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.