Our Plan for

Western Sydney

Key Points

The Morrison Government’s strong partnership with the NSW Liberal Nationals Government is supporting a major transformation of Western Sydney.

Our vision is for a new city, supported by a major investment in infrastructure that will better connect the people of Western Sydney to the rest of Australia and the world. By building the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, undertaking congestion-busting road projects and transforming the public transport system, we will make Western Sydney a better place to live, work and play.

Our plan will deliver more high-paid job opportunities, better transport infrastructure, a sensible and responsible approach to population pressures, and improved local services.

The investment we are making in Western Sydney is already showing results. Since the Liberal Nationals Government came to power in 2013, the unemployment rate has fallen across Western Sydney.

A re-elected Morrison Government will build an even stronger economy in Western Sydney, allowing us to guarantee the essential services that local residents need and rely on. We will:

  • Build the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport to directly connect Western Sydney to the world by 2026.
  • Implement the Western Sydney City Deal to create 200,000 new jobs, boosting the NSW and national economy.
  • Invest in congestion-busting infrastructure to ensure people in Western Sydney spend less time in traffic, and more time with friends and family.
  • Manage population growth responsibly, including by reducing permanent migration to ease pressure on roads and services across Sydney.
  • Back small and family businesses, with lower taxes and an increase to the instant asset write-off to $30,000 now expanded to medium-sized businesses.
  • Tackle cost of living pressures, including lower taxes for hard-working Western Sydney workers, a plan for lower energy prices, Energy Assistance Payments for social security recipients and record bulk billing rates.
  • Boost funding for Western Sydney healthcare, including for hospital services, cancer infrastructure and mental health.
  • Deliver safer and more secure Western Sydney communities by maintaining strong borders, continuing to deport criminals, increasing funding for the Safer Communities Fund, and implementing comprehensive national plans to address drugs, domestic violence and online safety.
  • Meet our climate commitments and protect the local environment, including funding to clean-up and improve the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers.

With the economy growing and major infrastructure projects underway, now is not the time to turn back. Labor’s plan for billions of dollars of new taxes on retirees, workers, investors and family businesses and reckless emissions reduction targets will stop Western Sydney’s growth in its tracks. Labor’s economic and budget mismanagement also means the essential services Western Sydney relies on, like health, education and roads, would be put at risk.

Our Record

Around 180,000 jobs have been created in Western Sydney since the Liberal Nationals Government was first elected in 2013.

There are more people in work, fewer people on welfare, and the local economy is thriving.

At the heart of our economic plan for Western Sydney is a multi-billion dollar investment in new infrastructure. We are rolling out:

  • A $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan in partnership with the NSW Government to provide better local roads and connections to the new airport, including:
    • Upgrades to The Northern Road to a minimum of four lanes from Narellan to Jamison Road.
    • Upgrades to Bringelly Road to a minimum of four lanes between The Northern Road and Camden Valley Way.
    • Construction of the Werrington Arterial Road by upgrading Kent Road and Gipps Street to four lanes between the Great Western Highway and the M4 Motorway.
    • Upgrades of the intersection of Ross Street and the Great Western Highway.
    • $200 million package for local roads.

The Plan will also support the creation of 4000 direct and indirect jobs.

$1.5 billion grant plus a $2 billion concessional loan for WestConnex to link Western Sydney to the city, airport and ports, with up to 52 traffic lights gone, saving commuters approximately 40 minutes. It will also create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.

$115 million to upgrade Mulgoa Road and surrounding connections.

We have also provided tax relief to hard-working Western Sydney workers, finalised the Western Sydney City Deal, supported the world-class aerotropolis, invested $15 million in the Western Sydney Housing Package to boost housing supply, and are supporting local community projects such as $5 million for the Tench Reserve boat ramp and $7.2 million for the Campbelltown Centre of Sport and Health Excellence and are investing in women’s change rooms at sporting grounds and community swimming facilities across Australia.

Strengthening the economy has allowed us to guarantee the services Western Sydney relies on. Our strong economic and budget management means we have been able to deliver:

  • Record funding for NSW public hospitals, with funding having increased by 59 per cent from $4.3 billion in 2012-13 under Labor to $6.8 billion in 2019-20.
  • Cheaper medicines for Australians, with more than 2,000 new medicine listings on the PBS since we were elected in 2013, including life-saving drugs for cancers.
  • More funding for NSW schools, with a total of $95.9 billion from 2018 to 2029, equivalent to growth of 84 per cent.
  • Childcare reforms which have cut out-of-pocket costs for parents within the first nine months, including by 6.4 per cent in Sydney.
  • Major commitment to aged care including $21.6 billion for aged care in 2019-20 across Australia, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2013-14, funding for an additional 10,000 home care packages, and a Royal Commission into the sector.
  • A $150 million Western Parkland City Liveability Program in partnership with the NSW Government and local councils to improve community facilities and urban amenity in Western Sydney.

