The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget provides $206 million to build a diverse and skilled mental health workforce.
The funding will help the workforce deliver effective treatment, care and support in the new mental health and wellbeing system.
Budget highlights include:
$120.4 million for training support and positions
- Funding for 120 graduate placements for nurses, 140 postgraduate mental health scholarships
- Extra graduate placements for allied health professionals and psychiatry rotations for junior doctors.
$40.7 to expand Victoria’s lived experience workforces
- This includes continuation of our Free TAFE course for Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work
- Help organisations prepare for more lived experience workers
- Cadetship positions
- Better educational and career pathways to build the lived experience workforce.
A Statewide Mental Health Workforce Strategy
- This critical planning to be completed by the end of 2021 will fulfill a key recommendation of the Royal Commission
Continued support for the recovery workforce package
- This funding builds on the 2020-21 Victorian Budget Recovery Workforce Package which included additional training opportunities to support students and job seekers pursue a career in the mental health sector.