Delivering for South Australia

The State Government is working hard every day to deliver real change in South Australia.

Change that creates more jobs, lower costs for families and businesses and better government services.

We have created a strong foundation and will keep building on what we’ve started, delivering for you, your family and the community.

Cheaper ESL bills

Cheaper ESL bills 

Your ESL bills are now cheaper with a $90 million cut to ESL bills implemented from 1 July 2018.

Oaklands Crossing grade separation

Oaklands Crossing grade separation

Work on grade separation at Oaklands Crossing is now underway. This important project will improve safety and travel times at this busy intersection.

Better freight infrastructure

Better freight infrastructure

A tender to develop a business case has been released as the first step towards pursuing a generational upgrade of our export infrastructure.

20,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships

20,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships

Signed up to the Skilling Australians Fund to create 20,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships over four years.

Capping council rates

Capping council rates

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to impose a cap on local government rate rises to ensure ratepayers don’t have to pay excessive increases in council rates year on year.

No payroll tax for small business

No payroll tax for small business

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to exempt all businesses with payrolls less than $1.5m from payroll tax from 1 January 2019.

Affordable, reliable energy

Affordable, reliable energy

As part of our plan for cheaper, more reliable energy, we have committed up to $14 m to accelerate the construction of an interconnector between SA and NSW.

Re-open the Repat

Re-open the Repat

The contract signed by the previous government for the sale of the Repat site has been terminated - securing it as a health precinct. Renewing this site and activating its health assets has begun with the hydrotherapy pool re-opened and a 20 bed sub-acute ward open for rehabilitation patients. Public consultation and an expression of interest process has also been initiated to collectively determine the best use for the site. 

Gawler line electrification

Gawler line electrification

The Marshall Liberal Government will deliver the $615 million Gawler line electification project. This project will improve travel time, while supporting population growth in the region.

Meningococcal B vaccines

Meningococcal B vaccines 

Starting 1 October 2018, meningococcal B vaccinations will be available in a phased implementation, protecting babies and young people against this potentially deadly disease.

Stability in foster care

Stability in foster care

From the start of 2019, carers of young people in foster and kinship care will receive government support payments until those in their care turn 21.

Darlington project milestone: bridge open to traffic

Darlington project milestone: bridge open to traffic

In a major milestone for the $620 million Darlington Upgrade Project, the 3,000 tonne bridge on Main South Road over the Southern Expressway has now opened to traffic.

Engaging communities and clinicians for better health

Engaging communities and clinicians for better health

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to decentralise governance of the public health system.

Improved older persons’ mental health care

Improved older persons’ mental health care

We have outlined a roadmap for the future care and management of older people with significant dementia or complex mental health needs to ensure each and every individual receives the right level of care.

More doctors for country SA

More doctors for country SA

From January next year, the numbers of junior doctors training in country South Australian hospitals will more than double.

Better prevention for a healthy South Australia

Better prevention for a healthy South Australia 

The SA Healthy Towns Challenge has been launched - an initiative that funds preventative health projects in regional areas.  

Better patient record management

Better patient record management

Rollout of the previous government's electronic patient record system EPAS has been suspended after being over time and over budget.

Counter terrorism

Counter terrorism

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to give police greater lattitude to use lethal force in an officially declared terrorist incident. 

Speed camera audit

Speed camera audit

An expert independent review of speed cameras has commenced and will take approximately three months.

Stopping bullying

Stopping bullying

An audit of all public school truancy and bullying policies has been completed and we are working with schools to ensure they all have adequate truancy and bullying policies.

Shop trading hours

Shop trading hours

Legislation will be introduced to Parliament in July to extend shop trading hours to allow businesses to open, South Australians to work and consumers to buy what they want, when they want.

Public ICAC hearings

Public ICAC hearings

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to enable the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption to choose to hold a public hearing when investigating matters relating to maladministration and misconduct.

Home battery subsidy scheme

Home battery subsidy scheme

Preparations are underway to establish a $100 million battery subsidy scheme for 40,000 homes to deliver more affordable, reliable energy to households. 

Regional roads and infrastructure

Regional roads and infrastructure

Funding (equivalent to 30% of mining royalties) will be allocated to regional roads and infrastructure as part of the budget process. 

Tourism in SA reaches record $6.7 billion

Tourism in SA reaches record $6.7 billion

South Australia’s tourism appeal continues to grow, with the state attracting more visitors than ever before, whilst notching up a record $6.7 billion in visitor expenditure.

Opening up new trade offices

Opening up new trade offices

The process is underway to establish more trade offices in order to create jobs by boosting South Australia's international trade. This includes working with AusTrade to identify suitable sites. 

Affordable, reliable energy

Affordable, reliable energy

A Special Investigator has been appointed to examine acquisition of diesel generators and related aspects of the former government's energy plan.

Literacy Guarantee

Literacy Guarantee

The Literacy Guarantee Unit, made up of 13 specialist literacy coaches, has been established to ensure students have a strong foundation in literacy. 

Stability in foster care

Stability in foster care

From the start of 2019, carers of young people in foster and kinship care will receive government support payments until those in their care turn 21.

More cardiac services at TQEH

More cardiac services at TQEH

24/7 cardiac services have recommenced at The QEH, ensuring residents in western Adelaide have access to quality health care, closer to home. 

Upgrading Modbury Hospital

Upgrading Modbury Hospital

Preparations are underway to establish a High Dependency Unit at Modbury Hospital, ensuring residents in the north-east have access to quality health care, closer to home. 

Winning the war on drugs

Winning the war on drugs

Legislation to implement our 'winning the war on drugs' program has been introduced to Parliament. This includes legislation to stamp out drugs in prisons, limit drug diversions, enable mandated youth drug treatment and make sure penalties for drug offences are in line with community expectations. 

