Sydney Times





Families across NSW will be better off under a re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government’s long-term economic plan, which will deliver immediate relief for families while setting them up for success in the future.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said only the Liberal and Nationals will keep NSW moving forward by easing pressure on household budgets now as well as investing in the future of our children through policies such as universal pre-Kindergarten and the Kids Future Fund.

“Our strong plan provides both immediate relief for families experiencing household budget pressures and also sets up our children for a more affordable and secure future,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We recognise that families are feeling the pinch right now from higher inflation and interest rate rises. That’s why the Liberal and Nationals Government has a comprehensive plan to support families through these current economic headwinds.

“Immediate support, such as reducing the Opal card cap, toll relief and our $250 Energy Bill Saver, will help ease pressure on family budgets.

“We will also invest in initiatives like universal pre-Kindergarten, which will give every single child access to five days of free, high-quality learning in the year before they start school, as well as  more access to affordable childcare and the Kids Future Fund to secure a brighter future for families across our state.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the Liberal and Nationals Government will make childcare services more accessible and more affordable for families.

“Labor has no vision for the future of our state, and without an economic plan or experience, a vote for Labor will take our economy and your family’s finances backwards,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Under a Liberals and Nationals Government families have certainty. Chris Minns needs to come clean to parents about what their children will miss out on under Labor. From tutoring to new teachers, all are facing cuts under a Chris Minns government because of their wages black hole.”

The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s plan to support families includes:

  • NSW Kids Future Fund – delivering the most significant investment in financial security in NSW history, with children to have access to a fund worth up to $49,000 to assist with the costs of education and home ownership once they reach adulthood. Labor are opposed to this game-changing plan.
  • Universal pre-Kindergarten – delivering the $5.8 billion plan for a full year of free preschool for all students in the year before primary school. Under a re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government, we will accelerate the build of 500 preschools on public school sites, creating 50,000 new preschool places in the next four years.
  • Affordable Preschool fee relief – investing $1.3 billion, saving families up to $4,220 this year alone.
  • Childcare and Economic Opportunity Fund – investing $5 billion to expand access to high quality, affordable childcare across the state.
  • First Home Buyer Choice – giving first home buyers the choice to pay up-front stamp duty or a smaller annual fee for properties up to $1.5 million and any subsequent purchases.
  • Energy Bill Saver – delivering $250 in household energy bill relief. Chris Minns has said he will cut this assistance for around 1.5 million households.
  • Opal cap reduction – reducing the Opal cap by 20 per cent to $40 per week for adults and $20 for concession holders, delivering cost of living relief and easing pressure on family budgets.
  • Toll relief – up to $750 per year off toll bills to ease pressure on household budgets.
  • Voucher swap – enabling families to use their Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers interchangeably from Term 2, letting kids do more of what they love.
  • Infrastructure investment – $260 million to commence work on completing the Metro in Western Sydney, $1.2 billion in new health infrastructure and $1.2 billion in new education infrastructure commitments over four years.

These commitments are in addition to the Liberal and Nationals Government’s efforts to make services easier and more accessible for families, including through our pharmacy reforms, establishment of 25 Urgent Care Services and trials to extend the school day, ensuring families receive quality and convenient services where and when they need it.

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