Thank you to everyone who took action and contacted their candidate in the lead up to the NSW election.
Your actions had a big impact and secured many commitments for young people from both major parties.
Because of you the Coalition government committed to:
- A Minister for Regional Young People who has been announced as The Honourable Bronnie Taylor MLC
- $88 million for 100 additional full-time school counsellors or psychologists, as well as 350 student support officers, to ensure every public high school will have two dedicated experts providing students with access to vital mental health and wellbeing support
- $4.2 million to pilot a youth aftercare program targeting young people with an identified risk of suicide or attempted suicide or self-harm that would benefit from assertive psychosocial follow up support
- $61 million over four years to implement a homelessness strategy. They will invest more than $1 billion for homelessness services over the next four years to support vulnerable people who are experiencing homelessness or in social housing.
- Students with disability in NSW public schools will receive more support with a $205 million investment over the next three years
- An additional 100,000 free TAFE and VET courses over the next four years and build a new $80 million state of the art TAFE campus for Western Sydney
- Develop a Regional Youth Strategy by mid 2019 and committed to $285.2 million over six years to fund 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships to increase apprenticeship commencements and address skills shortages in areas of significant demand in New South Wales.
This is a good start but there is more to be done. We'll be holding the government accountable to these commitments and working to make sure all young people can thrive in NSW.