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Victorian Budget 21/22

Regional Victoria

After a tough twelve months, we are on the road to recovery.

But truly bouncing back – it won’t just happen by chance.

We need a long-term plan that truly helps Victorians recover. That’s particularly true in our regional communities.

It’s why this Budget invests almost $3.7 billion in our rural and regional communities – and the people who call them home.

That includes building a new mental health system from the ground up.

We all know someone who’s struggled with their mental health. And yet this issue hasn’t been taken seriously.

It’s why with this Budget, we’re delivering a once in a generation investment that will transform the way mental health support is offered in our state – including in regional Victoria.

That means early intervention, dedicated help for our kids, and care that’s actually available in our country communities.

This Budget invests in more of the services and support Victorians need.

Our investments across the state include:

  • $3.8 billion to build Victoria’s new mental health system and ensure regional communities are getting the care they deserve
  • $1.6 billion to continue our school building blitz, including upgrades to 17 regional schools making sure our kids have the classrooms they deserve
  • $1.2 billion to support children and families, including hundreds of new child protection workers and more help for families in need
  • $986 million to build 25 brand-new, modern X'Trapolis 2.0 trains and supporting infrastructure for our metropolitan network, with major works in Ballarat, supporting close to 750 jobs
  • $759 million in funding for more paramedics, more triage care and support staff for Ambulance Victoria, as well as targeted funding to improve flow in our busy emergency departments and open new beds across the state
  • $354 million to continue to address family violence and improve our support for victim survivors
  • $252 million to provide housing support, including targeted initiatives to address homelessness
  • $167 million to deliver three-year-old kinder to every corner of our state
  • $86 million to establish the Victorian Skills Authority, making sure Victorians have the skills they need to find a good, secure job
  • $70 million to establish public in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) services and  help more Victorians achieve their dreams of becoming parents
  • $50 million to support establishing Victoria's capability to manufacture mRNA vaccines

As we make these investments, we'll be supporting an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years.

It’s a simple idea that’s at the heart of this Budget. Ensuring every dollar of investment is delivering a double benefit.

Making our state stronger and fairer, and getting more Victorians back to work to make it happen.

With this Budget, we’re creating jobs and caring for Victorians.

Media release

Creating jobs and caring for regional Victorians

Supporting Rural And Regional Victoria’s Recovery

Reviewed 20 May 2021

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