The Victorian Government yesterday announced $3.8 billion for a decade-long reform of the mental health system which will support around 3,000 new jobs for mental health professionals.

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.  

More detail of State Budget mental health highlights is available on the Health.Vic website.

Read more about the State Budget across all portfolios on the 2021-22 Victorian State Budget website.