State Budget
The government is supporting our businesses and creating the environment to transform South Australia into a modern, high technology and globally competitive economy - which will create more jobs for South Australians. We are continuing our plan to make South Australia the best place to do business.
Budget Papers
On 7 July 2016, the Hon. Tom Koutsantonis released the 2016-17 State Budget. This budget builds on the economic stimulus and tax reforms provided in the 2015-16 budget. It promotes the creation of jobs through the building of key industries and development of new economy business. You can read more about this Government's key budget initiatives.
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On 7 July 2016, the Hon. Tom Koutsantonis released the 2016-17 State Budget.
"For South Australia to attract more businesses and grow existing industries it is important we demonstrate our capacity to effectively manage our finances. First and foremost, this budget proves our credibility as responsible fiscal managers delivering our 8th budget surplus while forecasting surpluses across the forward estimates."
For more detailed information, view the following budget papers.

Budget Paper 1: Budget Overview

A summary publication capturing all highlights from the 2016-17 Budget.
PDF (0.4 MB)

Budget Paper 2: Budget Speech

A copy of the Treasurer's speech, delivered to Parliament on 7th July 2016.
PDF (0.3 MB)

Budget Paper 3: Budget Statement

A financial report presenting the State Government's current and estimated future economic performance, fiscal strategy, budget priorities, expenditure, revenue, assets, liabilities, risks and government business.
PDF (2.5 MB)

Budget Paper 4: Agency Statements

Various financial reports presenting the State Government's current and estimated revenue, expenses and performance by agency.
Volume 1 - PDF (3.6 MB)
Volume 2 - PDF (3.0 MB)
Volume 3 - PDF (2.9 MB)
Volume 4 - PDF (2.7 MB)

Budget Paper 5: Budget Measures Statement

A financial report detailing the State Government's expenditure, savings and revenue initiatives.
PDF (0.9 MB)

Key Regional Projects and New Initiatives

Regional Spend PDF (0.4 MB)

Publications

Budget Flyer PDF (0.1 MB)
Budget Factsheet PDF (0.1 MB)
Media
Media releases are available about the key budget initiatives announced as part of the 2016-17 State Budget.
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Regional
Regions are an integral part of the state's identity. Regional South Australia plays a crucial part in meeting key government economic objectives for premium food and wine and resources, energy and renewable assets.
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Key regional Investing and Expenditure

Key budget funding initiatives and projects by regions are available on the map.



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Benefits
Do you know what this budget means for you as a householder, business or entrepreneur? The benefits of the 2016-17 State Budget for each key stakeholder are available.
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Business
The government is supporting our businesses to grow and employ more

South Australians. We are introducing measures that make it easier for businesses to employ new staff and we are continuing our support for small businesses.

South Australia: the best place to do business

At the 2015-16 Budget the government announced the most comprehensive package of tax reforms in our state’s history. By 1 July 2018, the government will have abolished 5 business taxes, providing a tax system that supports businesses to invest, grow and create jobs.

Tax reforms to support business growth and investment

Tax reforms announced in response to the State Tax Review removed taxes that constrained business investment and expansion. South Australia is now the lowest taxing State for commercial property transfers.
  • Non-residential real stamp duty
    • Cut by 1/3 on 7 December 2015 - Tax to be cut by a further 1/3 on 1 July 2017 and abolished on 1 July 2018. Up to 6 000 non-residential real transactions expected to benefit each year.
  • Abolished non-real stamp duty - From 18 June 2015 - Providing relief on around 1 300 non-real property transactions each year.
  • Abolished share duty From 18 June 2015
  • Abolished stamp duty on genuine corporate reconstructions
  • Abolished the Save the River Murray Levy From 1 July 2015 Saves businesses more than $182 each year.

