Carers Victoria welcomes the federal budget commitments to mental health funding and support for workforce participation.
The announcement of $1.5 billion in additional investments for mental health over 5 years potentially lays the foundation for lasting mental health supports and services. Among the commitments were:
Carers Australia President, Tim Moore, said, “These and other initiatives should be of great help to the many thousands of carers who care for people with a mental illness, in particular the new respite services for mental health carers”
Welcome work initiatives announced include increased job subsidies for employers who take on people with a disability and the long-term unemployed, and developing the ability of employment providers and the Department of Human Services (Commonwealth) to assist people with a mental illness to obtain and maintain employment.
Read the Carers Australia media release here
Read the joint media release from Nicola Roxon (Minister for Health and Ageing), Jenny Macklin (Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs), and Mark Butler (Minister for Mental Health and Ageing) here