The 2021-22 NSW Budget has announced a record $108.5 billion infrastructure commitment over four years, aiming to drive economic growth and boost productivity. 

The $108.5 billion infrastructure investment includes:

  • $71.5 billion towards delivering road and rail projects
  • $8.5 billion dedicated to delivering schools and educational facilities
  • $10.8 billion appointed to hospitals and health facilities

The record infrastructure program is focused on investing for continued growth beyond the state’s COVID-19 recovery. 

$71.5 billion for public transport and roads, including:  

  • $12.0 billion over the next four years for Sydney Metro West  
  • $3.1 billion over the next four years for More Trains, More Services  
  • $2.7 billion over the next four years for the M6 Extension Stage 1  
  • $2.0 billion over the next four years for the Great Western Highway Upgrade  
  • $872.6 million over the next four years for the Newell Highway  
  • $329.1 million over the next four years for the Princes Highway Upgrade, including the Albion Park Rail Bypass, construction of the new Nowra Bridge and the Berry to Bomaderry Upgrade 

$10.8 billion for health infrastructure to plan, deliver and upgrade hospital builds, including:  

  • $1.3 billion for the Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital and Community Health Services Redevelopment  
  • $835.0 million for the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct and car park 
  • $740.0 million for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct 

$8.5 billion for education and skills infrastructure, including:  

  • $2.1 billion over four years for new and upgraded schools 
  • $79.6 million over four years for the Institute of Applied Technology for Construction

$3.3 billion has been allocated for new and upgraded schools including:  

  • Macquarie Park Education Campus  
  • Rydalmere Education Campus  
  • Liverpool Boys and Girls High School  
  • New high school in Marsden Park  
  • Bomaderry High School Upgrade  
  • Yanco Agricultural High School Upgrade  
  • Wee Waa High School  
  • South West Sydney
  • New high school in Edmondson Park  
  • Oran Park Public School Stage 2 

$2.8 billion to future proof regional areas

NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, said more than $2.8 billion has also been secured in the budget for the Department of Regional NSW to help rural communities continue to grow, move through recovery and build on the benefits of regional living. 

“Since 2017 the NSW Government has committed more than $2 billion to 2,100 regional infrastructure projects, and today I can announce 800 more projects will be added to that tally, putting more cash into local economies, creating new jobs and helping businesses thrive,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“Almost $64 million announced last week for the NSW Government’s Future Ready Regions package will help regional communities prepare for future droughts by investing in the latest technologies, data and tools to boost business productivity, while helping communities to plan ahead. 

“This package includes $48 million for the Farms of the Future program, which will boost on-farm connectivity so producers can adopt agtech and compete with the best. We will also survey western NSW for new water sources to reduce pressure on other supplies during drought.

“We are also investing $50 million to fund a new Mobile Coverage Project, to improve infrastructure and boost emerging technologies.”

Mr Barilaro said a raft of programs and Budget measures will directly and indirectly support or create new regional jobs now and into the future, such as the $100 million committed to the Regional Job Creation Fund, which aims to generate at least 5,000 new jobs alone. 

Digital services and technologies

Minister for Digital and Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello, said the Budget would also invest in accelerating the roll-out of digital infrastructure and services.

“We are increasing the Digital Restart Fund’s budget to $2.1 billion, thanks to an extra $500 million over three years, while the Data Analytics Centre – so crucial in informing the State’s response to COVID-19 – will receive $38.3 million over four years,” Mr Dominello said. 

This Budget announces three significant new investments enabled by the Digital Restart Fund:

  • The Ministry of Health’s Single Digital Patient Record – Phase 1 Project to improve the quality and safety of care for patients by enhancing care coordination across hospitals and other settings.
  • The Department of Customer Service’s eConstruction initiative to develop digital platforms for certification registries, aimed at delivering end to end quality assurance for builders, customers and suppliers to improve the transparency, accountability, and quality of work within the building sector.
  • Cyber security projects across the Departments of Education, Planning Industry and Environment, Premier and Cabinet, Communities and Justice, Police, Transport for NSW, and the Ministry of Health to improve the security of operating systems, applications and proactively manage cyber security threats. 
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