20 May 2021 News

Budget 21/22: Creating jobs and caring for Eastern Metro

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people in Eastern Metropolitan Region.  

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs. 

Education 

We are upgrading 52 Victorian schools in this year’s Budget, including: 

  • Birralee Primary School, with $4.16 million to replace relocatable buildings with a new permanent building 
  • Croydon Primary School, which will receive a $1.35 million upgrade and modernisation to the art room and the toilet block 
  • Warrandyte High School, with $3.54 million to upgrade and modernise the school’s Art and Craft building and undertake landscaping works  

Not only will this give our students new learning spaces, it’ll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs. $20 million is provided to continue the Minor Capital Works Fund which provides the opportunity for schools to seek funding for minor capital projects that are a priority for their school. 

Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget also invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will allow schools to choose and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools. 

$20.5 million in funding will be provided for Tech Schools which are building students’ STEM skills and connecting them to the jobs of the future. This initiative will expand on‐site and virtual delivery capabilities of existing Tech Schools and pilot a mobile Tech School delivery model for students in remote areas of Gippsland.  

$15 million is provided to improve access to school facilities for students with disabilities and additional needs. Facility modifications may include providing ramps and handrails, alterations to toilet and shower facilities and adjustments for students with vision or hearing impairments. $10 million is also provided for the Inclusive Schools Fund to continue to provide school infrastructure such as playgrounds, outdoor sensory areas and quiet re‐engagement spaces.  

Sport 

Our local sporting clubs are the heart and soul of our community. The Budget is backing their future, delivering better pavilions, changerooms, grounds and courts so all Victorians can get active. This includes up to $290,000 towards the installation of drainage, irrigation and drought tolerant grasses at Town Park Soccer Field, Croydon 

Health 

This Budget will also begin planning to expand the adult Emergency Department at Maroondah Hospital. And because we want our youngest Victorians to get the very best care, this Budget also delivers $100 million to build new emergency department zones dedicated to children, including at Maroondah Hospital. This investment will give local parents confidence their kids are being taken care of, while also creating 300 Victorian jobs at the peak of construction. 

Mental Health 

This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers. 

“Our mental health system is broken. But with this Budget we’re delivering a landmark investment that will transform how care is offered in our state.”  

An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities.  

Young Victorians are at the heart of our reform, with $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. This investment will see two separate streams of care created – one devoted to infants and children and one devoted to young people. This investment will deliver more early intervention, more intensive support for those who need acute care, and more help for families.  

“That includes better services for people in Melbourne’s east, including a new Youth Prevention and Recovery Care unit for young Victorians.” 

This Budget invests $141 million to deliver a new Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) unit for the North Eastern Metropolitan region, one of five new facilities across Victoria. This investment will deliver sub-acute care, with support tailored to the needs of our young people. 

Jobs 

Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians. To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses.  

Multicultural Community 

We’re investing $8 million to continue the multicultural seniors grants to assist these groups provide immediate assistance for multicultural seniors to continue engaging with their local communities, which will help reduce social isolation, communicate health advice and engage with recovery strategies. 

In addition there will be  $1.1 million to expand the Multicultural Festivals and Events Programs and $4.25 million for multicultural community infrastructure grants for community organisations to continue to provide vital work they do in supporting vulnerable members of the Victorian community.  

With this Budget, we’re creating jobs and caring for Victorians.