The Coalition's Policy for a Safer Communities Fund

Key Commitments

The Coalition has no higher responsibility than keeping Australia safe and secure.

We have a responsible, long-term plan for Australia’s national security.

The Coalition has delivered significant commitments to ensure a safe and secure Australia, including a $2.5 billion boost to our law enforcement and security agencies. We have also passed a range of new laws to give our police and security agencies the powers they need to help keep the community safe.

Operation Sovereign Borders stopped the boats, ended the deaths at sea, and re-introduced temporary protection visas.

Operation Sovereign Borders resulted in the release of all children stuck in detention by Labor and saved Australian taxpayers $3 billion.

We invested over $1 billion to strengthen Australia’s borders, while streamlining the border experience for legitimate travellers.

We established the Australian Border Force, increased funding for border integrity to enhance passenger screening and automation, and strengthened Australia’s visa regime.

We have a strong record when it comes to ensuring Australia’s borders are safe and secure.

The Coalition will make our streets and communities safer by establishing a $40 million Safer Communities Fund to boost efforts of local communities to reduce violence and improve safety.

The $40 million Safer Communities Fund will:

  • boost the efforts of identified local Councils and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour by funding crime prevention initiatives (such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting)
  • protect schools, pre-schools and community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance

Our Plan for a Safer Communities Fund

The Coalition will ensure a safe and secure Australia.

Our top priority will always be to keep citizens and communities safe.

The Coalition will continue to ensure a safe and secure Australia by establishing a $40 million Safer Communities Fund.

The $40 million Safer Communities Fund will:

  • boost the efforts of identified local Councils and community organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour by funding crime prevention initiatives (such as fixed and mobile CCTV and lighting)
  • protect schools, pre-schools and community organisations that are facing security risks associated with racial or religious intolerance

The Coalition has a strong track record when it comes to protecting community safety.

We committed $50 million in Safer Streets Programme funding to assist local communities to implement strategies to enhance community safety and security, both in real terms by reducing street crime, violence and antisocial behaviour and through increased perception of safety in the community.

We also committed $18 million to deliver the Schools Security Programme, which provided funding for security infrastructure and guards for schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence caused by racial or religious intolerance.

We have a strong record when it comes to ensuring Australia’s borders are safe and secure.

Since August 2014, the Coalition has delivered significant commitments to ensure a safe and secure Australia, including a $2.5 billion boost to our law enforcement and security agencies. We have also passed a range of new laws to give our police and security agencies the powers they need to help keep the community safe.

We have a strong record when it comes to ensuring Australia’s borders are safe and secure.

Operation Sovereign Borders stopped the boats, ended the deaths at sea, and re-introduced temporary protection visas. Operation Sovereign Borders resulted in the release of all children stuck in detention by Labor and saved Australian taxpayers $3 billion.

We established the Australian Border Force, increased funding for border integrity to enhance passenger screening and automation, and strengthen Australia’s visa regime.

Our Safer Communities Fund will make our streets and communities safer and will boost efforts of local communities to reduce violence and improve safety.

The Choice

The Coalition understands that only safe communities can be strong and prosperous and that the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.

That is why we committed $50 million over three years in Safer Streets Programme to assist local communities to implement strategies to enhance community safety and security.

Our $50 million commitment came from unlocking the proceeds of crime account that the previous Labor Government froze to prop up its budget bottom line. If Labor was still in Government, there would have been $112 million frozen in the account by 2017-18. Under the Coalition, proceeds of crime are being invested as they should be – in local communities to prevent crime.

Since August 2014, the Coalition has boosted counter-terrorism funding for our law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies by $2.5 billion.

We have also passed a range of laws to strengthen the ability of our agencies to combat terrorism including:

  • the retention of metadata which is essential for counter terrorism investigations
  • laws that deal with people who travel overseas to fight with terrorist organisations
  • laws which allow our agencies to intervene early in terrorism investigations to prioritise the safety of the community

Labor’s approach did nothing to improve Australia’s national security.

Labor ignored urgent requests from our agencies for a data retention law. Labor then did their best to frustrate the Coalition’s efforts to pass one.

Labor also slashed over $700 million from the Customs and Border Protection Service budget, while losing control of our borders.

Labor cut $128 million from the Australian Federal Police and $30 million from the Australian Crime Commission.

Labor in government ripped $18 billion out of Defence and cut defence spending, as a share of GDP, to the lowest level since 1938.

In 2012-13 the Labor’s 10.5 per cent cut to Defence was the largest single cut since the Korean War.

Only the Coalition can be trusted to keep our communities and borders safe.

Costs

The Coalition will invest $40 million in our Safer Communities Fund, which will make our streets and communities safer and will boost efforts of local communities to reduce violence and improve safety.

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