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Pro Bono News releases promise tracker for the 2022 federal election

18 May 2022 at 4:48 pm
Danielle Kutchel
Using this tracker, Pro Bono News will continue to hold the incoming government to account on its promises to the sector.

Danielle Kutchel | 18 May 2022 at 4:48 pm


Pro Bono News releases promise tracker for the 2022 federal election
18 May 2022 at 4:48 pm

Using this tracker, Pro Bono News will continue to hold the incoming government to account on its promises to the sector.

Over the course of the election campaign we have tracked the promises made by the major parties that are most relevant to our sector, and added them to this table. 

The announcements included here are in no particular order but do cover the issues you identified as being most relevant to you in our pre-election poll. Note – we have only included announcements made during the campaign, not promises made in the last federal budget.

Also note: the Greens have an extensive policy platform related to climate. Here, we have only included the major announcements however you can read the full plan on their website.

We will use this table to hold the incoming government to account and track its progress towards meeting its stated goals.  Click on the image below to view the table in full.

Have we missed a promise? Or do you have any feedback on this table? Let us know – email

PartyMinisterPromiseArea / Sector
LiberalMichael SukkarSuper Home Buyer SchemeHousing/Homelessness
LiberalMichael SukkarExpansion of the low-deposit Home Guarantee Scheme for first home buyersHousing/Homelessness
LiberalMichael Sukkar$2 billion in low-cost financing to community housing providers for the construction of new social and affordable rental housesHousing/Homelessness
LaborJason ClareHelp to Buy SchemeHousing/Homelessness
LaborJason ClareCreation of the Housing Australia Future Fund – $10 billion for 30,000 social and affordable houses in five yearsHousing/Homelessness
LaborJason ClareInvestments from Housing Australia Future Fund: $200 million for remote Indigenous housing $100 million for crisis and transitional housing for women and children fleeing domestic and family violence and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness $30 million for housing specialist services for veterans who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of homelessnessHousing/Homelessness
GreensMehreen FaruqiEstablishment of Federal Housing Trust to build one million public and community homes over 20 yearsHousing/Homelessness
GreensMehreen Faruqi$7 billion in capital grants for improvement of existing public housingHousing/Homelessness
GreensMehreen FaruqiEstablish a national standard of renters' rights, plus boost and guarantee funding for tenants’ advocacy services by $30 million per yearHousing/Homelessness
LiberalUnknown$7.7 million to extend Indigenous Business Australia’s Indigenous Home Ownership ProgramFirst Nations
LaborLinda BurneyImplementation of full Uluru StatementFirst Nations
LaborUnknown$13.5 million for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services, $1 million for NATSILS, and $3 million for the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services ForumFirst Nations
LaborUnknownEstablishment of real time reporting at a national level of First Nations deaths in custodyFirst Nations
LaborUnknown$52.9 million for a First Nations Health Worker Traineeship ProgramFirst Nations
LaborUnknown$13.5 million to help eradicate rheumatic heart diseaseFirst Nations
GreensUnknown$250 million for a national Truth and Justice CommissionFirst Nations
GreensUnknownLegal protection for First Nations people's tangible and intangible heritageFirst Nations
GreensUnknown$371 million to self-determined, community-led First Nations health servicesFirst Nations
GreensUnknown$1.07 billion in funding to build First Nations owned healing placesFirst Nations
GreensUnknownRaising the legal age of responsibility to at least 14First Nations
GreensUnknownEstablishment of a First Nations legal defence fundFirst Nations
GreensUnknownImplementation of the recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commissions’ Pathway to Justice report, and the recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern TerritoryFirst Nations
GreensUnknownEstablishment of a Stolen Generations compensation scheme, providing each survivor with a $200,000 payment First Nations
LiberalUnknownIncrease to the Child Care Subsidy by 30 per cent for second and subsequent children in a family with children aged five or under in child care, up to a maximum rate of 95 per centChild care
LiberalUnknownEstablish 27 new Connected Beginnings sites by 2025 for First Nations childrenChild care
LiberalUnknownFund another 20 child care services in remote and very remote settings through the Community Child Care FundChild care
LaborUnknownIncrease the maximum Child Care Subsidy rate to 90 per cent for the first child in care, and increase subsidy rates for families with one child in care and less than $530,000 in household income. A higher Child Care Subsidy rate will apply for second and additional childrenChild care
GreensUnknown$19 billion in funding over the next four years to make early childhood education and care free for everyone, plus support for First Nations community-controlled servicesChild care
