Supporting and protecting communities, as we recover

For some communities in our State, 2020 began with bushfires – and then the global pandemic hit.

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We’re making sure these Victorians are at the heart of this Budget

That includes long-term recovery – working with locals to support and rebuild their communities in the years and months to come.

Supporting bushfire recovery and response

The Victorian Government is investing $124 million for the establishment of Bushfire Recovery Victoria over the next four years, a permanent and dedicated agency to work directly with bushfire-affected communities to listen, to respond and support Victorians in their recovery journey.

This Budget also delivers $46 million for the management of bushfire risk through expanded mechanical fuel treatments and the recruitment of additional firefighters.

Ready to respond to emergencies

An additional $20 million investment will staff the State Control Centre 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to ensure we’re prepared to respond to emergencies all year round.

Emergency services system upgrades

Emergency service staff and volunteers will also be supported to respond to incidents, with $4 million to enhance public emergency warning and information systems, and support emergency staff to access critical information while they’re out in the field.

Backing Victoria Police operations

Victoria Police has been at the forefront of our response to both the bushfires and then the pandemic. This Budget invests $400 million in its work, including $39 million to support coronavirus (COVID-19) enforcement and operations.

Further funding will go towards critical technology improvements, tackling speeding and turning at-risk young people away from crime.

Media release

Responding To Emergencies And Helping Victorians Recover

Reviewed 24 November 2020


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