We have summarised the key points from the 2022-2023 budget, that we believe will have the most impact on our clients.

Please keep in mind that all budget measures are proposals and will require the passage of legislation to become effective. 

2022 Federal Budget - Social Security and Family Assistance Summary

Aged Care

Funding to implement reforms in response to the Royal Commission

Effective 2021/22 onwards

The government will provide $468.3 million over five years from 2021-22 to further implement the government’s response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. This funding is to continue ongoing reforms announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget. This will include spending in five key areas:

  1. Home care
  2. Residential Aged Care Services and Sustainability
  3. Residential Aged Care Quality and Safety
  4. Workforce
  5. Governance

This spending brings the total response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality to $18.8 billion[5].

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Safety net threshold lowered for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Effective 1 July 2022

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) safety net threshold will be lowered from $1,542.10 to $1,4571.10 for general patients and from $326.40 to $244.80 for concessional patients, which will allow patients to reach the safety net sooner. Concessional patients will require approximately 12 fewer scripts and general patients will require approximately two fewer scripts. On reaching the PBS safety net, concessional patients receive their PBS medicines at no cost for the rest of the calendar year and general patients receive their PBS medicines at the concessional co-payment rate, which is currently $6.80 per prescription.

The Government estimates that around 2.4 million Australians will benefit from this measure[6].

Home Ownership

First, Family and Regional Home Guarantees

Effective 1 July 2022

The number of guarantees provided under the Home Guarantee Scheme will increase to 50,000 for three years from 1 July 2022. This will reduce to 35,000 a year on an ongoing basis.

The 50,000 guarantees will be allocated as follows:

  • 35,000 - on an ongoing basis as part of the First Home Guarantee (previously called First Home Loan Deposit Scheme). The First Home Guarantee provides a government loan guarantee of up to 15% to eligible new first home buyers with at least a 5% deposit.
  • 5,000 - as additional Family Home Guarantee until 30 June 2025. The Family Home Guarantee supports single parent households by providing a loan guarantee for home buyers with at least a 2% deposit, regardless of previous home ownership status.
  • 10,000 - for newly created Regional Home Guarantee from 1 October 2022 until 30 June 2025. The Regional Home Guarantee will assist eligible participants who have not owned a home for five years to purchase a new home in a regional location. Part of the eligibility is the requirement to have a 5% deposit.

The First, Family and Regional Home Guarantees can be used in addition to other support measures including the First Home Super Saver Scheme and state-based measures, such as stamp duty concessions and first home owner grants. Some lenders may require a deposit greater than minimum under the specific scheme.

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[5] Budget 2022-2023, Australia’s Plan for a Stronger Future, Guaranteeing the essential services, page 27

[6] Budget 2022-2023, Australia’s Plan for a Stronger Future, Guaranteeing the essential services, page 20



FirstTech, Federal Budget Briefing 29 March 2022

MLC, 2022 Federal Budget Adviser Analysis, 29 March 2022

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