Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs: 2019/20 Federal Budget

There was nothing new for Tasmania from this Budget for the alcohol and drug sector.

While a range of targeted programs were announced this was predominately in Queensland, with the bulk of their allocation ($152 million) going to law and enforcement to tackle bikie gangs dealing guns and illicit drugs.

This is not surprising due to the current Federal Government’s continued emphasis on funnelling immense amounts of funding into justice responses to community alcohol and other drug issues, in comparison to community education, early intervention and harm minimisation strategies. This continues to be a concern to the peak agencies working in the national alcohol and other drug sector, and I suspect will be raised again following this Budget announcement.

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Young People: 2019/20 Federal Budget

We are calling for a national plan to address the systemic issues that drive youth homelessness and greater investment in affordable housing and social housing.

Volunteering: 2019/20 Federal Budget

As we move into the election period, we hope there will considered thought on the massive contributions to GDP volunteering provides and the need to strategically invest in this workforce to ensure government programs are safely and appropriately supported.

Mental Health: 2019/20 Federal Budget

The balance of funding is slowly tipping the scales toward prevention and early intervention when in the past this was only a very small proportion of the overall mental health budget.

Families & Children: 2019/20 Federal Budget

It continues to be disappointing that the government refuses to listen to the chorus of voices calling for an increase to Newstart allowance. This refusal condemns countless children to abject poverty.

Aged Care: 2019/20 Federal Budget

New aged care initiatives announced last night included funding certainty for the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and $2.6 million to support the implementation of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy.

Housing: 2019/20 Federal Budget

“Affordable housing and social housing, both public and community housing, ain’t fixed.”

2019/20 Federal Budget Wrap-up

Summaries on the major areas of the Budget with links to more information and commentary on related peak body websites.

Older Australians: 2019/20 Federal Budget

There are 183,000 people older than 50 on Newstart who have been on Newstart for longer than 12 months.