2016–17 State Budget

Victorian budget 2016-2017
29 April 2016
2016-17 State BudgetThe 2016–17 Budget included funding for a range of initiatives to improve access to high quality health and community services for Victorians.

Key Budget highlights for the Department of Health and Human Services include:

  • An additional $1.63 billion for hospital, ambulance and health programs and more than $800 million for capital projects to ensure Victorians get the care they need, and that our health services provide consistently achieve excellence in the safety and quality of care provided.
  • A $356 million investment in mental health infrastructure and programs, including supporting young Victorians and responding to vulnerable children, families and trauma, and $27.5 million for new suicide prevention initiatives.
  • $27.3 million to respond to the health needs of residents of the Latrobe Valley including priority services and preventative health programs, and increased health assessments and early interventions.
  • $60.9 million for the first stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout and $3.3 million to support the work of the 2017-2020 State Disability Plan.
  • $28.5 million to enable Victorians access to medicinal cannabis for those in exceptional circumstances, starting with children with severe epilepsy.
  • $168 million to advance actions spelt out in the Roadmap for Reform, to enhance prevention and early intervention services to strengthen the safety of vulnerable children, including funding to: reform residential care; increase the number of foster and kinship carers; recruit additional child protection practitioners; and tackle the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.
  • A $152 million investment to ensure women and children escaping family violence have greater access to housing. 
  • $46.4 million to develop sports facilities and encourage everyone in the community to get active.  This includes funding to construct new indoor sports stadiums, update local grounds and develop flagship venues across the state to ensure Victorians can continue to participate in sporting activities and access safe, modern sporting facilities. 
  • Investment in aged care, including $57.6 million for the construction of a new 90 bed public aged care facility at St George’s Hospital in Kew, and $39 million for the Home and Community Care program.
2016–17 State Budget papers
The full set of 2016-17 State Budget papers are available on the Victorian State Budget website at www.budget.vic.gov.au

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