In Queensland, kindergarten will be free from January 1 to ease financial pressures on families. (HANDOUT/YAPPERA CHILDREN’S SERVICE)
MAJOR CHANGES AT STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS:
* A national ban on importing disposable, single-use vapes, irrespective of nicotine content or therapeutic claims.
* Pensioners and veterans will be able to keep earning more before their payments are reduced under a permanent adjustment to the rules.
* In Queensland, kindergarten will be made free under the state government’s plan to ease financial pressure on households.
* Also in the sunshine state, public transport fees will be frozen for the next 12 months.
* In NSW, a $60 toll cap could save commuters thousands of dollars a year.
* Victorians with second homes are set to pay more in land tax. The temporary changes will result in 860,000 landlords and holiday home owners paying and extra $1300 a year on average.
* A statewide ban on gas connections in new homes and government buildings will also kick in, with all-electric homes part of the Victorian government’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
* In the ACT, thicker plastic bags will be banned in the final stage of a crackdown on single-use plastic.
* Also in the national capital, families will be able to access 300 hours a year of free preschool for three-year-olds.
* In the Northern Territory, families can apply for $100 Learn to Swim vouchers.
* The five-year national skills agreement struck between the Commonwealth and states will begin, with extra funding for training in priority areas such as digital technology, care sectors, and clean energy.
* A specialist federal body for integrating genomic medicine into the Australian healthcare system, called Genomics Australia, is set to start operating.
* Businesses will be able to choose to have their pay-as-you-go (PAYG) tax instalments calculated based on current financial performance, extracted from business accounting software, to help support cash flow.
* The 15 per cent global minimum tax and a domestic minimum tax for large multinationals will begin.
Australian Associated Press