We have also prioritised creating a safer Western Sydney, including investments under the Safer Communities Fund for CCTV cameras, security lighting, alarm systems for community spaces and other infrastructure. The Liberal Nationals Government has also maintained strong borders – we stopped the boats, stopped the deaths at sea, removed children from detention, and have cancelled the visas of thousands of criminals across the country, including over 1500 in NSW alone.

Our Plan

Building the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport

After decades of indecision, it is the Liberal Nationals Government that broke the stalemate over the long-awaited Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport at Badgerys Creek.

The first sod was turned in September last year and construction is underway ahead of the planned opening in 2026.

The airport will establish a new international gateway to the country, secure Sydney’s aviation capacity and connect Western Sydney with the world. With Sydney’s aviation demand set to double over the next 20 years, the airport will help Sydney to meet this demand, while also providing a source of jobs and economic growth for the region. Tourism will also be boosted, with the airport providing better accessibility to destinations across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

The airport will generate more than 11,000 jobs throughout the construction period. Once operational, the airport will support around 28,000 direct and indirect jobs to Western Sydney by 2031.

Congestion busting infrastructure

The Morrison Government understands that Western Sydney families want to spend less time in their cars and more time with their friends and families..

As part of the 2019-20 Budget, we have locked in a further $7.3 billion for infrastructure in NSW over the next decade, bringing our total investment to $33 billion. We are making a significant investment in Western Sydneyto ease congestion, ensure people get to their destinations quickly and safely, and help businesses efficiently transport goods and products around the city:

  • Up to $3.5 billion towards the first stage of the North South Rail Link, from St Marys to the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, including $61 million for the Elizabeth Drive Overpass, an essential piece of enabling infrastructure to ensure the new airport is rail ready.
  • An additional $405 million towards the $1.4 billion construction of a new M12 motorway to provide quality road connectivity to the new airport.
  • $200 million for a new crossing of the Hawkesbury River, between Richmond and North Richmond to reduce congestion, and improve road flood capacity and immunity.
  • $95 million to upgrade Horsley Drive in the city’s south-west, including a 2.4km four lane divided road between the M7 Motorway and Cowpasture Road.
  • Commuter car park upgrades to improve access to public transport including at Kingswood Station ($20 million), St Marys Station ($20 million), Emu Plains Station ($15 million), Campbelltown Station ($15 million), Macarthur Station ($15 million), Revesby Station ($9.5 million), Panania Station ($7.5 million), and Riverwood Station ($9.5 million).
  • $63.5 million to upgrade Dunheved Road in Penrith, addressing unsafe stretches of the road between Richmond Road and Werrington Road.
  • $50 million to upgrade Homebush Bay Drive, including investigating options to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Australia Avenue and Underwood Road.

Western Sydney will also get its fair share of our $2.2 billion Local and State Road Safety Package to address much-needed local road maintenance as well as blackspots.

Managing population growth

Over the past decade, Australia’s population increased by 3.8 million people – much of this in Sydney, Melbourne and South-East Queensland.

The Morrison Government recognises that the current rate of growth, and its concentration in major cities, has heightened existing pressures, leading to rising congestion and reduced liveability in places like Western Sydney.

That is why the Morrison Government has delivered Australia’s first serious plan to manage population growth into our future.

This will improve quality of life in Western Sydney, meaning workers spend less time in traffic in their commute to work, and more time at home with friends and family.

As part of the plan, the Government has decided to reduce the permanent migration program ceiling by a cumulative 120,000 places over four years, and to introduce new regional provisional visas to encourage more migrants to settle and remain in regional areas. We are also providing increased flexibility for States to meet their particular population needs.

Supporting small and family businesses

Small and family businesses are central to the Morrison Government’s economic plan for Australia and for Western Sydney. They are the engine room of our economy, with around 215,000 small and medium businesses in Western Sydney employing thousands of workers. When small businesses are healthy, all Australians are better off. It means more jobs, more choice, better living standards and more vibrant and connected communities.

The Morrison Government wants small businesses to prosper. We want them to employ even more Australians.

