Victorian Budget delivers on wellbeing for families and young people at risk

Thursday 20 May 2021

The Andrews Government has delivered a strong and insightful budget in identifying and funding some of the areas of greatest community need, Anglicare Victoria said today.

Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald said the Budget’s focus on mental health, family violence and improvements to the child protection system was the right approach for the times.

“This is the wellbeing budget we need right now. The economy is bouncing back, but many people are still doing it tough and it’s important the government has recognised this. Many ordinary people need that extra support after what they have endured,” Mr McDonald said.

“This budget is just the beginning of a shift to putting vulnerable families at the centre of a system that focuses less on crises and more on intervening earlier to stop them reaching crisis point. We welcome the announcement of new initiatives across child protection, housing, justice and health to divert people away from acute services. It is promising to see a new early intervention investment framework to guide continued improvements.”

“Family workers in schools is another positive measure that means children can get the right support at the right time, ultimately reducing the burden on the child protection system.”

Mr McDonald said the successful trial of a dedicated family therapy program to reduce youth reoffending had received ongoing funding in this budget, which would enable this important work to continue at Anglicare Victoria.

“Last year the Andrews Government led the nation in becoming the first state or territory to adopt the Home Stretch reform in full. By extending state care to the age of 21, this will effectively halve homelessness and double the chances of employment or higher education among the young people who have grown up in the state child protection system. This budget includes funding for permanent care orders for the Home Stretch, which is really positive,” he said.

“I am pleased to see the expansion of services for adolescent family violence, which is an area that carries shame and stigma for many of the parents involved. Despite all they have been through, these parents remain incredibly committed to the best possible future for their children. These programs make a world of difference.”


For an interview or photo opportunity with Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald, please contact: Sarah Baird, Anglicare Victoria Senior Media Advisor on 0419 035 117 or  

Note to Editors: Anglicare Victoria is the state’s leading agency in delivering out-of-home care and family support to vulnerable children, young people and families. Please note – children in care cannot be photographed.

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