Investment $100.6 million
The Victorian Government is listening to Aboriginal people. They have told us they want to talk about this nation’s first ever treaty. The Government believes that if we are to see any genuine change, Aboriginal Victorians must have control over the decisions that affect their lives.
This Budget provides $100.6 million to work with Aboriginal Victorians, to build foundations for self-determination, empower communities and support a strong culture, as well as providing support for health, education, mentoring and more.
What will the money be used for?
The 2017/18 Budget includes investments for:
Support Aboriginal self-determination
$68.2 million over the next 4 years to support Aboriginal self-determination and to create a new relationship between Government and Aboriginal Victorians so both can work towards better outcomes.
This will fund treaty negotiations and make sure Aboriginal communities remain at the heart of these discussions. It will also be used to create an Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Fund for significant, innovative community infrastructure projects.
Specialist alcohol and drug services
$14.1 million for 17 Aboriginal worker roles, to provide specialist alcohol and drug services and support for Aboriginal communities, and an additional 17 Aboriginal alcohol and other drug specialist youth workers.
Emotional wellbeing and mental health
$8.4 million to support Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing and mental health, including establishing 15 full-time mental health trainee positions for Aboriginal people, and 10 Aboriginal specific clinical and therapeutic positions in Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations.
Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program
$1.8 million to extend the Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program, supporting young people to remain connected to culture, families and friends.
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