Budget 2015

Education

Monterey Secondary College will receive $4 million for the refurbishment and enhancement of school facilities

Frankston Primary School will receive $800,000 towards replacing aging classrooms and providing state-of-the-art facilities for students

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget is the biggest education budget in history, investing $3.3 billion so that every Victorian, young and old, can get the skills they need for the jobs they want, in schools and TAFEs that are close to home.

For the first time, Victoria will meet Gonski funding levels up to the 2017 school year. The Abbott Government has failed to commit to its share of school funding for the 2018 and 2019 school years, but we’ll keep fighting for it.

That’s why the Budget invests $688 million for new and upgraded schools.

Investing $325 million, the Labor Government will rebuild, renovate or refurbish 67 rundown or overcrowded schools across the state. A further $10 million will provide works and equipment for students with disabilities.

The Labor Government will support families who are struggling to meet the extra costs of education, like uniforms and school camps, investing $178 million to help them through the most important years of their child’s life.

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund will help 200,000 disadvantaged students, children in 250 primary schools will get free eye tests and glasses, and Breakfast Clubs will serve up free meals for 25,000 students.

 

Health

Budget provides $2.1 billion to relieve the overwhelming pressure on our health system, so people can get the care they need.
With this funding, which includes a $60 million blitz for elective surgeries and $200 million to increase hospital capacity in line with the Travis Review into hospital beds, hospitals can admit 60,000 extra patients.

The Budget invests $118 million to treat and support people with a mental illness and $99 million to upgrade ambulance branches and vehicles, cut emergency response times and end the ambulance crisis once and for all.

 

Transport

$13 million for  the new Frankston Station precinct.

Funding will progress to allow for early initiatives to begin and the design of future aspects of the project to commence.

The Budget commits up to $6 billion – including up to $2.4 billion over four years – to deliver a project that will remove 50 of our most dangerous and congested level crossings.

The Budget commits up to $11 billion to deliver the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, including $1.5 billion over four years to complete the planning, design and early works and commence construction by 2018.

The Budget invests $50 million to trial all-night public transport on weekends, to help shift workers and revelers get home safe.

It’s not road versus rail – we’re investing in both roads and rail to reduce congestion and get our state moving.

 

TAFE

The Budget invests$300 million to complete the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, which will help campuses across the state reopen closed buildings, upgrade workshops and classrooms and get institutes back in the black.

The previous Government cut $1.2 billion from TAFE. The Labor Government will bring our TAFE system back from the brink, so all kids have the chance to get a job, start a career and build a decent life.

 

Emergency Services

The Budget invests $78 million in emergency services, which includes additional funding to begin recruitment of 450 more career firefighters, because more boots on the ground means more communities are safe.

The Budget also includes $33.5 million for 70 new CFA trucks, $9.6 million to fund a program that dispatches firefighters at the same time as paramedics, and $11 million to upgrade CFA stations and amenities.

 

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