Policy Tracker

Welcome to the Policy tracker for the 2019 NSW State Election. We will be tracking the latest election policy announcements as they become available.

Please note that we will list only clear and specific election pledges and announcements. We will not include broad principles or philosophies, or policies that can only be actioned at a federal level. In some cases, where relevant to our asks, we will list existing Coalition policy and spending if it extends past the current financial year and it illustrates similarities and differences between major party policies.

For detailed information on current and planned spending, please refer to the 2018-19 NSW Budget Papers and use the links on the participating organisations page to locate budget analyses from the organisations that are part of this campaign.

We have worked collectively to collate the current party policies, however if you spot one that has been since updated, email us at advocacy@ncoss.org.au and we'll look into it!

Click on the links below to go directly to the area of policy you are interested in:

Housing

Children and Families

Young People

Women

Aboriginal Communities

Disability 

Justice

Empowered Communities


Everyone has a decent, affordable, accessible and safe place to call home

 

Labor

  • Make renting fair by limiting rent increases, improving security of tenure and putting an end to no-grounds evictions.

  • Increase taxes on foreign investors and introduce a tax on properties that are vacant for more than 6 months. 
  • A plan to tackle the housing affordability crisis to give people a real chance of renting or buying, including a 25% Affordable Housing mandate on development on Government owned land and a 15% Affordable Housing mandate on development on privately developed land.

  • Audit all publically-owned land and create the Affordable Housing Land Register (AHLR).

Greens

  • Reform NSW property taxes to address the challenges faced by home purchasers, renters and people who are experiencing homelessness.
  • Invest growing stamp duty revenues into public housing or into supporting those who have been left behind. 
  • Implement a series of reforms to 'make renting fair' including ending no grounds evictions, cap rent increases to CPI and establishing rental housing standards.

Liberals & Nationals

  • Continue to deliver the Housing Affordability Strategy, which includes increasing grants and concessions to first home buyers, increasing housing supply and accelerating the delivery of infrastructure to support growing communities. 
  • With $61.7 million over four years, continue to deliver the Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023 and Future Directions.

  • Halve street homelessness across the State by 2025 via the 'A Place to Call Home' initiative which will support homelessness services in Sydney to set goals and strategies to reduce rough sleeping numbers and to measure and track their progress. 
  • Retain no-grounds evictions under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010.

Children and families have the supports and resources they need to cope with challenges and thrive

 

Labor

  • More information to come as it is made available.

Greens

  • More information to come as it is made available.

Liberals & Nationals

 

  • Decrease the percentage of children and young people re-reported at risk of significant harm by 15% by 2020 (Premier's Priority). 
  • $59.1 million over four years to support safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for children, young people and their families by funding 100 additional front-line workers for the child protection system and investment in the 'open adoption' program.
  • $127.2 million funding package to ensure children in NSW are safe and are protected by the institutions entrusted with their care, in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Young people are supported to reach their potential

 

Labor

  • Build more than 50 new schools as ‘multi-purpose education precincts’ that will include a pre-school, a long day care and/or an out of school hours care facility, depending on community need. 

  • Every child in NSW will have the opportunity to learn a second language in primary school.

  • $800 million toward ensuring that every public school in NSW will be air conditioned and $5000 to every public school P & C Association.

  • Make public transport free for children under 16 years old.

  • 600 000 free TAFE places over the next ten years in courses associated with sectors experiencing shortages of skilled workers such as childcare, aged and disability care, construction, plumbing and electrical. 
  • Cap contestable public funding for private education providers at a maximum of 30 per cent, ensuring 70 per cent of the vocational education and training funding goes to TAFE NSW.

Greens

Liberals & Nationals

  • Implement NSW's National Schools Reform Agreement (Gonski 2.0)
  • In 2018-19, invest more than $16 billion in government and non-government schools for 'student-focused funding' including 170 new and upgraded schools, $71.8 million to implement the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy and $50 million in flexible funding for schools to implement the School Leadership Strategy, amongst other initiatives.
  • $500 million over four years commencing the 2018 - 19 financial year to install reverse cycle air conditioning in schools.  
  • $285.2 million over six years for 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships to increase apprentice commencements and address skills shortages in areas of significant demand including electricians, plumbers and mechanics, among others. 

Women are safe everywhere - their families, workplaces, in public and online

 

Labor

Greens

Liberals & Nationals

  • $5 million will be committed over four years to roll out CCTV cameras in Western and South-Western Sydney before being assessed for expansion to other areas of NSW. CCTV cameras will "increase community confidence and send a strong message to would-be criminals".
  • A commitment to reduce the proportion of domestic violence perpetrators re-offending by 25% by 2021 with $44.1 million in the 2018-19 financial year contributing to an overall $390 million over the preceding four years (Premier's Priority).

Aboriginal people decide their future, and are strong in culture and identity

 

Labor

Greens

  • More information to come as it is made available.

Liberals & Nationals

  • Continue to implement the Connected Communities Strategy in 15 schools (mostly in rural and remote communities), ensuring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is involved in the education process.
  • Develop four Opportunity Hubs to build partnerships between schools, employers, education and training providers and the local community to coordinate and match employment, training and further education opportunities to individual students’ aspirations.
  • Development of an Aboriginal Languages Strategy under the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017.

People with disability are included and can fully participate in all aspects of community life

 

Labor

Greens

  • More information to come as it is made available.

Liberals & Nationals


Everyone has access to justice and legal help in times of need 

 

Labor

  • 1500 additional police officers over the next four years, and $12 million to provide frontline police with the support they need to address the stressful and challenging nature of their work. 
  • Investment of $80 million over 4 years to upgrade police stations.

Greens

  • Reassess justice funding priorities, looking to provide early intervention in the child protection system, funding for community programs, protecting our environment and other “justice reinvestment projects that we know make communities stronger and safer”.

Liberals & Nationals


Empowered and engaged communities

 

Labor

  • Provide more than $60 million of additional support for public libraries, including a doubling of the current per-capita public library subsidy and an additional $10.5 million funding.

  • Repeal the 2016 NSW Anti-Protest Laws.

  • Double the Regional and Cultural Fund for art and culture in rural and regional NSW by investing an additional $100 million, and develop a Strategy for the Arts in Rural and Regional NSW within six months.

  • Establish a Western Sydney Cultural Fund of $100 million.  

Greens

  • More information to come as it is made available.

Liberals & Nationals

  • Appoint a Minister for Public Spaces who will identify and protect publicly owned land for use as parks or public spaces and $150 million for new and improved parklands across urban areas.
  • Continue the My Communities Project which provides the opportunity for community members and groups to apply for projects of between $20 000 and $200 000 that benefit the local community.
  • $645 million over four years from 2018 - 19 to build a new Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta, plan for a creative industries precinct in Ultimo and expand and upgrade the Museums Discovery Centre at Castle Hill. 
  • Major Stadium investments of $729 million over four years for Moore Park and $183.7 million this year for Parramatta.
  • As part of $8 billion over four years investment in health infrastructure, a $700 million state wide Mental Health Infrastructure Program to support new care models and new specialist mental health units.