Department of Health

State Budget backs up mental health system rebuild

03/05/22
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The Victorian State Budget 2022/23 delivered a $1.3 billion investment in mental health and wellbeing reform – taking the next big steps to build a mental health system that meets the needs of every Victorian.

This funding re-affirms the Victorian Government’s commitment to a 10-year plan to rebuild Victoria’s mental health system from the ground up.

In the year since the Royal Commission’s final report was delivered new beds and services have opened, and more Victorians than ever are getting the help they need – and this Budget will mean work is underway on more than 90 per cent of its recommendations.

This budget will deliver brand-new initiatives and build on last year’s record investment of $3.8 billion.

The new funding focuses on a number of mental health and wellbeing urgent priorities, including providing significant support and training for the mental health workforce, targeted expansion of acute and hospital-based care and improved access to services - particularly for regional Victorians. It also provides the funding to make the necessary legislative changes that underpin this system reform.

Some of the highlights from this year’s budget include:

  • $490 million to improve acute, hospital-based care – making sure Victorians who are seriously unwell or in crisis can access the safe treatment, care and support they need
  • $372 million to support expansion of the mental health workforce
  • $29.3 million to support the implementation of a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act
  • $20 million for dedicated, tailored support for Victorians with eating disorders
  • $12 million for mental health and wellbeing support for families whose infants or children are accessing acute care in regional Victoria
  • $3.5 million to enable Aboriginal communities to co-design suicide prevention initiatives in line with the principles of Aboriginal self-determination

These investments will help more Victorians to access tailored mental health and wellbeing support in every corner of our state, meaning they can get the care they need sooner, and closer to home.

For more mental health highlights from this year's budget, see Victorian State Budget Mental Health Highlights 2022-23

Reviewed 16 June 2022

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