Paying for what’s important

By responsibly managing the Budget, we can pay for the things that Australians value the most.

Better health care

Strengthening Medicare

The Government is committed to a better health system to care for and protect all Australians.

Reducing pressure on public hospitals

The Government will provide $235 million over 4 years from 2022–23 to commence the roll out of Urgent Care Clinics. This includes $100 million over 2 years from 2022–23 to co‑develop and pilot innovative models with states and territories to improve care pathways and inform program roll out. Urgent care clinics will reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments and make it easier for Australian families to see a doctor or nurse when they require urgent, but not life threatening care.

Strengthening Medicare Fund

The Government has set aside $750 million for the Strengthening Medicare Fund to provide better access and care for patients. Delivery of the Fund will be informed by the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce, which will provide recommendations by the end of the year.

GPs will be assisted to enhance digital health capability, invest in infection control and meet accreditation standards. Grants of up to $50,000 will be available, depending on practice size.

Improving mental health and well‑being

The Government is improving the mental health and well‑being of all Australians. This Budget restores the 50 per cent loading for telehealth psychiatry services in regional and rural areas and expands the headspace network.

Extending COVID‑19 support

The Government is providing $2.6 billion to adapt Australia’s COVID‑19 response to the current state of the pandemic. Funding will ensure continued supplies of personal protective equipment in high‑risk settings and access to vaccines and treatments for at‑risk cohorts.

Securing the NDIS

Immediate steps to restore our disability safety net

Greater independence and better employment opportunities for Australians with disability are at the core of a successful and sustainable National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Total funding for the NDIS will reach $166.6 billion over 4 years, an increase of $8.8 billion. This will ensure funding for expected growth in participants' plans.

As an immediate action, the Government will invest $158.2 million for an additional 380 permanent staff for the National Disability Insurance Agency. This will support Australians with disability to access NDIS funding faster and more efficiently.

Promoting a more inclusive Australia

The Government is providing $10.3 million to expand the Sport4All program. Its expansion to 80 local government areas across Australia will help engage people with disability in community sport, including 53,000 First Nations people with disability.

Zander lives in regional Victoria and previously had to travel one hour to and from home for football training. On game days he would sometimes travel by car for 2 hours and then by bus for 4 hours to games spread around Northern Victoria. The Sport4All program came to the Macedon Ranges and the Kyneton Football Club decided to integrate people with disability into their club. Now Zander plays footy in his local community and is about to start cricket as well. He has made great friends and is a proud member of the Kyneton Tigers.

Image credit: Australian Sports Commission

Better aged care

Ensuring older Australians have the support, care and dignity they deserve

More and better care

The Government is funding more care for older Australians and putting nurses back into nursing homes. By providing $2.5 billion over 4 years, the Government is delivering on its commitments to increase average care minutes per resident and mandate that facilities have a registered nurse on site 24/7. As well as better care, residents can expect better food, which is fresh, healthy and safe.

A skilled and valued workforce

Quality aged care requires a skilled and valued workforce. The Government supported a pay rise for aged care workers through its submission on the Aged Care Work Value Case to the Fair Work Commission and will provide funding to support any resulting increases to award wages. The Government will also establish a national registration scheme for personal care workers, responding to another important recommendation from the Aged Care Royal Commission. This includes a new code of conduct to protect care recipients and further professionalise the workforce.

Protecting Australians in aged care

The Government is providing ongoing support and protection to those most vulnerable to severe illness from COVID‑19, including people living in residential aged care homes. This includes $810.2 million for additional support for aged care providers to manage COVID-19 and $34.9 million to continue in‑reach testing in aged care.

Supporting our veterans

Australians owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans

When a person enlists in the Australian Defence Force, they commit to serve their country and the people of Australia. All defence personnel deserve to feel mentally and physically safe and well, during and after their service.

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is an important opportunity for the Government to ensure veterans have better access to the support they deserve. The Government is investing $233.9 million over 4 years to recruit 500 additional staff to speed up compensation claims processing. In addition, a further $87 million over 2 years will be invested to improve veterans' access to support and services. The Government is also developing a pathway to implement the Royal Commission's recommendation to simplify the legal framework for veterans' compensation and rehabilitation.

To help veterans with rising cost‑of‑living pressures, the Government will provide a $1,000 increase in the annual rate of the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Payment from 1 January 2023.

Further practical support to improve the welfare of veterans will be provided through $46.7 million for 10 Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs across Australia. The Hubs connect veterans and their families to a range of services for mental and physical health, employment, housing advice and social connection.

A better future for First Nations people

Meeting our commitments to implement the Uluru Statement and Close the Gap

Genuine partnership between government and First Nations people is central to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

The Uluru Statement

Work is underway to deliver the Government's commitment to implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full. $75.1 million will be provided to prepare for the delivery of a referendum to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.

The foundation for establishing agreement‑making and truth‑telling will also be laid, through $5.8 million to fund the first step in delivering the Government's $27.7 million election commitment to establish an independent Makarrata Commission.

Closing the Gap

The Budget demonstrates the Government’s commitment to drive progress on the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Delivering on priority reforms, and providing increased funding to achieve the socio‑economic targets, will result in improved outcomes for all First Nations people.

Working in partnership

The Budget will fund the establishment of new policy partnerships on Housing and Early Childhood Care and Development. This will be key to driving further progress towards Closing the Gap.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations will also receive funds to increase their capacity to deliver for First Nations people. The Government will provide more resourcing to these organisations working in justice, housing, health, community, arts and cultural heritage conservation.

Ending violence against women

Working to end violence in one generation

Our vision is a country free of gender‑based violence – where all people live free from fear and violence and are safe at home, at work, at school, in the community and online.

The Government will deliver a record investment of $1.7 billion to support women's safety.

Strengthening efforts to support women's safety

The Government is delivering $1.3 billion to support implementation of the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022–23. It will fund initiatives to support the prevention of violence, early intervention, responses, and recovery and healing.

To increase support for women experiencing violence, the Government is investing $169.4 million for an additional 500 frontline community workers. To help stop violence before it starts, the Government is also providing $65 million over 4 years for consent and respectful relationships education.

The Government will ensure that of the $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund, the returns from around $1.6 billion will be directed to delivering 4,000 social housing dwellings. These will be provided for women and children fleeing domestic violence and older women on low incomes at risk of homelessness.

The Government has introduced legislation to provide 10 days of paid domestic and family violence leave and is providing $3.4 million for the Fair Work Ombudsman to provide support and advice to small business on these entitlements.

Ending sexual harassment at work

No one should experience harassment at work. That's why the Government is implementing the Respect@Work Report to strengthen laws that prevent sexual harassment, including a requirement for employers to actively prevent sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

The Budget provides $32 million to fund Working Women's Centres in every state and territory. These centres provide free information and assistance on issues such as discrimination and pay equity.

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