The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget outlines a detailed plan to build a new mental health and wellbeing system to meet the needs of Victorians now and into the future.
The Victorian Government’s record budget investment of $3.8 billion dollars will lay the foundations of the new system and make sure it works for the people who use it.
This State Budget responds to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health .
The Royal Commission made 65 recommendations in its Final Report, handed down in March 2021, in addition to the nine recommendations in the Interim Report. The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations.
Funding from this budget fast-tracks priority recommendations and supports the work already underway from the Interim Report.
The budget provides significant funding to restructure the mental health and wellbeing system. A new network of local services will be at the centre of the reformed system. These services will provide treatment, care, and support closer to people’s homes and community.
The expertise of people with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress will play a central role in the work ahead. They will participate in planning, delivering and leading services and programs in the new mental health and wellbeing system.
The reforms depend on the support of a dedicated and skilled workforce. Funding provided in this State Budget will expand workforce positions and programs to deliver a sustainable and diverse workforce for the future.
Last year’s State Budget delivered a record $869 million funding boost to the mental health system. The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget investment is a significant turning point. One that will deliver the mental health and wellbeing system that Victorians need and deserve.