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Wellbeing Budget 2019

Budget 2019 is investing an additional $1 billion over four years to support children and young people in care.

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30 May 2019
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Wellbeing Budget 2019

Budget 2019 is investing an additional $1 billion over four years to support children and young people in care.

This additional investment is vital to transform the Care system to deliver on our high aspirations for our children.

It is in line with the new legislative requirements and to support the continued establishment of services, systems and processes through the new operating model.

The stage is now set for further significant progress.

With this investment we will be able to enhance and transform services and make further positive differences to children’s lives, and those of their families and whānau.

This additional investment is vital to transform the Care system in line with the new legislative requirements and to support the continued establishment of services, systems and processes through our new operating model.

New National Care Standards take effect on 1 July, clearly setting out the significantly improved standard of care and support which children in our care, and their caregivers, are entitled to.

This new funding includes:

$874.9 million of operating expenditure over a four year period for new operating model initiatives, including:

  • $524.7 million to transform the Care System
  • $153.7 million to stand up a new Transitions service
  • $140 million for new legislative requirements to include 17 year olds in the Youth Justice system
  • $25 million for specialist Māori roles
  • $31.6 million to stand up a new Intensive Intervention service

$168.6 million over a four year period for cost pressures including:

  • meeting the increasing costs of children in care
  • supporting the sustainability and effectiveness of NGO social service providers to address particular challenges in recruiting and retaining skilled staff
  • meeting costs of obligations under collective agreements

$48.8 million over a four year period for joint bids including:

  • $40.8 million for sexual violence services.

We will be working hard with Iwi, Māori organisations and NGOs to deliver the new range of new services.

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