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Victorian Budget 22/23

Better, safer jobs

Every Victorian has the right to go to work, earn a good wage, and return home safe.

Blue-collar worker in workshop

No one should ever have to put a day’s pay before their health, or the health of a loved one.

That’s why the Victorian Government is working to fix inequalities faced by workers in every corner of our state.

This Budget provides $246 million to fund the Sick Pay Guarantee pilot, which supports casual or insecure workers in select industries that don’t provide for sick or carer’s pay.

Over 150,000 Victorians in insecure work will be able to participate in the guarantee, providing up to five days’ sick pay every year at the national minimum wage. This builds on the $163 million we’ve invested in this Budget to support workers through the pandemic through the Test Isolation Payment and Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

And we’re providing $6 million to ensure the Victorian Wage Inspectorate continues to have the power and resources it needs to fight wage theft in our state.

More than $5 million will be dedicated to the establishment of a support service for workers in the gig economy, as recommended by the landmark Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce.

The Latrobe Valley Authority will continue to support the Valley and Gippsland transition to long-term, sustainable jobs and industries and help ensure that local communities benefit most.

This includes supporting young people through the Ladder Step Up program and giving communities and workers the skills and support they need to find secure jobs in new industries.

Media release

Standing with Victoria’s casual and insecure workersExternal Link

Reviewed 03 May 2022


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