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!

The Parliamentary Budget Office has provided independent and reliable information on the cost of election policies proposed by the Government and Opposition in advance of the NSW general election. The election policy costings can be found here.

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

Greens

  • Reframe housing as a universal right through reforms to housing, homelessness and renting, including: 
  • Housing: 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.
  • Build 300,000 social homes within 30 years with universal eligibility. All housing on public land will be social housing, and we will set inclusionary zoning targets so that at least 30% of housing on private land will be social housing. Homes will be accessible.
  • Develop coordinated, integrated housing strategy
  • Plan to make all homes zero emissions by 2030.
  • Renting: Implement a series of reforms to 'make renting fair' including ending no grounds evictions, cap rent increases to CPI and establishing rental housing standards. 
  • Introduce an Empty Homes Levy on properties left vacant for more than six months in a calendar year - with exemptions for specific circumstances.
  • Homelessness: Increase federal funding for transitional housing and crisis services by $500m a year an increase NSW's funding commitment to match it.
  • Ban the sell-off or forced relocation of social housing or public land that could be used for social housing.
  • Remove all income ceilings in social housing so people can retain tenancy if they begin to earn more.
  • Address a $300 million social housing maintenance backlog.
  • Prevent for-profit corporations being involved in providing social housing.

 

Liberals & Nationals

  • Existing policy: increasing housing supply via housing targets for local councils, identifying priority precincts, allowing accelerated rezoning to deliver 30 000 additional homes as well as accelerating council-led rezoning, faster development application approvals
  • 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. The Government has required Landcom to be involved in housing affordability.
  • 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. 
  • Reforms to renting in 2018 included no penalties for domestic violence victims, limiting rent increases for periodic leases to once a year, set lease-breaking fees, increased ability for renters to make minor alterations and some minimum standards. The Government policy looking forward includes a promise to allow bonds to be transferred from one to the next renting contract and retaining 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


Greens

Liberals & Nationals

 


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.
  • 5 000 new teachers

Greens

Liberals & Nationals


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

 

Labor

  • Every employee in every workplace will be able to take ten days (non-accumulative) paid domestic violence leave each year.

  • A package of funding that includes $18 million over four years for an extra 200 specialist domestic violence housing places for women and children in priority areas including Penrith, Goulburn, North Coast, Taree, and Kempsey; $10.8 million in funding to expand the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service through an extra 29 case worker roles; $1.7 million each year for the NSW Rape Crisis Centre, and funding for an extra 19 specialised case workers for the network of Women's Health Centres.
  • Move responsibility for sexual, family and domestic violence in NSW to the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and implement a new accountability and governance regime. 
  • Join Our Watch and deliver respectful relationships education from an early age.

  • Invest $4 million to support the Girls Academy program, empowering Aboriginal girls
  • $7 million to trial health screening and outreach in four Women’s Health Centres;
  • $625,000 for the Women’s Family Law Court Support Service;
  • $500,000 for volunteer women’s groups;
  • $500,000 for new mentoring and networking opportunities for women in business;
  • Target of 50% of new appointments to government boards and committees to be women

Greens

Liberals & Nationals


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

 

Labor

  • Establish a Treaty process in NSW, in consultation and negotiation with the state’s Indigenous representatives.

  • Appoint an Aboriginal Affairs Advocate for Children and Young People and will move the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to Premier and Cabinet.
  • Fly the Aboriginal flag 365 days of the year atop the Harbour Bridge.

  • $5 million over four years for traditional Aboriginal land burning practices to help restore the traditional forest structure and create jobs for Aboriginal communities.
  • $4 million over four years to support the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, a not-for-profit Aboriginal organisation which provides advice and services relevant to education and training. 
  • Invest $4 million to support the Girls Academy program, empowering Aboriginal girls
  • Enact Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act and empower Aboriginal communities to have a greater role in managing National Parks, return Goat Island to traditional owners
  • Appoint an Aboriginal Child and Family Advocate and will move the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to Premier and Cabinet (rewrite of point 2)
  • Invest $4.5 million over 2 years in Justice Reinvestment.
  • Establish the Walama Court – A specialist court for indigenous offenders in the jurisdiction of the District Court and maintain funding to Aboriginal Legal services.
  • Make formal apology to victims of state- sanctioned massacres and establish a Myall Creek Massacre Education and Cultural Centre.
  • Establish First Peoples Day
  • Support Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program for indigenous medical students.

Greens

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

  • Recurrent funding to disability and information organisations.

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.
  • Investment of $80 million over 4 years to upgrade police stations.
  • Invest $4.5 million over 2 years in Justice Reinvestment.
  • Establish the Walama Court – A specialist court for indigenous offenders in the jurisdiction of the District Court and maintain funding to Aboriginal Legal services.

Greens

Liberals & Nationals


Empowered and engaged communities

 

Labor

Greens

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.
  • A Regional Seniors Transport Card providing $250 annually to discount fuel, taxi and pre-booked travel costs for aged pensioners, superannuation and annuity income earners living in regional NSW. 
  • A $50 cap on weekly spending for Opal card customer.