Vic Budget 2021-22: Key Portfolio Measures

20 May 2021

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Premier and Cabinet, and Treasury and Finance

The Government continues to improve its digital footprint and technological communications through a program of reform to the state’s digital infrastructure and services. Expenditure in the Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2021-22 includes:

  • $25 million spent on enhancing the customer experience of Victorians with more digital services, which will ultimately improve public access through faster digital channels.
  • $13.4 million spent on the Cyber Safe Victoria 2021+ program, which helps protect Victoria’s public service from cyber-attacks, including new technology to defend against malicious software.
  • $14.6 million spent on a single digital presence, which includes funding towards a common digital publishing platform that will manage a range of government websites.
  • $12 million spent on planning for government shared services through an infrastructure evolution. This funding will improve operational efficiency and capability through a shared services technology infrastructure.
  • $10.1 million over the next three years on a Distillery Door Grant to support the distillery sector. This will be capped at $5 million a year for the next two years. The grant will accept eligible claims at a capped rate of $25 per litre of alcohol sold through distillery doors.

Transport

The Government continues to support the development of the transport sector, with a particular focus on developing regional and metropolitan infrastructure, as well as improving the safety of Victoria’s transport networks. Expenditure in the Department of Transport in 2021-22 includes:

  • $100.4 million on regional rail sustainability to improve the punctuality standards of regional trains, as well as provide for periodic and routine maintenance of regional train networks.
  • $49.3 million on the management of new transport assets, including maintenance and development of regional and metropolitan train services. This will also include increasing the number of frontline staff at stations.
  • $22 million on capacity improvements to the Wyndham Vale to Melton line.
  • $20.3 million for a School Crossing Supervisor program, which will help increase road safety around schools, and development of a training program.
  • $17.7 million on rolling stock maintenance and disposal programs to improve the safety and reliability of different regional and metropolitan train networks.
  • $13.5 million on the Bulla Bypass, which will relieve pressure on the transport connections in Melbourne’s north.
  • $11.9 million on bus service improvements and reform, with an emphasis on enhancing the bus network with additional services and extensions to existing routes.
  • $11.8 million on emergency management sector reform, which will include responding to the Inspector-General’s inquiry for Emergency Management and the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Management.

Health

The Government continues to expand health services to meet growing demand and address issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Expenditure in the Department of Health in 2021-22 includes:

  • $1.4 billion in state and federal funding in 2021-22, and $3.7 billion over the forward estimates, to meet demand for hospital services with a focus on elective surgery, emergency services and highly-specialised therapies.
  • $188.5 million in 2021-22, with $266.3 million over the forward estimates, towards ambulance services and to build ambulance stations in regional growth areas.
  • $53.7 million in 2021-22, with $204.3 million over the forward estimates, to support Ambulance Victoria’s staff recruitment and operational services.
  • $35.3 million in state and federal funding in 2021-22 for Healthshare, an initiative to establish shared procurement and supply chains for the Victorian health services.
  • $28.8 million in 2021-22 towards public sector residential aged care.
  • $19 million in 2021-22 to support cybersecurity measures in the health services.
  • $18.7 million in 2021-22 for the continued operation of medically-supervised injecting rooms in North Richmond and the City of Melbourne.
  • $10.6 million in 2021-22 to improve access and outcomes of elective surgery, supplementing the existing elective surgery wait list blitz.

Education and Training

The Government continues to invest in the Victorian TAFE and training system and support students with disabilities. Expenditure in the Department of Education and Training in 2021-22 includes:

  • $167.2 million in 2021-22, with $694.4 million over the forward estimates, to facilitate school enrolment-based funding for both government and non-government schools.
  • $84.3 million in 2021-22 to provide more training places for the TAFE and training system.
  • $25.2 million in 2021-22 for the Students with Disabilities Transport Program.
  • $23.4 million in 2021-22, with $86.1 million over the forward estimates, for the implementation of the Child Link register, an information-sharing program supporting the health and safety of children.
  • $21.3 million in 2021-22 for Ready for School, with $122.4 million over the forward estimates, to continue the roll-out of two years of universal kindergarten for three-year-old children.
  • $21.3 million in 2021-22 for the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, a new specialist statutory entity delivering advanced professional learning for high-performing teachers.
  • $17.7 million in 2021-22 to establish the Victorian Skills Authority, to provide insights on skills needed for the state’s future workforce.
  • $12.5 million in 2021-21 to support government school students who learn English as an additional language.

Environment, Land, Water and Planning

The Government continues to provide funding to protect the environment and reduce the risks from future bushfires and the associated impacts. Expenditure in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in 2021-22 includes:

  • $78.6 million in 2021-22, $339.6 million over the forward estimates, to reduce bushfire risk.
  • $53.6 million in 2021, $133.4 million forward estimates, to implement enhanced communications during emergencies.
  • $42.3 million to sustain the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) regulatory functions.
  • $16.9 million to maintain essential energy functions, including electricity reliability protections.
  • $14.3 million for community-driven action for unique biodiversity protection.
  • $12.9 million to continue Victoria’s Regional Forest Agreement commitments.
  • $11.8 million for the EPA to remediate high-risk waste sites.
  • $11 million for encouraging the early adoption of zero and low emission vehicles.

Jobs, Precincts and Regions

The Government continues to invest in local industry, precincts and regional areas in response to the pandemic. Expenditure in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions in 2021-22 includes:

  • $68.6 million in support and recovery of cultural and creative organisations.
  • $50 million for the Melbourne CBD economic package, which includes both the CBD Dining Experiences Scheme and the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund.
  • $50 million to extend the Growing Suburbs Fund which funds local infrastructure in Melbourne and other Victorian cities.
  • $30 million for Stage One of securing and scaling mRNA vaccine manufacturing capability in Victoria.
  • $24.3 million 2021-22, $120.6 million over the forward estimates, for the Screen Industry Strategy 2021-2025.

Justice and Community Services

The Government continues to support Victoria’s emergency services and lay the foundations for equitable outcomes in the justice system. Expenditure in the Department of Justice and Community Services includes:

  • $73.4 million in 2021-22, with $164.8 million over the forward estimates, for youth justice programs, including the implementation of a new custodial operating model at the Cherry Creek youth justice centre.
  • $60.5 million in 2021-22, with $104.4 million over the forward estimates, to fast-track recovery from the 2019-2020 Victorian bushfires.
  • $50 million in 2021-22 for the High-Risk Industries: Engagement and Enforcement Operation, ensuring compliance with public health directions and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • $24.1 million in 2021-22 to reform the emergency management sector, following the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Management.
  • $23.8 million for the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants.
  • $17.7 million in 2021-22 to improve the availability of services in the justice system.
  • $15.5 million in 2021-22 to implement the redress and restorative engagement scheme for victims of workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault at Victoria Police.

Families, Fairness and Housing

The Government continues to invest to protect children and provide funding for homelessness services and carers. Expenditure in the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing in 2021-22 includes:

  • $263.9 million in 2021-22, $1.3 billion over the forward estimates, to support Victoria’s Child Protection Network.
  • $53.4 million in reforming care services for home-based carers and the children and young people under their care.
  • $46.7 million to assist homelessness services, including a number of initiatives such as support for rough sleepers and funding the Private Rental Assistance Program.
  • $21.9 million to support survivors of family violence and sexual assault through enhanced services for adolescents.

 

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