• New compliance requirements for NFP income tax exemptions

    Date of effect = 1 July 2023

    The Government will invest $1.9m for the ATO to build an online system to enhance the transparency of income tax exemptions claimed by not-for-profit entities (NFPs).

    Currently non-charitable NFPs can self-assess their eligibility for income tax exemptions, without an obligation to report to the ATO. From 1 July 2023, the ATO will require income tax exempt NFPs with an active Australian Business Number (ABN) to submit online annual self-review forms with the information they ordinarily use to self-assess their eligibility for the exemption. This measure will ensure that only eligible NFPs are accessing income tax exemptions.

  • Government, the digital economy and digital security

    As part of its Digital Economy Strategy package, the Government has committed to invest in the frameworks and infrastructure to strength the security of data, manage consumer rights, and enhance the Government’s interaction.

    • Networks and cybersecurity – over $50m has been committed to strengthen the rollout of 5G and 6G mobile networks, develop a National Data Security Action Plan, improve the resilience of Government infrastructure using Cyber Hubs, and $16.4m to improve mobile connectivity in bushfire peri-urban prone areas.
    • $500m on myGov and My Health Record – the Government will overhaul myGov – now the primary access point for Government services, and My Health Record – adding support for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, connecting Residential Aged Care Facilities and connecting specialists in private practice and delivering improved telehealth, emerging virtual healthcare initiatives and digitised support across all stages of healthcare.
    • Data security and rights – $113m to delivering Australia’s first data strategy to bring data management and regulation up to speed with technology, expansion of data rights to energy industry (launched in banking in 2021), and the development of a 3D Australian ‘digital atlas’.
  • $850m to protect and develop farming

    A package of measures is aimed at protecting and enhancing the farming sector, much of it focussed on biosecurity and stewardship. Specific initiatives relate to African Swine Fever and the Khapra Beetle, but much of the package is in the development of biosecurity diagnostic tools and analytics across multiple contact points – cargo, international mail, air travellers, container cargo.

    Measures include:

    • $400.1 million to strengthen biosecurity;
    • $32.1 million to extend opportunities to reward farmers for the stewardship of their land;
    • $29.8 million to grow the agricultural workforce;
    • $15.0 million to improve trade and market access; and
    • $129.8 million to deliver a National Soils Strategy.
  • Gas fired recovery

    The Government has committed to $58.6 million to support key gas infrastructure projects and unlock new gas supply.

  • COVID-19 vaccine response

    The Government will provide $1.9 billion over five years from 2020-21 to distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines to residents of Australia.

  • Women’s safety

    The Government has committed $998.1 million over four years for initiatives to reduce, and support the victims of Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence (FDSV) against women and children. Initiatives include a new National Partnership with the states and territories to expand the funding of frontline FDSV support

    Services, $5,000 grants for women fleeing domestic violence, programs to support refugee and migrant women, programs to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children who have experienced or are experiencing family violence, along with a range of prevention campaigns.

    Funding has also been provided for vulnerable women and children accessing the legal system and family support services.

  • Response to aged care

    As previously announced, the Government has committed a $17.7 billion whole-of-government response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to improve safety and quality and the availability of aged care services. This includes:

    • $6.5 billion will be spent over four years to release 80,000 additional home care packages over two years from 2021-22 – bringing the total number to 275,598 by June 2023.
    • Just under $700 million to improve access and infrastructure
    • $783 million to provide greater access to respite care services and payments to support carers
    • $272.5 million for dedicated face to face support services to navigate the aged care system
    • $365.7 million to support health care within aged care facilities
    • $200 million for a new rating system of aged care providers
    • $3.9 billion to increase front line care
    • $3.2 billion to support aged care providers through a new Government-funded Basic Daily Fee supplement of $10 per resident per day, while continuing the 30% increase in the homelessness and viability supplements
    • $216.7 million to upskill the workforce and enhance nurse leadership and clinical skills through additional nursing scholarships and places in the Aged Care Transition to Practice Program
  • Mental health and suicide prevention

    The $2 billion National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan funds a range of initiatives including the enhancement and expansion of digital mental health services, universal aftercare for those who have made a suicide attempt, and a network of Head of Health adult mental health centres and satellites to provide coordinated multi-disciplinary care.

  • Royal Commission into defence and veteran suicide

    The Government has committed to $174.2 million over two years from 2021-22 for a Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

  • National Recovery and Resilience Agency established

    A new national agency, the National Recovery and Resilience Agency will be created to support local communities during the relief and recovery phases following major disasters, and provide advice on policies and programs to mitigate the impact of future major disaster events. $600m will be invested in a new program of disaster preparation and mitigation, managed by the new agency.