So we are lowering taxes – the business tax rate for small and medium-sized companies has been reduced from 30 per cent to 27.5 per cent and will fall further to 25 per cent in 2021-22. Unincorporated Western Sydney small businesses are also receiving help to get ahead with the Government’s increase in the unincorporated tax discount.

As part of the 2019-20 Budget, we delivered an increase to the instant asset write-off threshold to $30,000 until 30 June 2020. We also expanded access to include medium-sized businesses by increasing the annual turnover threshold from $10 million to $50 million. These changes delivered a much-needed boost to retail, hospitality, manufacturing and other small and medium-sized businesses in Western Sydney.

Small and family businesses in Western Sydney can trust the Morrison Government to back them with other announced measures, including streamlining red tape and simplifying tax reporting; helping them to expand by increasing access to finance with the $2 billion Australian Business Securitisation Fund and the $100 million Small Business Growth Fund; ensuring they get paid on time by government and big business; and supporting SME exporters through an additional $60 million for the Export Market Development Grants scheme.

Lower taxes for hard-working Australians

The Morrison Government will support families across Western Sydney by relieving cost of living pressures.

This starts with lowering taxes for hard-working Australians as part of our plan to deliver a stronger economy and record job creation.

Our tax system must be fair for all Australians, one that provides reward for effort. Our Personal Income Tax Plan delivers lower taxes for lower and middle income earners, ensuring they keep more of what they earn.

800,000 lower and middle income earners in Western Sydney will receive relief of up to $1080 after they lodge their 2018-19 tax return. That’s up to $2160 for dual income families. These benefits are then locked in for subsequent years.

A re-elected Morrison Government will also deliver long-term structural reform by lowering the 32.5 per cent tax rate to 30 per cent from 1 July 2024. As a result, around 94 per cent of Australian taxpayers will benefit from a marginal tax rate of 30 per cent or less in 2024-25.

The Government’s strong fiscal management means that it can deliver surpluses while also rewarding hard-working Australians. Lower taxes support consumption growth, help with cost of living pressures and will strengthen the Western Sydney economy.

Reducing power prices for families, small businesses and communities

The Morrison Government will tackle cost of living pressures for families and businesses in Western Sydney through our Fair Deal on Energy, which delivers affordable, reliable 24/7 power to Australian families, businesses and communities.

To reduce power prices and protect consumers, the Morrison Government will take comprehensive action across a range of areas:

  • We have introduced a default market offer to act as a price safety net for those who find pricing and discounts confusing, or who simply don't have time to negotiate. Households changing to default market offers from standing offer tariffs could save hundreds of dollars in NSW.
  • Provide $365 million for Energy Assistance Payments of $75 for singles and $125 for couples to four million eligible social security payment recipients – to help with their next power bill and cost of living expenses.
  • From 1 July 2019, we will permanently get rid of the ‘loyalty tax’ and lock in better deals for 800,000 households and tens of thousands of small businesses.
  • Crack down on unacceptable behaviour by the big energy companies against pensioners, families and hardship customers. We have taken action to ban sneaky late payment fees, which can cost a household up to $1000 more.
  • To cut costs for families we will introduce new standards for appliances including space heaters, and we have created new labels for air conditioners to help inform customers which one will best suit their needs.
  • Take a big stick to stop the big energy company rip-offs – with our ‘big stick’ legislation based on recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
  • Changing the National Energy Market rules to protect consumers, including by banning retailers from offering confusing discounts, ensuring vulnerable customers in financial hardship get the help they need, and requiring retailers to accept self-meter reads instead of estimated reads so customers are accurately charged.

These savings build on price cuts of up to 15 per cent secured by the Morrison Government for more than 500,000 families and small businesses from 1 January 2019.

Small businesses and community organisations will also benefit from our energy plans. A $50 million Energy Efficient Communities Program will provide more than 2,500 grants to eligible businesses and community organisations to help them reduce their power bills by installing new equipment or improving their energy management. Eligible small businesses will be able to claim grants of up to $20,000, high-energy using businesses up to $25,000 and community groups up to $12,500.

In Western Sydney, a re-elected Morrison Government will provide up to $12,500 for community groups to install solar and battery systems to reduce energy costs.

We have also invested $11.7 million in the Business Energy Advice Program, delivering practical advice to help small businesses get better energy deals and increase energy efficiency.

Strengthening the health system

The Morrison Government’s health plan for Western Sydney will protect lives, improve lives and save lives.

