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Victorian Budget 21/22

Building our mental health workforce

Right now, when people need help, we just don't have a big enough workforce to respond.

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That means delivering significant reform to our mental health system will require a significant boost to our hardworking mental health workforce.

That means that as we continue our state's recovery, not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 jobs.

But we understand that truly building a mental health system that works will require a strong pipeline of new and additional mental health workers.

Investing in training

We are investing a dedicated $206 million in training support, delivering 120 graduate placements for nurses, 140 postgraduate mental health scholarships, 60 new graduate placements for allied health professionals and additional rotations for psychiatry.

Funding will also be provided to train and grow our lived experience workforce, supporting more Victorians to use their direct experience of our mental health system to support others.

Free TAFE continues to support Victorians to train for these roles, with almost 1,900 students enrolling in certificates in mental health and mental health peer work since January 2019.

Statewide Mental Health Workforce Strategy

This Budget also includes funding to undertake a Statewide Mental Health Workforce Strategy by the end of 2021, fulfilling a key recommendation of the Royal Commission, and beginning planning on our mental health workforce needs into the medium and long term.

Supporting jobs – and improving support

These investments will give thousands of Victorians the security and stability of a good job, while ensuring that if you or someone you love needs help, help is available.

Early intervention investments

This Budget invests $324 million in a package of early intervention investments, including in health, child protection, housing assistance, early childhood and crime prevention.

These investments focus on helping Victorians early – improving their lives and reducing their need for more intensive services later.

Funding will also develop and drive an Early Intervention Investment Framework for future budgets – investing more, earlier, and based on what works.

Reviewed 18 May 2021

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