• 2017-18 Budget Snapshots banner

    YOUR STATE BUDGET 2017-18

    RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 

    • WA economy forecast to grow by 3% in 2017-18, with nearly 20,000 jobs expected to be created
    • Expense growth constrained to an average of just 1.9% per annum
    • $3.5 billion Budget repair package fairly distributed across the community, including the public and corporate sectors
    • Budget on path to surplus by 2020-21

    A PLAN FOR JOBS: GROW AND DIVERSIFY THE ECONOMY

    • Additional $87 million over four years for events and destination marketing to support tourism
    • $39 million on the Local Projects Local Jobs grants program to deliver over 750 projects across the State
    • Established Defence West to actively campaign for greater share of defence contracts
    • $20 million over five years to establish an Aboriginal Ranger Program
    • $17 million for a New Industries Fund to support new and emerging businesses in the high tech sector
    • $17 million to convert primary school classrooms into science labs and $2 million to upskill teachers to integrate software coding into their teaching
    • Vocational education and training course fees to be frozen from 2018 training year

    SAFER COMMUNITIES

    • $83.5 million to establish a Meth Border Force to reduce the supply of methamphetamine coming into the State, and a further $48.2 million for a coordinated and targeted Methamphetamine Action Plan
    • $12.4 million for the Stopping Family and Domestic Violence package
    • $7.3 million for a step up/step down mental health facility in Kalgoorlie
    • $13.2 million for specialised mental health programs to students in approximately 300 schools 

    BUILDING METRONET; REDUCING CONGESTION; CREATING JOBS

    • $1.3 billion for METRONET Stage 1 projects, including the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension, and acquisition of an additional 102 rail cars
    • $237 million for construction of the Armadale Road Bridge
    • $50 million for a new traffic interchange at Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive
    • $49 million for the widening of Kwinana Freeway northbound between Russell Road and Roe Highway
    • $40 million to begin works on widening the Mitchell Freeway southbound between Cedric Street and Vincent Street
    • A record $129 million investment over four years to build at least 95 km of new cycling paths