Budget 2019: Your cheat sheet to understanding this year’s Federal Budget

By: Hooper Accountants, 3 April 2019

Small & Medium Businesses

The Government is increasing the instant asset write-off threshold from $25,000 to $30,000 per asset. Eligibility for the scheme has been expanded from small businesses (up to $10 million in annual turnover) to medium-sized businesses (up to $50 million).

The company tax rate for small and medium-sized companies with an annual turnover of less than $50 million has been lowered to 27.5 per cent. This rate will be lowered further to 25 per cent by 2021-22.

Infrastructure For Queenslanders:

The Government is planning to spend $2.6 billion in Queensland from 2020-21, on what it calls “priority regional and urban transport infrastructure”.

Large individual projects include $800 million for the Gateway Motorway extension from Bracken Ridge to Pine River, $500 million for the M1 upgrade program, including Daisy Hill to the Logan Motorway, and $425 million for the Bruce Highway.

Middle income earners

There are tax cuts promised for working Aussies starting from those earning $18,200 a year, but most of the tax relief flows to the middle income earners. If you’re on $48,000 to $90,000 a year, you’ll get a tax cut of $550.

Drought affected farmers

$6.3 billion is committed to helping drought affected farmers. That includes relatively large initiatives, such as $200 million to increase access to income support, and smaller ones, such as a $2.5 million increase in funding to support farmers’ mental health and wellbeing.

Flood affected farmers

$300 million in grants this year to help flood-affected farmers in North Queensland rebuild, replace livestock and replant crops.

Emergency response fund

to safeguard against future droughts and floods, the government is spending $3.9 billion to create and Emergency Response Fund, which will which will provide a stable source of money to prepare for and react to natural disasters.

Mental Health

$229.9 million over seven years will be provided to mental health services. This will help fund the trial of eight mental health centres.

Another $263.3 million will be provided from 2018/19 to improve access to youth mental health services.

Local School Community Fund

No one knows the needs of a local school better than the school community itself, the Government is providing $30.2 million in 2019-20 under the Local School Community Fund.


The Government is committed to a world-class higher education system and is investing $17.7 billion in the university sector in 2019.

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