NSW releases updated Premier's Pledges

One million trees, improved green spaces and a significantly expanded tree canopy have been promised under two new Premier’s Priorities.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the first of the priorities is to increase the proportion of homes in towns and cities across NSW within a reasonable walking distance of quality green, open and public spaces.

“Planting trees and creating new parks is just as important as building new roads, rail lines, schools and hospitals,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Green and public open spaces should be accessible to everyone across the State, no matter where they live.

The second priority will see one million trees planted across the Greater Sydney area by 2022.

The program will contribute to the Government’s long-term target of planting five million trees by 2030.

The plans announced are on top of the NSW Government’s decision to appoint a dedicated Minister for Public Spaces and the $340 million Open Spaces and Greener Sydney package.

Other Premier's Priorities include:

Lifting education standards

1. Bumping up education results for children

Increase the proportion of public school students in the top two NAPLAN bands (or equivalent) for literacy and numeracy by 15 per cent by 2023, including through a state-wide rollout of Bump it Up.

2. Increase the number of Aboriginal young people reaching their learning potential

Increase the proportion of Aboriginal students attaining Year 12 by 50 per cent by 2023, while maintaining their cultural identity.

Keeping children safe

3. Protecting the state's most vulnerable children

Decrease the proportion of children and young people re-reported at risk of significant harm by 20 per cent by 2023.

4. Increasing permanency for children in out-of-home care

Double the number of children in safe and permanent homes by 2023 for children in, or at risk of entering, out-of-home care.

Breaking the cycle

5. Reducing domestic violence reoffending

Reduce the number of domestic violence reoffenders by 25 per cent by 2023.

6. Reducing recidivism in the prison population

Reduce adult reoffending following release from prison by 5 per cent by 2023.

7. Reducing homelessness

Reduce street homelessness across NSW by 50 per cent by 2025.

Improving the health system

8. Improving service levels in hospitals

100 per cent of all triage category 1, 95 per cent of triage category 2 and 85 per cent of triage category 3 patients commencing treatment on time by 2023.

9. Improving outpatient and community care

Reduce preventable hospital visits by 5 per cent through to 2023 by caring for people in the community.

10. Towards zero suicides

Reduce the rate of suicide deaths in NSW by 20 per cent by 2023.


Better customer service

11. Government made easy

Increase the number of government services where the citizens of NSW only need to “Tell Us Once” by 2023.

12. World class public service

Implement best practice productivity and digital capability in the NSW public sector; and drive public sector diversity through:

  • 50 per cent of senior leadership roles held by women;

  • Increase the number of Aboriginal people in senior leadership roles; and

  • 5.6 per cent of government sector roles held by people with a disability by 2025.

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