Community infrastructure

  3. School modernisation

  4. Arts and cultural facilities

  5. High street activation

  6. Local traffic programs.

This Budget announces $478.2 million from WestInvest to support the modernisation of schools in Western Sydney. The program of works will deliver a broad range of capital investment to renew existing school assets and provide additional teaching spaces.This Budget announces $478.2 million from WestInvest to support the modernisation of schools in Western Sydney. The program of works will deliver a broad range of capital investment to renew existing school assets and provide additional teaching spaces.

This includes upgrades at the following schools:

  • Austral Public School

  • Condell Park High School

  • Leppington Public School

  • Parramatta East Public School

  • Riverbank Public School (Stage 3)

  • Rouse Hill High School

  • Schofields Public School

  • Sir Joseph Banks High School

  • Telopea Public School

Further assessment and decisions for projects in the State Government stream will be announced later in 2022.

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Building the infrastructure of the future

Delivering a sustainable infrastructure program

This Budget builds on the Government's $178 billion investment in infrastructure projects between 2011-12 to 2020-21 with a record $112.7 billion investment in infrastructure over the next four years. This includes $76.7 billion for transformative transport infrastructure, $11.2 billion to deliver world class healthcare facilities and $9.1 billion for new and upgraded schools and other education infrastructure. The Government remains committed to delivering our forward pipeline of road, rail, health, precinct renewal and other projects.

While the past two years have presented significant challenges for infrastructure delivery including the impacts of COVID-19, heightened geopolitical tensions and the impact of natural disasters, the Government will ensure the right projects are delivered at the appropriate time and at the best value to taxpayers, having regard to ongoing market constraints.


$12.4 billion for the Sydney Metro West, which will deliver a new underground driverless metro line connecting Greater Parramatta with the Sydney CBD in about 20 minutes, including new metro stations at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock, The Bays, Pyrmont and Hunter Street in the Sydney CBD

$8.4 billion for the Sydney Metro to Western Sydney Airport line, which will deliver six new Metro stations to service the future Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, interchanging with the T1 Western Line at St Marys

$5.1 billion for the Sydney Metro City and Southwest, which will deliver an extension of Sydney Metro Northwest from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, through new CBD stations and southwest to Bankstown

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Connecting communities

  • $4.1 billion for the Western Harbour Tunnel to deliver the first stage of tunnelling works for a new crossing of the Sydney Harbour.

  • $3.2 billion for the Great Western Highway Upgrade to reduce congestion and deliver safer, more efficient and reliable journeys through the Blue Mountains and better connect communities in the Central West.

  • $2.3 billion for the M6 Extension Stage 1 which, when completed, will remove more than 2,000 trucks a day from surface roads, enable motorists to bypass up to 23 sets of traffic lights on the Princes Highway and enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety through shared pathways.

  • $1.9 billion for Jervis Bay to the Victorian border to continue the transformation of the Princes Highway from south of Nowra to the Victorian border, including the delivery of the Milton-Ulladulla Bypass to improve safety, journey times and freight efficiency.

  • $1.7 billion for the Warringah Freeway upgrades to surface roads, bridges and interchanges along about 4 km of the freeway corridor.

  • $123.7 million to upgrade the Epping Station Bridge to provide additional road capacity and connectivity between multiple transport modes and improve accessibility to the Epping Town Centre by providing new active transport linkages and improving general traffic in the area.

  • $41.1 million for the delivery of the final leg of the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link to improve connections and increase road safety for active transport users between Sutherland and Cronulla as well as links to key attractors along the corridor.

Building the New South Wales of tomorrow

  • $274.5 million to continue planning of the Fast Rail program to deliver faster connections between Sydney, Canberra, Bomaderry, Newcastle, the Central Coast and the Central West which is NSW and Commonwealth Government-funded.

  • $216.4 million to refine the pre-concept design options for significant redevelopment of Circular Quay that will improve accessibility, revitalise arts and cultural offerings and refresh retail and dining experience and renewal of ageing wharves and train stations.

  • $60.0 million to develop a final business case for a south-eastern extension of the Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport project from the current southern terminus at Bradfield to Glenfield.

  • $45.9 million to repair and upgrade ageing Crown Lands infrastructure supporting rural and regional communities, economic activity, and tourism.

  • $26.2 million for maintenance and upgrades across the State's property portfolio improving the useful life and sustainability of critical government and community assets.

  • $11.8 million for repairs and upgrades to Meadowbank Bridge, maintaining a vital pedestrian and cyclist commuter corridor and electricity transmission link across the Parramatta River to Rhodes.

