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Planning Revamp To Boost Economic Recovery And Jobs

Improving the efficiency of Victoria’s planning system will help make sure our state’s recovery isn’t held back by bureaucratic red tape or unnecessary delays. As businesses reopen and people get back to work, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $111 million to unlock Victoria’s planning system, speeding up delivery of vital major projects and boosting construction of social and affordable housing – and the jobs that go with them. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 provides $38 million to improve planning processes, as recommended by the Commissioner for Better Regulation, streamlining decision-making and giving the private sector greater certainty to invest, create jobs and bring their business to Victoria. To drive investment in big projects, the Labor Government will create a new assessment model for development proposals greater than $50 million. This model will make the approvals process simpler and quicker for these developments, giving investors even more confidence to build more projects here in Victoria – creating more jobs for Victorians. To boost construction of new social and affordable housing, the Budget also includes $3.86 million to streamline the approval pathway, making it easier for private builders to include social and affordable housing in their developments – and making sure more Victorians have the certainty and security of home. The pandemic pushed a range of planning systems online. To help maintain and improve digital systems for permit and planning scheme amendments – and reduce the bureaucratic burden for Victorians – the Budget invests $15.7 million to deliver ongoing upgrades to these online services. The Labor Government will also invest $4 million to help councils upgrade their digital planning permit systems making it easier to lodge and track permits online, speeding up the process and reducing the hassle of having to lodge paperwork in person. We will also provide a further $14 million to the Victorian Planning Authority, including funding the Streamlining for Growth program. The program provides support to local councils to fast-track local planning applications, boosting employment and making housing more affordable. More than $2 million will go towards a trial of an innovative new 3D spatial data program called Digital Twin Victoria. The trial will bring together a whole host of currently disparate spatial data to develop digital models of Victoria – making it easier to accurately assess and plan projects remotely. To better assess the safety of building and plumbing works in new developments across Victoria, $4.45 million will expand the Victorian Building Authority’s proactive building inspection program, to keep Victorians safe. The Budget also includes $4.4 million to ensure heritage protection for Jacksons Hill in Sunbury – maintaining its numerous heritage-listed buildings and protecting the site’s surrounds while a master plan is developed. More than $3.2 million will continue the implementation of Plan Melbourne – the blueprint guiding Melbourne’s growth, ensuring we continue to plan for strong communities, jobs, and everything that makes our city great. Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “As we begin rebuilding from the pandemic, we need a planning system that is set up to drive growth and create jobs as we recover from coronavirus – that’s what these reforms will do.” “This year we’ve seen just how much can be achieved online. We want to build on that strength, creating an easy, online and accessible planning and permit system.”

Planning Revamp To Boost Economic Recovery And Jobs

Improving the efficiency of Victoria’s planning system will help make sure our state’s recovery isn’t held back by bureaucratic red tape or unnecessary delays. As businesses reopen and people get back to work, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $111 million to unlock Victoria’s planning system, speeding up delivery of vital major projects and boosting construction of social and affordable housing – and the jobs that go with them. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 provides $38 million to improve planning processes, as recommended by the Commissioner for Better Regulation, streamlining decision-making and giving the private sector greater certainty to invest, create jobs and bring their business to Victoria. To drive investment in big projects, the Labor Government will create a new assessment model for development proposals greater than $50 million. This model will make the approvals process simpler and quicker for these developments, giving investors even more confidence to build more projects here in Victoria – creating more jobs for Victorians. To boost construction of new social and affordable housing, the Budget also includes $3.86 million to streamline the approval pathway, making it easier for private builders to include social and affordable housing in their developments – and making sure more Victorians have the certainty and security of home. The pandemic pushed a range of planning systems online. To help maintain and improve digital systems for permit and planning scheme amendments – and reduce the bureaucratic burden for Victorians – the Budget invests $15.7 million to deliver ongoing upgrades to these online services. The Labor Government will also invest $4 million to help councils upgrade their digital planning permit systems making it easier to lodge and track permits online, speeding up the process and reducing the hassle of having to lodge paperwork in person. We will also provide a further $14 million to the Victorian Planning Authority, including funding the Streamlining for Growth program. The program provides support to local councils to fast-track local planning applications, boosting employment and making housing more affordable. More than $2 million will go towards a trial of an innovative new 3D spatial data program called Digital Twin Victoria. The trial will bring together a whole host of currently disparate spatial data to develop digital models of Victoria – making it easier to accurately assess and plan projects remotely. To better assess the safety of building and plumbing works in new developments across Victoria, $4.45 million will expand the Victorian Building Authority’s proactive building inspection program, to keep Victorians safe. The Budget also includes $4.4 million to ensure heritage protection for Jacksons Hill in Sunbury – maintaining its numerous heritage-listed buildings and protecting the site’s surrounds while a master plan is developed. More than $3.2 million will continue the implementation of Plan Melbourne – the blueprint guiding Melbourne’s growth, ensuring we continue to plan for strong communities, jobs, and everything that makes our city great. Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “As we begin rebuilding from the pandemic, we need a planning system that is set up to drive growth and create jobs as we recover from coronavirus – that’s what these reforms will do.” “This year we’ve seen just how much can be achieved online. We want to build on that strength, creating an easy, online and accessible planning and permit system.”

