2021-22 Federal Budget Summary

Posted On May 13, 2021

The 2021-22 Federal Budget handed down on Tuesday night in Canberra is a balancing act between a better than anticipated deficit ($106 bn), an impending election, and the need to invest in the long term.

It is also a human budget (cynics would say voter focussed), with $17.7 billion dedicated to aged care, more money in the pockets of low income earners, the COVID vaccine rollout, $2 billion for mental health, a women’s economic package including a child care subsidy increase and funding to prevent violence, and a Royal Commission into defence and veteran suicide.

The central theme of this Budget is to secure Australia’s economic rebuild. There are a number of initiatives that should support small businesses through recovery. But for those small businesses still constrained by closed borders, international travel is expected to remain low until mid-2022.

The key announcements included: 

  • Extension of temporary full expensing and loss-carry back providing immediate deductions for business investment in capital assets
  • Tax and investment incentives for the digital economy valued at $1.2 billion
  • Extension of the low and middle income tax offset
  • Deregulation agenda, using technology to reduce the time small businesses spend complying with regulations
  • Child care subsidy increase for families with multiple children
  • $17.7 billion over 5 years to reform aged care
  • $2.3 billion on mental health infrastructure and programs
  • New and extended home ownership programs for first home owners and single parents

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