Budget 2019-20

2019–20 Budget information. This may affect people who access our payments and services.

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Budget measures

Some Budget measures are subject to passage of legislation. Updates may occur regularly, so you should continue to check for any new information that might be of interest.

Families

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Extending Family Tax Benefit to ABSTUDY recipients aged 16 and over who study away from home

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Health and aged care

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Guaranteeing Medicare — Medicare Benefits Schedule Review — response to taskforce recommendations

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Improving Access to Medicines — Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — new and amended listings

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Guaranteeing Medicare — improving quality and safety through stronger compliance

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Better Distribution of Medical Practitioners

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Guaranteeing Medicare — improved access to diagnostic imaging

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Improving services

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Fourth Action Plan (2019-22) to reduce violence against women and their children

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Changing the Social Security Income Assessment Model

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Veteran Centric Reform — putting veterans and their families first

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Continued funding for GovPass — Trusted Digital Identity

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Electronic Invoicing Adoption

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Concessional Treatment for the Forced Sale of Livestock under the Farm Household Allowance Program

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Cashless Debit Card — further extension and expansion

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Energy Assistance Payment

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Job seekers

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Better Targeting of Support for Refugees

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New Employment Services Model — pilot and transitional arrangements

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Migrants, refugees and visitors

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New Regional Visas — Population Package

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Youth and students

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North Queensland Flood Recovery Package

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Portfolio Budget Statements

Information about the Department of Human Services Budget can be found in the following Budget statements.

Page last updated: 4 April 2019