Massive Boost For Court Capacity

Like all of us, our justice system has had to do things differently this year – which means our courts haven’t been able to move through cases as quickly as they normally do. That’s why the Victorians Budget 2020/21 delivers major investments in new courts and court systems – to provide a strong, efficient, cutting-edge justice system that allows matters to be heard remotely and safely. The Budget invests $47.3 million to improve audio-visual technology and provide greater flexibility in court and justice processes. This means matters before our busiest courts can be heard in a timely manner – building capacity in our justice system and helping reduce delays caused by the pandemic. Not only will this investment enable safety measures likes physical distancing in the short-term – it'll create a faster, more adaptable and efficient court system in the long-term too. The Andrews Labor Government is also delivering new and upgraded court buildings for Victoria, with $272 million to build new law courts in Wyndham. The new precinct will include a new headquarter court with 13 courtrooms, four hearing rooms, three mediation suites and a dedicated Specialist Family Violence Court. The build will also support more Victorians back into work, creating around 400 local jobs. The Labor Government is also delivering $26.8 million to upgrade the Sunshine Law Courts, including building two additional court rooms and creating around 200 jobs. The Budget is delivering $27.2 million for the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) to continue and expand its important work – and to assist IBAC's transition to budgetary independence. The Budget also provides $28.5 million to ensure young and disadvantaged Victorians have access to community legal services – including more support for Victoria Legal Aid’s 24/7 on-call service. Registered Aboriginal Parties will share in $20.2 million to ensure the rights, responsibilities and voice of Traditional Owners continues to be upheld and protected. This includes a new commercial and cultural hub in Bendigo – providing a new home for the Dja Dja Wurrung people to share and celebrate their culture and identity with the local community. The Labor Government is also investing in forensic medical investigation services to further improve the efficiency of our justice system and ensure families who are dealing with the devastating loss a loved one get the answers and support they need. The Budget provides a further $5.9 million for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine to deliver forensic analysis for police and courts, as well as to continue the work of the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria. The Labor Government is also investing $2.5 million towards the Office of the Public Advocate to continue to safeguard the rights of people with disability. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jill Hennessy “Like all of us, our courts have had to adapt this year – this investment will help them keep evolving and delivering the justice Victorians deserve.” “Not only will this ensure the safety of our courts in the short-term, it’ll create a stronger, faster and more flexible justice system on the other side of this pandemic.”

Massive Boost For Court Capacity

Like all of us, our justice system has had to do things differently this year – which means our courts haven’t been able to move through cases as quickly as they normally do. That’s why the Victorians Budget 2020/21 delivers major investments in new courts and court systems – to provide a strong, efficient, cutting-edge justice system that allows matters to be heard remotely and safely. The Budget invests $47.3 million to improve audio-visual technology and provide greater flexibility in court and justice processes. This means matters before our busiest courts can be heard in a timely manner – building capacity in our justice system and helping reduce delays caused by the pandemic. Not only will this investment enable safety measures likes physical distancing in the short-term – it'll create a faster, more adaptable and efficient court system in the long-term too. The Andrews Labor Government is also delivering new and upgraded court buildings for Victoria, with $272 million to build new law courts in Wyndham. The new precinct will include a new headquarter court with 13 courtrooms, four hearing rooms, three mediation suites and a dedicated Specialist Family Violence Court. The build will also support more Victorians back into work, creating around 400 local jobs. The Labor Government is also delivering $26.8 million to upgrade the Sunshine Law Courts, including building two additional court rooms and creating around 200 jobs. The Budget is delivering $27.2 million for the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) to continue and expand its important work – and to assist IBAC's transition to budgetary independence. The Budget also provides $28.5 million to ensure young and disadvantaged Victorians have access to community legal services – including more support for Victoria Legal Aid’s 24/7 on-call service. Registered Aboriginal Parties will share in $20.2 million to ensure the rights, responsibilities and voice of Traditional Owners continues to be upheld and protected. This includes a new commercial and cultural hub in Bendigo – providing a new home for the Dja Dja Wurrung people to share and celebrate their culture and identity with the local community. The Labor Government is also investing in forensic medical investigation services to further improve the efficiency of our justice system and ensure families who are dealing with the devastating loss a loved one get the answers and support they need. The Budget provides a further $5.9 million for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine to deliver forensic analysis for police and courts, as well as to continue the work of the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria. The Labor Government is also investing $2.5 million towards the Office of the Public Advocate to continue to safeguard the rights of people with disability. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Jill Hennessy “Like all of us, our courts have had to adapt this year – this investment will help them keep evolving and delivering the justice Victorians deserve.” “Not only will this ensure the safety of our courts in the short-term, it’ll create a stronger, faster and more flexible justice system on the other side of this pandemic.”

