Priorities for Regional Victoria

Over the last four years, we’ve been getting on with the projects and the policies we promised we would.

We’re upgrading every single regional rail line in the state to connect our country communities.

We established the landmark Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, the largest of its kind in our state’s history.

We’re fixing and widening our regional roads to get people home to their families safer and sooner.

And we’re doing it using local workers and local materials.

We’ve also kept our promise to end the ambulance crisis, rebuild our hospitals, and give our hardworking nurses and doctors the respect and recognition they deserve.

We’re building 70 new schools and upgrading 1,300 more, while ensuring families doing it tough get the support they need.

We’ve cut stamp duty to help regional first homebuyers break into the market, while making renting fairer and easier for tenants.

And because we want to make our state even safer, we’re recruiting 3,135 new frontline police officers and finally addressing our state’s number one law and order issue, family violence.

In every community and every corner of our state, we’ve been building and strengthening Victoria – just like we said we would.

This Budget continues to deliver on our positive plan, beginning or acquitting nearly all of the commitments we made to the Victorian people.

This includes a brand-new Delivering for Regional and Rural Victorians Program, ensuring a whole-of-government focus on the needs of our regional communities.

This Budget invests:

  • $136 million to deliver 500,000 extra appointments with medical specialists for patients in regional Victoria
  • $64.4 million to support stronger patient ratios and deliver an extra 542 nurses and midwives in our hospitals
  • $100 million boost to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, ensuring Victorians can rely on quality care, wherever they live
  • $1.6 billion for new hospitals and local healthcare services across our state, including kickstarting work on 10 new and upgraded Community Hospitals
  • $882 million to kickstart the rollout of three-year-old kinder for every Victorian child
  • $100 million to get on with the Western Rail Plan, the first step in fully separating regional and metropolitan services on the Geelong and Ballarat Lines
  • $322 million to begin the rollout of free dental for students at our government schools
  • $1.4 billion to keep building, upgrading and modernising schools across Victoria
  • $132 million to continue our transformation of the TAFE system, with more modern facilities and more courses added to the Free TAFE list
  • $214 million to ensure new parents have the support they need, with seven new parenting centres, extended sleep assistance and new baby bundles
  • $545 million to expand Solar Homes and put the power back in the hands of Victorians

This is a Budget – and a Government – that keeps our promises and delivers for all Victorians.

In its first term, the Victorian Government delivered more than $13 billion towards the projects and programs that matter most to regional Victorians.

This Budget continues our commitment, with the brand-new Delivering for Regional and Rural Victoria Program.

This $2.6 billion in investment is dedicated to ensuring a whole-of-government focus on the needs of our regional communities, and this will support an estimated 4,500 jobs. With investments in local projects and local priorities, this Program will help make sure we continue to deliver for regional Victorians.

Reviewed 26 May 2019

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