|In the upcoming budget, our Government will be supporting the professionals that have been there for us every day of this difficult year- mental health professionals, family violence specialists and child support workers.
We know sometimes money speaks louder than words – we’re investing $235 million to build Victoria’s Recovery Workforce.
This will create 500 new jobs across mental health, family violence, health, and child protection. We will generate new, accelerated training pathways and internships for around 875 people. Growing the pipeline of workers gives Victorians access to the support they need as we recover from this pandemic.
In mental health this includes additional positions for child and youth psychiatry registrars, and funding for new part-time positions and cadetships for people with a lived experience of mental health. We’re also increasing the number of available mental health nurse graduate positions across Victoria with $4.3 million, so we have more workers on the ground caring for Victorians.
– $4.6 million will be provided to support employment pathways in the community services, disability and aged care sector.
– $25.62 million to employ new specialist alcohol and other drug workers.
– $8.1 million to build our family violence and sexual assault support workforce, supporting the coordination of up to 240 traineeships across the state.
– $40 million will support a service delivery fund for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health organisations to boost services that will provide targeted support.
– $3.7 million for a new child protection student employment program, which will give students on the job experience, providing a future pathway to employment and financial support while they finish their studies.
In addition to this, the Budget will deliver $106.7 million over four years to recruit 239 new child protection practitioners, which will include graduates and experienced professionals who will be placed around Victoria to protect our young people.