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2016 Victorian Budget – policy snapshots


2016 Victorian Budget – policy snapshots

VCOSS believes the 2016 Victorian Budget includes welcome measures to support people facing disadvantage and hardship, while leaving scope for further initiatives in the fight against poverty and inequality.

Click here to view our media release.

For a more in depth look, our policy analysts have dissected the budget papers to produce the detailed policy snapshots below.

 

TRANSPORT
Expand people’s transport options.

This 2016 Victorian Budget funds a number of large scale transport projects and procurements, which provides a long-term pipeline of infrastructure projects, with associated employment and economic benefits.


 

JUSTICE
Prevent crime through a smarter justice system.

VCOSS welcomes the 2016 Victorian Budget’s focus on diverting disadvantaged people away from the justice system and addressing the underlying causes of offending, by expanding the youth diversion program and continuing funding to the Koori women’s diversion program.


 

JOBS AND SKILLS
Help people facing disadvantage gain work and skills.

The 2016 Victorian Budget has a strong emphasis on developing employment pathways for people facing disadvantage. This is particularly important in an era of technological and structural change in key industries.


 

LATROBE VALLEY
Investments for the Latrobe Valley in response to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry

VCOSS applauds the government for its commitment to improving people’s health in the Latrobe Valley, and in particular its announcement of a Health Innovation Zone to co-design preventative health programs and early interventions.


 

REVENUE
Generate adequate revenue to fulfil community aspirations.

The 2016 Victorian Budget projects substantial surpluses over the next four years. This is driven by revenue rising faster than expenditure over the four years.


 

HOUSING
Help make housing affordable for people facing disadvantage

The 2016 Victorian Budget includes considerable investment in housing and homelessness in response to the Family Violence Royal Commission, in the form of a family violence housing blitz. This $152m package over two years contains many pleasing initiatives.


COST OFLIVING
Cut the cost of living for people on low incomes

Despite increasing average living standards in Australia, these benefits are not equally shared. VCOSS welcomes the initiatives in the 2016 Victorian Budget designed to begin addressing the energy cost impact of poor quality housing on public tenants, strengthen protections for energy customers in financial hardship, and improve support for asylum seekers and rural small business people.


 

COMMUNITY SECTOR
Strengthen community organisations to help people fulfil their potential

The decline in real funding for community organisations continues, while funding for community sector wage rises incurred as a result of the Equal Remuneration Order will be covered by the Victorian government, as announced in last year’s budget.


 

DISABILITY AND CARERS
Improve the lives of people with disability and carers

The NDIS is a chance to improve the lives of people with disability, however, is a major change in the way services are provided. People with disability and disability service organisations need support to manage the change. VCOSS is pleased the state government has committed funds to close the last disability institution in Victoria and provide additional support for the transition to the NDIS.


 

COMMUNITIES
Build cohesive and resilient communities

VCOSS commends the 2016 Victorian Budget for its support for LGBTI community members, with the announcement of a new Pride Centre, a new LGBTI grants program and support to combat homophobia in rural and regional Victoria. Increasing support for and encouraging the equality of LGBTI community members will help to build social cohesion.


 

CHILDREN
Help vulnerable families nurture their children

The 2016 Victorian Budget features substantial investment in supporting the wellbeing of vulnerable children and families. Many of these initiatives were announced as part of the government’s Roadmap for Reform Package and cover a wide-range of measures from prevention and early intervention initiatives through to better support for carers and children.


 

EDUCATION
Deliver an equitable education system to help every child fulfil their potential

The 2016 Victorian Budget has prioritised investment in education, with substantial infrastructure funding provided to build and upgrade schools, provide Tech Schools and support early childhood and care services. Positive investment is also made in vocational and workplace learning initiatives, a shared facilities fund to support community hubs, and delivering on their election commitment to provide a doctors in schools program to support the healthcare of disadvantaged students.


 

FAMILY VIOLENCE
Prevent, identify and respond to family violence

VCOSS was particularly pleased to see in the 2016 Victorian Budget additional detail on prevention initiatives seeking to address the underlying drivers of family violence, including gender inequality, inclusive of target priority population groups.


COMMUNITY HEALTH
Improve community health and wellbeing

VCOSS is encouraged the 2016 Victorian Budget includes significant investment in regional Victoria, with more than $200m allocated over four years to enhance the quality and amenity of rural and regional health services, including community health services.

 

 

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    Victorian budget splash raises questions about privatisation

    David Hayward imageProf. David Hayward examines how an increased spend in the Victorian Budget 2017-2018 is possible because of a big increase in the level of privatisation activity - and how this brings risks.

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    Transport

    1718vicbudthumbThis is another Victorian Budget with considerable investment in transport with nearly $4 billion allocated over the next four years, evenly split between road and public transport projects.

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    Revenue

    1718vicbudthumbStrong growth in revenue has allowed the Victorian government to cut payroll tax and stamp duty for first home buyers and still see increases in revenue from these sources.