Building on business tax reforms to create jobs

  • Job creation grant scheme
    • Between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018
    • $10 000 Grants for businesses with taxable payrolls below $5 million for each additional new worker.
    • $4 000 Grants for small businesses and start-ups for each additional new worker.
    • Expected to provide grants for 14 000 new full time equivalent positions.
      For more details of this grant, visit RevenueSA
  • Extend small business payroll tax rebate for four years, reducing their payroll tax.
    • Providing up to $9800 for employers with taxable payrolls less than or equal to $1.2 million.
    • Around 2 300 businesses to benefit.
  • Extend and expand 'off the plan' stamp duty concession
    • Now available across the entire state for contracts entered into until 30 June 2017.
    • Maximum concession of $15 500.
    • Expected to benefit 800 purchasers.
  • Industry participation advocate
    • $1.4 MILLION for the Office of the Industry Advocate to expand assistance for local business to build their tendering skills for local jobs and ensuring local content is used on projects.
  • SA Made campaign
    • $2 MILLION For an awareness campaign so South Australians can identify, support and buy SA made products.

Supporting our regions facing economic restructuring

  • Supporting Whyalla
    • $50 MILLION Funding to support a new owner of the Whyalla steelworks.
    • $9.6 MILLION Interest-free loan scheme to support small businesses experiencing cash-flow challenges as a result of Arrium entering administration.
  • Supporting the northern suburbs
    • $24.2 MILLION A range of initiatives have been announced aimed at job creation, innovation, business and industry growth and community programs in northern Adelaide.
Households
  • $250 million Refurbish and redevelop contemporary science, technology, engineering and mathematics facilities in 139 public schools.
  • $90.7 MILLION In additional disability funding to support the transition to NDIS and provide additional disability services support.
  • $8.5 MILLION To assist the community recover from the Pinery bushfire of November 2015.
  • $1.5 MILLION Additional funding to support and rehabilitate people affected by problem gambling. Funded from the introduction of a wagering tax.
  • $450,000 Funding for Together SA to continue work in northern and southern Adelaide under the government’s thriving communities agenda.
  • $1.3 MILLION To introduce a national system for SA Police to share information on domestic violence orders within and across jurisdictions as part of the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme.
  • $142 MILLION Additional funding to improve and encourage greater use of our public transport network.
  • $50 MILLION To extend the tram network to along North Terrace to the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site.
  • $48 MILLION To upgrade the diesel railcar fleet.
  • $44.4 MILLION Industry assistance package to the taxi and chauffeur vehicle industry in response to reforms to the sector.
  • $10 MILLION To provide improved infrastructure to promote low carbon forms of transport, increasing cycling and public transport journeys.
  • $10 MILLION to Football Federation of South Australia to develop high quality pitches and upgrade soccer facilities across the state.
  • $10 MILLION for grants to sporting clubs to provide facilities for female participation in sport.
  • $5 MILLION to the Port Pirie Regional Council for the Memorial Oval redevelopment.
  • $2 MILLION grant to the City of Marion for the regional level BMX facility at O’Halloran Hill Recreation Reserve.
  • $7.5 MILLION for a grant to the City of Charles Sturt to upgrade the St Clair Recreation facility.
  • $4.6 MILLION through provision of land at the former Ross Smith Secondary School to City of Port Adelaide Enfield to develop an indoor community, recreation and sport facility.
  • $500 000 Land tax exemptions for sporting and racing clubs.
Innovation and entrepreneurs
We are continuing to invest in attracting new business to South Australia and growing our tourism sector as well as supporting entrepreneurs and new businesses establish their presence in South Australia.

