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$132 MILLION RECORD INVESTMENT TO FUTURE-PROOF THE NSW SES

The NSW Government is making its single biggest investment ever in the NSW State Emergency Service (SES), with $132.7 million going towards its infrastructure, resources and staffing.

The new funding includes more than $50 million to upgrade 18 critical priority Unit facilities across NSW.

Member for Manly James Griffin MP welcomed this funding boost to ensure the SES and its 10,000 volunteers are better able to respond to future natural disasters.

 


NSW SETS A NEW STANDARD ON PARENTAL LEAVE

Teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public sector workers across the State will be encouraged to share childcaring responsibilities between partners under an overhaul of the NSW Government’s paid parental leave scheme.

From October, there will no longer be a distinction between a ‘primary’ or ‘secondary’ carer, meaning every mother and father in the public sector will be entitled to at least 14 weeks’ paid parental leave.

The NSW Government will also offer parents an additional 2 weeks’ ‘bonus leave’ if paid parental leave entitlements are more equally shared between partners.

Member for Manly James Griffin MP welcomed the announcement which is part of the 2022-23 NSW Budget.


END-OF-LIFE CARE ENHANCED IN NSW

Member for Manly James Griffin MP welcomes the NSW Government’s injection of $743 million into palliative care and other specialist health services, saying it will bring greater comfort and dignity to NSW residents with life-limiting illnesses.

Mr Griffin said the five-year funding is on top of the $300 million the NSW Government invests in palliative care services each year. 

“It is estimated that of the 50,000 people on average that die in NSW each year, 70 per cent could benefit from palliative care services,” Mr Griffin said.

“Today’s announcement will significantly boost funding for end-of-life palliative care, delivering equitable access to pain management services, avoiding unnecessary hospital stays and providing comfort and dignity to NSW residents at end of life.”