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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