- $2 billion over five years for Territory hospitals
- $4.3 billion for schools over 10 years
- 6,700 to benefit from the NDIS by 2021
- $280 million for Central Arhem Highway and Buntine Highway upgrades
- NT to share in $1.5 billion Northern Roads fund and $160 million to seal the Outback Way
- $550 million for remote housing over five years
- 90,000 working Territorians to benefit from personal income tax relief
- 7,500 Territory families to benefit from new Childcare Subsidy
- Jobs in remote communities and improvements to the Community Development Programme
The Coalition Government is sticking to our plan to build a stronger economy to benefit all Australians, including Territorians.
“Under the Coalition Government’s economic plan record jobs are being created, investment is rising and the budget is strengthening. This means that we can guarantee the essential services Territorians rely on,” Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
“While the Territory is suffering under Michael Gunner’s anti-jobs and anti-investment agenda, the Federal Coalition is getting on with the job of managing the Commonwealth’s finances and delivering a stronger national economy,” Senator Scullion said today.
The Coalition Government’s plan will:
- Encourage and reward working Australians with lower, fairer and simpler taxes, starting with low and middle income earners;
- The Government’s income tax relief will benefit 10 million Australians next year alone, with 4.4 million Australians receiving the maximum relief of $530 per year. Around 90,000 working Australians in the Northern Territory stand to benefit from this tax relief next year.
- Back businesses to invest and create more jobs, building on our legislated tax cuts for small and medium enterprise, supporting businesses to compete globally, delivering infrastructure that industry and workers rely on; and targeting incentives to promote research, development and new technology;
- Our plan for a stronger economy will support more jobs for Northern Territory families and their children, and set the Northern Territory up for the future. Already in the Northern Territory, there are 5,500 more people in work since the Coalition was elected.
- Our rolling $75 billion transport infrastructure plan will connect our nation, reduce congestion, help get goods to market, and keep our roads safe. The Commonwealth is working with the Northern Territory to provide $1.4 billion for vital infrastructure, including $280 million for new major projects, such as:
- $180 million for upgrades to the Central Arnhem Road to progressively upgrade to a two-lane sealed road;
- $100 million to progressively upgrade the Buntine Highway to a two-lane sealed road, strengthening links to markets and reducing freight costs for several large cattle properties; and
- $1.5 billion, along with Queensland and Western Australia, as part of the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative. This will fund road improvements including flood immunity, sealing of roads, strengthening and widening of roads and opening up corridors to provide a more reliable road network in Northern Australia.
- $160 million to seal sections of the Outback way in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.
- The NT will continue to benefit from the Coalition’s $4.8 billion Roads to Recovery programme, with $36.8 million worth of local road projects being delivered in 2018-19 across the Territory.
- Guarantee the essential services that Australians rely on including record funding for hospitals and schools, a comprehensive approach to aged care so older Australians to live healthier, more independent and safer lives, and guaranteed funding for disability services;
- Under the fully funded hospitals agreement, public hospitals in the Northern Territory will receive $2 billion over the five years to 2024-25, delivering an additional nearly $667 million in funding compared to the previous five years. This is a funding increase of 50 per cent. In 2016-17 in the Northern Territory, there were 354,000 more bulk billed GP attendances compared to 2012-13.
- The Coalition Government’s support for students and families means that in the Northern Territory we will deliver a record levels of support including: $4.3 billion funding for our schools over the next ten years – and a new, simplified Childcare Subsidy on 2 July 2018, with over 7,500 Northern Territory families who stand to benefit from these changes.
- Australians with a disability will be supported through a fully-funded National Disability Insurance Scheme. Once fully implemented in 2020, 6,700 participants in the Northern Territory will benefit from the certainty and flexibility of support it provides.
- Remote jobseekers will be better supported on their pathway to employment with reforms to the Community Development Programme and the establishment of a government funded employment programme for 6,000 jobs in remote Australia.
- The Turnbull Government will also provide $550 million over five years for remote Indigenous housing in the Northern Territory.
- Keep Australians safe by investing more in security at airports and strengthening our intelligence and security services so they can respond to new and challenging threats. We will also protect our unique environment with smarter biosecurity systems and continue to safeguard our borders.
- Ensure the Government lives within its means with a forecast return to modest budget balance in 2019-20, increasing to a projected surplus of $11 billion in 2020-21; no longer borrowing to pay for essential services; and the lowest average real growth in payments of any Government in the last 50 years.
“Our plan for a stronger economy benefits all Australians. After record jobs growth, the proportion of working age Australians now dependent on welfare has fallen to 15.1 per cent – the lowest level in over twenty five years,” Senator Scullion said.
“Improved compliance and better targeting is helping to get welfare spending under control and we will continue to make sure that everyone, including multinationals pay their fair share of tax.
“Our record of responsible budget management means that under our plan, Australians can plan for their future with confidence.”