In December 2016 the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) provided a comprehensive Budget Submission for the ACT Government’s consideration. This submission reviewed all the government’s election commitments (as identified in the Parliamentary Agreement) and aligned them with the Community Shared Statement and our ACT Budget priorities for 2017-18. These commitments were separated into policy areas including housing, transport, education and health.
ACTCOSS is aware that it is unlikely that all commitments for the 2016-2020 term of government will be delivered within the ACT Government’s 2017-2018 Budget. In this briefing document, ACTCOSS has identified a group of commitments that we believe should be prioritised because they most closely align to the priorities identified in the Community Shared Statement and the ACTCOSS ACT Budget Priorities 2017-18. It outlines why the commitments were chosen, and provides some additional analysis and commentary on Budget impacts. Those commitments that are already key stated priorities for the government and will be a focus of early implementation have not been included in this paper, unless they are clear and present priorities for the sector.
We also outline some commitments where we give qualified support and ask for close attention in their implementation.
This additional briefing should be read in conjunction with the submission provided in December 2016, ACTCOSS Budget Priorities 2017-18.