Deficit halved, says ACT Budget update

THE projected deficit for 2017-18 has halved and the ACT remains on track for a balanced budget in 2018-19, according to the government’s Budget update. 

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Andrew Barr… “Our economy is growing at four per cent, stronger than forecast in the June Budget.” Photo Andrew Campbell

Almost 7000 more people now call Canberra home than a year ago, attracted by the bright opportunities here and our world-beating quality of living.,” says Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr.

“Last year, over 10,000 new jobs were created in Canberra: the strongest year of job creation in a decade. Over 80 per cent of those new jobs were full time – giving Canberra families the stability and security they need to enter 2018 with optimism. This is a strong and very encouraging indication of increasing diversity in our economy.”

He says as a result of the Budget review:

  • There will be more surgeries this year – cutting waiting times.
  • More paramedics.
  • The rollout of laptops to all ACT public secondary students is ahead of schedule.
  • More investment in courts and community safety.      
  • The Utilities Concession has increased by $50 to help eligible households meet rising cost of living. This will bring the total payment available to $654 a year, which comes directly off electricity bills to reduce household costs.

The Budget Review 2017-18 is available from the ACT Treasury website (

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