Regional Victoria

Putting People First.

This year is a year like no other. It’s challenged us in ways we never could have imagined.

It’s also reminded us of the importance of community – our connection to the place we call home and to each other.

As we rebuild from this global pandemic, we need to make sure our recovery reaches every corner of our State. That’s particularly true in regional and rural Victoria.

With the Victorian Budget 2020/21, the Victorian Government will do exactly that.

We’ll deliver more local schools for local families.

We’ll invest in the care that every Victorian deserves.

We’ll build new road and rail – reducing delays and creating thousands of new jobs.

We’ll back the projects and priorities that make regional communities strong – local parks, playground and sporting ovals.

And we’ll get more Victorians back into work, ensuring they have the stability and security of a job.

This Budget is underpinned by five key principles:

  • Creating secure, decent jobs
  • Taking care of those we love
  • Looking after families
  • Building strong connected communities
  • Ensuring a strong recovery

This Budget delivers the investment to get regional Victorians back on their feet and set us up for a strong recovery:

  • $6 billion to build more than 12,000 new social and affordable homes, and make housing more accessible and affordable for Victorians.
  • $4.7 billion of country road and rail upgrades, including $2 billion to progress Geelong Fast Rail.
  • $869 million to extend mental health services to Victorians, including new Hospital Outreach Post‑Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) locations in regional Victoria.
  • $682 million to drive cheaper, cleaner energy, including accelerating the development of new Renewable Energy Zones across our State, creating thousands of jobs as part of our clean energy investment.
  • $626 million for the landmark Digital Future Now initiative to radically improve mobile coverage and deliver upgrades in communities that currently only have access to satellite and fixed wireless services.
  • $465 million for the Victorian Tourism Recovery Package to attract new tourists and support local jobs, including a new Victorian Regional Travel Voucher Scheme to encourage people to visit and stay in regional Victoria.
  • $385 million to repair and upgrade 44 schools and 10 special schools in regional Victoria, and further funding for two new school campus developments, delivering great learning spaces for regional kids.
  • $384 million to redevelop the Warrnambool Base Hospital, delivering a new emergency department, operating theatre and beds. 
  • $272 million to improve rural water management and supply, protecting and restoring priority catchments and waterways.
  • $170 million to make kinder free next year, saving families around $2,000 for every child enrolled in a participating funded kindergarten program.
  • $156 million to extend the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, delivering local projects identified by local communities. 
  • $142 million total funding to complete the final stage of the Kardinia Park Stadium redevelopment, plus an extra $110 million for the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program to build and upgrade community sports facilities across the State.
  • $121 million investment in Better at Home, increasing the delivery of hospital services in patients’ homes – allowing more patients in regional and rural communities to access care.
  • $120 million for the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to continue our upgrades to rural and regional health services.
  • $115 million investment in the future of Victorian agriculture, assisting the sector to become more innovative, expand into new markets and create new jobs.
  • $35 million to improve our regional creative spaces and support new and touring exhibitions.

This Budget invests over $8 billion to help regional communities recover – and come back stronger.

Since the 2015-16 Budget, we have invested $18.2 billion to help support regional Victoria.

Our ultimate success won’t just be measured by the wealth of our economy – but also the wellbeing of our people.

This is a Budget that puts people first.

Media release

Putting Regional People First

Reviewed 24 November 2020

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