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.

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. 

Meningococcal B vaccines

Meningococcal B vaccines 

Free meningococcal B vaccinations are now available for children aged between six weeks and under four years of age, 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.

Engaging communities and clinicians for better health

Engaging communities and clinicians for better health

Legislation to decentralise governance of the public health system has been enacted. We have also allocated $13.3 million to devolve decision making within the public health system through local boards.

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 as part of the government's $20 million Rural Health Workforce Strategy.

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.  

Counter terrorism

Counter terrorism

Laws giving South Australia Police officers the confidence to use whatever force they deem necessary in a terrorist incident have passed State Parliament. Police officers will be protected from criminal liability, unless the action was in breach of an order from the officer in charge.

Stopping bullying

Stopping bullying

We have allocated $15.5 million for an engagement and wellbeing program in schools to address bullying, truancy and substance abuse. 26 schools across the state are now trialling a new approach to tackling bullying in primary schools, with the results of these trials to inform an anti-bullying strategy and resources.

Public ICAC hearings

Public ICAC hearings

We have introduced legislation to enable the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption to hold public hearings. We are also providing $14.5 million in additional resources to support the operations of the ICAC. 

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 emergency capacity has been restored at The QEH in addition to a $276.9 million major upgrade of the hospital. This investment will ensure residents in western Adelaide have access to quality health care, closer to home. 

Upgrading Modbury Hospital

Upgrading Modbury Hospital

We are investing $23 million to re-instate the high dependency unit as part of $114.6 million upgrade at Modbury Hospital.

Winning the war on drugs

Winning the war on drugs

We have passed legislation to stamp out drugs in prisons and prohibit members of outlaw motorcycle gangs and organised crime groups from visiting prisons. We have also commenced provision of preventative health, safety and drug education to school students and have allocated $7.5 million to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs through real-time monitoring.

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.

Access to justice for child abuse victims

Access to justice for child abuse victims

We have enacted laws aimed to help South Australians who were sexually or physically abused as children access compensation.

Protecting our police

Protecting our police

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

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.

Minimum gift card expiry date

Minimum gift card expiry date

New laws setting a mandatory three-year time limit for gift cards will be in place before Christmas, providing greater certainty to South Australian consumers in the lead up to the festive season.

Protecting vulnerable adults

Protecting vulnerable adults

New laws to establish Australia’s first Adult Safeguarding Unit have passed State Parliament. The agency will respond to reports of abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults and raise awareness about elder abuse in the community.

Literacy guarantee

Literacy guarantee 

The 2018-19 State Budget provides $20.9 million to deliver a Literacy Guarantee package of measures to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all South Australian students. This package includes phonics checks, literacy coaches, free dyslexia workshops and more.

Women's and Children's Hospital

Women's and Children's Hospital

A high-level taskforced has been established to plan and design a new Women's and Children's Hospital, co-located with the Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

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.

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

South Australia's first Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People has been appointed. Ms April Lawrie will work to improve health, education, child protection and justice outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people. 

Protective bollards at Adelaide Oval

Protective bollards at Adelaide Oval

We have completed the installation of 125 bollards around the Adelaide Oval precinct. These bollards will better secure the safety of all patrons attending Adelaide Oval.

Addressing domestic violence

Addressing domestic violence 

We are investing more than $11.9 million on a suite of measures to address the scourge of Domestic Violence. Measures include additional crisis beds, a personal protection app, a disclosure scheme to protect those at risk and funding for a 24/7 crisis hotline.

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

The State Government has signed up to the national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, including allocating $146 million towards the scheme.

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.

Combatting rock throwing on the Southern Expressway

Combatting rock throwing on the Southern Expressway

We are investing $15 million in solutions to combat rock throwing along the Southern Expressway. The funding will provide for permanent safety throw screens on 10 bridges along the Southern Expressway, upgrade 12 security cameras and improved fencing to limit access to rocks.

Extending police station opening hours

Extending police station opening hours

We have invested $12.9 million to extend operating hours for police stations at Henley Beach, Norwood and Glenelg to help keep the community safe. 

Grassroots sporting facilities

Grassroots sporting facilities

We have established a program to fund upgrades of grassroots sporting facilities, with a key focus on women's facilities. 

Reducing the Elective Surgery Backlog

Reducing the Elective Surgery Backlog

We're investing $45 million to significantly reduce the number of overdue elective surgery patients in SA, including patients waiting beyond recommended clinical timeframes for colonoscopy procedures. 

Moving Year 7 into high school

Moving Year 7 into high school 

We have allocated $27.7 million to move year 7 students into high school, ensuring they are taught in secondary settings in line with other jurisdictions, providing greater depth of learning.

Better mental health services

Better mental health services 

We are providing additional resources for mental health services, including suicide prevention funding, a new specialist Borderline Personality Disorder Service and a dedicated Paediatric Eating Disorder Service. 

Record investment in education

Record investment in education

We're investing $692 million to upgrade school infrastructure and are increasing education spending by $515 million - the biggest investment in schools by any State Government in the state's history. 

Helping vulnerable babies

Helping vulnerable babies

South Australia's most vulnerable babies will have access to pasteurised donor breast milk through a new partnership between SA Health and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. 

Protecting our precious coastline

Protecting our precious coastline

We are investing an additional $5.2 million in practical coastal protection measures as well as important research and development. This includes increased investment in sand retention, funding for seagrass meadow restoration, artificial reef creation and more.