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    Justice

    1718vicbudthumbAmong welcome measures, Victoria's new 'supermax' youth jail represents a missed opportunity to create a world-class youth justice system.

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    Family violence

    1718vicbudthumbThere is a reason VCOSS called the 2017 Victorian Budget "a budget with a heart". It contains a historic and phenomenal $1.9 billion to combat family violence. Get all the details here.

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    Cost of living

    1718vicbudthumbSubsidised energy efficiency upgrades, support for choosing energy retailers and investment in financial counselling are good measures for low-income households in the 2017 Victorian Budget.

    Media release

    VCOSS welcomes ‘budget with a heart’

    1718vicbudthumbThe 2017 Victorian Budget delivers on the Government’s laudable commitment to ending family violence. The Victorian Council of Social Service says the budget’s headline figure of $1.9 billion for family violence initiatives is a generous and welcome amount, and should […]

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    Cut the cost of living for people on low incomes

    TH power plugDespite increasing average living standards in Australia, these benefits are not equally shared. People earning low incomes, especially those renting, experience greater cost-of-living increases and slower income growth, than people on high incomes. Investing in activities that help low-income households […]

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    Generate adequate revenue to fulfil community aspirations

    Image: Rivers of Gold by Staphanie Anderson (Twitter). https://twitter.com/skateanderson/status/725165020607221761The 2016 Victorian Budget projects substantial surpluses over the next four years. This is driven by revenue rising faster than expenditure over the four years. Revenue is expected to grow by an average of 3.4 per cent per annum over the […]

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    Help people facing disadvantage gain work and skills

    Image: "Ausgrid apprentices" by Ausgrid photos (Flickr).Work is fundamental to the Victorian economy and a key contributor to people’s sense of identity and wellbeing. Helping people facing disadvantage to gain work skills and participate in the workforce is of great benefit to them individually, to their […]

    Blog post

    Build cohesive and resilient communities

    Thumbnail image: "Rainbow Crossing" by Todd Van Hoosear (Flickr)VCOSS commends the 2016 Victorian Budget for its support for LGBTI community members, with the announcement of a new Pride Centre, a new LGBTI grants program and support to combat homophobia in rural and regional Victoria. Increasing support for and […]

    Blog post

    Investments for the Latrobe Valley in response to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry

    Image: "Transmission" by Stephen Edmonds (Flickr)Many communities across the Latrobe Valley, and Morwell in particular, have suffered from severe social and health disadvantage for many years. These were highlighted following the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire, with the Board of Inquiry stating that the fire had […]

    Blog post

    Prevent crime through a smarter justice system

    TH policeVCOSS welcomes the 2016 Victorian Budget’s focus on diverting disadvantaged people away from the justice system and addressing the underlying causes of offending, by expanding the youth diversion program and continuing funding to the Koori women’s diversion program. The expansion […]

    Blog post

    Expand people’s transport options

    TB roadsThis 2016 Victorian Budget funds a number of large scale transport projects and procurements, which provides a long-term pipeline of infrastructure projects, with associated employment and economic benefits. There is also some funding for additional public transport services, mostly focussed […]

    Blog post

    Help vulnerable families nurture their children

    Thumbnail image: Flickr (jryde)Summary The 2016 Victorian Budget features substantial investment in supporting the wellbeing of vulnerable children and families. Many of these initiatives were announced as part of the government’s Roadmap for Reform Package and cover a wide-range of measures from prevention […]

    Blog post

    Improve community health and wellbeing

    Flickr (cesarastudillo)  Summary Good health underpins everyone’s ability to live a good life. VCOSS is encouraged the 2016 Victorian Budget includes significant investment in regional Victoria, with more than $200m allocated over four years to enhance the quality and amenity of rural […]

    Blog post

    Help make housing affordable for people facing disadvantage

    Flickr (michaelsale)Summary The 2016 Victorian Budget includes considerable investment in housing and homelessness in response to the Family Violence Royal Commission, in the form of a family violence housing blitz. This $152m package over two years contains many pleasing initiatives. Affordable housing […]

    Blog post

    Strengthen community organisations to help people fulfil their potential

    Flickr (studiobeerhorst)The decline in real funding for community organisations continues, while funding for community sector wage rises incurred as a result of the Equal Remuneration Order will be covered by the Victorian government, as announced in last year’s budget.

    Blog post

    Improve the lives of people with disability and carers

    Flickr (bcgovphotos)The NDIS is a chance to improve the lives of people with disability, however, is a major change in the way services are provided. People with disability and disability service organisations need support to manage the change. VCOSS is pleased the state government has committed funds to close the last disability institution in Victoria and provide additional support for the transition to the NDIS.

    Blog post

    Deliver an equitable education system to help every child fulfil their potential

    Flickr (alanwat)Summary The 2016-17 Victorian Budget has prioritised investment in education, with substantial infrastructure funding provided to build and upgrade schools, provide Tech Schools and support early childhood and care services. Positive investment is also made in vocational and workplace learning […]