Carers Victoria Welcomes Budget Announcements

Carers Victoria Welcomes Budget Announcements

Carers Victoria Welcomes Budget Announcements

Carers Victoria commends the $1.9 billion investment into preventing and responding to family violence. Carers Victoria looks forward to ensuring people in care relationships have access to these specialist services.

 

Speaking in response to the Budget, Carers Victoria CEO Caroline Mulcahy said, 'Carers have very specific needs regarding housing, employment, education, transport and health which need to be recognised as a whole of government responsibility. 

 

'It is pleasing to see a $406.7 million investment in mental health and $166.2 million in disability initiatives, including NDIS transition funding. It is critical the Victorian Government continues to advocate for ‘no disadvantage’ for people with disability and "no extra responsibilities" for carers who already provide extensive unpaid support, during the transition to the NDIS,' said Ms Mulcahy.

 

Improving access to suitable housing has been partially addressed by the commitment of $1 billion to support 2,200 new social housing places. However, the accommodation needs of people with mental illness or disability must become a priority. 'We know carers experience chronic anxiety about what will happen when they are unable able to provide care and housing due to their own ill health or after their death,' said Ms Mulcahy.

 

'It’s great to see 10 new disability friendly trams ($218.1 million) which will make it easier for carers to travel to appointments in the CBD. However, I would have liked to have seen investment in accessible point-to-point public transport,' said Ms Mulcahy.

 

Carers Victoria is working with the Victorian Government to acknowledge carers in their own right and identify service gaps. Victorian Carer Statement consultations are focused on necessary improvements including:

  • individual carer supports, such as peer support, counselling, wellbeing support, employment assistance and education;
  • appropriate personal care and transport services for people being supported by carers;
  • inclusive services to support and sustain care relationships, including respite; and
  • consistent and skilled identification of care relationships in all service settings.

The Victorian Carer Statement, due for release in October, will develop a strong case for a whole-of-Government Victorian Carer Strategy, requiring dedicated funding for carers in the 2018/19 budget cycle. 'A funded Victorian Carer Strategy will be essential in the current social services reform environment,' said Ms Mulcahy.

 

Further information: Marketing Services Coordinator Kat Szuhan 0439 317 430 or 03 9248 9648.

Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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