During the 2015 election, the Government made commitments to revitalise the State economy and front-line service delivery, especially in the areas of health, education and training. This includes employing 1,000 nursing graduates each year for four years, introducing a legislated nurse-to-patient ratio in specified health care settings, and employing 875 extra teachers over four years with the Extra Teachers commitment.
The Government will work towards a sustainable public service by ensuring that growth in the public service will be aligned with population growth on average across the forward estimates and has adopted this as a new fiscal principle. This will ensure a balance between delivery of high-quality services, and the discipline that underpins the Government’s commitment to fiscal sustainability.
Restoring frontline services – 2015-16
86%of the increase in FTEs are in Health and Education