South Australia state budget 2018: The key points

State Treasurer Rob Lucas handed down the first budget for the Marshall Liberal government at Adelaide's Intercontinental Hotel.
State Treasurer Rob Lucas handed down the first budget for the Marshall Liberal government at Adelaide's Intercontinental Hotel.
  • 2017-18 net operating balance estimated at a $397 million deficit. Surpluses planned from 2018-19 ($48 million). Projected surplus by 2021-22 of $211 million.
  • 2018-18 estimated government debt of $5.3 billion.
  • $157.2 million to abolish payroll tax for all small businesses and $95.9 million in land tax relief.
  • Establishing new trade offices in the USA, Japan, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Capping NRM levies from July 1, 2019.
  • Increases to South Australian Housing Trust rent as a revenue measure. This includes aligning the rent assessment rate for certain property types to the standard assessment rate (25 per cent of income) and increasing the rent assessment rate for households with moderate incomes.
  • Transitioning year seven education to high school. $27.7 million over years to bring secondary settings in line with other jurisdictions. 
  • $261 million to build new schools, including a $100 million Whyalla High School for 1500 students.
  • $100 million over four years to deliver battery storage systems in up to 40,000 homes across the state.
  • $140 million in capital works in country hospitals over 10 years to address a backlog in works requirements.
  • $315 million to establish a Regional Roads and Infrastructure Fund.
  • $9 million over four years for domestic violence and crisis beds. $4 million of that will be used over two years for 40 additional domestic violence crisis beds. $5 million of interest-free loans for non-government domestic violence organisations to fund housing related capital projects.
  • $4.9 million to abolish the $59.40 fee for volunteer screening checks.
  • $29.7 million for $100 sport vouchers for primary school aged children.
  • $202.6 million to create an additional 20,800 apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • Underutilised TAFE campuses set to close in some Adelaide locations. The only regional site earmarked to close is Roxby Downs.
  • $5.2 million to develop and operate a replacement solution to Alert SA.
  • $5 million for Country Fire Service station upgrades.