Budget 2014: At A Glance


* Budget deficit: $29.8 billion in 2014-15 (to $2.8 billion in 2017-18)

* Unemployment forecast: 6.25% in 2014-15

* Economic growth: 2.5% in 2014-15


* Complete deregulation of university fees

* Commonwealth funding extended to students at TAFEs, private colleges and sub-bachelor degrees at a cost of $820 million over three years

* Labor's 'Gonski' school funding commitments scrapped from 2017-18 with school funding indexed to inflation from 2018

* School chaplaincy program continued at a cost of $243.5 million over five years


* All Australians to pay at least $7 for GP visits, blood tests and X-rays.

* General patients to pay $5 more and concessional patients 80¢ more for prescription drugs.

* Billions slashed from hospitals, which will be free to charge for emergency department


* Age pension age to reach 70 by July 1, 2035

* Pension means test thresholds to be frozen for 3 years

* Tougher income test for self funded retirees to receive Commonwealth Seniors Health Card


* Enforced six month waiting period for under-30s signing on for the dole. After first six months on dole they will again be cut off for a six month period

* Tightened eligibility criteria for disability support pensioners under 35

* Newstart recipients aged between 22 and 25 will be pushed back onto the lower-value Youth Allowance (other) payment

Public service

* 16,500 full-time jobs gone in three years

* Tax Office suffers biggest hit; Department of Human Services one of few winners

Razor gang to target the bureaucracy's spin doctors


* $2.55 billion over 10 years for the Emissions Reduction Fund

* At least $2 billion in cuts to programs and scrapping of environmental agencies

* $525 million for a “green army”, $40 million over four years for the Great Barrier Reef, and $2.1 million for solar projects in local communities


* Total defence spending to rise, with fast-tracking of $1.5 billion for new hardware

* 1200 Defence bureaucrat jobs to go

* MH370 search to cost Defence nearly $28 million


* ABC-operated Australia Network to close, saving $198 million over four years

* Combined cuts to ABC and SBS of $43.5 million over four years

* $10 million for children's safety online including a "Children's e-Safety Commissioner"

* $100 million for mobile blackspot and wireless coverage in regional areas


* Merging of Customs and Immigration will cost $480 million with 480 jobs lost

* Asylum seekers who have arrived by boat will lose the right to have their case independently reviewed or to have family reunions

* Stopping the boats will save $2.5 billion over five years

Foreign Affairs

* Foreign aid frozen at current levels for two years, helping save $7.6 billion over five years

* International commitment to spend 0.5 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid abandoned

* $400 million saved over four years by folding the former AusAID into the Foreign Affairs Department


* Four more government-owned businesses to be sold: Australian Hearing, Defence Housing Australia, the Royal Australian Mint, and the registry arm of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

* Proceeds will be reinvested into the government's Asset Recycling Fund to help build new productive infrastructure

Indigenous affairs

* More than half a billion dollars saved over five years by rationalising indigenous services and transferring more than 150 programs into just five, run out of the PM's department

* More than $54 million for police infrastructure in remote communities

* More than $13 million for the Clontarf Foundation Academy's Sporting Chance program and more than $18 million to continue boosting school attendance in remote communities


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