403,100 more jobs created in 2017 - the most jobs created in a calendar year on record. Three quarters of these jobs were full time jobs. (As at February 2018), the number of jobs has increased for 17 straight months - the longest consecutive run of jobs growth ever recorded. Australia's economy has been generating more than 1,100 new jobs per day. Jobs growth over the last 12 months is almost five times stronger than Labor’s last year in government.
SMALL BUSINESS TAX CUTS
Tax cuts for 3.2 million businesses employing 6.7 million Australians.
INSTANT ASSET WRITE OFF
Used last year by 300,000 small businesses to invest in new equipment and machinery.
AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE ENERGY
National Energy Guarantee will ensure reliability and reduce bills. More gas supplies have been secured. Snowy Hydro 2.0 feasibility study has been completed.
RECORD INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT
Record $75 billion investment over the next decade in highway upgrades, congestion busting roads, rail projects, improved local roads, inland rail and a new airport.
FIXING THE BUDGET
Over $37 billion in Budget savings since the election. We have halved the growth in spending (4% per year under Labor, 1.9% under the Coalition). We are on track for a balanced budget in 2020-21.
Rural exports up 19% last year, as we are locking in benefits from landmark trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea. Australian exporters will also benefit from the new Trans-Pacific Partnership - a Trade Agreement between 11 major economies in our region (collectively worth $13.7 trillion), which Australia took a lead role in negotiating.
TACKLING UNION LAWLESSNESS
Australian Building and Construction Commission restored to protect small businesses and the economy from CFMEU lawlessness. Secret payments banned between businesses and unions.
No boats in three years. 17 detention centres closed, saving the Budget billions.
14 major terrorist plots have been foiled. The Government is boosting our security agencies, has introduced tougher anti-terror laws and is revoking citizenship of dual nationals who engage in terrorism.
We’ve changed the rules to deport non-citizens who commit serious crimes. The Government has cancelled visas of 3,000 serious criminals – including murderers, rapists, child sex offenders, armed robbers and drug dealers.
TACKLING SCOURGE OF ICE
AFP has seized over 14 tonnes of Ice since 2013. Record funding for law enforcement and treatment. Wastewater surveys show a recent drop in Ice use.
A STRONGER DEFENCE FORCE
Undertaking the largest regeneration of our Navy since WW2, with 54 new ships (Labor commissioned none). With new weapons and air defence for our Army and new air combat capability, we’re building Australia’s sovereign defence capability.
CRACKING DOWN ON PAEDOPHILES
Introduced Carly’s Law, which has already led to high profile arrests. Banned registered sex offenders from holding an Australian passport. Introduced legislation that means paedophiles would spend longer in jail, be less likely to get bail or parole and face mandatory sentences.
MORE AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE
Landmark reforms targeted to working parents. Abolishing the $7,613 annual cap for families (incomes up to $185,000) and introducing a new Child Care Subsidy, meaning around one million families will benefit.
MORE SCHOOLS FUNDING
Extra $23.5 billion over a decade – a 50% funding increase for the average student. Our agreement replaces 27 secret deals and will provide needs based funding for all students.
BETTER HEALTH CARE
86% of GP visits bulk billed last year – 21 million more than Labor’s last year. Hospital funding at record levels and new reforms introduced to improve private health insurance.
From next year all 12 and 13 year olds will get free protection against HPV virus and cervical and other cancers.
Our No Jab, No Pay policy resulted in 210,000 extra children immunised in its first year.
WELFARE TO WORK
We believe the best form of welfare is a job. We’ve reinvigorated Work for the Dole (105,000 participants last year). We’re changing compliance rules and requiring welfare recipients on drugs to undertake available treatment. We’re trialling cashless welfare cards and are seeking to trial drug testing of welfare recipients.
RESTRICTING GAMBLING ADS
As part of the Coalition Government's media reforms, gambling ads will be removed during televised sports before 8.30pm on free-to-air television.
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
All Australians had the opportunity to have a say on same sex marriage, which is now law.
Information current as at March 2018