CHANGES TO SA LAWS FROM JANUARY 1:
* About 3200 small businesses across South Australia will be exempt from paying payroll tax from the new year. The change delivers on a Liberal government election promise and applies to companies with an annual payroll below $1.5 million, saving each company about $44,500 a year.
* From 2019 all new teachers will be tested to demonstrate they have literacy and numeracy skills in the top 30 per cent of the population before they can graduate. The move is designed to ensure that all newly-registered teachers have a proven grounding in the basics of English and mathematics before taking up a classroom role.
CARING FOR CARERS:
* Family-based carers will be able to access government payments until young people in their homes turn 21. The government has increased the age from 18 to provide greater stability for foster and kinship carers and to ensure those young people “thrive and reach their full potential”.
* From 2019 the government will double to $30 million over four years the value of its Sports Voucher Program allowing families to receive $100 for each child to go towards club membership or sports registration fees. All forms of dance programs have also been added to the voucher scheme.
* From 2019 the Teachers Registration Board will have the power to immediately suspend the registration of any teacher charged with a serious criminal offence including rape, murder or drug dealing. Previously a teacher’s registration would remain valid while the case proceeded through the courts.
SKILLS AND TRAINING:
* January 1 will mark the start of work for the new Training and Skills Commission which is made up of leaders from key industries such as defence, aerospace, IT and cybersecurity, construction, mining and energy. The commission will ensure funding for the vocational education and training and the high education sectors is directly aligned to industry needs.
* Adelaide will lose its supervised taxi ranks in the city with a government decision to cease its $190,000 funding. Under the previous arrangements, key taxi ranks were staffed with concierge and security officers on Friday and Saturday nights as a safety measure for drivers and passengers.
© AAP 2018