2013 Victorian State Budget Announcements

Are you across the key announcements made in the 2013 Victorian Budget?

The 2013-14 Budget was released on Tuesday 7 May 2013. The complete set of budget papers are available from the State Government website.

Here is a summary of the key items that specifically relate to disability:

  • Overall, there will be $224 million in new funding in this year’s State Budget. The Victorian Government’s disability spending will rise to $1.6 billion annually. It is projected that the Government will need to commit $2.5 billion by2019 2020.
  •  $17 million to support the Victorian launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Barwon region on 1 July 2013.
  • $62 million to meet the needs of people living in Government run supported accommodation.
  •  $107 million for 720 new Individual Support Packages isp’s in order to reduce current waiting list for services. Note, the new ISPs will be partially funded by an increase in board and lodging fees for DHS-managed disability accommodation.
  • $7.9 million for new community based housing as part of the closure of the Sandhurst Residential Services in Bendigo.
  • $4 million for the aids and equipment program.
  • $26 million allocated for pay equity in 2013-14 for about13,000 disability workers as a result of the Fair Work Australia decision known as the SACS case.
  • $55 million over four years to assist eligible concession card holders meet cost of living pressures associated with energy and water bills and property rates.
  • $21 million concession program for eligible pensioners and veterans for the Fire Services Property Levy.
  • $34.3 million over five years for an additional 1,000 early childhood intervention service (ECIS) places each year to support children with disability or developmental delay from birth until school.
  • $35 million for a new 54-bed acute mental health facility at the Werribee Mercy Hospital.
  • New funding to ensure more people can be treated at Monash Health and Austin Health, and in areas that have experienced significant growth in demand for services.
  • Funding to operate three new four-bed Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Units (PAPU) at Western Health, Eastern Health and Austin Health;
  • New funding to open four adult inpatient beds at Traralgon and three five-bed mother baby units in Traralgon, Bendigo and Ballarat.
  • Community mental health services in East Gippsland will be expanded to support better access to health, welfare and social services.
  • $4.1 million to address the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers by investing in counselling services in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
  • $1.7 Million to support local Aboriginal-specific alcohol and drug awareness campaigns that aim to increase awareness of the social and physical harms of alcohol and drug misuse.
  • $12 million to continue to develop and start delivering Services Connect, trialed in Dandenong, Geelong and the South West Coast over the past 12 months.

Services Connect seeks to bring together mental health and alcohol and other drug services with services such as child protection, public housing, disability and youth justice to address the needs of an individual or family.

Budget website (off-site)
Topics:
Government, Policy, Legislation, Disability Support Pension

Author:
DARU

Date published:
Thu 9th May, 2013