Key initiatives in 2020/21 ACT budget

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* Big Canberra Battery - $100 million over the next five years to deliver at least 250 megawatts of new 'large-scale' battery storage system capacity across the ACT.

* ACT Hardship Fund - The program, established to provide financial assistance for those impacted by COVID-19 and ineligible for other support, is being extended to June 30, 2021, but with total funding reducing from $1.25 million to $750,000.

* Future Jobs Fund - An initial $9.2 million over two years to help finance projects that create and protect local jobs in tertiary education, research and key industry sectors such as space, renewable energy and cybersecurity.

* Payroll tax deferrals for universities - Payroll tax deferrals of up to $10 million per university to ease cashflow pressures.

* Free registration for zero emissions vehicles - $5.15 million for two years free registration for zero emissions vehicles registered during May 2021 to June 2024.

* COVID-19 public health response - $26.5 million over two years, including health, education and hotel quarantine fees.

* COVID-19 vaccination program - $20.4 million over four years to deliver vaccine rollout and associated costs for operating clinics.

* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing - $1.6 million over four years.

* Mobile device detection cameras - $9.7 million over four years as part of road safety program and to support law enforcement activities.

* Light Rail Stage 2 - $1.3 million for feasibility study to assess the viability of extending light rail.