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The Budget will improve the lives of our people and communities, build prosperity and create opportunity for everyone. Following unprecedented challenges since 2020, the NSW Government is committed to supporting families in reducing the cost of living and improving their quality of life.

The NSW Government will continue building a robust economy that propels prosperity for decades to come by supporting families, investing in communities and strengthening our frontline services.

Boosting household budgets

The global economy is experiencing substantial inflationary pressures because of COVID-19-related supply chain constraints and disrupted international energy markets caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The NSW Government is addressing these issues through $7.2 billion in 2022-23 in cost-of-living support. In this Budget, new measures introduced amount to $2.2 billion over four years and include:

  • $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.

  • $520.0 million over two years to deliver the new broad-based Toll Rebate Scheme where, every quarter, eligible non-business and small business customers will receive a 40 per cent cash rebate for every dollar spent on tolls once they have reached a minimum of $375, saving NSW drivers up to $750 a year.

  • $193.0 million for the Back to School Subsidy, providing $150 to every NSW schoolchild towards the cost of school supplies in 2023.

  • $128.0 million for the Energy Bill Buster program over eight years to help eligible households reduce their gas and electricity bills by providing technology solutions, including solar panels and high-efficiency appliances.

  • $98.0 million for a two-year pilot of a $250 prepaid Regional Apprentice and Uni Travel Card for university students and apprentices in regional New South Wales each year to ease the cost of travel.

Investing in our public sector

  • An increase in remuneration to public sector employees of 3.0 per cent in each of the next two years. An additional 0.5 per cent is on offer in 2023-24, where productivity improvements can be delivered and the cost of the increase can be absorbed.

  • $3,000 payment to NSW Health employees in recognition of their work on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Providing five days of paid fertility treatment leave for teachers, nurses and other NSW public sector workers.

Strengthening frontline services

The NSW Government continues to invest in public services and infrastructure to deliver better services sooner and closer to home for communities across New South Wales. This includes delivering world-class healthcare and hospitals

Regional health

Every person in modern Australia is entitled to the very best health care that science can offer. A person's health should not depend on whether they live in the city or in the regions. This budget invests in the building frontline services for our growing State, including:

  • $2.4 billion over 10 years to increase the regional workforce with strategies to address the future pipeline of healthcare workers. This includes:

    • increasing health training positions locally in rural areas

    • supporting professional development of the rural workforce

    • providing recruitment and retention incentives to support sustainable workforce supply.

  • $149.5 million to boost patient travel and accommodation assistance by improving access to timely health care and reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients.

  • Attracting key workers to the regions with $9.0 million for a Regional Concierge Service focusing on factors outside work that influence a person's decision to live and work in regional areas.

  • Enhancing the regional health directory with $3.0 million to deliver an expanded customer-centric and geographically based health directory.

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Delivering world-class healthcare and hospitals

  • A record investment of $4.5 billion in the NSW Health workforce to ease pressure on existing health workers and support the delivery of quality health care by recruiting 10,148 full-time equivalent staff to hospitals and health services across the State.

  • $1.8 billion to enable NSW Ambulance to recruit 2,128 staff and open 30 new ambulance stations. The first eight stations will be at Warilla, Kincumber, Lisarow, Gateshead, Swansea, Cherrybrook, Raby and Narellan in the coming year, with 22 more stations over the following three years.

  • $776.7 million for Health Service resilience programs.

  • $743.4 million over five years to enhance end-of-life and palliative care services. The increased investment will support the employment of an extra 600 nurses, allied health professionals, doctors and support staff.

  • $460.0 million for the Integrated Mental Health Complex at Westmead.

  • $94.5 million to provide in-house Secondary Triage and Alternative Referral Services within a new Ambulance Virtual Clinical Coordination Centre.

  • $13.5 million to expand the Statewide Community and Court Liaison Service to an additional 36 local courts, providing people with serious mental illness charged with low-level offences access to necessary treatment and care from Local Health District Mental Health Services as an alternative to custody.

Other frontline services

  • $568.7 million capital expenditure and $17.0 million in-principle funding for recurrent expenses to replace end-of-life Opal ticketing systems with a flexible, modular and future-ready system across Greater Sydney and outer-metropolitan and regional areas.

  • $95.9 million for 550 additional police. These will join the 950 police recently recruited as part of the NSW Government's commitment to deliver 1,500 new police to enhance the State's crime-fighting capability and keep the community safe.

  • $21.0 million for Fire and Rescue NSW to enhance workplace safety and increase women's participation in the Fire and Rescue workforce.

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Helping families get through tough times

COVID-19 response and recovery

At the pandemic's outset, the NSW Government had the fiscal capacity and strong economic foundations to support its people and economy through the worst of the pandemic.

  • The Government paid more than $11 billion in response to the Delta outbreak to keep businesses afloat, people in jobs and the community safe (including up to $3.5 billion contributed by the Commonwealth Government).

  • About $200 million delivered in response to the Omicron outbreak to support businesses and vulnerable communities.

  • $2.8 billion committed for the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Package.

  • More than 64 per cent of people aged 16 and over have received a third vaccination against COVID-19.

  • By May 2022, about 50 million rapid antigen test kits had been delivered to schools and early childhood education providers.

  • $4.1 billion invested in the health response to COVID-19 in 2021-22.

The economy will continue to be supported by targeted recovery measures into 2022-23.

  • About $2.3 billion (excluding infrastructure and health) to deliver a range of measures to support the State's economic recovery. Ongoing commitments include:

    • $192.0 million Parents NSW program to reward and thank eligible NSW households for their efforts to support learning from home in 2021

    • $155.0 million Before and After School Care program, providing a $500 voucher towards the cost of before and after-school care for every child in New South Wales

    • $130.0 million Mental Health and Wellbeing package

    • $66.2 million Alfresco Restart Package and $50.0 million CBDs Revitalisation Program to bring the streets of New South Wales back to life with outdoor dining, live music and entertainment

    • A range of regional projects, including $40.0 million for priority regional infrastructure.

  • An additional $961.4 million for the ongoing health costs of the continued management of COVID-19 including fever clinics, long COVID-19 clinics, and infection prevention and control.

Flood response and rebuilding

Across New South Wales, 61 LGAs were Disaster Declared as a result of the February and March 2022 storms and floods. In response to these events, the NSW and Commonwealth governments have jointly committed $3.5 billion to support impacted communities, including:

  • $350.0 million for immediate clean-up assistance for properties and other public, community and environmental assets, and waste disposal.

  • $350.0 million for the procurement and management of temporary and medium-term housing in approved sites to support people unable to secure stable, ongoing accommodation because of the floods.

  • $312.5 million to deliver State and local government transport infrastructure resilience improvements to reinforce and upgrade infrastructure and assets.

  • Housing and accommodation support, including:

    • $285.2 million for rental assistance support, temporary housing measures and a housing flood recovery service

    • $168.0 million for social and police housing support

    • $112.5 million for Back Home grants to help restore housing to a habitable condition.

  • Establishing the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation to set and implement reconstruction priorities in the region, working closely with communities.

  • A range of grant programs to help businesses, primary producers, not-for-profit organisations, families and individuals return to their lives as quickly and as safely as possible.

The NSW economy has rebounded strongly

  • All the decline in employment during the Delta outbreak has been recovered.

  • Job vacancies are at record levels.

  • Retail sales are 6.5 per cent higher over the four months to April despite disruptions from the Omicron strain and wet weather.

  • Business confidence is almost double the decade average.

Image of New South Wales SES crews rescuing a llama and its owner from the 2022 floods