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Federal budget 2017-18: What it means for not-for-profits

by Kerryn Burgess - May 10, 2017

We've combed the budget papers for spending that will affect not-for-profits and community groups. Here's what we found.


The government will also expand tax incentives for investments in affordable housing, providing an additional ten percentage points capital gains tax discount to those who invest in qualifying affordable housing. The affordable housing must be managed through a registered community housing provider.

And it will encourage investment into affordable housing by enabling Managed Investment Trusts (MITs) to invest in affordable housing.


The National Disability Insurance Scheme is now fully funded. The money comes from an increase of 0.5 percentage points in the Medicare levy.

The Government will provide $24 million over four years to implement a new framework and funding model for the Disability Employment Services (DES) program from 1 July 2018. This includes funds for a trial to expand DES to a broader group of school leavers with less significant disability, to assist them to successfully transition from school to work.

Family violence

Legal assistance


Indigenous Australia


The Government will trial random drug testing for welfare recipients, who will face penalties if they test positive.

It will also strengthen penalties for breaching welfare requirements such as attending job interviews. Each failure without a reasonable excuse will result in payment suspension until requirements are met, and accrual of demerit points. People who accrue four demerits in six months will:

Palliative care

Medicare and medicines

The Government will establish the Medicare Guarantee Fund (the Fund) as a special account from 1 July 2017 to guarantee the Government's commitment to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) into the future. The Fund will be credited each year with revenue raised from the Medicare levy (excluding amounts to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme).

Mental health


The Government will provide $1.1 billion over seven years from 2016-17 from the Natural Heritage Trust, including $100 million provided in the 2016-17 MYEFO measure titled Green Army Program - termination, to continue the National Landcare Programme (NLP). The $100 million will be directed towards:

Social impact investments


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