To build a stronger future for South Australia, our Plan will deliver a strong and growing economy.
The Coalition will create 1.3 million more jobs across Australia over the next five years, including 450,000 in regional Australia.
Our Plan for SA will help achieve this through tax relief for workers and small businesses, investment in major road infrastructure projects and support for industries that will be critical to SA’s future like defence, manufacturing, space, medical technologies, agriculture and low emissions technologies such as hydrogen.
A strong economy means we can continue record investments in essential services in SA, including record funding for hospitals and cheaper medicines. It means we can invest in stronger defence, security and borders, including naval shipbuilding at Osborne.
Our economic plan has already helped the SA economy overcome the biggest economic shock since the Great Depression, with unemployment in the state falling to 4.9 per cent.
Despite these uncertain global times, Australia is one of a small number of countries to maintain a AAA credit rating from all three major ratings agencies – an endorsement of our economic plan.
In SA, we’ve delivered lower taxes to over 257,000 small businesses and more than 760,000 individuals, invested more than $13.7 billion in infrastructure projects since 2013 such as the North South Corridor, Port Wakefield Overpass, Sturt Highway improvements and the Portrush Road - Magill Road intersection, and provided record levels of funding for SA hospitals and schools. But there is much more to be done.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to build a stronger SA economy by:
- Providing lower taxes and cost of living relief for SA families and retirees, with around 716,000 South Australians to receive further tax relief of up to $1,500 this year, a $250 cost of living payment for those most in need and a 22 cents per litre cut in fuel costs for six months. We are also expanding eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and freezing deeming rates for two years for almost 77,000 South Australians, including 40,000 pensioners.
- Delivering lower taxes to boost business investment for more than 257,000 SA businesses and helping small businesses improve energy efficiency and reduce power bills.
- Investing a further $2.8 billion in SA’s road and rail infrastructure pipeline – supporting around 2,000 direct and indirect jobs and bringing total funding since 2013 to over $13.7 billion.
- Boosting regional SA industry on the Eyre Peninsula, upper Spencer Gulf and Moomba with a $218 million investment in five energy and low emissions technology projects across these regions, including a hydrogen hub at Port Bonython, creating over 5,900 jobs.
- Helping more South Australians buy their first home by allowing them to use up to 40 per cent of their superannuation to get into the property market, and removing barriers for Australians downsizing to residences that better suit their needs and lifestyle, and helping to free up larger homes for younger families.
- Growing SA’s manufacturing, science and technology industries, including a $50-million Trailblazer University for the University of Adelaide to commercialise defence technologies.
- Continuing to make SA the “Space State”, building on our record of establishing the Australian Space Agency, Space Discovery Centre and Mission Control in Adelaide.
- Growing SA’s resources sector, including through the Exploring for the Future program.
- Backing the growth of SA’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries.
- Continuing to invest in mobile blackspots and broadband upgrades.
A strong economy will allow us to keep guaranteeing essential services:
- $77 million to establish a Comprehensive Cancer Centre in SA.
- Record funding for the SA health system: hospitals, medicines (including a $10 cut to the price of PBS-listed medications), Medicare, aged care, boosting the rural health workforce, more access to MRI machines in regional areas, an expansion of mental health services, continuing the Early Psychosis Youth Services program and investing in new endometriosis clinics.
- Record funding for SA schools and expanding apprenticeship wage subsidies.
- Supporting the protection and restoration of SA’s environment, including remaining committed to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and investing in offshore shellfish reefs.
A strong economy will also enable us to keep investing to keep South Australians safe:
- Investing in continuous naval shipbuilding at Osborne – including the build of nuclear-powered submarines – with our SA shipbuilding program to support 5,000 jobs by 2030.
- Record funding for defence – with funding restored above 2 per cent of GDP, and strong border policies to disrupt people smuggling and prevent illegal maritime arrivals.
- Keeping South Australians safe in their homes and local communities, including online safety reforms and funding for local crime prevention and domestic violence prevention.
In stark contrast, Labor has no economic plan for South Australia.
Over the last 30 years, Labor governments have, on average, delivered higher unemployment, higher interest rates and higher electricity prices. Electricity prices doubled when federal Labor was last in power.
Labor leader Albanese was a strong supporter of the mining tax and the carbon tax. He has argued for higher taxes on retirees, housing, families and inheritances.
Labor’s economic and budget mismanagement means the essential services SA relies on, such as health, education and aged care, would be put at risk. When they were last in power, Labor stopped listing cheaper medicines on the PBS and didn’t commission a single new naval vessel from an Australian shipyard – because they can’t manage money.
In uncertain times, SA can’t risk federal Labor under Albanese.
1. Lower taxes and cost-of-living relief for families and retirees
The pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and extreme weather events are putting upward pressure on the cost of goods in Australia. This is having a direct impact on family budgets.
The Morrison Government is committed to additional tax and cost-of-living relief that will help SA families and retirees pay their bills, buy their groceries and fill up their car.
These measures build on our substantial cost-of-living action to date, including tax cuts benefiting more than 760,000 SA workers and child care reforms that have reduced average hourly out-of-pocket costs in SA by 11 per cent since 2018.
A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver lower taxes and cost-of-living relief for SA families and retirees through:
- Tax relief for low and middle income earners. Around 716,000 South Australians will benefit from further tax relief of up to $1,500 this year, with the $1,080 low and middle income tax offset plus a new one-off $420 cost of living tax offset.
- Cost-of-living payments. The Coalition Government is delivering a one-off cost-of-living payment of $250 for Australians most in need. In SA, these payments will go to around:
- 216,000 pensioners.
- 30,000 Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders.
- 23,000 carers.
- 66,000 disability support recipients.
- 78,000 jobseekers.
- Cheaper fuel. SA motorists will save at least 22 cents a litre every time they fill up their car for the next six months, with a temporary halving of the fuel excise rate. This could mean a saving of $30 a week for a family with two cars, or $700 over six months.
- Child care. The removal of the annual cap on the Child Care Subsidy and increased subsidies for second and subsequent children will benefit an estimated 17,000 SA families in 2022-23.
