Jesuit Social Services says the Victorian Government’s 2020/21 Budget provides unprecedented funding to vital social services and supports to help Victorians navigate the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
“Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said that COVID-19 has shone a bright light on some of the dark cracks in our society, and this is absolutely true. This crisis has clearly demonstrated the importance of fundamentals we should all have access to – like secure housing, stable employment and access to a strong and effective mental health system,” Jesuit Social Services chief Julie Edwards said yesterday.
“Many of these societal cracks have been evident before now but COVID-19 has shown us how quickly people can slip through and be in urgent need of support. This Budget strengthens our social fabric and will ensure that more Victorians have the opportunity to flourish moving forward.”
Key budget announcements include a $5.3 billion investment into social and affordable housing and $868 million to fix Victoria’s mental health system.
Jesuit Social Services also welcomed the $1 billion investment into TAFE and training, funding for inclusive education, sick pay for insecure workers, energy efficiency packages including in the social housing system, additional training for the youth justice workforce and addressing family violence.
Ms Edwards said these investments show “a commitment to ensure all Victorians have the chance to thrive”.
Victorian Budget 2020:21 creates a stronger, more cohesive state (Jesuit Social Services)