Help Where It’s Needed: Supporting Victorians With Disability

As our state recovers stronger and fairer, we need to make sure every Victorian has the support they need. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will invest an unprecedented extra $1.9 billion to make sure Victorians with disability are supported – including our youngest Victorians. A nearly $1.6 billion record investment will transform support for students with disability in Victorian government schools – doubling the number of students receiving extra support in the classroom to 55,000 – and is expected to create up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. All schools will benefit from the change, providing access to students who may have previously been ineligible for targeted support – such as those with autism, dyslexia or complex behaviours. A world-leading pilot successfully run in more than 100 schools will now be rolled out across the state, providing an innovative approach to identify and respond to the needs of students with disability. This new approach puts the needs of the student at the heart of our response – shifting away from current practices and focusing on what a child can achieve, rather than what they can’t. A new facilitator role will be established to help schools and families work through this new approach. This investment also includes $102.8 million to deliver new resources and support to build the skills and knowledge of our incredible school staff in delivering inclusive education for every student. In addition to this, the Andrews Labor Government will invest an extra $223.3 million over the next four years to support Victorians with a disability who are not eligible for the NDIS. As part of this, $5 million has been allocated to provide coordination supports for Victorians with complex needs including continuing the Government’s Intensive Support Team for a further two years, which has already helped more than 1,300 Victorians with complex needs who have found difficulty in navigating the NDIS or receiving an appropriate plan. Younger people living with disability who are ineligible for the NDIS will also be afforded the independence they deserve with another $41.9 million through our Home and Community Care Program for Younger People. A strong, inclusive and fair future for our state depends on achieving a strong, inclusive and fair future for people with disability, which is why we will work the sector, community organisations and Victorians with disability to develop Victoria's new Disability Plan. As part of this, more than $7 million has been allocated for 3,150 extra publicly-funded autism assessments over the next four years, to improve access to early intervention and support. This also builds on the important work being done through the Labor Government’s Victorian Autism Plan, released last year. The Government has already made significant investments in the sector in response to the pandemic with $17 million to ensure all Victorians with disability get the help they need, when they need it. This includes $2.9 million allocated for infection control training for disability service providers. Another $2.7 million will continue the work of COVID-19 Disability Liaison Officers in our health services, assisting with access and support to testing and treatment for people with disability. On top of this, $850,000 will continue the COVID-19 Disability Advocacy Outreach Initiative to provide greater outreach support to diverse and hard to reach groups for a further six months. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is the biggest change in disability support in our schools Victoria has ever seen, and it will make a difference in classrooms and to kids across the state.” “Because every student – including those with the most complex of needs – deserves a great education.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability Luke Donnellan “We’re making sure Victorians with a disability and the dedicated people who care for them have the support they need.” “Building a fairer Victoria means looking after our most vulnerable and making sure they have the independence, care and support they deserve.”

Help Where It’s Needed: Supporting Victorians With Disability

As our state recovers stronger and fairer, we need to make sure every Victorian has the support they need. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will invest an unprecedented extra $1.9 billion to make sure Victorians with disability are supported – including our youngest Victorians. A nearly $1.6 billion record investment will transform support for students with disability in Victorian government schools – doubling the number of students receiving extra support in the classroom to 55,000 – and is expected to create up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025. All schools will benefit from the change, providing access to students who may have previously been ineligible for targeted support – such as those with autism, dyslexia or complex behaviours. A world-leading pilot successfully run in more than 100 schools will now be rolled out across the state, providing an innovative approach to identify and respond to the needs of students with disability. This new approach puts the needs of the student at the heart of our response – shifting away from current practices and focusing on what a child can achieve, rather than what they can’t. A new facilitator role will be established to help schools and families work through this new approach. This investment also includes $102.8 million to deliver new resources and support to build the skills and knowledge of our incredible school staff in delivering inclusive education for every student. In addition to this, the Andrews Labor Government will invest an extra $223.3 million over the next four years to support Victorians with a disability who are not eligible for the NDIS. As part of this, $5 million has been allocated to provide coordination supports for Victorians with complex needs including continuing the Government’s Intensive Support Team for a further two years, which has already helped more than 1,300 Victorians with complex needs who have found difficulty in navigating the NDIS or receiving an appropriate plan. Younger people living with disability who are ineligible for the NDIS will also be afforded the independence they deserve with another $41.9 million through our Home and Community Care Program for Younger People. A strong, inclusive and fair future for our state depends on achieving a strong, inclusive and fair future for people with disability, which is why we will work the sector, community organisations and Victorians with disability to develop Victoria's new Disability Plan. As part of this, more than $7 million has been allocated for 3,150 extra publicly-funded autism assessments over the next four years, to improve access to early intervention and support. This also builds on the important work being done through the Labor Government’s Victorian Autism Plan, released last year. The Government has already made significant investments in the sector in response to the pandemic with $17 million to ensure all Victorians with disability get the help they need, when they need it. This includes $2.9 million allocated for infection control training for disability service providers. Another $2.7 million will continue the work of COVID-19 Disability Liaison Officers in our health services, assisting with access and support to testing and treatment for people with disability. On top of this, $850,000 will continue the COVID-19 Disability Advocacy Outreach Initiative to provide greater outreach support to diverse and hard to reach groups for a further six months. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is the biggest change in disability support in our schools Victoria has ever seen, and it will make a difference in classrooms and to kids across the state.” “Because every student – including those with the most complex of needs – deserves a great education.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability Luke Donnellan “We’re making sure Victorians with a disability and the dedicated people who care for them have the support they need.” “Building a fairer Victoria means looking after our most vulnerable and making sure they have the independence, care and support they deserve.”

