The WA Government’s 2020-21 State Budget is focused on leading the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to keep Western Australians safe and strong.
The 2020-21 State Budget fully funds the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan announced in July, includes a record $27.1 billion investment in infrastructure over the next four years to support the economic recovery and create a pipeline of WA jobs, and also includes investments in new initiatives, such as:
- a one-off $600 Household Electricity Credit to Western Australian households, providing a significant stimulus to the local economy
- $201 million to provide essential services in remote Aboriginal communities, including repairs and maintenance for Aboriginal housing, tenancy support and delivery of essential services
- $170.5 million for the Perth City Deal with the Federal Government
- $7.5 billion investment in infrastructure in regional WA, supporting WA jobs
Community safety initiatives are also a priority. The following will be invested in as part of the 2020-21 State Budget:
- $314 million to recruit an additional 800 police officers and flow-on resourcing to the criminal justice system – and will result in a stronger and more visible police presence on our streets
- $6.6 million towards a line scanner and aircraft to enhance aerial intelligence and capability for WA’s fire and emergency services
- $5.5 million for more District Court resourcing following increased lodgements/cases
- $9 million to implement the Family Violence Reform Legislation to protect survivors of family and domestic violence
- $6.8 million to continue the Aboriginal Community Connectors program, which provides safe transport options, connects vulnerable people with culturally responsive support and provides local employment opportunities
- $2.4 million to establish a dedicated mental health unit at Bandyup Women’s Prison.
For more information about the 2020-21 State Budget, see the Treasury website.