Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing media release 27 April 2016.
Vulnerable Victorians will receive more support, with the Victorian Budget 2016/17 investing in social housing, aged care and services for people with a disability.
This year’s Budget builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s work to improve access and opportunities, making sure every Victorian can reach their potential.
It supports major reform, including the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), commencing 1 July, and the Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The measures to support Victorians with a disability include:
The Labor Government will also build crisis accommodation and new social housing to support victims of family violence and address a lack of affordable housing.
$10 million will be provided as part of the Rooming House Upgrade Program to improve the living conditions of some of Victoria’s most at risk and vulnerable people.
Also included is $500,000 for the Big Issue to establish their Homes for Homes program, fulfilling our election commitment.
Kangan Youth Foyer in Broadmeadows will also receive $4.5 million over three years to assist young people who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness to continue training and education opportunities.
An additional $152 million housing blitz will ensure women and children escaping family violence have greater access to housing, and includes:
The Government will continue to support seniors with more beds in aged care facilities and increased help for those who choose to stay in the home.
New investment across the aged care sector includes:
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“We want to make sure every Victorians, regardless of their gender, level of ability, employment status or age, gets the chances they deserve.
“In a surprise to no one, the previous Government cut social housing, reduced support for people facing homelessness and tried to sell off our aged care facilities. We’re reversing that damage.”
“The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the biggest social reform since Medicare. People with disabilities and those who love them fought hard for this reform, and the Andrews Labor Government is committed to delivering it.”