The State Government recently handed down their budget for 2021 / 2022. The news overall for mental health was great. The headline funding announcement was $3.8 billion for the implementation of the royal commission’s recommendations. Specific funding announcements are below.
This funding package is a victory for ASU members who have long pushed the state government to fund vital early intervention, recovery-based mental health services.
The job is not completely done yet. While the headline funding figure is large, we still have work to do so that funding goes to early intervention, recovery-based services.
Let’s be clear, since the rollout of the NDIS we have seen both state and federal governments withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars from these services, so we have a long way to go to repair the damage and then build an early intervention, recovery-based system that meets the massive demand in Victoria.
ASU members and officials will now work with the State Government to advocate for the need to prioritise funding services in the early intervention, recovery-based mental health system.
Specific Mental Health Funding Announcements
- $954 million to establish 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services – these will be health services working alongside SACS orgs
- $264 million for new local services for adults and older adults – providing early care where people live
- $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 – this will all be done through VACCHO