The Victorian Budget includes significant investment in Victoria’s mental health system and the refunding of important family violence programs.

However, it fails to provide greater job security for workers in the community services sector.

As part of our Essential not Expendable campaign, we are pushing for longer funding cycles linked to greater employment security for workers.

Come along to our next Essential not Expendable campaign meeting on Wednesday 26 May. All the details are here

Relevant Budget Announcements:

Mental Health

  • $954 million to establish 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services
  • $264 million for new local services for adults and older adults
  • $196 million to support a dedicated system for infants, children and families
  • $116 million to support the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians, including funding for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
  • Positions that will be created for psychosocial support in these centres are still being determined – the ASU will represent you in the development of the Government’s workforce plan for mental health.

Family Violence

  • All lapsing programs have been re-funded by the government. Other announcements include;
  • Nearly $100 million for ongoing implementation of information sharing and the Family Violence Multi‑Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework.
  • $18 million for perpetrator interventions.
  • Boost of $2.4 million for Victoria’s women’s health services in preventing family violence.

Children and Families

  • $70 million boost to early intervention programs.
  • $31.5 million to continue transforming the way services are delivered for at‑risk Aboriginal families.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • $40.1 million to support operating funding for the supervised injecting room located in North Richmond and to establish a second supervised injecting room in the City of Melbourne.

Housing and Homelessness

  • $193 million to back successful programs supporting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
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