Premier Gladys Berejiklian has set out 14 new social Priorities that aims to tackle tough community challenges, lift the quality of life for all New South Welshmen and put people at the heart of everything the NSW Government does.
The 14 new Premier’s Priorities across six key areas will allow the Government to measure and deliver in areas where it needs to do better:
Lifting education standards
- Bumping up education results for children
Increase the proportion of public school students in the top two NAPLAN bands (or equivalent) for literacy and numeracy by 15 per cent by 2023, including through a state-wide rollout of Bump it Up.
- Increase the number of Aboriginal young people reaching their learning potential
Increase the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining Year 12 by 50 per cent by 2023, while maintaining their cultural identity.
Keeping children safe
- Protecting our most vulnerable children
Decrease the proportion of children and young people re-reported at risk of significant harm by 20 per cent by 2023.
- Increasing permanency for children in out-of-home care
Double the number of children in safe and permanent homes by 2023 for children in, or at risk of entering, out-of-home care.
Breaking the cycle
- Reducing domestic violence reoffending
Reduce the number of domestic violence reoffenders by 25 per cent by 2023.
- Reducing recidivism in the prison population
Reduce adult reoffending following release from prison by 5 per cent by 2023.
- Reducing homelessness
Reduce street homelessness across NSW by 50 per cent by 2025.
Improving the health system
- Improving service levels in hospitals
100 per cent of all triage category 1, 95 per cent of triage category 2 and 85 per cent of triage category 3 patients commencing treatment on time by 2023.
- Improving outpatient and community care
Reduce preventable hospital visits by 5 per cent through to 2023 by caring for people in the community.
- Towards zero suicides
Reduce the rate of suicide deaths in NSW by 20 per cent by 2023.
- Greener public spaces
Increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space by 10 per cent by 2023.
- Greening our city
Increase the tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney by planting 1 million trees by 2022.
Better customer service
- Government made easy
Increase the number of government services where the citizens of NSW only need to “Tell Us Once” by 2023.
- World class public service
Implement best practice productivity and digital capability in the NSW public sector; and drive public sector diversity through:
- 50 per cent of senior leadership roles held by women;
- Increase the number of Aboriginal people in senior leadership roles; and
- 5.6 per cent of government sector roles held by people with a disability by 2025.
We are proud to see that the strong economic management that has been in place since the 2011 NSW election is paying dividends.
Budget surpluses allow governments to put focus on these issues and make long lasting change.
Newcastle Liberal Students particularly supports the Premiers objective to reduce the rate of suicide deaths in NSW by 20 per cent by 2023. Suicide has touched all parts of our community and in particular young people, real action has been needed and we pleased to see some progress.