BUDGET 2021 – CREATING JOBS AND CARING FOR BENTLEIGH

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Bentleigh.  

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care and services our community needs. 

Moorabbin Primary School is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year’s Budget. This $15.86 million investment will deliver more space for 300 additional students and build a brand-new competition grade gymnasium. Not only will this give our students new classrooms and learning spaces, it’ll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs. 

The best start in life for young Victorians begins with a great early education. That’s why the Labor Government is rolling out three-year-old kinder for every Victorian child from next year. That means every child in Bentleigh will have access to at least five hours of funded kinder per week, increasing to 15 hours by 2029. It’s not just great news for kids – families will save $1150 on average, while an extra 6,000 roles for qualified early childhood teachers and educators will also be created.  

Our local sporting clubs and reserves are so important to our community. The Budget is backing their future, investing up to $250,000 to build a new play space for kids and families at Centenary Park for our local community to enjoy. 

This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers. 

Young Victorians are at the heart of our reform, with $842 million in mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. This investment will see two separate streams of care created – one devoted to infants and children and one devoted to young people. This investment will deliver more early intervention, more intensive support for those who need acute care, and three new community-based hubs, providing a one-stop approach to children’s mental health, health and development.  

Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget also invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will allow schools to choose and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools. 

An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities. 

Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians. To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses. 

With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians. 

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos 

“Local families and their kids will be able to enjoy a bigger and better playground at Centenary Park thanks to this Budget’s investment in our beautiful green open spaces.” 

“I’m proud we’re delivering a huge upgrade to Moorabbin Primary to cater for their growing school community.” 

“Our investment will transform the way mental health care is offered in our community. Whether it’s more support, or the security of a job – this investment will change lives.” 

More information at www.budget.vic.gov.au

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