- Cheaper medicines. We’ve made 960 new or amended medicine listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme since 2019 and more than 2,900 since 2013. We will cut the price of medications listed on the PBS from January 1 next year by $10 per script, building on our significant reductions to the PBS safety net from 1 July 2022 for concession card holders.
- Lower tax guarantee. $100 billion in tax relief to workers over the next four years and no new taxes on Australian workers, retirees, superannuation, small businesses, housing or electricity.
- Seniors Health Card. To help ease cost-of-living pressures on senior Australians, we are expanding eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. From 1 July 2022, the income test threshold for singles will be increased to $90,000 (up from $57,761) and for couples to $144,000 (up from $92,416). This change will support an extra 50,000 older Australians. At the Commonwealth level, all card holders are eligible for cheaper medications and health care. At the SA state level, if you have a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card you may also be eligible for concessions such as a cost of living concession, the Home Owners Emergency Services Levy and help with the cost of energy bills.
- Freezing deeming rates. Our plan to freeze deeming rates at current rates for two years will benefit almost 77,000 South Australians, including over 40,000 age pensioners. It will provide certainty of income support payments to ensure Australians with cash assets who rely on social security can maintain their quality of life and minimise cost of living pressures.
- Cheaper electricity. SA households will always pay less for electricity under the Coalition. Household electricity prices have already fallen by around 10 per cent under the Morrison Government, compared to doubling when Labor was last in power. We will continue investing in more reliable and affordable power, including through new energy infrastructure.
2. Lower taxes for small businesses
The Coalition will grow small businesses and create more jobs in SA with tax relief to support business investment.
More than 257,000 SA small businesses are already benefiting from our existing tax relief measures. These include around 55,000 small companies that have received a permanent reduction in the company tax rate, from 30 per cent under Labor to 25 per cent under the Coalition Government.
- Technology Investment Boost. More than 257,000 SA businesses will be encouraged to go digital with access to our new bonus 20 per cent deduction on expenses and depreciating assets such as computers, online sales platforms, accounting software, cyber security and cloud computing. The boost applies from Budget night until 30 June 2023, for expenses up to $100,000 per year.
- Skills and Training Boost. To help with the costs of training and upskilling their employees, at least 38,400 SA small businesses will have access to a new 20 per cent bonus deduction for eligible external training courses. The boost applies from Budget night until 30 June 2024, and is uncapped.
- Extending the instant asset write-off. We will continue the instant asset write-off until 30 June 2023, supporting more than 257,000 SA businesses to write-off the full value of any eligible asset they purchase.
- Extension of loss carry back. Around 55,000 small SA companies can offset losses against previously taxed profits to generate a refund for a further year in 2022-23, supporting cash flow and confidence, more investment in the local economy and jobs.
- Lower Tax Guarantee: There will be no new taxes on Australian small businesses under a re-elected Coalition Government.
We will also support small businesses to save money by investing in energy efficiency and reducing their energy bills with a new $60 million Powering Business program. Powering Business will offer grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses, and up to $50,000 matched funding for medium businesses, to support energy efficient equipment upgrades.
3. Building better and safer SA roads
The Morrison Government is continuing to invest in projects that create jobs, drive economic growth, and keep commuters and freight safe and moving.
Our additional funding brings our Government’s total infrastructure investment in SA since 2013 to more than $13.7 billion across 95 road and rail infrastructure projects, with 39 projects having already been completed.
The projects we have funded stretch across the state – from the North South Corridor and Flinders Rail Link in Adelaide, to projects across rural and regional SA like the Port Wakefield Overpass, the Truro Bypass, duplication of the Joy Baluch AM Bridge in Port Augusta, Victor Harbor Road upgrades and supporting roadworks for the Thomas Foods facility at Murray Bridge as part of the Rural Roads Package.
Coalition-funded transport infrastructure currently under construction in SA will support around 3,000 jobs over the life of these projects, providing certainty and security for businesses and communities across the state.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to make record investments in SA’s infrastructure pipeline, with a further $2.8 billion committed to projects supporting more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs, including:
- $2.3 billion in additional funding for the North South Corridor - Torrens to Darlington, taking our total investment in the North South Corridor to over $6.8 billion.
- $200 million for Marion Road - Anzac Highway to Cross Road.
- $120 million for the Adelaide Hills Productivity and Road Safety Package.
- $60 million for the South East Freeway Managed Motorways - Stage 2.
- $60 million for the Targeted Investments to Improve National Supply Chain Resilience.
- $40 million in additional funding for Horrocks Highway Corridor.
- $20 million in additional funding for the Marion Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive intersection upgrade.
- $16 million for the Main South Road Productivity Package.
- $9.6 million in additional funding for the South Eastern Freeway Safety Upgrade.
This builds on our commitments to other projects we are rolling out, including:
- $259.8 million for the Rural Roads Package.
- $161.6 million for the Truro Bypass.
- $99.2 million for new overtaking lanes, rest area upgrades and priority intersection and pavement upgrades on the Princes Highway corridor.
4. Boosting industry in regional SA
Our Government has always prioritised strengthening economic and jobs growth in our regions.
SA’s regional areas have long been industrial powerhouses. Our investments will provide further support to boost local employment, secure major private investment and position SA as a low-emissions industrial leader.
A re-elected Coalition Government will invest $218 million in five energy and low-emissions projects across the Eyre Peninsula, upper Spencer Gulf and Moomba, which is expected to create over 5,900 direct (and many more indirect) jobs. This includes up to:
- $70 million for the Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub Activation, total project value of $146.5 million.
- $3 million for Santos Limited’s Moomba Clean Hydrogen Front End Engineering Design project, total project value of $13.1 million.
- $15 million for Santos Limited’s Lower Cost Carbon Capture Development and Demonstration Project (also in Moomba), total project value of $85 million.
- $110 million in concessional finance for Vast Solar’s 20MW concentrated solar thermal power demonstration project in Port Augusta.
- $20 million to Hallett Construction Materials, under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative, for a $109 million project to build an integrated green cement business across Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Adelaide facilities.
