The South Australian budget at a glance

Tim DorninAAP
The South Australian economy is expected to grow by 3.5 per cent in 2021/22.
Camera IconThe South Australian economy is expected to grow by 3.5 per cent in 2021/22. Credit: AAP

KEY POINTS IN THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUDGET:

* The budget deficit to remain high in the coming year at $1.39 billion

* A modest surplus forecast for 2022/23 of $48 million before rising to $498 million the following year

* Total state debt to balloon to $33.6 billion by 2024/25

* GST returns over the forward estimates now expected to be $2.5 billion higher than forecast last year

* The SA economy to grow by 3.5 per cent in 2021/22 and then 2.25 per cent across the forward estimates

* Employment growth in 2021/22 forecast to be 2 per cent, before settling in at 1.25 per cent over the following three years

* Government lending to rise to $3.2 billion in 2021/22

* Confirmation the new Women's and Children's Hospital will cost $1.95 billion with the first patients to be admitted in 2027

* A $17.9 billion infrastructure program including $800 million for road projects along with $84.4 million over three years for a new suburban high school and $78.9 million for early work on the $662 million Riverbank Arena sports stadium.

* A $163.5 million mental health package including $48 million for a 20-bed acute older person's unit and $33 million for a 16-bed crisis care unit

* More funds across health to reduce pressure on emergency wards, increase bed capacity and tackle ambulance ramping

* A $50 million early learning strategy to increase early intervention and child development health checks

* A $200 million Economic Growth Fund to boost jobs particularly in the defence, space and hydrogen sectors.

* Total public sector job numbers to remain steady across the forward estimates at about 86,000

* Increases in fines and charges generally limited to 1.9 per cent.

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