Building A Better Health System

The health of those we love is the most important thing - and the Andrews Labor Government is making sure more Victorians can get the care they need, with an unparalleled investment in healthcare close to home. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver $9 billion over the next four years to ensure our world-class hospitals and local health services come out of the pandemic stronger than ever. This includes more than $2 billion to build, expand and modernise hospitals and health services across our state – ensuring no matter where you live, every family can have confidence in care close to home. A $384.2 million investment will deliver the redevelopment of Warrnambool Hospital, with a new emergency department, extra operating theatres, new patient facilities and more acute beds, while $4.5 million will start the planning for the Angliss Hospital expansion. Delivering on another election promise, $562 million will go towards the expansion of Frankston Hospital. The local community will see their hospital grow with additional capacity for 120 hospital beds, two new operating theatres, 13 new emergency department beds and new women’s and children’s health services. The redevelopment will see the relocation of mental health services, improved oncology facilities and in good news for local mums and bubs, more maternity beds, a women’s clinic, a paediatric clinic and paediatric beds. The Budget will also deliver $75 million for planning and early works for the brand-new Melton Hospital, making sure families in the west have the care and comfort they deserve. The proposed hospital will be run by Western Health, one of Victoria’s largest public health service providers. A further $10 million will start planning to redevelop the Royal Melbourne Hospital, including establishing a new site, and potentially another for the Royal Women’s Hospital. This will activate the Labor Government’s vision for a world-class health, research and education infrastructure at the Arden Renewal Precinct in North Melbourne The Labor Government will also invest $66.1 million to continue planning and purchase land for new Community Hospitals across Cranbourne, Pakenham, Torquay, City of Whittlesea, Eltham, Fishermans Bend and Point Cook – ensuring the best care for these local communities. Another $217 million will deliver on the Labor Government’s promise to redevelop the Latrobe Regional Hospital, with three new operating theatres, 30 additional inpatient beds, an expanded maternity unit and six extra intensive care unit beds. A further $3.6 million will continue planning for a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital at University Hospital in Geelong and an additional $7.6 million will fund the redevelopment of the Wangaratta Hospital, with expanded maternity facilities – giving regional families with new babies the support they deserve. Victoria’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will also get a boost with $120 million to support our rural and regional health services and $200 million will deliver the brand new Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund so health services continue to have the specific tools they need to respond to the needs of their local community. These investments will make sure our hospitals and local health services can keep doing the most important job there is: looking after our loved ones. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “2020 has reminded us of what matters most – the health and wellbeing of the people we love.” "This is an unprecedented investment. But the metric that matters most is the care and confidence it will give Victorian families.” “Our hospitals and local health services were at the frontline of the coronavirus fight, and now we’re ensuring they’re at the forefront of our Budget.”

Building A Better Health System

The health of those we love is the most important thing - and the Andrews Labor Government is making sure more Victorians can get the care they need, with an unparalleled investment in healthcare close to home. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver $9 billion over the next four years to ensure our world-class hospitals and local health services come out of the pandemic stronger than ever. This includes more than $2 billion to build, expand and modernise hospitals and health services across our state – ensuring no matter where you live, every family can have confidence in care close to home. A $384.2 million investment will deliver the redevelopment of Warrnambool Hospital, with a new emergency department, extra operating theatres, new patient facilities and more acute beds, while $4.5 million will start the planning for the Angliss Hospital expansion. Delivering on another election promise, $562 million will go towards the expansion of Frankston Hospital. The local community will see their hospital grow with additional capacity for 120 hospital beds, two new operating theatres, 13 new emergency department beds and new women’s and children’s health services. The redevelopment will see the relocation of mental health services, improved oncology facilities and in good news for local mums and bubs, more maternity beds, a women’s clinic, a paediatric clinic and paediatric beds. The Budget will also deliver $75 million for planning and early works for the brand-new Melton Hospital, making sure families in the west have the care and comfort they deserve. The proposed hospital will be run by Western Health, one of Victoria’s largest public health service providers. A further $10 million will start planning to redevelop the Royal Melbourne Hospital, including establishing a new site, and potentially another for the Royal Women’s Hospital. This will activate the Labor Government’s vision for a world-class health, research and education infrastructure at the Arden Renewal Precinct in North Melbourne The Labor Government will also invest $66.1 million to continue planning and purchase land for new Community Hospitals across Cranbourne, Pakenham, Torquay, City of Whittlesea, Eltham, Fishermans Bend and Point Cook – ensuring the best care for these local communities. Another $217 million will deliver on the Labor Government’s promise to redevelop the Latrobe Regional Hospital, with three new operating theatres, 30 additional inpatient beds, an expanded maternity unit and six extra intensive care unit beds. A further $3.6 million will continue planning for a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital at University Hospital in Geelong and an additional $7.6 million will fund the redevelopment of the Wangaratta Hospital, with expanded maternity facilities – giving regional families with new babies the support they deserve. Victoria’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will also get a boost with $120 million to support our rural and regional health services and $200 million will deliver the brand new Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund so health services continue to have the specific tools they need to respond to the needs of their local community. These investments will make sure our hospitals and local health services can keep doing the most important job there is: looking after our loved ones. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “2020 has reminded us of what matters most – the health and wellbeing of the people we love.” "This is an unprecedented investment. But the metric that matters most is the care and confidence it will give Victorian families.” “Our hospitals and local health services were at the frontline of the coronavirus fight, and now we’re ensuring they’re at the forefront of our Budget.”

 

