14 MAY 2024

The Albanese Labor Government has handed down the 2024 Budget, providing cost of living relief to Newcastle families and ensuring workers earn more and keep more of what they earn.

Like our first two budgets, the 2024 budget is responsible, affordable and suited to the times. We know people are under pressure and that’s why our wages policies and tax cuts for every taxpayer are so important. This is all part of a big focus in the budget on helping to ease cost of living pressures.


Newcastle’s 78,000 taxpayers will receive a tax cut from 1 July – 13,000 more than would have benefitted from Scott Morrison’s plan from five years ago – and saving an average $1,642.


From 1 July 2024, more than 10 million households will receive a $300 energy rebate, and there’s an $325 rebate for about one million eligible small businesses.


We’re making HECS simpler and fairer. The Government will cut $3 billion in student debt for more than 3 million Australians backdated to 1 June 2023. This change will support 25,398 people with a HELP debt in Newcastle.


The Commonwealth Prac Payment will students undertaking mandatory work placements with $319.50 per week during their clinical and professional placements. This will help up to 5,200 students who are enrolled in teaching, nursing, midwifery and social work at the University of Newcastle.


Pensioners and concession card holders in Newcastle won’t pay more than $7.70 for their PBS medications for the next 5 years, thanks to the Albanese Government’s commitment to delivering cheaper medicines. No one in Newcastle will pay more than $31.60 per script for PBS medicines.


We’re increasing the maximum rates of Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 10 per cent. This will benefit 7,810 households in Newcastle. This builds on the Government’s 15 per cent increase, which commenced in September 2023.


Eligible parents with babies born or adopted on or after 1 July 2025 will receive an additional payment, based on the Superannuation Guarantee (12 per cent of their Paid Parental Leave payment), as a contribution to their nominated superannuation fund. This will make the super system fairer, and benefit 180,000 families a year.


The Albanese Government is providing in funding for infrastructure in Newcastle including:

  • $10 million of Australian Government funding for Critical Renewable Energy Zones Road Infrastructure (Port of Newcastle to Renewable Energy Zone)
  • An additional $30.6 million of Australian Government funding for Newcastle Inner City Bypass, Rankin Park to Jesmond
  • An additional $112 million of Australian Government funding for M1 Pacific Motorway Extension to Raymond Terrace

This Budget locks in progressive increases to local roads funding. This brings the total five year investment in Roads to Recovery funding for in the Newcastle electorate to $25,510,046

The Regional Airports Program will be extended with an additional $40 million in competitive grant funding over three years from 2024-25.

We will invest $100 million in a new Active Transport Fund open to states and territories to fund new bicycle and walking paths across the country.

The Albanese Government’s election commitment for an Australian-flagged and crewed maritime strategic fleet has been advanced in this Budget. The strategic fleet will be established through a pilot program with three vessels.

We are providing $10.8 million in 2024-25 for a one-year National Road Safety Education and awareness campaign, and $21.1 million over four years from 2024-28 to improve the reporting of national road safety data via the National Road Safety Data Hub.


The Albanese Labor Government is building an economy that will position regions like ours to benefit from the opportunities of the decades ahead, bringing new jobs and opportunities to communities in Newcastle and the Hunter.

  • We’re investing $3.2 billion over the next decade through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to support the commercialisation of technologies that are critical to net zero, including through a new $1.7 billion Future Made in Australia Innovation Fund for the deployment of innovative technologies and facilities linked to priority sectors, including green metals, batteries and low carbon liquid fuels
  • We’re implementing a Hydrogen Production Tax Incentive to provide a $2 incentive per kilogram of renewable hydrogen produced between 2027-28 to 2039-40, for up to ten years per project, at an estimated cost to the Budget of $6.7 billion over the medium term;
  • We’re investing $1.3 billion over the next decade in the Hydrogen Headstart program to provide additional support to early-movers investing in the industry’s development; and
  • We’re investing $17.1 million to implement our National Hydrogen Strategy which will help Australia become a global hydrogen leader by 2030;


The Albanese Government is supporting the construction of more homes for home buyers and renters by:

  • $1 billion to get homes built sooner, with funding for states including to provide roads, services and parks, essential for additional housing supply.
  • Providing $88.8 million for 20,000 new fee-free TAFE places, including increased access to pre-apprenticeship programs, in courses relevant to the construction sector.
  • Doubling Commonwealth funding for homelessness support and building more social housing through offering a new $9.3 billion National Agreement on Social Housing and Homelessness with $423.1 million in additional funding.
  • Building more social and affordable rental housing with a $2.5 billion increase in the liability cap of Housing Australia, and an additional $3 billion in loans to Housing Australia to support ongoing delivery of the program.
  • Unlocking up to $1 billion for more homes through the National Housing Infrastructure Facility to be directed towards housing that supports women and children fleeing domestic and family violence and young Australians.