At a glance

Australia's 2019 Federal Budget has been unveiled. The key features of this year's Budget were tax cuts and infrastructure spending with the theme of "A stronger economy and a secure future."

According to the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, the measures in this Budget will return a surplus of $7.1 billion, forecast for 2019/20.

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the announced changes.

For education

  • $525.3 million to be spent on modernising the education and training sector
  • Up to 80,000 new apprenticeships over 5 years, with apprentices receiving a $2000 payment  
  • $93.7 million over 4 years for scholarships to study in regional Australia

For taxpayers

  • Tax cuts for low to middle income earners
  • $284 million to assist 3.9 million Australians with the cost of power bills

For infrastructure

  • $100 billion over a decade, towards new road and rail projects
  • Significant initiatives include the fast rail connection between Geelong and Melbourne and an additional $3 billion for the Urban Congestion Fund

For businesses

  • The instant asset write-off threshold is increasing from $25,000 to $30,000 per asset. The scheme has been expanded to include medium sized businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million
  • Incentive payments to employers who employ apprentices is proposed to double to $8,000 per placement
  • A $3.9 million Emergency Response Fund to help agribusinesses recover from natural disasters

Health and aged care

  • $725 million for 10,000 new home care packages
  • Increased access to diagnostic imaging and higher Medicare rebates
  • $737 million for mental health care initiatives over 7 years

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