5. Growing SA’s manufacturing, science and tech industries
Our Modern Manufacturing Strategy is a key part of the Coalition’s plan for a strong economy and stronger future for SA.
SA has a long and proud history as a manufacturing powerhouse. Creating sovereign manufacturing capability and securing our supply chains will not only strengthen SA’s economy and create more jobs, but boost national resilience to global supply chain disruptions and security threats.
We are also supporting the growth of SA’s science and technology industries, which are driving additional high-skilled, high-paid jobs.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to back SA’s manufacturing, science and technology industries:
- Investing $50 million through our Trailblazer University Program for the University of Adelaide to work with 52 business partners to pioneer the commercialisation of new defence technologies, creating 1,000 jobs. The project will help harness cutting-edge defence research from our top universities to ensure our defence forces have access to the latest defence technologies. The goal is to develop 100 new defence products.
- Investing in new world-leading manufacturing projects delivering hundreds of new jobs including:
- $113 million for Australian Plant Proteins to develop industrial scale, end-to-end pulse protein ingredient manufacturing capabilities in Australia, partnering with Thomas Foods International and Australian Milling Group.
- $22 million for SAAB Defence for a Sovereign Combat System Collaboration Centre.
- $20 million for Noumeds Pharmaceuticals to locally manufacture tablets, liquids and creams.
- Investing $50 million in Nyrstar’s zinc operations, securing the future of 1,100 jobs in Port Pirie and 500 jobs at Nyrstar’s interlinked Tasmanian operations.
- Providing new opportunities for SA manufacturers through the more than $1 billion in additional funding we have committed to our $2.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy in the 2022-23 Budget.
- Implementing our Digital Economy Strategy to make Australia a top 10 data and digital economy by 2030, including the Technology Investment Boost for small businesses and our reforms to Employee Share Schemes to support the growth of innovative tech start-ups.
6. Building SA’s space sector
Our Government is aiming to triple the size of the Australian space sector to $12-billion – creating up to 20,000 new jobs – by 2030.
Our space agenda is centred in SA, where we have made Adelaide home to the Australian Space Agency, the Space Discovery Centre, the Mission Control Centre and the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre.
Our continuing investments will create even more opportunities for local space research, manufacturing and jobs.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to back the growth of SA’s space sector:
- Guaranteeing the Australian Space Agency’s headquarters will remain in Adelaide.
- Investing $20 million in Fleet Space Technologies to establish an Australian Space Manufacturing Hub to be located at the Australian Space Park at Adelaide Airport.
- Instructing the Australian Space Agency to embark on a mission to put an Australian astronaut back into space – a serious investment in local jobs, local technologies and local businesses.
- Investing $32 million in developing up to three new or existing spaceports or launch sites across Australia, and a further $32 million for the Australian Space Agency to procure and provide spaceflights and services for the Australian space sector.
- Investing $1.2 billion to establish a National Space Mission for Earth Observation, led by the Australian Space Agency, to design, build and operate four new satellites that will make Australia more self-sufficient.
7. Growing SA’s defence industries
SA is a major part of the Coalition’s commitment to grow sovereign defence capabilities and turbocharge our national naval shipbuilding. In doing so, we’re keeping Australians safe and our borders secure.
More than 11,000 jobs across the defence industry are supported by our defence investment in SA, and this is only set to grow under a re-elected Coalition Government.
Thousands of SA workers and businesses are benefiting from the construction and upgrading of at least 28 vessels at the Osborne Shipyard, which the Coalition Government upgraded with a $535 million investment. Over 5,000 SA jobs will be supported by 2030. Major shipbuilding projects in SA include:
- $45 billion to build nine next generation Hunter Class Frigates.
- $800 million to build two Arafura Class Offshore Patrol vessels, with both almost complete.
- Construction of at least eight nuclear propelled submarines in SA, creating thousands of jobs. Working with our AUKUS partners, the submarines will give our Navy unparalleled range and endurance to keep Australia safe.
- Up to $6.4 billion on continued full cycle docking and life-of-type extension of our six Collins class submarines.
- Up to $5.1 billion on upgrades to the combat management system of our three Hobart class air warfare destroyers.
SA is also home to our National Naval Shipbuilding College, and engineering students from SA have been benefiting from our Defence Industry Internship Program.
The Centre for Joint Integration at Mawson Lakes is delivering the $1.5 billion Short Range Air Defence capability, including the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System and world-leading CEA phased array radar.
At the Woomera Range Complex in SA’s north, the ADF’s cutting edge MQ-28 Ghost Bat (Loyal Wingman) uncrewed combat aircraft will continue to be tested and evaluated.
The Morrison Government’s Force Structure Plan 2020 included around $2.6 billion of investment over the next decade in upgrading and redeveloping SA Defence facilities including:
- Edinburgh Defence Precinct.
- Keswick Barracks.
- Woomera Range Complex.
- Cultana Training Area.
- Port Wakefield Proof and Experimental Establishment.
In SA, 128 small and medium businesses have already shared more than $45 million of work to support Defence facilities this financial year. This includes six Indigenous businesses, sharing more than $18 million of work.
Over the next financial year, a re-elected Coalition Government will invest $106 million in the SA Defence Forward Works Program, supporting more than 200 jobs.
A re-elected Coalition Government will grow SA’s defence industries through:
- Continuing to invest more than 2 per cent of GDP in Defence to keep our nation safe.
- Continuing our commitment to the continuous building of major naval vessels at the Osborne Shipyard, as part of our historic national naval shipbuilding program, including constructing nuclear powered submarines.
- Further upgrades of the Osborne Shipyard to ensure it can support the building of major vessels.
- Continuing to invest in the upgrade and maintenance of Defence facilities in South Australia, maximising local SA business and tradie engagement under our Defence Policy for Industry Participation.
- Extending our Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants Program and the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Program. This is enabling South Australian SMEs to invest in their defence industry capability and workforce skills.
- Extending the Defence Industry Internship Program to ensure more defence industry work experience for SA engineering students.
8. Growing SA’s resources sector
Australia’s resources sector has helped power our economy, including during the pandemic.