$135 MILLION To grow investment in future industries

Commitment to spend at least $20 million on innovation initiatives each year. Budget includes an additional $29.8 million for:
  • $10 MILLION - Grants to assist companies at the pre-seed and seed stage of development to grow.
  • $7.5 MILLION - Support for the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute to encourage innovation and new industry and assist start up enterprises.
  • $4.7 MILLION - Gig city project to create an ultra-high speed broadband innovation network.
These initiatives build on the government's $53.6 million existing commitments including the Premier’s Research and Industry Fund and Bio-Innovation SA Industry Development grants.
  • SA Venture Capital Fund
    • $50 MILLION Fund to partner with private sector financiers to support innovation and help build high-growth companies.
  • Tourism, Marketing and Major Events Fund
    • $35 MILLION Additional funding to encourage visitors to South Australia and attract major events.
  • Economic investment fund
    • $20 MILLION to continue to attract businesses to the state.
    • $1.9 MILLION Fund biosecurity measures which will enable access to high value domestic and international markets.
  • Planning reforms
    • $24.8 MILLION - Investment will be made to reform the State’s planning system. ePlanning will facilitate faster approvals, consistent planning rules and ready access to information.
Education
Developing and upgrading school facilities will enable our children to gain key skills needed to work in our future industries, including high technology manufacturing. It will also provide support and stimulus to the construction sector in the short to medium term.

$500 MILLION To upgrade our school facilities and prepare our children for the jobs of the future

  • $250 million Refurbish and redevelop contemporary science, technology, engineering and mathematics facilities in 139 public schools.
    • 77 Primary schools
    • 44 High schools
    • 18 R12 and area schools
  • $250 MILLION LOAN PROGRAM - For the first time, private schools will have access to a loan facility at government borrowing rates to fund infrastructure that improves school learning facilities.
  • $10.6 MILLION - To enable the modernisation of South Australian Certificate of Education operations to improve efficiency by moving more activities online.
  • $38.1 MILLION - For government funded preschools to lower the number of students per teacher.
The community
We are continuing to fund people with disabilities during the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), provide additional community wellbeing services, invest in our public transport system and improve sporting facilities throughout the state.

More than $144 million to support the wellbeing in our community

Including:
  • $90.7 MILLION In additional disability funding to support the transition to NDIS and provide additional disability services support.
  • $44.4 MILLION Funding to improve Aboriginal health outcomes.
  • $8.7 MILLION To continue the operation of the Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Service in Whyalla. This also includes $150,000 for the development of a industry specific suicide prevention program within the Whyalla community.
  • $8.5 MILLION To assist the community recover from the Pinery bushfire of November 2015.
  • $1.5 MILLION Additional funding to support and rehabilitate people affected by problem gambling. Funded from the introduction of a wagering tax.

Transport

  • $142 MILLION Additional funding to improve and encourage greater use of our public transport network.
  • $50 MILLION To extend the tram network to along North Terrace to the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site.
  • $48 MILLION To upgrade the diesel railcar fleet.
  • $44.4 MILLION Industry assistance package to the taxi and chauffeur vehicle industry for reforms to the sector.

New and upgraded sporting facilities

  • $10 MILLION to Football Federation of South Australia to develop high quality pitches and upgrade soccer facilities across the state.
  • $10 MILLION for grants to sporting clubs to provide facilities for female participation in sport.
  • $7.5 MILLION for a grant to the City of Charles Sturt to upgrade the St Clair Recreation facility.
  • $5 MILLION to the Port Pirie Regional Council for the Memorial Oval redevelopment.
  • $2 MILLION grant to the City of Marion for the regional level BMX facility at O’Halloran Hill Recreation Reserve.
  • $4.6 MILLION through provision of land at the former Ross Smith Secondary School to City of Port Adelaide Enfield to develop an indoor community, recreation and sport facility.
  • $500 000 Land tax exemptions for sporting and racing clubs.

$45 million - Additional resources for our emergency services, including:

  • $16.2 MILLION Strengthening the capacity to respond to bushfires.
  • $9.3 MILLION To improve fire truck safety equipment.
  • $6.2 MILLION On CFS and SES volunteer training and support.
  • $5.5 MILLION To establish the Flood Resilience SA Program to enhance flood response and incident management capabilities.
  • $2 MILLION Zone Emergency Risk Management System.

