2022-23 SA Budget Delivered

South Australian Treasurer Stephen Mullighan’s handed down the state’s 2022-2023 Budget on Thursday 2 June 2022.  OTA are encouraged by the first budget handed down by the new South Australian Government particularly with regard to areas such as housing and homelessness, health and mental health, and cost of living. While there were some missed opportunities, the 2022-23 Budget provides an additional $2.4 billion in health services, support for additional public housing and a low deposit home loan scheme to get more South Australians into home ownership. Cost of living concessions will be doubled in 2022-23 to provide the extra financial support needed by South Australians to meet the rising cost of essential goods and services as part of a broader package of cost-of-living measures. The 2022-23 Budget also continues the state’s commitment for major infrastructure development including a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

OTA has prepared a snapshot of the budget measures most relevant to occupational therapists, click on the headings below for quick access.

To access the South Australian Budget Papers in full, go to SA State Budget 2022-23.

Housing and Homelessness

  • $177.5m for 400 new public housing places and upgrades and maintenance of 3350 existing houses
  • $10m for homelessness services including to provide support to those allocated one of 50 new public housing places designated for people experiencing homelessness
  • 20 homelessness discharge beds in partnership with not-for-profit sector ($4.6m over two years from 2024-25)

Schools/Education

  • $50m for 100 new mental health and learning support staff in public schools
  • $28.8m over 4 years to establish specific autism support in public primary schools
  • $26.6m on upgrades for 19 public schools and $118.8m over three years to expand two public secondary schools
  • $208.8m to establish five new technical colleges supporting a range of learning and training options.
  • $11.9m in 2022-23 to extend work of the Skilling Australians Fund, while negotiations are undertaken with federal government to continue the partnership
  • $6.7m over two years for an extension of the existing JobTrainer Fund National Partnership to increase free or low-fee training places through the JobTrainer Aged Care Boost
  • $4m to reverse cuts imposed on adult and community education
  • $5m in 2023-24 in upgrades to the Mount Gambier TAFE facilities, plus $12m to reinstate training courses in the areas of aged care, disability and early childhood, plus a further $8.8m for courses where skill shortages have been identified in construction and hospitality

Mental Health

  • $3.1m to boost public community mental health teams
  • New mental health community beds, $12.7m over three years from 2023- 24, to establish 20 additional hospital-in-the-home beds
  • $11.4m for Mount Gambier Hospital mental health beds
  • Lived Experience Leadership and Advocacy Network (LELAN) ($800k) to support voice for people with lived experience of distress or mental health issues
  • Speciality cancer and mental health nurses at the Women's and Children's Hospital ($6m)

Health

  • Medic Nurses in Custodial Facilities program ($13.6m)
  • New doctor package ($65m) to recruit 101 doctors, including specialists, as well as 10 child psychologists in Adelaide and regional South Australia
  • Nganampa Health Services – support for Gayle's Law ($4.2m) to ensure nurse safety in remote areas and quality clinical services
  • Nurses package in priority areas of need ($23.9m) to recruit additional 76 nurses across priority areas of the hospital system
  • Pharmacists package ($1.75m) to train pharmacists to conduct medication reviews, deal with mental ill-health issues, improve access to palliative care medication, and improve assistance for patients with respiratory illness
  • 350 more paramedics and ambulance officers in metropolitan and regional SA ($124m)
  • Ambulance station boost ($66m) to establish new ambulance stations and upgrades in priority areas across the metro and region 
  • Build a new CBD ambulance headquarter ($120m)
  • COVID-19 public health functions ($200m of operating expenditure in 2022- 23) to recognise the continuing need for certain COVID-19 functions to continue, albeit at a reduced level.
  • Investments in regional hospitals: Keith and District Hospital ($5.25m); Mount Gambier Hospital emergency department ($8m over three years); Naracoorte Hospital ($8m); Port Augusta Hospital ($8m); Port Pirie Hospital emergency department ($12m)
  • Mount Gambier Hospital drug and alcohol detox beds ($4.6m) to fit out and operate two dedicated drug and alcohol detox beds
  • Additional Community drug and alcohol rehabilitation beds: 12 beds in Adelaide ($12.7m); four beds in Port Augusta ($3.3m over 3 years); and four beds in Mount Gambier ($3.3m over 3 years).
  • Family Drug Support ($1m) to provide counselling and support to the families of drug users
  • Cancer Council anti-tobacco strategy ($400k) to support the Cancer Council to tackle tobacco addiction
  • Yadu Health Clinic ($2.5m over two years) to support the construction of accommodation for additional health services, including dental and other allied health

Community and Regional Supports

  • Adult safeguarding unit ($3.4m over two years) to recognise and respond to reports of abuse of vulnerable adults
  • $1.8m to extend the Disability Community Visitor Scheme
  • $4.3m in response to expressed community need for two new police posts at Indulkana and Pipalyatjara and additional funding for the Fregon police post
  • Child protection grants of $7.6m for services for children and young people in care and their carers, and young people who have left care, including $4m for post-care support and carer advocacy services, $800k to CREATE Foundation, $800k to Grandparents For Grandchildren, and $1.8m for a Child and Young Person's Visitor Scheme in residential care 
  • $1m to establish a northern and a southern domestic violence prevention and recovery hub
  • $16m to fund multicultural events and initiatives
  • The Victim Support Services ($2m) to support victims of crime, and programs such as the Court Companions and Safer Places initiatives
  • Women's Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service ($800k) to restore the previous funding cut to the service
  • $1m in grants for women’s and men’s sheds
  • $29.4m to improve public transport for Mount Barker and the Adelaide Hills and $500k for a transport study of Mount Barker, in addition to $416k for public transport studies in regional centres and $4.8m over two years in payments to country bus services to ensure continuation of service

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