The Morrison Government is providing unprecedented economic support through this challenging period, delivering more than $34 billion to Victorians during this crisis.
Under the COVID-19 Response Package we have already provided Victorians with $17 billion in JobKeeper payments and $7.0 billion in Cash Flow Boost credit amounts. The 2020-21 Budget continues these initiatives and delivers at least $2.8 billion over the forward estimates to Victorian residents and entities as part of the COVID-19 Response and the JobMaker Plan.
Health and hospitals funding to Victoria has increased by $802.9 million.
Housing and homelessness funding to Victoria has increased by $8.7 million.
Land transport infrastructure projects in Victoria will be boosted by an additional $1.1 billion over the next decade.
Education and skills funding to Victoria is $6.3 billion in 2020-21, including $5.6 billion for Quality Schools.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments have been paid to around 10,000 Australians, including residents of Victoria.
Mental health support for Kooyong. The Morrison Government remains deeply concerned about the mental health impacts of a prolonged lockdown on Melbourne residents. Kooyong locals now have access to additional mental health support with a new HeadtoHelp hub in Hawthorn. The clinic is part of a $26.9 million federal mental health package to support Victorians during COVID-19. People concerned about their mental health can call 1800 595 212 to talk to a health professional. This service is free over the next 12 months and is part of the Morrison Government’s $5.7 billion mental health and suicide prevention program.
We are calling on the Victorian Government to ease restrictions so that Victorians can get back to work in a COVID-safe way and the community can adapt to a COVID-normal way of life. You can read my op-ed here.