The sector contributes around 10 per cent of GDP, and more than 60 per cent of exports. It directly employs around 280,000 people and indirectly supports the jobs of 1.1 million Australians, as well as many SA communities and businesses.
The Morrison Government has created the conditions for the resources sector to invest and grow jobs: stable tax settings, less red tape and targeted support for skills and apprenticeships, research and development, critical minerals and resource processing and manufacturing.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to back SA’s resources sector:
- Supporting exploration to build the pipeline of future resources projects, including investing in the Exploring for the Future program, which is undertaking geological research in eastern and north-western SA. We’re also continuing to deliver $100-million under the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive, which has helped 85 mining exploration companies to raise $342 million.
- Continuing to streamline environmental and planning approvals processes to reduce green tape while maintaining high environmental standards, including improving environmental assessment processing times.
- Supporting SA to move into exploration, extraction, production and processing of critical minerals and rare earths through our $2 billion Critical Minerals Facility, a $400-million Critical Minerals Accelerator Initiative and $50 million in research and development support. This includes delivering a $185 million loan to Renascor Resources Ltd under the Critical Minerals Facility to support its proposed graphite mine on the Eyre Peninsula and processing capacity to supply the electric vehicle industry.
- Making Australia a more attractive destination for resource investment and creating more high-wage jobs by introducing legislation to increase the maximum duration of greenfields agreements from four to six years.
- Maintaining a business environment that supports mining investment and jobs in new resources and energy projects through stable tax settings. Includes guaranteeing no mining tax, no carbon tax and no adverse change in fuel tax credit arrangements.
9. Supporting more South Australians into home ownership
The great Australian dream has always been to own your own home. The Morrison Government is committed to this goal with a range of support to make it easier to purchase a home of your own.
Over the last three years, the Morrison Government’s housing policies have supported more than 300,000 Australians into home ownership.
A re-elected Morrison Government will give first home buyers the ability to harness their superannuation to get into the property market. By 1 July 2023, the Super Home Buyer Scheme will allow first home buyers to invest up to $50,000 or up to 40 per cent of their superannuation (whichever is less) to help with the purchase of their first home.
It will mean Australians can buy their first home sooner by slashing the time taken to save a deposit.
Allowing your super to work for you to purchase your first home and then being returned to your super at a later date achieves the best of both worlds - home ownership and retirement security.
A re-elected Coalition Government will also provide up to 1.3 million more empty nesters the ability to access incentives to downsize their house. We will give Australians over the age of 55 the ability to invest up to $300,000, per person, in their superannuation fund outside of the existing contribution caps, from the proceeds of downsizing from their primary residence.
Pensioners who downsize their home will also be given greater flexibility by exempting the proceeds of the sale of the property from the assets test for longer.
By removing barriers for Australians downsizing to residences that better suit their needs and lifestyle, we are helping to free up larger homes for younger families.
We’re also more than doubling the size of our successful Home Guarantee Scheme.
The Home Guarantee Scheme ensures part of an eligible buyer's home loan is guaranteed by the Government, enabling Australians to buy a home sooner with a smaller deposit and without needing to pay lenders mortgage insurance.
Thousands of South Australians are already in their homes because of the scheme, and around 14,000 SA applications have been made for our HomeBuilder grants to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing one.
A re-elected Morrison Government will:
- Establish the Super Home Buyer Scheme to allow first home buyers to invest up to 40 per cent of their superannuation, up to a maximum of $50,000, to help with the purchase of their first home.
- Expand support for first home buyers by more than tripling the number of low-deposit guarantees to buy a home (with as little as 5 per cent deposit) to 35,000 guarantees each financial year. From 1 July 2022, we will also increase the cap for properties to $600,000 in Adelaide and $450,000 for the rest of SA.
- Expand home ownership opportunities for single parent families by increasing the number of low-deposit guarantees for single parent families to buy a home (with a deposit of as little as 2 per cent) to 5,000 each financial year.
- Establish the Regional Home Guarantee to incentivise the purchase or construction of homes in regional areas by providing 10,000 low-deposit guarantees with a deposit as low as 5 per cent each financial year for those moving to, or within, regional areas, including non-first home buyers and permanent residents commencing 1 October 2022.
- Support greater investment into affordable housing with an additional $2 billion in low-cost financing for social and affordable dwellings. This brings total low-cost financing to $5.5 billion, supporting around 27,500 dwellings.
- Give Australians over the age of 55 the ability to invest up to $300,000, per person, in their superannuation fund outside of the existing contribution caps, from the proceeds of selling their primary residence.
- Double the Assets Test Exemption (from 1 January 2023) to two years when pensioners downsize from their family home, giving them more time to plan for their future.
10. Backing SA’s primary industries
Primary industries have always played an important role in SA’s economy, including rich agricultural regions like the Yorke Peninsula, world-renowned wine regions, the Riverland fruit bowl, the south-east forestry sector and thriving fishing and aquaculture centres such as Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay.
The Morrison Government will ensure they continue to grow and create more jobs.
We have backed the Australian agricultural sector’s goal to grow to $100 billion by 2030. Only the Coalition has a plan to help the industry get there, and SA’s primary industries will play a major role.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to back SA’s primary industries:
- Boosting agricultural trade opportunities via our new free trade agreements with the UK and India, and reducing the cost and time of exporting for SA food and fibre industries with a further $187.1 million for a world-class cross-border trade system.
- Ensuring SA has access to the agricultural workforce it needs by continuing to deliver the Australian Agriculture Visa.
- Bringing young Australians back to farming by piloting an 18-month, $75 million Future Farmer Guarantee Scheme that supports farmers into first-time ownership. Under the scheme, the Government will guarantee 40 per cent of an eligible new farmer’s commercial loan up to a maximum of $1 million.
- Continue re-building the South Australian Dog Fence, through our $10 million commitment towards the $25 million project replacing 1,600 kilometres of fence to protect the sheep industry from predation by wild dogs.
- Supporting management of feral animals and weeds including through funding for a National Feral Deer Management Coordinator based in South Australia and on-ground projects as part of our $49.1 million Supporting Communities Manage Pest Animals and Weeds Program.