It builds on the record funding we have provided for New South Wales public hospitals, record levels of bulk billing and more than 2,000 new medicines listings subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) at an investment of $10.6 billion since 2013.

Funding for NSW public hospitals will increase from $4.3 billion in 2012-13 to $6.8 billion in 2019-20 and is on track to increase to $8.8 billion under a new hospitals agreement. Our new hospitals agreement will deliver an additional $9.2 billion to NSW Hospitals over five years.

Under the Morrison Government, Australians across the country, including in Western Sydney, have affordable access to medicines through the PBS. The PBS covers over five thousand brands of medicines which without subsidy could cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for patients. Through the Morrison Government’s subsidy of PBS medicines the cost is reduced on average by 89 per cent. Recent new PBS listings for lung cancer which were costing patients $88,000 per year, cystic fibrosis $250,000 per year and arthritis $15,000 per year now cost as little as $6.50 per script for concession card holders.

Families want to know that they can access health services when and where they need them. Medicare funding is at record levels and almost nine out of 10 visits to the GP are bulk billed under the Morrison Government. Across Australia bulk billing rates are at record levels at 86% up from 82% under the last Labor Government.

Our Health Plan for Western Sydney strengthens the health system by providing affordable and accessible health services, including:

  • Greater hospital and health services and infrastructure including $65 million for Australia’s first dedicated Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Unit at the Westmead Health and Education Precinct.
  • Guaranteeing Medicare with bulk billing rates in Western Sydney above the national average at 87%.
  • More cancer services with $17.5 million for new MRIs across Western Sydney including at Penrith, Mt Druitt, Rouse Hill and Bella Vista.
  • Better mental health support with $20 million in 2018-19 for mental health and suicide prevention services across the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, and a new headspace service in Katoomba.
  • Simpler and more affordable Private Health Insurance with better access to mental health services, discounts for young people and the lowest premium change in 18 years.
  • More funding for preventative health with $52 million for expanded access to the meningococcal vaccine providing protection against the ACWY strains for children 12 months of age and teenagers 14 to 19 years of age.
  • Better access for children’s dental care with $1 billion over three years to support eligible Australian children to continue to access core dental services and families to claim up to $1,000 in benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
  • Better management for type 1 diabetes through expanded free access to glucose monitoring devices for pregnant women, children and more adults with type 1 diabetes, saving Australians up to $7,000 a year.
  • Medical Research through the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund backing our local scientists and ensuring we can quickly take life-saving discoveries from the laboratory to the hospital.

Safer and more secure Western Sydney communities

The Morrison Government is committed to keeping Western Sydney communities safe and secure.

We will deliver a comprehensive suite of actions that will help keep people in Western Sydney safe. As well as maintaining strong borders and cancelling visas of criminals, Western Sydney will benefit from our national plans to:

  • Support local councils and community organisations in crime prevention activities (as well as protect schools, religious institutions and other sites from religious and racial intolerance) with CCTV cameras, security lighting, alarm systems and other infrastructure. This will be delivered through a further $58.2 million investment in the Safer Communities Fund.
  • Deliver a comprehensive drug strategy to address the supply, demand and harm caused by illicit drugs with a five-year $337 million investment. This includes $152 million to strengthen law enforcement to disrupt and reduce the supply of illicit drugs – including targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs.
  • Take action against domestic violence, with a record investment of $328 million for prevention and frontline services to support the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. We have also committed up to $480,000 for the Penrith Women’s Health Centre if re-elected.
  • Deliver a comprehensive plan to improve online safety, including funding a $10 million Online Safety Grants program to deliver practical online safety education and training projects; continuing to protect kids online through our world-first e-safety Commissioner and establishing an Online Safety Charter to set expectations for social media companies.
Meeting our climate commitments and protecting the local environment

Western Sydney has a beautiful natural environment, and the Morrison Government is committed to working with the local community to support practical, on-ground environment protection and restoration.

Our commitment to Western Sydney’s environment includes:

  • Up to $511,000 to revegetate and deal with weeds in the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers to both improve the environment and improve amenity for the local community and sports groups.
  • Supporting local community groups, including landcare groups, scouts groups and sports clubs to improve the local environment through our $22 million Communities Environment Program.

Australia has a proud track record of meeting our international climate commitments and supporting renewable energy.

Climate change is a global issue that requires a global solution. The Liberal Nationals Government has overachieved on our commitment under the Kyoto Protocol, something few countries have done.

We will reduce emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and we will do this while growing the economy, creating jobs, protecting our environment and keeping power prices down.