  • Roads & building projects

    ‘Shovel ready’ projects are high on the Government’s agenda.

    New South Wales

    Key projects to be funded include:

    • Roads
    • $2.03 billion for the Great Western Highway Upgrade – Katoomba to Lithgow – Construction of East and West Sections
    • $400 million for the Princes Highway Corridor – Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road – Stage 1
    • $240 million for the Mount Ousley Interchange
    • $100 million for the Princes Highway Corridor – Jervis Bay Road Intersection
    • $87.5 million for M5 Motorway – Moorebank Avenue-Hume Highway Intersection Upgrade
    • $52.8 million for Manns Road – Intersection Upgrades at Narara Creek Road and Stockyard Place; and
    • $48 million for Pacific Highway – Harrington Road Intersection Upgrade, Coopernook.
    • Infrastructure
    • $66 million – Newcastle airport upgrade to widen the runway to accommodate longer range domestic and international passenger services. The upgrade is expected to complete in 2023. More.

    Victoria

    Key projects to be funded include:

    • $2 billion for initial investment in a new Melbourne Intermodal Terminal;
    • An additional $307 million for the Pakenham Roads Upgrade;
    • An additional $203.4 million for the Monash Roads Upgrade;
    • An additional $20 million for the Green Triangle and $15 million for the Melbourne to Mildura Roads of Strategic Importance corridors;
    • An additional $56.8 million for the Hall Road Upgrade;
    • An additional $30.4 million for the Western Port Highway Upgrade;
    • $17.5 million for the Dairy Supply Chain Road Upgrades; and
    • $10 million for the Mallacoota-Genoa Road Upgrade.

    Queensland

    Key projects to be funded include:

    • $400 million for the Inland Freight Route (Mungindi to Charters Towers) Upgrades
    • An additional $400 million for Bruce Highway Upgrades
    • $240 million for the Cairns Western Arterial Road Duplication
    • $178.1 million for the Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement (Kuraby to Beenleigh) – Preconstruction
    • $160 million for the Mooloolah River Interchange Upgrade (Packages 1 and 2)
    • An additional $126.6 million for Gold Coast Light Rail – Stage 3
    • $35.3 million for the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road Intersection Upgrade; and
    • $10 million for the Caboolture – Bribie Island Road (Hickey Road-King John Creek) Upgrade.

    Northern Territory

    New projects to be funded include:

    • $300k Development Study for a Proposed Tennant Creek Multimodal Facility and Rail Terminal
    • $150m Northern Territory National Network Highway Upgrades (Phase 2)
    • $173.6m Northern Territory Gas Industry Roads Upgrades

    South Australia

    Key projects to be funded include:

    • $2.6 billion allocation of funding for the North-South Corridor – Darlington to Anzac Highway;
    • $161.6 million for the Truro Bypass;
    • $148 million for the Augusta Highway Duplication Stage 2;
    • An additional $64 million for the Strzelecki Track Upgrade – Sealing;
    • An additional $60 million for the Gawler Rail Line Electrification;
    • $48 million for the Heysen Tunnel Refit and Upgrade – Stage 2
    • An additional $27.6 million for the Overpass at Port Wakefield and Township Duplication;
    • $32 million for the Kangaroo Island Road Safety and Bushfire Resilience Package, and
    • $22.5 million for the Marion Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive Intersection Upgrade

    Tasmania

    Key projects to be funded include:

    • $80 million for the Tasmanian Roads Package – Bass Highway Safety and Freight Efficiency Upgrades Package – Future Priorities;
    • $48 million for the Algona Road Grade Separated Interchange and Duplication of the Kingston Bypass;
    • $44 million for the Rokeby Road – South Arm Road Upgrades;
    • $37.8 million for the Midland Highway Upgrade – Campbell Town North (Campbell Town to Epping Forest);
    • $36.4 million for the Midland Highway Upgrade – Oatlands (Jericho to South of York Plains);
    • $35.7 million for the Midland Highway Upgrade – Ross (Mona Vale Road to Campbell Town);
    • An additional $24 million for the Port of Burnie Shiploader Upgrade; and
    • $13.2 million for the Huon Link Road.

    ACT

    New projects to be funded include:

    • $2.5m Beltana Road Improvements
    • $132.5m Canberra Light Rail – Stage 2A
    • $26.5m William Hovell Drive Duplication