- Supporting the delivery of new domestic and export market opportunities for wine, seafood and forestry through grants under the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation program.
- Backing SA’s world class wine industry through our ongoing $10 million per year Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants that support producers who add value by encouraging more visitors.
- Delivering $14.6 million in Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Grants to help primary producers in the Riverland and Adelaide Hills fund the purchase and installation of new netting or the replacement of damaged netting over horticulture crops.
- Delivering an additional $100 million as part of our Regional Accelerator Program for the Export Market Development Grant program to help our rural small and medium-sized exporters promote our goods in new markets.
- Delivering $94.5 million of new programs from the 2022-23 Budget through the $5-billion Future Drought Fund including $40 million for long-term trials to test new drought resilient practices $14.3 million for extension activities that help farmers take up drought resilient practices.
- Supporting the growth of the south-east forestry sector by establishing an Australia-wide National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, a $112.9 million Wood Processing Innovation Program and a new $86.2 million Plantation Establishment Program. This builds on our funding for the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub, which is headquartered in Mount Gambier.
- Supporting South Australian timber mills and housing industry with a $15.1 million program to support transportation of bushfire-salvaged softwood from Kangaroo Island to timber mills to process into structural timber.
- Supporting our horticulture industries with $30 million to better manage fruit fly pests, including building infrastructure in South Australia to support our exporters.
- Backing recreational fishers with an additional $20 million for the successful Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program. This will support more than 100 new projects across Australia’s coastal and regional communities to improve boat ramps, jetties, cleaning stations, disability-accessible toilet blocks and campground facilities.
11. Addressing mobile blackspots and improving broadband
The Coalition believes all Australians deserve access to fast and reliable telecommunications, regardless of where they live.
The global pandemic, a growing digital economy and natural disasters have underscored the importance of high-quality telecommunication services in regional and remote Australia.
That is why the Coalition has a clear plan to continue prioritising connectivity in SA.
A re-elected Coalition Government will:
- Roll out the $811.8 million Connecting Regional Australia initiative to improve regional connectivity and address mobile blackspots on up to 8,000 km of regional roads and adjacent premises, businesses and tourist hotspots nationwide. This includes outer urban areas, with often similar connectivity issues to our regions. We’re building on our investment in 85 mobile towers in SA so far (with 72 complete). The previous Labor government did not deliver a single tower in the state.
- Upgrade NBN's Fixed Wireless and Satellite networks with a $480 million investmentbenefiting over 100,000 SA households and businesses in regional areas. We’re increasing fixed wireless coverage and speed, with bigger data limits for satellite users.
- Continue upgrades of NBN’s fixed line network. This is a $4.5 billion plan to provide on-demand upgrades from Fibre to the Node to Fibre to the Premises for identified suburbs across the country by 2023. Once complete, around 8 million premises nationwide will be able to access ultra-fast broadband of up to 1 Gbps.
12. Guaranteeing essential health and aged care services
The Coalition is investing in a world-class health system and improving access to affordable, quality health care for South Australians.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to make record investments in SA’s health and aged care services, including:
- $77 million to establish a Comprehensive Cancer Centre in South Australia which will dramatically improve treatment and care for South Australian cancer patients and support the state’s fast-growing cancer research, education and clinical care capability and capacity. This builds on our $68 million for the establishment of Australia’s first Proton Beam Therapy facility at the SA Health and Medical Research Institute.
- Record support for SA hospitals. Commonwealth funding to SA hospitals is up from $1-billion in 2012–13 under Labor to around $1.7 billion in 2022–23. Our investment will grow to about $2 billion in 2025–26.
- Cheaper medicines. Our Government has made 960 new or amended listings on the PBS since 2019, and over 2,900 since 2013. We will continue our policy to list all medicines recommended by the medical experts, unlike Labor which stopped listing medicines in 2011 because they couldn't manage money.
We will also cut the price of medications listed on the PBS from January 1 next year, as part of an annual $150 million saving for Australians. The $10 cut per script means the maximum price Australians will pay for PBS medicines drops from $42.50 to $32.50, a 24 per cent saving. This builds on significant reductions to the PBS safety net from 1 July 2022 for concession card holders.
- Guaranteeing Medicare. Under our Government, Medicare funding to SA has increased from $1.3 billion in 2012-13 under Labor to $1.9 billion in 2020-21. We’ve also introduced permanent and universal telehealth.
- Better aged care. We’re continuing to roll out our $19.1 billion investment in once-in-a-generation reforms to aged care. We’re putting senior Australians first by improving quality, safety and choice.
- More than $127 million is being jointly invested by the Commonwealth and SA governments to expand mental health care and suicide prevention services in SA. This includes establishing a network of Adult Mental Health Centres (Head to Health) in Northern Adelaide and Mount Barker, a new headspace centre, enhancing existing headspace centres and a new Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre.
- Investing $12.6 million to establish a new mental health and wellbeing centre for children in Bedford Park, and $13.7 million for new aftercare services, postvention services and a Distress Brief Intervention Trial Program to prevent and reduce suicidal behaviour.
- Continuing the Early Psychosis Youth Services (EPYS) mental health program in Adelaide to ensure continuity of care for vulnerable Australians experiencing, or at risk of, psychosis.
- A record $58 million under the National Action Plan for Endometriosis to improve endometriosis diagnosis and primary care support, helping more women to find appropriate care and better manage the impact of endometriosis. As part of the plan, new specialised endometriosis and pelvic pain clinics will be established in every state and territory to improve diagnosis, care and treatment to support over 800,000 Australian women who have the disease.
- Making it easier and more affordable to access Medicare-funded MRI scans outside of major cities. A $66 million investment will increase access to Medicare funded MRI scans in regional, rural and remote Australia from 1 November 2022.
- Investing more than $1 billion to boost rural health as part of our 10-year Stronger Rural Health Strategy, including an additional $146 million in new funding to boost the rural workforce. This new investment will inject more doctors, nurses and allied health professionals into regional and rural communities and improve treatment and care for patients.
