The State Budget is due to be released on 28th April, around two months earlier than usual, and undoubtedly the Queensland Government and its various agencies are now well and truly embroiled in the argy-bargy of determining how and on what taxpayer dollars are best spent.
Operating as a combined force, PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak, the CREATE Foundation, Queensland Foster and Kinship Care and the Family Inclusion Network SEQ (Micah Projects) elected to exert our influence on the Government’s decision-making by sending this submission to Premier Palaszczuk, Treasurer Jackie Trad and Child Safety Minister Di Farmer. The submission states our collective recommendations about seven matters warranting focused attention in the budget which, if acted upon, will align well with the laudable high priority the Government has placed on Giving all our children a good start as featured within the list of Advancing Queensland’s Priorities.
Reference is also made within the submission to earlier correspondence sent to Premier Palaszczuk and members of her Cabinet urging the Government to prioritise the enhancement of support to be provided to young people in care during their transition to adulthood, building on initiatives already commenced, but which can and should be improved, in relation to the Next Steps Plus program, the extension of carer payments (as advocated for by the Home Stretch Campaign and other whole-of-government activities.
You are invited to read the submissions and share your views, anonymously if you prefer, by entering comments below about any of the matters discussed in either or both submissions. Similar to most governments, the Palaszcuk Government will be looking to gauge the strength of opinion held by stakeholders and the general public about where they should be investing resources. Take up the opportunity to let the government officials who monitor our blogs know your views. Our collective voice can be formidable. Do not be silent – make some noise!