Putting The Mental Health Of Victorians First

This has been the toughest year many of us have ever lived through. As we begin our state’s slow recovery, this year’s Budget invests in the health and wellbeing of our loved ones, by continuing the fundamental rebuild of Victoria's mental health system. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 includes $868.6 million to ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system. This includes funding the rollout of the interim recommendations from the Royal Commission into Mental Health, including $492 million to deliver 120 mental health beds in Geelong, Epping, Sunshine and Melbourne. This is an addition to the 24 Hospital in the Home beds announced earlier this year, bringing the total to 144. An additional $18.9 million is provided for 35 acute treatments beds for public mental health patients in private health services. The Budget invests $21.4 million to support the statewide expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service, with individual, intensive and one-on-one support for Victorians as they rebuild their lives. Completion of the statewide rollout will deliver services in Albury-Wodonga, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Broadmeadows, Box Hill, Clayton, Epping, Heidelberg, Mildura, Parkville, Shepparton and Warrnambool. As we begin the work to rebuild our system, learning from the lived experiences of Victorians is vital. It’s why $2.2 million will help design the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, a new centre dedicated to bringing together the experts on our mental health system – researchers, academics and those who’ve experienced it firsthand. A further $16 million will help those same Victorians use their own very real and personal experience to support and champion for others in need – with new training positions, education and opportunities for employment. This includes $7.3 million for a service designed and delivered by people with lived experience. The Budget also includes $8.7 million to establish a residential mental health service, specifically designed and delivered by those with lived experience. This service will deliver short-term care and support in a residential community setting, designed as a true alternative to acute hospital-based care. We’re supporting students and job seekers looking to pursue a career in the mental health sector into training opportunities. It includes $1.9 million for allied health, nursing and medical undergraduates to work part-time in community mental health settings while completing their studies. A further $3.1 million will support experienced general nurses to retrain as mental health nurses; and $7.7 million for specialist training roles in child and adolescent psychiatry to address the shortage of trained psychiatrists in these roles, including in regional areas. A further $7.7 million in funding is provided to begin to address workforce shortages in the mental health sector, to support future expansion of the workforce. This includes funding to increase the annual number of junior medical officer psychiatrist rotations, graduate nurses and postgraduate mental health nurse scholarships. State-owned facilities across Victoria will benefit from $20 million for upgrades and improvements. The Budget will also deliver an extra 19,000 hours for community mental health support. Supporting the mental health of our young people will remain critical as we begin our recovery, with this year’s Budget investing $47.8 million dedicated to early intervention support for young people – recognising that sometimes the most important help is the earliest help, as well as $7 million to support critical research into youth mental health and operations at the Orygen centre. Other key Budget investments include: $19.4 million to support mental health clinicians at the Victorian Fixed Threat Assessment Centre and deliver specialised services to meet the needs of people referred by the Centre $4.4 million to improve culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal Victorians $3.9 million for providing mental health and wellbeing support for asylum seekers $152 million to support and provide mental health services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “This year we’ve lived through a global pandemic – and all the stress and isolation it has brought – with a broken system. So now, more than ever, we need this investment in the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians.” “This Budget supports the recovery of our state and the fundamental rebuild of our system, delivering new beds, more staff and dedicated early support for young Victorians.”

Putting The Mental Health Of Victorians First

This has been the toughest year many of us have ever lived through. As we begin our state’s slow recovery, this year’s Budget invests in the health and wellbeing of our loved ones, by continuing the fundamental rebuild of Victoria's mental health system. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 includes $868.6 million to ensure Victorians have the mental health support they need as we get on with fixing a broken system. This includes funding the rollout of the interim recommendations from the Royal Commission into Mental Health, including $492 million to deliver 120 mental health beds in Geelong, Epping, Sunshine and Melbourne. This is an addition to the 24 Hospital in the Home beds announced earlier this year, bringing the total to 144. An additional $18.9 million is provided for 35 acute treatments beds for public mental health patients in private health services. The Budget invests $21.4 million to support the statewide expansion of the Hospital Outreach Post-Suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service, with individual, intensive and one-on-one support for Victorians as they rebuild their lives. Completion of the statewide rollout will deliver services in Albury-Wodonga, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Broadmeadows, Box Hill, Clayton, Epping, Heidelberg, Mildura, Parkville, Shepparton and Warrnambool. As we begin the work to rebuild our system, learning from the lived experiences of Victorians is vital. It’s why $2.2 million will help design the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, a new centre dedicated to bringing together the experts on our mental health system – researchers, academics and those who’ve experienced it firsthand. A further $16 million will help those same Victorians use their own very real and personal experience to support and champion for others in need – with new training positions, education and opportunities for employment. This includes $7.3 million for a service designed and delivered by people with lived experience. The Budget also includes $8.7 million to establish a residential mental health service, specifically designed and delivered by those with lived experience. This service will deliver short-term care and support in a residential community setting, designed as a true alternative to acute hospital-based care. We’re supporting students and job seekers looking to pursue a career in the mental health sector into training opportunities. It includes $1.9 million for allied health, nursing and medical undergraduates to work part-time in community mental health settings while completing their studies. A further $3.1 million will support experienced general nurses to retrain as mental health nurses; and $7.7 million for specialist training roles in child and adolescent psychiatry to address the shortage of trained psychiatrists in these roles, including in regional areas. A further $7.7 million in funding is provided to begin to address workforce shortages in the mental health sector, to support future expansion of the workforce. This includes funding to increase the annual number of junior medical officer psychiatrist rotations, graduate nurses and postgraduate mental health nurse scholarships. State-owned facilities across Victoria will benefit from $20 million for upgrades and improvements. The Budget will also deliver an extra 19,000 hours for community mental health support. Supporting the mental health of our young people will remain critical as we begin our recovery, with this year’s Budget investing $47.8 million dedicated to early intervention support for young people – recognising that sometimes the most important help is the earliest help, as well as $7 million to support critical research into youth mental health and operations at the Orygen centre. Other key Budget investments include: $19.4 million to support mental health clinicians at the Victorian Fixed Threat Assessment Centre and deliver specialised services to meet the needs of people referred by the Centre $4.4 million to improve culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal Victorians $3.9 million for providing mental health and wellbeing support for asylum seekers $152 million to support and provide mental health services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “This year we’ve lived through a global pandemic – and all the stress and isolation it has brought – with a broken system. So now, more than ever, we need this investment in the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians.” “This Budget supports the recovery of our state and the fundamental rebuild of our system, delivering new beds, more staff and dedicated early support for young Victorians.”

