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.
Reviewed 24 November 2020