Does the 2018 Victorian budget deliver on social policy?

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.


The centrepiece of the Victorian Budget was support for Victorians to become ‘job ready’, develop skills and find new jobs.


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The Victorian Government has continued its strong track record of education investment.


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Some welcome measures to help relieve energy hardship, but overall contains limited initiatives to address cost of living pressures.


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VCOSS will be looking for more announcements over the coming months to make housing more affordable.


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This budget contains relatively modest increases to funding to prevent family violence and address gender inequity.


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Welcome funding and support to improve service delivery, prevent child abuse and neglect, and better people in out-of-home-care.


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Some significant investments, however the future of psychosocial rehabilitation services remain uncertain.


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Improvements to diversion and rehabilitation for young people, however this budget pours money into building new prisons.


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The budget boasts a range of initiatives that support Aboriginal self-determination and the pathway to a Treaty.


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The budget provides welcome measures for people with disability but does not prioritise investment for older people and carers.


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The Victorian State Budget contains several initiatives to support greater social inclusion and diversity.


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Access the 2018-19 Victorian State Budget.


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