- Life-saving devices for diabetics. Our Government is supporting a further 71,000 Australians with Type 1 Diabetes, including over 9,380 in SA, by investing over $270 million to cut the cost of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM). This means that every Australian diabetic will have access to a potentially life-saving CGM device, which could cost up to $5,000 a year without subsidy. From 1 July 2022, the maximum cost will be $32.50 a month.
13. Investing in education, skills and apprenticeships
With unemployment at record lows, we have an unparalleled opportunity to help more people off welfare and into work, and to deliver the skilled workers businesses need to grow the economy and create a stronger future.
The Morrison Government is committing even more funding to equip the SA workforce with the skills and training it needs, from new young workers to mid-career employees seeking out new opportunities. We are investing record funding in SA schools and improving school standards and teacher quality.
A re-elected Coalition Government will back South Australians to get the education and skills they need for the workforce of today and tomorrow:
- Continuing to provide record funding for SA schools, with funding having already increased from $1 billion in 2013 under Labor to $1.8 billion in 2022 under our Government, and increasing further to $2.3 billion in 2029.
- Introducing new wage subsidies for apprenticeships to support SA’s future tradies, plumbers, tilers and chefs. We will provide an additional $2.8 billion to extend the successful Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidies, along with introducing a new streamlined Australian Apprentices Incentives System.
- Helping disadvantaged youth into jobs by establishing ReBoot, a program aimed at building life and employment skills in disadvantaged young Australians. ReBoot will support young Australians aged 15-24 at high risk of becoming long-term unemployed, helping them get back on a pathway to employment by providing tailored early interventions. These may range from hands-on learning and mentoring to work experience and engagement with industry.
14. Protecting SA’s environment
The Coalition is committed to partnering with local communities to deliver a cleaner and healthier environment in SA.
This builds on our national efforts to protect threatened species, improve the health of the Murray-Darling, reduce emissions and increase recycling to protect our oceans.
A re-elected Coalition Government will:
- Remain committed to the delivery of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, continue to enable the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to deliver environmental water to SA and support the Inspector-General of Water Compliance as a cop on the beat to ensure compliance and enforcement with the Basin Plan. We’ve already delivered more than 2,100 billion litres of water that is being used for the environment. And we’ve committed over $1.3 billion to off-farm efficiency projects that will deliver further water savings without hurting Australia’s food production through buybacks.
- Protect SA’s oceans and marine life by continuing to roll out our waste-export bans and investing in recycling, including an additional $60 million to develop new state-of-the-art technologies to improve the reuse and recycling of plastics and a ReMade in Australia scheme to give consumers confidence about which products are remade in Australia.
- Invest in offshore shellfish reefs with a $2 million expansion of Glenelg Reef and an additional $2 million to establish a new reef off the coast of Kingston Park/Marino. Both projects will provide environmental and biodiversity benefits, along with attracting visitors to boost the local region and small businesses.
- Provide a further $5 million to continue River Torrens conservation efforts, building on the $2 million we have already invested.
15. Keeping South Australians safe
In this time of global uncertainty, keeping Australians safe is the Coalition’s highest priority.
We’re making record investments in defence, law enforcement agencies and strengthening our borders. We’re also helping to reduce local crime, domestic violence and online abuse.
Our Government’s record on keeping Australians safe is strong.
Labor’s record is cutting Defence spending. When last in government, Labor did not commission a single new naval vessel from an Australian shipyard.
We’re also doubling down on efforts to end gender-based violence and to protect Australia’s children. We’ve committed a record $2.5 billion to deliver the next National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032.
A re-elected Coalition Government will continue to keep South Australians safe:
- Record investment in Defence, with funding restored to over 2 per cent of GDP. We’re boosting the Defence workforce by 18,500 personnel by 2040.
- Maintaining our strong border policies that have stopped the boats, stopped the deaths at sea, removed the children from detention and disrupted the people-smuggling trade.
- Investing a further $1.3 billion to end violence against women and children, including in prevention, early intervention, response (including increased emergency accommodation) and recovery.
- Record investment in our law enforcement and security agencies, including an extra $1.3 billion for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. and boosting the Australian Federal Police’s annual budget to more than $1.7 billion.
- Continuing our world-leading efforts to keep Australians safe online, including new measures to ensure tech companies provide stronger parental controls on smartphones and tablet devices; $23 million to enhance eSafety in schools so they know how to help kids dealing with cyberbullies; and legislating tough new anti-trolling laws.
- Continuing to invest in local crime prevention and early intervention activities in SA through the Safer Communities Fund, with Round 6 boosted by $50 million in the 2022-23 Budget.
The Coalition’s economic plan has been working in South Australia.
Our strong economic management is building a stronger SA, guaranteeing essential services and keeping South Australians safe. Under the Morrison Government, SA has more people in work, better roads and community infrastructure, lower taxes, more secure industries, more funding for hospitals and schools and cheaper medicines.
Strengthening SA’s economy
- SA’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 per cent and there are 80,000 more people in work than under Labor.
- More than $13.7 billion committed to transport infrastructure since 2013, with 39 of 95 major projects already completed. Major projects include:
- $6.8 billion for projects along the North-South Corridor.
- $210 million for the Goodwood and Torrens Junctions.
- $200 million for the Marion Road – Anzac Highway to Cross Road.
- $164 million to seal the Strzelecki Track.
- $120 million for the Adelaide Hills Productivity and Road Safety Package.
- $99.6 million for the Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication project.
- Working with partners to deliver the $699 million Adelaide City Deal to drive economic stimulus, jobs and liveability.
- Making SA the “Space State” by establishing the Australian Space Agency, Space Discovery Centre and Mission Control at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide, and investing $55-million in the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre.
- More than 760,000 South Australians already receiving lower taxes through our Personal Income Tax Plan, with a worker earning around $60,000 per year more than $2,500 better off in 2021-22, compared to Labor’s 2013-14 tax settings. This equates to being around $50 a week better off in 2021-22.
- Lower taxes for around 257,000 SA small and family businesses, including more than 55,000 SA small companies benefiting from our permanent reduction in the corporate tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent.
