Young People: 2019/20 Federal Budget

We are disappointed that the Federal Budget failed to address some of the key issues facing 4.1 million young Australians. This is not a budget for young Australians.

While we welcome the investment in youth mental health and the VET sector, key issues including income support, access to affordable and available housing, youth homelessness and youth underemployment were overlooked.

Nationally we have seen a 26% increase in youth homelessness over the past ten years. Forty-two percent of the homeless population in Australia is aged 12-25, and 28,000 young Australians are homeless every night. 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.

The Federal Government stated that youth labour market outcomes have improved recently – we’re not clear how. The national youth unemployment rate is more than double the national average and sits at 11.2%.

Youth unemployment in the Hobart region is 16.9%, with some regions sitting at 17.8% (South-East). This suggests that jobs that have been created haven’t been filled by young people.

Underemployment remains high in Australia, sitting at 9.8% – 35% are young people.

The $158 billion in tax cuts will not assist young people on Youth Allowance/Newstart – they get nothing.

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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.

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.