Budget Boosts Services, Jobs, Digital Agenda
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet today announced $2.4 billion in funding in the 2016-17 State Budget to further expand and improve frontline services, boost job creation, and drive the Government’s innovative digital services agenda, while focusing on more efficient use of public assets.
“This Budget shows the NSW Government is committed to making smarter use of taxpayer resources, while investing jobs, growth and the best quality services for the people of NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.
“It is a Budget that puts citizens and businesses front and centre, investing in the customer-focused services and technology tools that make NSW the leading state for digital innovation.
“We are also investing in Government agencies that work smarter to deliver savings to taxpayers, with a focus on better use of property assets, and the transformation of Public Works projected to save more than $62 million over the forward estimates.”
Major investments include:
· $415 million to Service NSW to further expand access to services through the Service NSW regional and metropolitan network, as well as deliver major digital initiatives, including $12.3 million for NSW’s world-leading digital licence program
· $344 million for the Office of State Revenue to support the Jobs Action Plan payroll tax rebate and Small Business Employment Incentive Scheme
· $217 million to Land and Property Information to deliver land title registration, property information, valuation, surveying and mapping services across NSW
· $119 million for a transformed Public Works unit to deliver expert advice and services to ensure more efficient, effective outcomes in the strategic commissioning, design and delivery of infrastructure and environmental projects
· $105 million to Property NSW to provide smart property solutions across government, including strategic asset recycling initiatives, improved property utilization, restoration and maintenance, precinct management, and government accommodation
· $65 million to NSW Telco Authority for the Critical Communications Enhancement Program to deliver a safer, smarter communications network for the state’s emergency, law enforcement, public safety and essential services agencies
· $35 million to bolster State Records’ capacity to safeguard and showcase the state’s archives and records, including the urgent digitisation of at-risk records