Putting People At The Heart Of Our Economic Recovery

The Andrews Labor Government is putting Victoria’s greatest asset at the centre of its economic recovery – its people. The global pandemic has shaken economies right around the world – Victoria included. But our success in driving down cases means that we are in a strong position to rebuild, recover and grow. As we do, every Victorian in every suburb, region and rural community will be at the heart of our recovery – with our success measured not only by the wealth of our economy but also the wellbeing of our people. The centrepiece of the Victorian Budget 2020/21 is the Jobs Plan, which sets an ambitious target to create 400,000 jobs by 2025, and half of those by 2022 – because we understand a job means certainty and security for workers and their families. The Labor Government’s Jobs Plan will help drive our economic recovery – helping businesses big and small create jobs across the state, while using the power of our projects to get more Victorians back into work. By using the strength of the state’s balance sheet, we’re able to protect the budgets of households and businesses across Victoria. And we’re able to do it, thanks to the Labor Government’s sound financial management over the past six years. We are well positioned not only to cushion the blow of the global pandemic but draw on the opportunities and options we need to see our state’s economy roar again. The Budget lays bare the economic impacts of the global pandemic on our state. Total revenue is down 4.2 per cent compared with 2018/19, while state tax revenue has fallen 9.7 per cent this year alone. Once again, Victoria has been short-changed by Canberra on GST at the worst possible time. Changes made by the Federal Government, costing Victoria almost $1 billion a year, have contributed to a $12.6 billion write-down over four years. Despite these challenges, the Government has invested more than $13 billion to respond to the global pandemic, providing unprecedented support to households and businesses to make sure they see it to the other side. These factors mean we project a deficit of $23.2 billion this year, forecast to reduce to $6.8 billion in 2023/24. Like all jurisdictions around Australia and globally, governments are relying on the strengths of their balance sheets to protect household and business budgets by increasing net debt to manageable levels. Both the Reserve Bank of Australia Governor, Dr Philip Lowe, and the Commonwealth Treasury Secretary, Dr Steven Kennedy, have urged jurisdictions to make use of record low interest rates to help stimulate the economy, creating jobs and protecting communities. The interest rate on Treasury Corporation of Victoria three-year bonds is just 0.20 per cent. The fastest way to repair the economy, reduce deficits and pay down debt is to drive growth, create jobs and help businesses grow. In short, by borrowing we can rebuild sooner and stronger. This means debt will reach $86.7 billion in 2020/21 and grow to $154.8 billion in 2023/24. Interest expense as a share of total revenue remains more than manageable. Despite the short-term costs to the state’s financial position, we know that driving economic recovery and growth is not only vital for business, workers and their families, it’s the surest way to reduce deficits and pay down debt. While the immediate focus is getting Victorians back into a job and reducing the unemployment rate, the Government remains committed to strong financial management – including charting a return to surplus, and stabilising net debt as a percentage of GSP, over the medium term. For now, the Government’s focus, and the intention of this Budget, is providing the jobs, support and economic opportunities for Victorians to recover – and for Victoria to rebuild stronger and fairer than before. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This is a Budget built on jobs and focused on people – supporting them to recover as we rebuild our state.” “We’re following the blueprint of jurisdictions around Australia and the world, who are using their own budgets to protect household and business budgets.” “You can’t address the economic crisis until you address the health crisis – and that’s what we’ve done. Our success in fighting the virus means we’re well placed to recover and grow.”

Putting People At The Heart Of Our Economic Recovery

The Andrews Labor Government is putting Victoria’s greatest asset at the centre of its economic recovery – its people. The global pandemic has shaken economies right around the world – Victoria included. But our success in driving down cases means that we are in a strong position to rebuild, recover and grow. As we do, every Victorian in every suburb, region and rural community will be at the heart of our recovery – with our success measured not only by the wealth of our economy but also the wellbeing of our people. The centrepiece of the Victorian Budget 2020/21 is the Jobs Plan, which sets an ambitious target to create 400,000 jobs by 2025, and half of those by 2022 – because we understand a job means certainty and security for workers and their families. The Labor Government’s Jobs Plan will help drive our economic recovery – helping businesses big and small create jobs across the state, while using the power of our projects to get more Victorians back into work. By using the strength of the state’s balance sheet, we’re able to protect the budgets of households and businesses across Victoria. And we’re able to do it, thanks to the Labor Government’s sound financial management over the past six years. We are well positioned not only to cushion the blow of the global pandemic but draw on the opportunities and options we need to see our state’s economy roar again. The Budget lays bare the economic impacts of the global pandemic on our state. Total revenue is down 4.2 per cent compared with 2018/19, while state tax revenue has fallen 9.7 per cent this year alone. Once again, Victoria has been short-changed by Canberra on GST at the worst possible time. Changes made by the Federal Government, costing Victoria almost $1 billion a year, have contributed to a $12.6 billion write-down over four years. Despite these challenges, the Government has invested more than $13 billion to respond to the global pandemic, providing unprecedented support to households and businesses to make sure they see it to the other side. These factors mean we project a deficit of $23.2 billion this year, forecast to reduce to $6.8 billion in 2023/24. Like all jurisdictions around Australia and globally, governments are relying on the strengths of their balance sheets to protect household and business budgets by increasing net debt to manageable levels. Both the Reserve Bank of Australia Governor, Dr Philip Lowe, and the Commonwealth Treasury Secretary, Dr Steven Kennedy, have urged jurisdictions to make use of record low interest rates to help stimulate the economy, creating jobs and protecting communities. The interest rate on Treasury Corporation of Victoria three-year bonds is just 0.20 per cent. The fastest way to repair the economy, reduce deficits and pay down debt is to drive growth, create jobs and help businesses grow. In short, by borrowing we can rebuild sooner and stronger. This means debt will reach $86.7 billion in 2020/21 and grow to $154.8 billion in 2023/24. Interest expense as a share of total revenue remains more than manageable. Despite the short-term costs to the state’s financial position, we know that driving economic recovery and growth is not only vital for business, workers and their families, it’s the surest way to reduce deficits and pay down debt. While the immediate focus is getting Victorians back into a job and reducing the unemployment rate, the Government remains committed to strong financial management – including charting a return to surplus, and stabilising net debt as a percentage of GSP, over the medium term. For now, the Government’s focus, and the intention of this Budget, is providing the jobs, support and economic opportunities for Victorians to recover – and for Victoria to rebuild stronger and fairer than before. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This is a Budget built on jobs and focused on people – supporting them to recover as we rebuild our state.” “We’re following the blueprint of jurisdictions around Australia and the world, who are using their own budgets to protect household and business budgets.” “You can’t address the economic crisis until you address the health crisis – and that’s what we’ve done. Our success in fighting the virus means we’re well placed to recover and grow.”

