This submission proposes 12 immediate spending priority areas for Victoria for this year’s state budget, and presents proposals to address some of the biggest social issues facing the state.
In the lead-up to the 2014 Victorian election and in the months since taking office, the Andrews Government has articulated a vision of investing in the community
to put people first.
The Victorian State Budget 2015–16 is now an important chance for the government to deliver on that vision, and also help build a Victoria without poverty.
The government has already outlined commitments and policies aimed at supporting people to overcome disadvantage and become part of strong, cohesive, self-reliant communities. It has prioritised tackling unemployment, education, family violence, healthcare and public transport. While welcoming this, VCOSS believes there is still more to be done to overcome entrenched and emerging disadvantage, and we look forward to working with the government on other critical areas; including housing, early intervention, early years support, child protection, justice, cutting the cost of living, building resilient communities and supporting a strong community sector.