Creating Jobs and Caring For Hawthorn

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

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. 

Swinburne Senior Secondary College is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year’s Budget. This $11.5 million investment will deliver a new two‐court competition grade gym for local students. Not only will this give our students new 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. 

Building bike paths makes cycling safer, eases congestion and supports construction jobs for Victorians. Cyclists in Hawthorn will benefit from $800,000 to plan for upgraded shared bike and walking lanes along the Kew to Highett Strategic Cycling Corridor at Toorak Road, as part of the Anniversary Trail. 

The Budget will also deliver funding to strengthen the Glenferrie Road bridge between Hawthorn and Kooyong over Gardiners Creek. This $2.8 million project will benefit the local community using the shared user path and road network, and will contribute to the delivery of efficient and reliable services on the tram network. 

The Labor Government will help more Victorian families experience the joys of parenthood, helping to cover the costs of in‑vitro fertilisation (IVF). IVF can help people who want to become parents achieve their dreams. But for many Victorians, it’s unaffordable and out of reach. This Budget delivers $70 million to establish public IVF services – which will be free for up to 4,000 patients every year. 

This Budget invests $1.2 billion to protect our children and help keep vulnerable families safe. Not only will these investments improve the lives of children and families, they’ll also support around 1,000 roles across our state. That includes 246 new child protection practitioners across Victoria and additional support to help keep vulnerable Victorian families together. 

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 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 Hawthorn John Kennedy 

“Having spent my career in the education sector, I am immensely proud to be part of a Government that is investing in our schools and our young people. This Budget will see Hawthorn’s education facilities become world-class. Even more, these investments will also support local jobs.” 

“In speaking with local families, it’s clear that mental health is the number one priority for our community. With this Budget, we will transform the way care is offered in Victoria – changing lives and saving lives.”  

Victorian Budget Breakdown
May 28, 2021
Edition 49: May 17 2021
May 17, 2021