#CarersCountToo - State Election Campaign

The Victorian State Election

#CarersCountToo - State Election Campaign

The Victorian State Election

The Andrews Labor Government was re-elected in Victoria on Saturday 24 November. The Premier has announced that for the first time there will be a Minister for Carers, the Hon Luke Donnellan MP.

There will also be a Parliamentary Secretary (Deputy Minister) for Carers, Ms Lizzie Blandthorn, MP. Some key promises of the Victorian Government are:

  • $49.5 million to fund an extra 100,000 hours of respite care each year and expanding eligibility to include carers of people with a mental illness.
  • $4 million in grants for both grass roots and state-wide carer support groups. These grants will focus on support for carers in regional areas, as well as under-recognised groups such as young carers and LGBTI carers.
  • a new system to be introduced in Victorian government schools to identify students who care for a parent, grand parent or sibling with a mental or physical disability.
  • all Victorian Carer Card holders will have half price travel on public transport all year round, as well as free travel during Carers Week.
  • to commence a Royal Commission into Mental Health within the first 100 days of government and accept all of its recommendations.

We will continue to raise the profile of carers with all political parties. Key members of the Liberal Nationals Shadow Ministry we will liaise with include Georgie Crozier MP, Shadow Minister for Health, Emma Kealy MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Nick Wakeling MP, Shadow Minister for Ageing.

We thank you for contacting your local Member of Parliament in the lead up to the Victorian election, and encourage you to continue to do so.

Empowering carers

Below you will find useful tools:

  • A flyer highlighting commitments we want from this Victorian government. You can use these talking points with local Members of Parliament (MP) and candidates, as well as friends and family and Carer Support Groups
  • Carer Survey Results – details on what carers said they want
  • A checklist on how you can get active and campaign with your local MP or candidates
  • A template letter which you can adapt to suit your needs and send to your local MP
Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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