Analysis Budget

‘Inequality crushing’ budget sets Victoria on a fairer course

The Victorian Government has pulled out all stops to crush inequality and promote community wellbeing across the state, according to Victoria’s peak social advocacy body VCOSS.

“This budget is literally brimming with positive, smart and effective social policy measures that will make real inroads into poverty and disadvantage,” VCOSS CEO Emma King said.

“The pandemic has made bold interventions a necessity, and the government isn’t missing its shot.”

Ms King said VCOSS was particularly pleased with:

  • A mammoth $5.3 billion on social and affordable housing
  • $870 million to bolster Victoria’s mental health system
  • Power bill relief and targeted energy efficiency upgrades
  • A permanent extension to the Home Stretch program–so people in state care are supported until they’re 21.
  • A jobs and training package that prioritises women and young people.

“Any of these measures by themselves would have made for a good budget,” Ms King said.

“Together, they make a great one.”

“Perhaps most importantly, this budget sets us on a new course. One where people come first, and community and individual wellbeing is the main game in town.”

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VCOSS CEO Emma King is available for interview.

Media contact: Ryan Sheales, 0418 127 153, media@vcoss.org.au.

Hi-resolution images of Ms King are available here.

Past VCOSS media releases are on our website.