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The future economy

During the COVID-19 pandemic we were reminded of the immense potential of the human mind to help build a better world. Modern science created miraculous vaccines in record breaking time, saving countless lives. The NSW Government will invest in the potential of our best and brightest. Their ingenuity, creativity and imagination will provide the medicines of the future and the technologies that we cannot yet imagine. Their inventions will underpin the jobs, businesses and industries of the future that form the foundation of our State's economy for the next century.

Delivering research and development facilities

  • $150.0 million for the Biomedical Accelerator Complex in Camperdown. The Accelerator will be a state-of-the-art biomedical research complex offering a unique global concentration of biomedical research talent, enabling researchers and industry collaborators to work together on solving critical health challenges.

  • $119.1 million over 10 years in ribonucleic acid (RNA) therapeutics manufacturing, research and development for initiatives to translate RNA therapeutics research into clinical and commercial outcomes and ensure best use of the pilot manufacturing facility.

  • $49.6 million Viral Vector Manufacturing Facility at Westmead. This Facility will help New South Wales develop and test life-saving therapies for rare genetic diseases and cancers.

  • $261.9 million Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility in the Bradfield City Centre. The Facility will help develop the capacity of New South Wales in high-growth, technologically sophisticated manufacturing industries.

Investing in science and technology through the Future Economy Fund

The Budget includes $703.4 million for a Future Economy Fund (the Fund) to drive growth in emerging high-value industries such as digital technology, medtech and the clean economy. The Fund will include the following themes:

  • $342.4 million to boost support for the commercialisation of products, services and emerging digital technologies in fields that will grow the economy and provide targeted support to research institutions, start-ups, scale-ups and small-to-medium enterprise sectors in New South Wales.

  • $219.0 million to accelerate growth and investment in priority industry sectors, such as modern manufacturing, medtech, defence and aerospace, to deliver significant benefits to the economy, including by building local capability, securing high-value jobs and boosting productivity.

  • $142.0 million of dedicated funding to drive research and development and innovation growth in sectors in which New South Wales has a natural competitive advantage, such as quantum computing, and advance collaboration with universities, the CSIRO and the private sector.

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Protecting our planet and growing a clean economy

To support sustainable economic growth for the long term and leave a better planet for future generations, this Budget includes investments to address the physical risks of climate change as well as take advantage of clean technologies and emerging green markets. Stewardship of our State's stock of natural capital and the services that flow from them is critical to achieving a low-carbon, sustainable economic future for New South Wales.

Clean-energy initiatives to expand and accelerate the development of clean-energy production, transmission and storage in New South Wales will help address the affordability and reliability of energy to ensure families and businesses are prepared for and supported through the transition to net zero.

Climate adaptation

  • More than $2.5 billion investment from the Climate Change Fund over 10 years in programs to reduce emissions and make New South Wales more resilient to a changing climate from 2022 to 2030.

  • $300.0 million over 10 years to provide grants for new business activities to competitively produce low emissions materials, green chemicals, hydrogen, power fuels, clean fuels and agricultural materials.

  • $93.7 million over eight years for a whole-of-government response through the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

Renewable energy

  • $1.2 billion net (maximum, after recycling proceeds) to accelerate the delivery of the new transmission projects required for Renewable Energy Zones across regional New South Wales (total gross investment, which is intended to be fully recouped, is $3.1 billion over the next 10 years).

  • $250.0 million over five years for grants to businesses to competitively manufacture components for renewable energy infrastructure, electrolysers, electrification of plant, and electric vehicles.

  • $84.0 million over 10 years to accelerate the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap to replace retiring power stations with new sources of clean, cheap and reliable generation.

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Protecting our natural environment and reducing emissions

  • $222.1 million for the National Parks and Wildlife Service to meet the growth in demand for nature-based tourism, including funding to remediate Sydney Harbour's Me-Mel (Goat Island) in preparation to transfer the island back to traditional owners.

  • $206.2 million over 10 years to enhance the State's natural capital, rewarding farmers to reduce their carbon emissions and improve and protect biodiversity outcomes on their land, while increasing the productivity of our primary industries.

  • $173.8 million for an additional 200 firefighters and 50 permanent bushfire conservation staff to boost frontline defences against bushfires in national parks, particularly through increased hazard reduction.

  • $106.7 million over three years for the Biodiversity Credits Supply Fund to simplify the delivery of environmentally sustainable development and infrastructure projects, allowing development to continue while protecting the environment.

  • $74.0 million for zero-emission buses to develop a final business case and commence enabling works to transition to a low-emission bus fleet to allow quiet and environmentally friendly travel services for Sydney commuters.

  • $38.3 million to further support the rollout of electric-vehicle-charging infrastructure to service the growing fleet of electric vehicles.

  • $19.8 million over three years for water strategy initiatives to address floodplain management, First Nations access and a groundwater framework.

  • New target of 50 per cent emission reductions below 2005 levels by 2030, achieved through the Net Zero Plan initiatives including the NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy and the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap.

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