The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget invests a record $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing.
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System outlined a 10-year plan to transform the state’s mental health and wellbeing system.
This State Budget responds to the Royal Commission’s recommendations. It paves the way for major reform and builds on work already underway.
The Budget delivers $1.5 billion in community-based care, so Victorians can access services closer to home. These services will focus on early intervention, so Victorians get the care they need much sooner to improve their wellbeing.
Budget priorities include funding more mental health beds and services for families, young people, carers and supporters.
Funding of $206 million is set aside to strengthen the mental health workforce, with more mental health nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and support staff. This includes $40.7 million to expand Victoria’s lived experience workforce.
The State Budget provides a comprehensive program of work to ensure the new mental health and wellbeing system meets the needs of Victorians.
Read more about the mental health budget highlights.