The Morrison Government has a $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Plan – among the largest investments by Australia in emissions reduction.

A new $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund will ensure we meet our 2030 Paris commitments by supporting practical measures such as revegetation of degraded land, reducing waste, savannah burning and improving energy efficiency.

The Morrison Government is also expanding our world-class renewable hydro resources to supply millions of Australians with reliable renewable energy. Snowy 2.0 will be the world’s second-largest high tech pumped hydro power station and increase generation capacity by 2,000 megawatts – enough power for 500,000 homes during peak demand. It will provide 175 hours of energy storage – that’s more than 2,700 SA Tesla batteries.

Importantly, Snowy 2.0 will also put downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices. It will create up to 2,400 jobs in construction and support up to 5,000 direct and indirect jobs across the Snowy Mountains region, providing opportunities for local businesses, improvements in local infrastructure and increased economic activity.

Our strong policies contrast with Labor’s reckless plan to introduce a carbon tax and hit every family and business with increased grocery, energy and transport costs.

The Choice

There is a lot at stake at this election. And there is a clear choice.

A choice between a Government that is delivering a strong economy or a Labor Party that would weaken our economy.

A choice between a Government that is fixing the Budget or a Labor Party that can’t manage money.

A Choice between a Government committed to improving the lives of residents of Western Sydney or a Labor Party that takes Western Sydney for granted.

A choice between a Government that is easing the pressure on families by lowering taxes or a Labor Party that will put more strain on households by imposing $387 billion in new taxes on workers, retirees and small business.

A choice between a Government that can afford to pay for better infrastructure and services or a Labor Party that would max out Australia’s credit card.

A choice between a Government that has secured our borders and is keeping Australians safe or a Labor Party that has learned nothing from its border security failures.

Labor can’t manage money and they can’t manage the economy. When Labor can’t manage money, they come after yours.

Labor plans to hit Australians with $387 billion in big new taxes which will hurt people in Western Sydney:

  • Labor’s retiree tax will punish older Australians who have worked hard and saved for retirement by abolishing tax refunds on share dividends. In Western Sydney, this will affect over 25,000 individuals who have direct shareholdings and many more invested through self-managed super funds. On average individuals with direct holdings will lose almost $2,300 a year and self-managed super funds will lose $12,000 a year.
  • Labor’s housing and investment taxes will end negative gearing as we know it and increase capital gains tax by 50%. If you own your own home it will be worth less and if you rent you will pay more.
  • Labor would impose higher income tax by reversing the Government’s legislated income tax plan and the enhancements we announced in the 2019-20 budget. Labor’s plan would leave over 550,000 people in Western Sydney worse off.
  • Labor’s Family Business Tax would impose a minimum tax rate of 30% on the 7,900 small businesses in Western Sydney structured through discretionary trusts. This is the same rate imposed on large multinational companies.

On top of this, Labor’s reckless emissions targets will:

  • cost the economy $472 billion,
  • slash more than 336,000 jobs,
  • cut the average wage by over $9,000, and
  • increase wholesale electricity prices by more than 58%.

Western Sydney will be particularly hard hit with higher electricity and gas prices, higher costs of refrigeration and higher transport costs.

These are costs that Western Sydney workers and businesses can’t afford

Moreover, Labor’s plan to impose punitive new carbon costs on 250 firms nationally will have a disproportionate impact on manufacturing and processing operations located in regional and outer suburban areas, including Western Sydney.

Labor’s plan will add millions of dollars in costs to Western Sydney businesses engaged in beef and dairy processing, the manufacture of building materials and specialty gases. It will even hit firms and local authorities involved in waste management and operating landfills.

Labor also ignores the supply chain that extends from Western Sydney to the state’s mining operations in the Hunter Valley and the Central West. Industry data has showed that NSW mining companies spent $5.6 billion in NSW on the purchase of goods and services from 7,135 local businesses in 2017-18. More than 3000 of these firms were in Sydney including thousands in Western Sydney. So Labor’s multi-billion hit on NSW mining companies over the next decade will not just be felt in the Hunter Valley and the Central West but in Western Sydney as well.

By contrast the Morrison Government has a plan for lower taxes so that you can keep more of the money you earn.

There will only be one outcome for Western Sydney under Labor – a weaker economy, fewer jobs and higher taxes. Labor can’t be trusted to run the economy and manage the budget. And they can’t be trusted to invest in the services Western Sydney relies on, including health, education and aged care.

The Choice

Cost

The Coalition’s plan for Western Sydney will not place additional costs on the Budget.