That includes ensuring ongoing help for communities affected by the 2019‑2020 Victorian bushfires.
A further $104 million will deliver continued case support, financial counselling, mental health support, legal aid and business support for local residents.
Funding will also go towards restoring waterways, rebuilding visitor facilities in local parks, and looking after bushfire-affected local wildlife.
An additional $3.8 million will help ensure schools and early childhood services – and the kids they care for – have everything they need to recover.
Upgrading communication technologies
This Budget also invests in upgrading the vital communication technologies our emergency services need to keep Victorians safe in an emergency.
More than $133 million will upgrade the digital radio service for Forest Fire Management Victoria staff so they can avoid radio blackspots and communicate better with other emergency services.
An additional $139 million will replace CFA radio equipment with modern digital technology, strengthening brigades’ emergency response and keeping volunteers safe.
Emergency service facility upgrades
A further $28 million will support facility upgrades for our emergency service organisations, including refurbishing the CFA station at Doreen, replacement of stations at Serpentine, Metcalfe, Irymple, and information, communication and technology upgrades at the Edithvale station.
A new Port Fairy Victorian State Emergency Services facility will be developed and co-located with the local Country Fire Authority unit.
Funding is also provided to redevelop Life Saving Victoria’s Wonthaggi clubhouse, Williamstown clubhouse, and Point Lonsdale beach base.
Reducing the impact of bushfires
Funding of $384 million will continue the Reducing Bushfire Risk Program and Safer Together Strategy to reduce the impact of bushfires on Victorian communities, the economy and the environment.
- planned burns across our state
- increasing mechanical and other non-burn fuel treatments
- providing additional field and safety equipment, including firefighting vehicles, as well as personal protective gear
- upgrading and replacing our fire safety infrastructure, including regional fire towers and dedicated fire tracks.
Backing our men and women in blue
This year’s Budget also backs our men and women in blue, with funding of $44 million to upgrade police facilities across the state.
This investment includes replacing Benalla Police Station with a new state-of-the-art facility, helping to keep this local community safe.
Additional justice system resourcing
An extra $210 million will help address the backlog in our courts as a result of the pandemic, delivering new magistrates and judges, court staff, online services, and support for judges and additional resources across the justice system.
Boosting forensic services
A further $93 million will boost forensic and toxicology services at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.
Fast-track model for wage theft cases
Delivering on the Victorian Government’s promise to ensure wage theft cases are heard quickly, a new fast-track model will be established in the Magistrates’ Court with $9.6 million, making it faster, cheaper and easier for employees to recover the money they are owed.
Reviewed 20 May 2021