Winners and losers in the NSW budget

Luke Costin

WINNERS

* Parents: funding for 2300 early childhood education places, $120 million to introduce before- and after-school care to all public primary schools.

* Kids: breakfast will be served at 500 schools while an extension of the Active Kids rebate - to include a second sport or another term of dance or swimming lessons - will get more kids moving

* Front-line public servants: 8300 more doctors, nurses and support staff plus 1500 extra police

* Farmers: drought relief package worth $1.8 billion, $24 million for better weather forecasting in western NSW and more regional health workers.

* Schools: 40 new or improved schools and an additional 4600 teachers over the next four years

* Environment: While reducing carbon emissions wasn't mentioned, the budget boosts key watchdog Environment Protection Agency's funding 28 per cent to $250 million and finally starts dishing money from the $1.4 billion Climate Change Fund

LOSERS

* Back-office public servants: already reeling from a 20 per cent cut in numbers since 2011, departments will be forced to reduce employee spending by five per cent, potentially costing 2000 jobs

* Homebuilders: tradespeople building new homes will be hurt by continued falls in new dwellings and new approvals

* Legal Aid: the shoe-string budget for the body assisting those unable to afford legal representation will drop 2.6 per cent

* Tourism: Destination NSW funding will be cut 20 per cent while the Art Gallery of NSW and Australian Museum had funding pared back.