Safer communities

  • $65.8 MILLION Towards additional prison beds including at Mobilong, Mount Gambier, and Port Augusta prisons.
  • $15.6 MILLION To expand the use of the home detention program.
  • $9.9 MILLION To increase the capacity of existing rehabilitation programs and to introduce new programs to assist in reducing the rate of reoffending.
  • Screening reforms - $10.6 MILLION - A system will be implemented that continuously monitors screening assessments for people who work with children.

Supporting police

  • $16.1 MILLION To meet the government’s commitment to recruit 313 additional police officers and support initiatives to ensure more sworn police officers provide front line services.
  • $1.3 MILLION To introduce a national system for SA Police to share information on domestic violence orders within and across jurisdictions as part of the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme.

Reforming our justice system

  • $4.5 MILLION - Reduce the time it takes for serious criminal matters to come to trial.
Environment
The government is taking a leadership role in global climate change, including the commitment to achieve a Carbon Neutral Adelaide. This budget includes a range of items that improve the environment.
The waste and resource recovery sector currently employs about 5 000 people. These reforms and new investment will expand the sector, creating more than 350 jobs and maintain the state’s position as Australia’s leading recycler.

More than $98 MILLION to protect, sustain and enhance our clean and green environment

  • Solid waste levy
    • These measures will be funded from an increase to the solid waste levy. The levy will increase from $62 at 1 July 2016 to $103 by 2019-20. This levy compares favourably with the levy in New South Wales which is $135.70 in 2016-17.
  • $26.4 MILLION Green industries
    • For a range of local government waste and resource recovery grants as well as grants for the waste sector to facilitate infrastructure investment and innovation.
  • Environment management
    • $15.8 MILLION - To deal with site contamination issues arising from orphan sites and implement waste management reform and enhanced compliance in the waste and resources recovery sector.
  • Carbon Neutral Adelaide
    • $11.9 MILLION - Partner with the Adelaide City Council to leverage private sector investment in renewable energy and storage, building energy efficiency and electric vehicles infrastructure. Funding provided to also establish Carbon Neutral Adelaide as a key node of Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community Australia.
  • Low carbon transport
    • $10 MILLION - To provide improved infrastructure to promote low carbon forms of transport, increasing cycling and public transport journeys.
Defence
South Australia’s reputation as a hub for naval shipbuilding continues to grow with the Federal Government’s recent commitments for local manufacturing. Following completion of the air warfare destroyers, work will commence on the first of the offshore patrol vessels in South Australia from 2018 with the Future Frigates program to commence in 2020. The Federal Government has also announced the construction of 12 submarines to be built at Techport Australia. Construction of the first submarines will commence in 2022.

It is important that South Australia invests to build its advanced manufacturing industry and these defence projects will provide an opportunity for a range of associated industries.

$19 MILLION - To leverage opportunities to build our defence sector

  • $6 MILLION Defence Industry attraction fund - To secure new defence investment and jobs in South Australia and ensure the future submarine supply chain is based in South Australia.
  • $5 MILLION For the extension of the wharf at the Techport Common User Facility. Funded by an investment from ASC AWD Shipbuilder Pty Ltd.
  • $4 MILLION To build partnerships, and stronger cultural and economic relationships with France to enhance the benefits from the submarine contracts.
  • State Defence Industry - $2.3 MILLION To deliver programs and services that maintain and develop the state’s defence industry.
  • Masterplan of Techport $1 MILLION IN 2016-17 - For a masterplan design of Techport infrastructure at Osborne to prepare for future projects.
  • Trade Exhibition $420 000 - For state representation at the EURONAVAL international maritime trade exhibition in France.
Contact Us
For more information you can contact the Department of Treasury and Finance by telephone, mail or email. Contact details are available.
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General Enquiries

Telephone: 08-8226-9500
Email: commservices@sa.gov.au

Media Enquiries

Treasurer's Office telephone: 08-8226-1866
Email: treasurer@sa.gov.au

Jobs Creation Grant Scheme

RevenueSA: 08-8226-2210
More details about the grant scheme is available on the RevenueSA website