PROTECTING AND CREATING JOBS

Between September 2013 and February 2020, over 1.5 million new jobs were created.

More than half of these were full time jobs.

Prior to the pandemic, Australia had the lowest level of welfare dependency in 30 years (as at June 2019).

Without JobKeeper and other measures to support our economy, Treasury estimates the unemployment rate would have been 5 percentage points higher.

Australia’s economy is now fighting back.

Over 7 months (from May to December), over 784,000 jobs have been created.

The Morrison Government is working to a plan to rebuild our economy and to create jobs.

This includes: the JobMaker Hiring Credit; record investment in skills and training; tax incentives; our modern manufacturing plan; and a record investment in infrastructure.

ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE

Under Labor, child care fees increased 53% over six years.

The Government’s new Child Care Subsidy has made child care more accessible and affordable.

This financial year, the Government is providing $9 billion in Child Care Subsidy.

The child care system is targeted – those who earn the least receive the highest level of subsidy (85%). Those who work, train or study the most get the most hours of support.

Between July 2018 and March 2020, out of pocket costs reduced by 3.2%.

Families can see how they will benefit at: www.dese.gov.au/early-childhood

TAX RELIEF

More than 11 million taxpayers are getting a tax cut backdated to 1 July last year.

This tax relief is part of a major reform to our tax system that will see around 95% of taxpayers face a marginal rate of no more than 30 cents in the dollar in 2024-25.

It means Australians will have more of their own money to spend on what matters to them, generating billions of dollars of economic activity and tens of thousands of new jobs.

BETTER HEALTH CARE

Federal funding for public hospitals will more than double compared to Labor – $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to $29.1 billion in 2024-25.

This means record numbers of hospital services, doctors and nurses.

Nearly 143 million free GP services were delivered last year – 39 million more than in Labor’s last year.

Since we came into government, over 2,550 medicine listings worth $12.4 billion have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

These help people suffering from cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, spinal muscular atrophy and severe asthma.

We have taken steps to make private health insurance more affordable. This includes requiring insurers to categorise products as gold, silver, bronze, basic, and use standard definitions to make clear what’s covered and what isn’t.

All 12 and 13-year-old girls and boys now have free access to the Gardasil 9 Vaccine, to protect them from the HPV virus.

Our No Jab, No Pay policy is protecting children from preventable diseases. The immunization rate is now nearly 95% – the highest on record.

INVESTING IN SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS

Our $314.7 billion in funding for schools over the next decade (from 2018 to 2029) increases average funding per student by 60%.

To see what long term funding is being provided to your local school, see: www.education.gov.au/school-funding-estimator

We are focusing on enhancing outcomes for students, so they have the best start in life.

MORE AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE ELECTRICITY

The Morrison Government is committed to reducing power prices.

ABS data shows that since December 2018, the average price of electricity fell by 5.3% (to September 2020).

A number of new measures - a price safety net for customers, big stick legislation to stop energy companies ripping off customers, and new investments in power generation and transmission and new technologies – will put more downward pressure on prices.

REDUCING CONGESTION

The Coalition Government’s 10 year roads, rail and airport pipeline will relieve congestion, grow our regions and make life easier for Australians.

We are investing in major highway safety upgrades, congestion busting road projects and important public transport rail projects to reduce travel times and improve safety.

KEEPING AUSTRALIANS SAFE ONLINE

In 2015, the Government established the world’s first Children’s eSafety Commissioner, now the eSafety Commissioner for all Australians.

In the last five years the eSafety Commissioner has reached over 500,000 students, parents and community groups, and addressed thousands of complaints about serious cyberbullying online.

The Government is developing a new Online Safety Act which will further strengthen protections against cyber bullying, cyber abuse and violent material online.

Information current as at January 2021