- Support in training and apprenticeships, with around 21,000 South Australians enrolled in JobTrainer, over 13,000 supported under the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy, and over 9,000 under the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.
- Supporting home ownership, with around 14,000 SA HomeBuilder applications to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home, and thousands of South Australians in homes under the Home Guarantee Scheme.
- Supporting the growth of SA’s primary industries including securing new Free Trade Agreements with the UK, India, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Hong Kong and more, and establishing the Green Triangle Forest Industries Hub (headquartered in Mount Gambier) to grow the region’s forestry sector.
- Established an Industry Training Hub in Port Pirie to address high youth unemployment by helping young people build skills and find work.
- Established the National Water Grid to fund the dams and pipes that will secure the water needed to grow Australia’s agricultural output and build resilience in our regions. We are backing vital projects in SA such as:
- The Barossa Wine Grape Water Source Diversification project building infrastructure to supply 8 gigalitres a year of additional water from a new source into existing agricultural water supply for wine producers.
- The Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme to deliver new water treatment facilities in the Northern Adelaide Plains, and construct infrastructure to treat, store and distribute recycled irrigation water to local producers.
- The Coolanie Water Scheme providing a secure, drought resilient water source to farmers in the District Council of Franklin Harbour on the Eyre Peninsula, with 40 kilometres of water distribution pipeline constructed.
- Investing over $80 million in SA regional development through the Building Better Regions Fund. Projects include the Mount Gambier Airport redevelopment, upgrades to the historic Goolwa Wharf Precinct, a new Murray Bridge Regional Sports Stadium, tourism upgrades in the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Cowell Foreshore project.
- Supporting local communities by funding small capital projects of $5,000 to $20,000 that deliver social benefits for the local community through the Stronger Communities Programme. Round 8 was announced in the 2022-23 Budget, delivering $1.5 million for SA communities.
- Strengthening manufacturing and creating local jobs, with around $200 million for SA projects through the Modern Manufacturing Strategy, including:
- $1 million to Bickford’s Australia for a flexible bottling line
- $400,000 to Micro-X for an X-ray camera for mobile scanning to enhance explosive threat detection capabilities in defence, police and security applications
- $550,000 to Sipcam Pacific for the manufacture of Liquid Fertilizer
- $200,000 to Rowater Australia Pty Ltd for water treatment and purification systems
- $100,000 to Kangaroo Distilling for the acquisition of a new equipment
- $100,000 to Kingston Estate Wines for red fermentation air injection equipment
- Improving digital and telecommunications infrastructure, including investing in 85 mobile blackspot projects with 72 already completed, and the NBN now rolled out to over 99-per cent of SA.
- Investing $11.6 million to establish the SA Drought Hub at Roseworthy with nodes (or shopfronts) in Minnipa, Port Augusta, Orroroo, Loxton and Struan with adoption officers to work with farmers and fishers to assist with the uptake of new practices and technologies.
Supporting SA through the COVID-19 pandemic
- Direct COVID economic support for SA businesses and workers totalling over $9-billion, with JobKeeper supporting over 60,000 SA businesses employing around 233,000 workers.
- Over 93 per cent of South Australians double-vaccinated, and 72.5 per cent (of those eligible) with a booster – Australia is in the top 5 most vaccinated countries in the world.
- Australia has one of the lowest fatality rates from COVID, with death rates in the USA and the UK around 10 times higher.
- Commonwealth COVID health support totalling around $45 billion across Australia.
- Introducing Medicare-subsidised telehealth, which is now permanent – delivering generational change and greater flexibility in primary health care.
Guaranteeing essential services
- Record funding for SA public hospitals, up from $1 billion in 2012-13 under Labor to around $1.7 billion in 2022-23 under our Government.
- Improved local health services, including $30 million towards the brain and spinal unit at the Repatriation Hospital, $8.4 million to expand hospital care and dialysis services in Victor Harbor and a new MRI licence for the Riverland General Hospital in Berri.
- Cheaper medicines, with more than 2,900 new medicine listings on the PBS since we were elected in 2013, including an additional 960 since 2019 including treatments for cystic fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and bowel cancer; and lowering the threshold for the PBS Safety Net from 1 July 2022, saving 2.4 million Australians $80 a year.
- Record funding for SA schools, up from $1 billion in 2013 under Labor to $1.8 billion in 2022 under our Government.
- More affordable child care through our Child Care Subsidy, which provides around 90-per-cent of families with a subsidy of 50 to 85 per cent, and reforms which have reduced average hourly out-of-pocket child care costs in SA by 11 per cent since 2018. Since March 2022, families are receiving a higher subsidy of up to 95-per cent for their second and subsequent children aged 5 and under.
- Investing in the transformation of mental health care to deliver high quality and person-centred treatment, including by establishing Head to Health and headspace programs to support South Australian communities.
- Major improvements to aged care, with a $19.1 billion support package in response to the Royal Commission – the single largest investment in aged care – and over 160,000 additional home care packages funded nationally since 2018-19.
- Ensuring the more than 43,000 NDIS participants in SA receive the essential support they need, with an additional $26.4 billion for the NDIS over four years.
Backing Defence Industry in SA
- Through the Force Structure Plan 2020, around $2.6 billion is invested over the next decade in the redevelopment and upgrade of Defence facilities in SA including the Edinburgh Defence Precinct and Keswick Barracks.
- Continuing to support the Naval Shipbuilding College at Osborne Naval Shipyard to build maritime skills in the Australian workforce.
- Supporting small and medium SA Defence industry businesses to grow their workforce skills and ensure they are current through the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry grant program.
- An additional more than $81 million to the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority program in the 2022-23 Budget, reimbursing businesses that invest in boosting their industrial capacity to meet Defence’s critical capability needs. This successful program has backed many SA companies including:
- $1.3 million to Novafast International to acquire, install, and commission state of the art robotics equipment, and upgrade facilities.
- $1 million to Mincham Aviation to enhance their ability to develop, manufacture and repair a range of aerospace and defence equipment.
Keeping SA communities safe
- Standing up for Australia’s interests in our region, including as a founding member of the historic AUKUS alliance and the Quad Leaders’ Summit.
