Tasmanian Budget 2008-2009

Treasurer Michael Aird yesterday delivered Tasmania’s budget, marking the first time Tasmania’s budget has topped $4 billion.

The centrepiece of the budget was an investment of $1.5 billion over four years in an infrastructure plan for hospitals, health services, schools, roads and rails.

Highlights of the budget include:

Business and Taxes
  • $65 million in additional tax cuts;
  • $38.4 million to provide motor tax cuts on light vehicles;
  • Abolition of non-real commercial property transfer duty from 1 July 2008;
  • $10 million for the Workforce Participation Program.
Health and human services

$80 million in 2008-09 to implement health and human services reforms, including:

  • $26.3 million for implementation of disability service reforms;
  • $20.1 million for the Clinical Services Plan.

$99.3 million to improve local healthcare services, including:

  • $29.5 million in additional funding to support reform and expansion of family support services;
  • $31 million for upgrades to Bruny Island, Flinders Island, King Island, Glenorchy, Kingston and Longford/Westbury Health Care Centres.

$42.6 million for better patient care and health outcomes, including:

  • $18.6 million for improving health information technology for better patient care;
  • $5 million in additional funding for ambulance and patient transport services.

$99 million for improved housing services, including:

  • $60 million to improve public housing and increase supply;
  • $39 million for funding for housing iniatives, community housing programs and crisis accommodation.
Social Inclusion

$174 million to promote social inclusion, including:

  • $11.2 million for the implementation of a Social Inclusion Strategy;
  • $14 million for extending government concessions to Health Care Card holders;

$37.7 million towards keeping communities safe, including:

  • $18.9 million for the redevelopment of the Devonport, Glenorchy and Bellerive Police Stations;
  • $13.3 million for improving communications support for community services through the Government Radio Network;
  • $2.8 million to employ full-time coordinators at Neighbourhood Houses.
Education and literacy

$66.7 million for school children, including:

  • $34.8 million for the Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap initiative to improve literacy and numeracy;
  • $16.8 million to improve support and resources for Tasmanian Government School children with high and additional needs;
  • $12.9 million for grants to non-government schools to provide services to their school communities.

$135.5 million to invest in schools, including:

  • $30 million in capital funding to redevelop education infrastructure in the Bridgewater and Southern Midlands community;
  • $61.5 million in capital investment projects across the State to redevelop schools and libraries;
  • $30 million for a new high school at Kingston.

$18.5 million to increase skills, including:

  • $7.2 million to provide 2,000 new training places through the Skilling Tasmania initiative;
  • $11.3 million for funding four new regional Learning and Information Network Centres across regional Tasmania to integrate community learning, libraries and technology access with other government services.


$1.5 billion over four years, including:

  • $492.8 million for health and human services;
  • $303.9 million for community infrastructure;
  • $626.8 million for roads;
  • $99.6 million for other transport infrastructure.
  • $76.6 million to improve Tasmania’s rail infrastructure;
  • $23 million State Government contribution to the Brighton transport hub;
  • $250,000 to investigate the potential of light rail;
  • $626.8 million for roads, including $42.5 million for north-east freight roads, $35.7 million for the Brighton bypass, $30 million for the Kingston bypass and $23 million for the north-west tourist road.
Environment and Climate Change

$92.6 million is allocated towards protecting Tasmania’s environment in 2008-09, including:

  • $45 million for irrigation to drought-proof Tasmania;
  • $5.7 million for climate change community projects;
  • $10 million for the Environment Protection Authority;
  • $12 million to save the Tasmanian Devil;
  • $3.1 million for environmentally-friendly traffic lights;
  • $15.4 million for water and sewerage reform.
Urban Renewal and Heritage

$21.4 million is allocated in 2008-09 for urban renewal and heritage, including:

  • $12 million to establish the Urban Renewal and Heritage Fund;
  • $4 million to develop recreation and bike track networks;
  • $3 million for north-west cities and towns.
Police and Criminal Justice
  • $28.4 million to redevelop Risdon Prison;
  • $18.9 million to redevelop three police stations.