Putting regional people first25/11/2020
The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers an unprecedented investment to help Victoria recover – and make sure no community and no Victorian is left behind.
The Budget funds up to $49 billion in the things that matter to Victorians, including economic recovery. Central to this investment is the Jobs Plan, which sets an ambitious goal: creating 400,000 jobs by 2025 – half of them by 2022.
This includes Jobs for Victoria, a $619 million investment that will help those most impacted by the pandemic: women, young people and Victorians without a formal qualification, but plenty of experience. This includes $250 million to partner with employers to help cover the wages of at least 10,000 new workers.
At least $150 million of that wage subsidy support will go towards employing women – and $50 million of that for women over the age of 45, recognising the additional barriers they face, both before and during the pandemic. Further funding will provide one-on-one support for those workers who need it most – whether that’s training advice, career counselling or even help to update their resume.
The Victorian Government is also investing in the future industries that will create jobs in our regional communities – now and for the long-term.
That includes a $1.6 billion investment in clean energy and energy efficiency to help power our state’s recovery. With six new Renewable Energy Zones, these dedicated areas will power our state – from sunny Mildura to the windy east coast – while also supporting businesses, communities and jobs across regional Victoria.
This Budget will also help our state embrace new technology – and make it one of regional Victoria’s strengths. The government will deliver the $626 million Victoria’s Digital Future Now, radically improving mobile coverage and broadband access, while supporting businesses to grow and create new jobs.
This includes $300 million to eradicate Mobile Black Spots in populated areas of regional Victoria and $250 million to co-fund business‑grade broadband connectivity for regional communities through the Gigabit State program.
This investment will improve the availability of reliable high‑speed fibre optic and wireless broadband services for regional businesses, while also supporting 2000 jobs. The $64 million Digital Skills and Jobs Program will also put regional Victorians looking for work at the centre of our digital future – with training, internships and opportunities for employment.