Neonatal care in the south

Neonatal care in the south

We have opened a new, state-of-the-art, $17.5 million neonatal facility at Flinders Medical Centre.

Pipeline supports jobs

Pipeline supports jobs

Work on the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme is underway, supporting 150 manufacturing and construction jobs. Once complete, the NAIS will add $578 m to the state's economy each year and create over 3,000 jobs.

Investing in entrepreneurial education

Investing in entrepreneurial education

The process is underway to identify four high schools to be designated entrepreneurial schools, giving our children the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

Fairer water pricing

Fairer water pricing

An independent inquiry into water pricing is underway.

Access to justice for child abuse victims

Access to justice for child abuse victims

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to lift the time limit on compensation claims by victims of institutionalised child sexual abuse. 

Moratorium on fracking

Moratorium on fracking

A moratorium on fracking in the Limestone Coast region has been implemented.

New Technical College

New Technical College

The process to establish a new Technical College in the western suburbs has commenced. This important initiative will provide young South Australians with more opportunities to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Protecting our police

Protecting our police

A trial of the use of light armoured vests by frontline police has been initiated.

More information on outpatient waiting times

More information on outpatient waiting times

Preparations are underway for the public release of information on outpatient clinic waiting times from 1 July 2018.

Riverland drug addiction rehabilitation

Riverland drug addiction rehabilitation

Preparations are underway for a community-based drug addiction rehabilitation pilot in the Riverland.

Tough approach to truancy

Tough approach to truancy

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to increase fines to deter chronic truancy, ensuring children are not disadvantaged by parents who do not place appropriate importance on education.

Glenthorne National Park and reservoirs

Glenthorne National Park and reservoirs

The process to establish Glenthorne National Park and open up reservoirs for recreational activities has been initiated. Key progress to date includes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the State Government and the University of Adelaide as a major step in the transfer of Glenthorne Farm to State Government ownership. 

Minimum gift card expiry date

Minimum gift card expiry date

Legislation to ensure gift cards have minimum three-year expiry dates has been introduced to Parliament. 

Regional Growth Fund

Regional Growth Fund

A $150 million Regional Growth Fund has been established as part of a decade-long plan to support jobs growth and boost local economies.

Protecting vulnerable adults

Protecting vulnerable adults

Adult protection legislation has been introduced to Parliament to safeguard adults who are vulnerable to abuse or neglect and empower an agency to conduct investigations into allegations of abuse or neglect

Year one phonics check

Year one phonics check

As part of our literacy guarantee, we have introduced year 1 phonics checks for all government schools. These checks are being rolled out in August and will benefit students learning to read by identifying where support is needed to develop their skills in phonics.

Women's and Children's Hospital

Women's and Children's Hospital

A high-level taskforce has been established to drive co-location of the new Women's and Children's Hospital with the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Reforming Natural Resource Management

Reforming Natural Resource Management

Preparations are underway to repeal the Natural Resources Management Act and introduce a Landscape South Australia Act. 

Ensuring government bills are paid on time

Ensuring government bills are paid on time

Instructions have been issued to ensure government bills are paid on time - supporting South Australian businesses who rely on prompt payment to ensure they do not experience cash flow problems.

No more taxpayer-funded political ads

No more taxpayer-funded political ads

New guidelines have been issued that will prevent the misuse of taxpayer funds for political purposes by imposing stricter controls on taxpayer-funded advertising.

Shark spotting drones

Shark spotting drones

Discussions are underway to enable surf life saving clubs to have drones to enhance surveillance of beaches by the 2018 summer.

SA Productivity Commission

SA Productivity Commission

The process to establish the South Australian Productivity Commission is underway. The commission will provide advice on cutting red tape, improving governmetn services and delivering much-needed economic reform.

Establish Infrastructure SA

Establish Infrastructure SA

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to establish an independent body, Infrastructure SA, to ensure SA has better productive infrastructure planning to grow our economy and create jobs.

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children

The process to recruit a Commissioner for Aboriginal Children is underway.

Stopping ticket scalpers

Stopping ticket scalpers

Legislation to protect the public from ticket scalpers has been introduced to Parliament. 

Protective bollards at Adelaide Oval

Protective bollards at Adelaide Oval

The installation of bollards to help protect Adelaide Oval patrons has now begun with the first 14 bollards being put in place along King William Road.

Addressing domestic violence

Addressing domestic violence 

We have provided funding for a vital domestic violence crisis hotline to operate around-the-clock.

$1 million for regional airport upgrades

$1 million for regional airport upgrades

We are delivering funding for regional airport upgrades to help improve access to regional communities and to make traveling across the state easier.

Improving SACE

Improving SACE

Work with the SACE Board to undertake a review of Stage 2 SACE requirements has commenced. A leading education expert has been commissioned to lead the stage 2 SACE Review.

Compensation for child abuse victims

Compensation for child abuse victims

After years of uncertainty for victims, the South Australian Government has signed up to the national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Protecting our children

Protecting our children

We have enacted tough new laws, aimed at better protecting children from exploitation by predators who lie about their age or identity.

Throw screens installed on Southern Expressway

Throw screens installed on Southern Expressway

We have completed the installation of temporary throw screens on bridges along the Southern Expressway to prevent rock throwing incidents from occurring. 

North-South Corridor progress

North-South Corridor progress

We have secured additional federal funding to progress the North-South Corridor, with the Pym Street to Regency Road section a priority.

Helping businesses reach new markets

Helping businesses reach new markets

We have launched the South Australia Export Accelerator grant to help small to medium businesses enter international markets.

Better mental health services

Better mental health services

$10 million for a specialised statewide BPD service