Families & Children: 2019/20 Federal Budget

This was definitely a pre-election budget and presents many positives for families including the decrease in income tax and subsidies for pre-school children.

The focus on mental health services for mothers was also welcome, however, we would like to see this matched with spending on the same service for children.

The boost to Headspace funding was welcome and should see many more young people in regional areas access early support for mental health issues.

A main aspect missing was steps to address payments for kinship carers where there is an informal placement. These families continue to struggle unsupported whilst playing a vital role. We will continue to advocate on this issue until it is realised.

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.

The NDIS underspend is very concerning especially when children are struggling to access the services they need to live supported, healthy lives.

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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.

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

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

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.