YNOT Overview of the State Government Budget for 2014-15
This document is intended as a summary and does not provide analysis.
YNOT attended the community lock-up before the release of the 2014-2015 State Government Budget, on Thursday 28 August.
As this was the Liberal Government’s first Budget, much of the focus was on delivering pre-election commitments. The most significant changes noted are the redistribution of funding for education and substantial cuts to the Public Service.
Although there were no announcements that were completely unexpected, there were notable cuts to existing programs. However funding that was promised prior to the election was confirmed for many valuable programs.
YNOT notes that the Tasmanian Budget does not include any measures to address the shortfall in services and income support for young people that will occur if the Federal Government passes their proposed Budget.
Also, savings measures over the forward estimates indicate that both the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) will undertake reviews. The Budget documents indicate that DHHS will review their funding for non-direct services, and DPAC will review their grant funding, which is of concern to the community sector organisations that are funded by these Departments.
YNOT will contribute suggested questions to the Shadow Minister for Human Services, ahead of the upcoming Estimates Committee Hearings.