The Andrews Government handed the Victorian budget today – here’s the snapshot of what it means for Local Government.
The ASU welcomes the initiatives that will make our members lives easier, by investing in better infrastructure and programs, or enhancing the opportunities for encouraging workforce growth, particularly into secure jobs.
A range of these new or expanded initiatives were sought by your union. They’re a start to fixing some of the issues we know exist and we know the state government has more to work to do.
Here’s the headlines:
- Building surveyors: $6.3 million Surveyors Program: subsidy to employ and train 40 new building surveyors across LGAs, with an emphasis on attracting women.
- Waste: $321 million for Recycling Victoria: infrastructure development and upgrades to roll out four bins and Container Deposit Scheme – this is a procurement program but councils can apply for funds to upgrade facilities/build new ones to prepare for change to the waste system.
- Libraries: $13.3 million spread over 2 years, for two initiatives: for Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and Public Libraries Resource program (additional services to maintain the quality of resources and services).
- Infrastructure: $75 million for Growing Suburbs Fund: for local infrastructure and community facilities, targeting particular growth council areas; $100 million Community Infrastructure Loans Scheme: where councils will be able to access low interest loans.
- Roadside weeds and pests: $2.8 million for regional and rural council grants program.
- Access to Jobs for Victoria wage subsidy is available broadly to business, and we understand local government is included in this program. $250 million total, of which $150 million is quarantined for women, and of this $50million for women over 45 years of age. This is wage subsidy and job creation, with supporting services and platforms.
The ASU acknowledges that the new Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane has been instrumental in hearing some of the concerns of our members in delivering the above.
Please forward on this email to a workmate and ask them to join the ASU to keep local government a better place to work. It’s easy for anyone to join online at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
Lisa Darmanin, Branch Secretary
Billy King, Branch Executive President