LiberalAngus TaylorReduce emissions by 30-35 per cent by 2030Climate crisis
LaborChris BowenReduce emissions by 43 per cent by 2030, and reach net zero by 2050 Climate crisis
LaborChris BowenDesign a National Electric Vehicle Strategy and provide discounts on electric carsClimate crisis
LaborChris BowenInstall 400 community batteries across AustraliaClimate crisis
GreensSarah Hanson-YoungImmediately ban the construction of new coal, oil and gas infrastructure in Australia, and phase out the mining, burning and export of thermal coal by 2030Climate crisis
GreensSarah Hanson-YoungProvide grants of up to $25,000 and loans up to $100,000 to help households and small businesses move from gas to electricClimate crisis
GreensSarah Hanson-YoungIncreasing funding for emergency services, the BOM and the CSIROClimate crisis
GreensSarah Hanson-YoungBanning political donations from the mining and resources sector and other industries identified as "dirty", and capping all other donations at $1,000 per yearClimate crisis
GreensSarah Hanson-YoungEnding the more than $10 billion in subsidies provided to coal, oil and gas corporations each year and reinvesting that money into the transition to clean energyClimate crisis
GreensJanet RiceRaise the rate of all income support payments to $88 a dayWelfare
LaborAndrew LeighDouble philanthropic giving by 2030Philanthropy
LiberalLinda ReynoldsFully fund the NDISNDIS/Disability
LiberalLinda Reynolds$2 million for a two-year pilot program for Australians with disability to develop their leadership and senior executive skills and prepare them for board membershipNDIS/Disability
LaborBill ShortenFix the NDIS – including conducting an expert review to make sure no plans are unfairly reduced, measuring the implementation of the National Disability Strategy, reviewing the design, operation and sustainability of the NDIS and codesigning solutions with people with disability themselvesNDIS/Disability
GreensJordon Steele-JohnInvest $30 million over four years into disability advocacy organisationsNDIS/Disability
GreensJordon Steele-JohnFully fund, staff and resource the NDIS; provide $300 million for the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission; reinvest the $160 million committed to corporations during the failed independent assessments bid; and remove the age limit that prevents disabled people aged over 65 from accessing the NDISNDIS/Disability
GreensJordon Steele-JohnSupport for two proposals by Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN): $2 million over 2 years for QDN to continue to operate the Targeted Outreach project, and a commitment to the development of a national plan and roadmap for disability-inclusive disaster preparedness, resilience, and recovery, as well as investment for multi-sector targeted responsesNDIS/Disability
LiberalRichard ColbeckCommit to a five-year plan, worth $18.8 billion, to improve aged care including 40,000 home care packages, over 48,000 additional training places, 7,000 new personal care workers and 8,400 respite servicesAged care
LaborClare O'NeilEnsure that every aged care facility has a registered nurse on site 24/7, mandate that every aged care resident gets an average of 215 minutes of care per day as per the recommendation made by the Aged Care Royal Commission, and work with the sector to improve the food served in aged care homes by developing and implementing mandatory nutrition standardsAged care
LaborClare O'NeilSupport for workers’ calls for better pay at the Fair Work CommissionAged care
GreensUnknownImplement a $6 billion package to improve aged care, including by increasing hours of care for each resident to 4 hours 18 minutes per day, introducing staff to patient ratios, increasing aged care workers’ wages by 25 per cent and phasing out for-profit providersAged care
LiberalUnknownProvide $2.5 billion over the first five years of the next National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children (set to begin in mid-2022)Family violence
LiberalUnknownWorking to close the gender pay gapFamily violence
LaborUnknownEstablishing a Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Commissioner Family violence
LaborUnknownFunding 500 community sector workers to support women in crisis situationsFamily violence
LaborUnknownLegislating 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leaveFamily violence
LaborUnknownCreating a separate national plan to end violence against First Nations women and childrenFamily violence
GreensUnknownProviding $477 million for the national roll out of Our Watch’s Respectful Relationships program in all public schoolsFamily violence
GreensUnknownProviding $12 billion over 12 years to support the National Plan for Ending Violence Against Women and Children, and a standalone National Plan for First Nations WomenFamily violence
GreensUnknownProviding 10 days paid domestic violence leave and $10,000 Survivor Grants for those fleeing abusive relationshipsFamily violence
GreensUnknownAdopting all recommendations in the Respect@Work and Set the Standard reportsFamily violence
GreensUnknownClosing the gender pay gapFamily violence

Danielle Kutchel  |  @ProBonoNews

Danielle is a journalist specialising in disability and CALD issues, and social justice reporting.

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