A VCOSS guide to what’s been funded, what missed out and where the budget will take Victoria.
Budgets aren’t really about money, they’re a statement about what a government values. They clearly lay out in numbers, graphs and tables what its authors deem worthy of investment and support.
Few have expressed this better than Victoria’s current Treasurer, Tim Pallas.
“[Budgets] show us where a government’s heart lies. They are, in essence, a test of not so much a government’s priorities as its fundamental decency,” he said in 2017.
So what does the 2018 Victorian budget say about the Andrews Labor Government’s approach to social policy?
Select a policy area below to begin reading our analysis.
These analyses will be progressively updated over the coming days as new information becomes available.
Improvements to diversion and rehabilitation for young people, however this budget pours money into building new prisons.
The budget provides welcome measures for people with disability but does not prioritise investment for older people and carers.