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2013-14 Budget at a glance
The Western Australian economy is forecast to grow by 3.25 per cent in 2013‑14. It is the highest rate of growth forecast for any State this year and above the 2.5 per cent forecast for the Australian economy.
A general government operating surplus of $386million is forecast for 2013‑14, following an estimated surplus of $239million in 2012‑13.
Western Australia’s share of national GST revenue continues to decline – to just 45 per cent of our population share in 2013‑14, an all-time low for any State or Territory, leading to a fall in the State’s GST revenue of $477million.
Investing in infrastructure to support our growing State
Infrastructure program totals $26.9billion over the next four years, including $7.5billion in 2013‑14.
$432million over the next four years for the $1.9billion MAX light rail service.
$174million over the next four years for the $2billion airport rail link.
$325million over the next four years for the Perth to Darwin Highway.
$46.5million over the next three years to construct a new multi-storey car park at Edgewater train station.
Total spending of $1.8billion on roads in 2013-14, including new roads and maintenance of existing road network.
$2.6billion in 2013‑14 on electricity and water infrastructure.
$1.1billion in 2013‑14 to continue the hospital rebuilding program, including $417million for the New Children’s Hospital.
$582million in 2013-14 for school infrastructure.
Protecting our community
Extra funding of $282million over the next four years to recruit 550 extra police and auxiliary officers.
$15.4million for new safety systems to protect our fire fighters.
$15.3million for a new emergency rescue helicopter service in the South-West.
$10.3million to upgrade Police and Community Youth Centres.
$4.5million to allow the courts to sit for additional hours at nights and weekends.
Electronic flashing speed signs will be installed at every school in Western Australia with a 40 kilometre per hour zone at a total cost of $36million.
Efficient delivery of quality services
Increased spending of $2.5billion on health services over the next four years to meet additional hospital activity, wage increases for nurses, and 155 extra school health nurses.
Additional $1.2billion on education services over the next four years to accommodate record growth in student numbers, six additional child and parent centres, and additional funding for Independent Public Schools.
In 2013-14 we will spend an extra $513 per student.
Low Interest Loan Scheme for private schools doubled to $53million in 2013‑14, or $114million over four years, to help provide more choice and education opportunities to Western Australian students.
Roll out of My Way program for disability services, and an extra $3.7million for free ACROD parking permits.
More than $40million to build and improve camping facilities in Western Australia’s national parks and promote affordable holiday opportunities for Western Australian families.
Securing our economic future
$6.8billion Fiscal Action Plan will ensure the sustainability of the State’s finances. Includes new revenue measures, a cap on public sector wages, funding for 1,000 voluntary severances, re‑prioritisation of infrastructure spending and targeted program rationalisation.
A Housing Supply Package designed to increase the supply of housing to accommodate our rapidly growing population, including increasing the First Home Owner Grant to $10,000 for first time buyers of new homes. First time buyers of established homes will receive $3,000.
Raising the payroll tax exemption threshold to $850,000 by 2016‑17, benefiting more than 16,000 employers.
Strong focus on agricultural, scientific and medical research, including $40million for agriculture science, research and development programs and an additional $12million for health and medical research.
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