Our strong plan to keep spending under control means we can afford to guarantee support for hospitals and schools.
The Government will provide an estimated additional $2.9 billion between 2017-18 and 2019-20 to support public hospitals. This additional funding is linked to reforms that focus on improving patient safety and the quality of services, and reducing avoidable hospital admissions.
The Government will also provide an additional $1.2 billion between 2018 and 2020 for schools, contingent upon reform efforts by the States and the non-government schools sector to improve education outcomes.
These funding arrangements for hospitals and schools provide an opportunity to develop longer-term funding arrangements and further reforms that focus on quality and sustainability into the future.
Living within our means
Commonwealth payments to the States are continuing to grow at a time when State budgets are in a strong position.
However, all levels of government must live within their means and ensure services are based on what taxpayers can afford and the economy can support.