Attracting Investment For Victoria’s Recovery, And Building It Here

Attracting international investment will be critical to creating and protecting more Victorian jobs. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests more than $300 million to help draw more overseas investment, support local industries and create jobs here in Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government’s International Investment Strategy is Victoria’s blueprint to draw on the strengths that secured our spot as the strongest economy in the nation. To support this strategy, this year’s Budget includes $80 million over the next three years for targeted financial incentives to secure international investment, create jobs, foster innovation and make our state more productive. Victoria is proudly home to the best and brightest research and development firms, making breakthroughs that changes lives and create jobs. The Budget helps these organisations grow, with up to $50 million for research and development cash-flow loans – providing low-interest loans so they can continue their vital work. We willestablish a $20 million Australian MedTech Manufacturing Centre in Melbourne – a new hub that will put Victoria at the forefront of medical technology, innovation and design. The hub will champion, develop and identify new opportunities for Victoria’s MedTech manufacturing and innovation sector. Victoria has a proud history when it comes to manufacturing and the Labor Government will ensure it has a proud future, with $60 million to create a new Manufacturing and Industry Development Fund. The fund will focus on backing the businesses that make medical products, medicines and other key industries like food manufacturing – cementing and strengthening Victoria’s status as the manufacturing capital of Australia. In addition, a new $40 million Industry Recovery and Growth Fund will help attract more investment and create more jobs in key areas like manufacturing, clean energy, digital technology, regional tourism and many others. The Budget also dedicates $6 million to help businesses attract new defence manufacturing and industry contracts and the high-skilled jobs they support. A further $9.6 million will boost employment through government procurement and through the operations of the Office of the Local Jobs First Commissioner. In September, the Labor Government announced a $15.7 million support package to help Victorian exporters deal with the effects of the pandemic with a focus on logistics and supply chains, establishing new trade channels through virtual trade missions, adapting strategies to protect relationships and finding new avenues for trade. The Government is building on that investment with a further $16 million to ensure Victoria remains globally competitive, strengthens its international networks and positions itself as the leading Australian state for international engagement. The international education sector will benefit from more than $33.4 million to support the sector’s recovery, including continued support for international students, confirming Victoria as a top study destination and Melbourne as Australia’s number one student city. The package will drive demand in key international markets including India and south-east Asia, expand Victoria’s presence in high growth markets like Latin America and support new opportunities in offshore delivery. It will also support the return of international students to Victoria in 2021 with new initiatives to support student welfare and employability. Funding also supports new international research partnerships and sets the groundwork for a new International Education Sector Strategy, planned for 2021. This complements the Labor Government’s significant support for international students throughout the pandemic, including the $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Economic Development and Industrial Relations Tim Pallas “Now more than ever, we need to play to our strengths and attract businesses from all over the world to set up shop here in Victoria – because it means jobs, jobs and more jobs for Victorians.” “Victoria is the engine room of the national economy, and these investments will help our economy roar once again.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “By further investing in local manufacturing and local industry development, we’re playing to our strengths and getting more Victorians back in work.” “Our state is a powerhouse of trade and education. With this Budget we’re helping these industries reset, restart and build new markets and opportunities around the world.”

Attracting Investment For Victoria’s Recovery, And Building It Here

Attracting international investment will be critical to creating and protecting more Victorian jobs. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests more than $300 million to help draw more overseas investment, support local industries and create jobs here in Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government’s International Investment Strategy is Victoria’s blueprint to draw on the strengths that secured our spot as the strongest economy in the nation. To support this strategy, this year’s Budget includes $80 million over the next three years for targeted financial incentives to secure international investment, create jobs, foster innovation and make our state more productive. Victoria is proudly home to the best and brightest research and development firms, making breakthroughs that changes lives and create jobs. The Budget helps these organisations grow, with up to $50 million for research and development cash-flow loans – providing low-interest loans so they can continue their vital work. We willestablish a $20 million Australian MedTech Manufacturing Centre in Melbourne – a new hub that will put Victoria at the forefront of medical technology, innovation and design. The hub will champion, develop and identify new opportunities for Victoria’s MedTech manufacturing and innovation sector. Victoria has a proud history when it comes to manufacturing and the Labor Government will ensure it has a proud future, with $60 million to create a new Manufacturing and Industry Development Fund. The fund will focus on backing the businesses that make medical products, medicines and other key industries like food manufacturing – cementing and strengthening Victoria’s status as the manufacturing capital of Australia. In addition, a new $40 million Industry Recovery and Growth Fund will help attract more investment and create more jobs in key areas like manufacturing, clean energy, digital technology, regional tourism and many others. The Budget also dedicates $6 million to help businesses attract new defence manufacturing and industry contracts and the high-skilled jobs they support. A further $9.6 million will boost employment through government procurement and through the operations of the Office of the Local Jobs First Commissioner. In September, the Labor Government announced a $15.7 million support package to help Victorian exporters deal with the effects of the pandemic with a focus on logistics and supply chains, establishing new trade channels through virtual trade missions, adapting strategies to protect relationships and finding new avenues for trade. The Government is building on that investment with a further $16 million to ensure Victoria remains globally competitive, strengthens its international networks and positions itself as the leading Australian state for international engagement. The international education sector will benefit from more than $33.4 million to support the sector’s recovery, including continued support for international students, confirming Victoria as a top study destination and Melbourne as Australia’s number one student city. The package will drive demand in key international markets including India and south-east Asia, expand Victoria’s presence in high growth markets like Latin America and support new opportunities in offshore delivery. It will also support the return of international students to Victoria in 2021 with new initiatives to support student welfare and employability. Funding also supports new international research partnerships and sets the groundwork for a new International Education Sector Strategy, planned for 2021. This complements the Labor Government’s significant support for international students throughout the pandemic, including the $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Economic Development and Industrial Relations Tim Pallas “Now more than ever, we need to play to our strengths and attract businesses from all over the world to set up shop here in Victoria – because it means jobs, jobs and more jobs for Victorians.” “Victoria is the engine room of the national economy, and these investments will help our economy roar once again.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “By further investing in local manufacturing and local industry development, we’re playing to our strengths and getting more Victorians back in work.” “Our state is a powerhouse of trade and education. With this Budget we’re helping these industries reset, restart and build new markets and opportunities around the world.”

