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Victorian State Budget 2023/24

Supporting our healthcare workforce

Every Victorian who’s ever been a patient or had a loved one in hospital knows the value of our nurses, midwives, paramedics, doctors and allied health professionals.

Nurse standing in a hospital corridor

The Victorian Government has strongly supported our healthcare workforce – and we always will.

In this Budget, we’re investing $201 million in a range of initiatives to give our healthcare workers the helping hand they need, including:

  • $73 million for additional nursing staff in intensive care, high dependency and emergency department units.
  • $37 million in sign‑on bonuses for new nursing graduates to encourage them to enter the public system.
  • $34 million to improve midwife to patient ratios on night shifts in maternity services to provide more skilled care.
  • $32 million for medical graduate incentives to undertake general practitioner (GP) training.
  • $15 million to expand the health workforce, including financial and international recruitment incentives.
  • $6.1 million to employ an additional 30 nurses to provide residential in‑reach services for older Victorians.
  • $4 million to create centralised portals for education and employment checks.

Reviewed 18 May 2023


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