- Continuing our record funding for defence – funding restored above 2 per cent of GDP.
- Maintaining strong borders by stopping the boats, stopping the deaths at sea, removing children from detention and disrupting the people-smuggling trade.
- Taking tough action to deport foreign criminals, by cancelling or refusing the visas of over 10,000 criminals across the country, including hundreds in SA.
- Working to end violence against women and their children, including a $29 million boost to domestic violence frontline services in SA, one-off Escaping Violence Payments of up to $5,000 (including up to $1,500 in cash) and more funding for prevention.
- Standing up to social media companies to keep Australians safe online, particularly women and children, by establishing the eSafety Commissioner to force social media companies to remove illegal and abusive content, and legislating the Online Safety Act.
- Local crime prevention and early intervention activities in SA through the Safer Communities Fund.
- Contributed over $100 million to assist individuals, businesses and communities recover from the 2019-20 summer bushfires in partnership with the SA Government, including $23.7 million in recovery grants to 420 bushfire affected farmers and $11 million in recovery grants to 845 small businesses in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island.
Protecting SA’s environment
- Meeting and beating our emissions targets, having already achieved emissions reductions of 20 per cent on 2005 levels (beating our Kyoto-era targets) while our economy has grown by 45 per cent; a projected reduction of 30-35 per cent by 2030; and a detailed plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
- Implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, having delivered over 2,100 GL of the initial Murray-Darling Basin water recovery target.
- Boosting recycling capacity, with joint Commonwealth and state funding of over $35-million for eight Recycling Modernisation Fund projects in SA to support our waste export bans and to protect marine life. This includes a new $12 million fibre polishing plant adjacent to the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority to process an additional 40,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard every year.
- We are also investing over $5 million in the cutting-edge Southern Materials Recovery Facility through the Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA) – working across the Onkaparinga, Marion and Holdfast Bay councils.
- Protecting SA’s threatened species and unique environment through the Environment Restoration Fund, including almost $600,000 in the Secret Rocks threatened species safe haven on the Eyre Peninsula, around $700,000 for a safe haven for the Kowari (a desert marsupial) and $1.5 million to protect the endangered Dunnart on Kangaroo Island.
- $1.3 million from the Communities Environment Program for 104 local projects.
- Major investment in clean and low emissions technology. To date, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency have supported more than 5,000 renewable, energy efficiency and low emissions technology projects in SA, including:
- $210 million to Stages I and II of the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm near Port Augusta.
- $50 million to help fund the expansion of the landmark Hornsdale battery project.
- $12 million for a large-scale, grid-connected battery on the Yorke Peninsula.
- $7.7 million for the Simply Energy Virtual Power Plant project, which will deliver up to 1200 Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries to Adelaide households.
- $1.3 million from the Communities Environment Program for 104 local projects.
The Risk of Labor
There is a clear choice at this election.
A choice between the Coalition Government that is delivering a strong economy in SA and a Labor Party that would weaken it.
A choice between responsible financial management that has delivered the biggest Budget turnaround in 70 years, and a Labor Party that can’t manage money.
A choice between an economic plan that will deliver lower taxes and lower unemployment for SA, and a Labor Party with a track record of higher unemployment, higher interest rates and higher taxes.
A choice between investing in Australia’s national security, defence and strong borders, and a Labor Party that cut Defence spending by $18 billion and didn’t commission a single new naval vessel from an Australian shipyard.
Labor has no economic plan for South Australia, or the rest of the country.
Labor leader Mr Albanese has never held a financial portfolio, he’s never held a national security portfolio and he’s never delivered a budget.
Mr Albanese was a strong supporter of the mining tax and the carbon tax. He has argued for higher taxes on retirees, housing, families and inheritances.
Electricity prices doubled when federal Labor was last in power.
Labor’s economic and budget mismanagement means the essential services SA relies on, such as health, education and aged care, would be put at risk.
The last Labor government stopped listing cheaper medicines on the PBS – because they can’t manage money.
Albanese is too weak to stand up to the Greens.
Too weak to stand up to the unions.
In uncertain times, SA can’t risk federal Labor.
SA unemployment rate
4.9 per cent (Mar-22)
SA unemployment rate
6 per cent (Sep-13)
SA youth unemployment rate
8.4 per cent (Mar-22)
SA youth unemployment rate
12.4 per cent (Sep-13)
SA infrastructure investment
$1.87 billion (2019-20 - 2021-22)
SA infrastructure investment
$1.25 billion (2010-11 - 2012-13)
Small business tax rate
25 per cent (2021-22)
Small business tax rate
30 per cent (2012-13)
Prices for households down 10 per cent under the Morrison Government
Prices doubled when Labor was last in power
Established the Australian Space Agency in Adelaide
Said the Australian Space Agency should be based in Canberra
Repealed the mining tax
Repealed the carbon tax
Introduced the mining tax
Introduced the carbon tax
SA hospitals funding
$1.7 billion (2022-23)
SA hospitals funding
$1 billion (2012-13)
SA Medicare GP bulk billing rates
87.8 per cent (2020-21)
SA Medicare GP bulk billing rates
81.3 per cent (2012-13)
Over 2,900 new or amended medicine listings on the PBS since 2013
Stopped listing medicines on the PBS
SA schools funding
$1.8 billion (2022)
SA schools funding
$1 billion (2013)
Funding restored to above 2 per cent of GDP. Investing in 28 naval vessels at Osborne Shipyard
Funding fell to 1.56 per cent of GDP, the lowest level since 1938. Didn’t commission a new naval vessel at Osborne in 6 years
Cancelled or refused over 10,000 visas nationally, including hundreds in SA
Cancelled or refused only 1,128 visas nationally
Mobile blackspots (SA towers delivered)
Mobile blackspots (SA towers delivered)
The Coalition’s Plan for South Australia includes $77 million to establish a Comprehensive Cancer Centre in SA. It also includes funding for previously announced election commitments.
Funding for all other policies in the Coalition’s Plan for South Australia is already provided for within budget estimates.