Helping Small Business Recover And Grow To Create Jobs

Many small business owners have had to put their plans on hold this year. We want to make sure they can come back stronger than ever before, investing billions of dollars to back local businesses and grow local jobs. Our support continues in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, with the Andrews Labor Government offering small businesses more tools to help them adapt and adopt new digital technology – saving time and money. The $6 million Small Business Support Toolkit will fund best-practice workshops, mentoring and coaching services across the state – helping businesses to digitise and innovate, adapt to meet changing customer needs and navigate regulatory requirements across different levels of government. The Labor Government will support at least 1,000 businesses with high-growth potential to reach new markets and create new jobs through the $5 million Ready for Growth Initiative. These businesses will be offered tailored services including masterclasses and personalised coaching in digital engagement to help them develop better products and services, build their workforce and compete in a globalised economy. The Victorian Small Business Commission will receive $1 million to establish a new case management system to streamline its successful dispute resolution services. These latest investments in small business builds on the unprecedented support from the Labor Government, as we continue to respond to the challenges of the pandemic. This includes more than $2.6 billion in funding which is supporting more than 125,000 businesses though the Business Support Fund, the $100 million Sole Trade Support Fund and the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, which is providing rental relief to struggling businesses. In addition, Upskill My Business is providing free access to online short courses and training events, and the $10 million Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program is connecting small business owners and sole traders with free business mentoring and advice. The $20 million Small Business Digital Adaptation Fund is helping sole traders and micro and small businesses to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations. The Labor Government is also ensuring small business owners get the mental health and wellbeing support they need, recognising the huge impact of the pandemic – and the bushfires before it. The $26 million Wellbeing and Mental Health Support program has provided training for business chamber staff to then share with local businesses, expanded a support hotline service and paid for mental health professionals to be embedded in industry and business associations. The Labor Government has committed more than $13 billion towards measures to fight coronavirus (COVID-19), including more than $7 billion in direct economic support for Victorian businesses and workers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “We’re backing our small businesses to recover stronger than ever, working shoulder-to-shoulder and providing practical support.” “Small businesses have shown amazing determination and grit during the pandemic and they’ll be a crucial part in getting more Victorians back to work and our state’s economy back on track.” “We want to help our small businesses develop new sk

Helping Small Business Recover And Grow To Create Jobs

Many small business owners have had to put their plans on hold this year. We want to make sure they can come back stronger than ever before, investing billions of dollars to back local businesses and grow local jobs. Our support continues in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, with the Andrews Labor Government offering small businesses more tools to help them adapt and adopt new digital technology – saving time and money. The $6 million Small Business Support Toolkit will fund best-practice workshops, mentoring and coaching services across the state – helping businesses to digitise and innovate, adapt to meet changing customer needs and navigate regulatory requirements across different levels of government. The Labor Government will support at least 1,000 businesses with high-growth potential to reach new markets and create new jobs through the $5 million Ready for Growth Initiative. These businesses will be offered tailored services including masterclasses and personalised coaching in digital engagement to help them develop better products and services, build their workforce and compete in a globalised economy. The Victorian Small Business Commission will receive $1 million to establish a new case management system to streamline its successful dispute resolution services. These latest investments in small business builds on the unprecedented support from the Labor Government, as we continue to respond to the challenges of the pandemic. This includes more than $2.6 billion in funding which is supporting more than 125,000 businesses though the Business Support Fund, the $100 million Sole Trade Support Fund and the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, which is providing rental relief to struggling businesses. In addition, Upskill My Business is providing free access to online short courses and training events, and the $10 million Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program is connecting small business owners and sole traders with free business mentoring and advice. The $20 million Small Business Digital Adaptation Fund is helping sole traders and micro and small businesses to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations. The Labor Government is also ensuring small business owners get the mental health and wellbeing support they need, recognising the huge impact of the pandemic – and the bushfires before it. The $26 million Wellbeing and Mental Health Support program has provided training for business chamber staff to then share with local businesses, expanded a support hotline service and paid for mental health professionals to be embedded in industry and business associations. The Labor Government has committed more than $13 billion towards measures to fight coronavirus (COVID-19), including more than $7 billion in direct economic support for Victorian businesses and workers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “We’re backing our small businesses to recover stronger than ever, working shoulder-to-shoulder and providing practical support.” “Small businesses have shown amazing determination and grit during the pandemic and they’ll be a crucial part in getting more Victorians back to work and our state’s economy back on track.” “We want to help our small businesses develop new sk