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    Your State Budget 2016‑17

    Securing Our Economic Future

    • Additional $50 million for Seizing the Opportunity - Agriculture initiative
    • Additional $47 million over four years for tourism events, conferences and destination marketing
    • Additional $20 million over four years for an innovation package to strengthen, broaden and build the Western Australian economy
    • $16 million over four years to establish a Western Australian Regional Film Fund
    • Payroll tax-free threshold increases from $800,000 to $850,000 from 1 July 2016, benefiting over 11,000 businesses

    Meeting Demand While Efficiently Delivering Quality Services

    • $266 million (4.8%) increase in 2016‑17 for public hospital services
    • $81 million increase in education expenditure in 2016‑17, providing a 3.3% increase in spending by schools
    • $67 million (5.1%) increase in spending on policing in 2016‑17 to fulfil commitment to recruit 550 additional officers by end of 2016‑17
    • Additional $15 million over two years for methamphetamine strategy, plus $19 million for North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program
    • New public sector wages policy caps increases in wages and conditions at 1.5%
    • Extension of Agency Expenditure Reviews to 54 agencies

    Supporting and Protecting Our Community

    • $147 million from 2015‑16 to 2019‑20 to meet growth in the prisoner population
    • Additional $26 million in 2016‑17 to extend and expand National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trials
    • Additional $50 million to meet demand for disability services outside of the NDIS
    • $13 million to continue the Mental Health Court Diversion Program
    • $10 million for Lathlain Park Precinct Redevelopment
    • Additional $9 million over three years for Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund
    • $5 million over four years for shark hazard mitigation initiatives and $600,000 in 2016‑17 for beach enclosures

    Investing in Infrastructure to Support Our Growing State

    • $7.7 billion over next four years on transport infrastructure (34% of total infrastructure investment), including:
      -  $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link, scheduled to begin operations in 2020
      -  $1.5 billion towards the Perth Freight Link, due for completion in 2021‑22
      -  $427 million for the $1.9 billion MAX Light Rail project
      -  $145 million for dual carriageway on Armadale Road
      -  $49 million for Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project
    • $1 billion over the forward estimates on school infrastructure, including:
      -  new North Butler senior high school ($67 million)
      -  expansions at Shenton College ($50 million) and Cape Naturaliste College ($32 million)
      -  continuing redevelopment of Carnarvon Community College ($18 million)
    • $378 million over next four years for construction of the $428 million New Museum
    • $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital due to open in late 2016