What the Budget means for Hasluck #2

The Turnbull Government is guaranteeing the services that Australian families rely on:

 

More Money for Schools

Our needs based funding model for schools, endorsed by David Gonski, is all about fairness.

Schools in every sector in the community of Hasluck will be receiving significant increases in funding because of our needs-based funding model. This is great news for our 65 primary and secondary schools and their 23,564 students.

“From 2017 to 2027 in Hasluck, average funding per student in the Government Education System is estimated to rise from $2,158 per student to $4,202 and from $7,608 to $11,610 per student in the Independent Education System. Funding will also continue to grow in the Catholic Education System, with the on average, per student growth rising from its current $9,856 per student to $14,461 per student in 2027” said Mr Wyatt.

The total increase in Federal Government funding for schools in Hasluck over the next ten years is $348 million.

“Importantly, our increased funding will be tied to reforms that evidence shows make a real difference to supporting our teachers and schools in improving student outcomes” said Mr Wyatt.

This is a fair system that is good for students, good for parents and good for teachers.

 

Securing Medicare

Mr Wyatt said the Turnbull Government will continue to provide record funding for health and Medicare, and guarantee Medicare’s future with a dedicated fund that will protect these vital services for this generation and the next.

“We have already seen a record number of Australians in Hasluck accessing these vital services. Last financial year there were 642,588 GP services in Hasluck bulk billed. GP Bulk Billing rates in Hasluck were at 81.5% last financial year.”

 

Prioritising Mental Health

“In this Budget we are further strengthening our support for mental health and suicide prevention with a package of over $170 million” said Mr Wyatt.

This includes $80 million to continue community mental health services for people with mental illness who do not qualify for the NDIS. This is contingent on states and territories matching this Federal funding to ensure we have a national approach and funding commitment.

 

Support for our Veterans

Mr Wyatt said all past and current service personnel in Hasluck who have undertaken at least one day full time service will benefit from easier access to free mental health support and services.

Enhanced access to counselling from the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service will benefit partners and dependents of contemporary veterans. This includes the 916 veterans and their families living in Hasluck.

All DVA Clients – including the 1,584 DVA clients in the electorate of Hasluck – will benefit from the investment in this year’s budget to modernise DVA's ICT system to provide easier access to DVA services and improve processing times for claims.

 

Fully Funding the NDIS

“The 2017 Budget gives certainty to all people living with disability, their families and carers, that their needs will be met as the NDIS moves towards full-scheme in 2020” said Mr Wyatt.

The Coalition Government has taken action to ensure that the NDIS and other additional supports provided in the 2017 Budget will be fully paid for. In order to do this the 2017 Budget includes a 0.5 per cent increase in the Medicare Levy from 1 July 2019, which will once and for all ensure that Labor’s NDIS funding gap is filled. This means in two years when the bills start to increase, so will the funding. This guarantees the NDIS is fully-funded and sustainable into the future. Even if we are not impacted directly, this is all our responsibility to ensure our most vulnerable Australians can live with dignity.

Once fully rolled out, the NDIS will directly help an estimated 3,622 people in the electorate of Hasluck.

 

Securing access to vital and lifesaving medicines

This Budget provides $1.2 billion to provide cheaper access to vital medicines.

The Turnbull Government are listing more drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to ensure families have access to these vital drugs. These medicines will assist people suffering from:

• Heart Disease

• Pulmonary Fibrosis

• Schizophrenia

• Psoriasis

• Severe Asthma

• Myeloma