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ACT Budget 2014-15: At a glance

The highlights of the ACT budget 2014/15.

ECONOMY

  • Huge $333 million deficit in 2014-15.
  • Surplus eventually expected in 2017-18.
  • ACT economy to expand by 1.75 per cent next financial year.
  • Sluggish employment growth: drops from 0.75 per cent to 0.5 per cent.
  • Wages tipped to rise marginally faster than inflation: 2.5 per cent compared with 2.25 per cent.

FEES & CHARGES

  • Eight more parking inspectors to bring in almost $3 million a year in revenue.
  • Extra emergency services levy on commercial properties worth more than $2 million.
  • Most government fees to rise, including driver's licences and car registration.
  • New $34 lifetime care and support levy to cover catastrophic road injuries.

CAPITAL WORKS

  • Record investment in infrastructure: $2.5 billion over four years.
  • About 30 per cent of this - $735 million - to be spent in 2014-15 to ward off effects of federal spending cuts.

HEALTH

  • 36 new hospital beds; extra nursing and other health staff.
  • Funding for 500 extra elective surgeries to cut waiting lists.
  • 25-bed secure mental health unit at Symonston.
  • Funding for walk-in medical centre in Belconnen.
  • Expansion of community mental-health services.

EDUCATION

  • New CIT campus in Tuggeranong
  • $82 million to improve infrastructure in public schools and $59 for private schools
  • The new Coombs School to be open in 2017.
  • Upgrades for childcare centres in Chisholm and Kambah

PUBLIC SERVICE

  • ACT Public Service staffing levels "won't fall below 2013-14 levels".
  • Government to employ an extra 142 full-time staff in the coming year, almost all in health.
  • Another public service overhaul on the cards: systematic reviews of directorates to cut waste and duplication.
  • A personalised online system, iConnect, to improve how Canberrans communicate with government.

LIGHT RAIL

  • $21.3 million to get Capital Metro project "investment ready".
  • Government to seek expressions of interest to build and run to network in the coming year.
  • Construction to begin in 2016.Capital Metro Agency to have 42 staff in 2014-15.

TRANSPORT

  • Weekend bus services to Molongolo, Harrison, Casey and West Macgregor.
  • Upgrade for the intersection of William Slim Drive and the Barton Highway.
  • Extra funds to link the new Majura Parkway to airport shops, including Ikea.

JUSTICE

  • Supreme Court to be redeveloped via a public-private partnership.
  • Funding to expand the prison and upgrade its security systems.
  • Extra money to reduce the case backlog at the Supreme Court.
  • $21 million to start work on a joint fire and ambulance station at Aranda.

SPORT

  • $2.4 million for three Cricket World Cup matches at Manuka Oval in 2015.
  • Upgrade of Lyneham tennis courts so ACT can host professional tournaments.
  • Funds to design a water play park in Tuggeranong.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Extra $15 million to maintain parks.
  • Expansion of Gungaderra grasslands and Mulangarri nature reserves to help save the golden sun moth and the striped legless lizard.
  • Funding to cull kangaroos and rabbits.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

  • Extra money for out-of-home care for families with children with a disability.
  • Bridging funding for organisations before the national disability insurance scheme comes into place.
  • New respite home for children with a disability.