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Victorian State Budget 2023/24

Equality for all Victorians

In Victoria, equality is not negotiable.

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Regardless of who you are, who you love, or who you want to be, everyone deserves to be treated with respect and decency in our state.

This Budget builds on our work to date to create a more inclusive state – where Victorians can be themselves and celebrate their diversity, including:

  • $9.7 million to expand the Rainbow Tick program, including affirmative care training. This will increase the number of community and mental health providers that are Rainbow Tick accredited, so they can better support LGBTIQ+ Victorians with specialist care and advice from workers and professionals who understand their community and their needs.
  • $8 million for the LGBTIQ+ Community Grants Program, which helps community organisations celebrate and connect LGBTIQ+ communities.
  • $4.5 million to pilot the Pride in Ageing program to better support older LGBTIQ+ Victorians and strengthen their connections to community.

Victoria has also led the nation in our work to make the state a fairer and more equal place for women and girls – and to build a better future for them.

This Budget invests around $2.7 billion in initiatives that directly address women’s needs and work toward improving outcomes for women.

In 2021, we became the first state to introduce gender responsive budgeting, so we’re no longer limited to investing in ‘women’s issues’. Now, every year, we analyse and consider the impact of investment decisions on women at every stage of the budget process.

Reviewed 21 May 2023


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