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Budget 2021/22 outcomes for Great South Coast


Since 2016, the Great South Coast Regional Partnership has been working to bring the voice of its communities to the heart of Government. Thousands of locals have engaged with the Partnership to share their views on what is important for their region. This has helped shape the priorities of the Partnership, and the Victorian Government.

Now in its second term, the Great South Coast Regional Partnership is already hard at work providing its advice to Government to ensure Great South Coast’s rural and regional communities have every opportunity for a strong recovery and a prosperous future.

The outcomes the Partnership is striving for

Economy - A strong and diverse Great South Coast economy with more local jobs and a growing workforce.

Education & Training - Accessible, quality education and career pathways that give people of all ages an opportunity to realise their potential.

Environment & Culture - A thriving arts and culture industry, and a sustainable environment with a celebrated natural beauty.

Health & Community Wellbeing - A healthy, safe and resilient Great South Coast community.

Transport Networks & Infrastructure - Roads, transport and infrastructure that drive prosperity, safety and liveability across the Great South Coast.

Budget 2021/22 - Creating Jobs, Caring for Victorians

The 2021/22 Victorian Government Budget is focused on building a long-term plan that truly helps Victorians recover, with an almost $3.7 billion investment in rural and regional Victoria, taking the Government’s total investment in regional Victoria to $26 billion since 2015.

Through the 2021-22 Budget, the Government has renewed its commitment to Regional Partnerships, including $5.1 million for the Regional Partnerships Development Fund.

Regional Partnerships and their communities have raised issues such as housing and skills shortages, early childhood and mental health as critical issues for the Government to address. This Budget includes a number of state-wide initiatives focused on boosting key regional industries, creating jobs and caring for Victorians.

Across the state these initiatives include $3.8 billion to build Victoria’s new mental health system; a $383 million investment in skills, training and higher education; and $1.2 billion to support children and families and provide more child protection workers.

The Government is also investing $2 million in the successful Community Leadership program and $3 million in the Growing Regional Opportunities for Work (GROW) program – helping create jobs for people who experience barriers to employment while investing in local leadership to support recovery.

Victorian Budget initiatives that support the Great South Coast region

  • $17 million to support Portland and the Glenelg shire, including:
    • Local freight road upgrades
    • Stage 2 of the Henty Employment Precinct infrastructure upgrades
    • the Portland Diversification Fund to support new local jobs.
  • Establishment of a Rural and Regional Victoria office in Portland to help deliver these projects, as well as ensuring direct community engagement.
  • Funding to support the continuation of Beyond the Bell.
  • A share in $94 million to upgrade Casterton Primary School in the region’s North-West.
  • $257,000 to continue the existing Youth Live for Life program in Glenelg and Benalla.
  • $6 million over two years to improve boating safety and accessibility at Warrnambool and Lake Bullen Merri.
  • A share in $28 million for a new State Emergency Services facility at Port Fairy.
  • A share in $7 million to strengthen youth participation and connection through the Regional Presence Project in Warrnambool.
  • $11 million to deliver an additional five acute mental health beds at the Acute Inpatient Unit in
  • A share in $17 million to provide access to mental health clinical outreach services in
  • Funding to plan and design for the future redevelopment of the Camperdown public sector aged care facility.

Victorian Budget initiatives that support all regions

Great South Coast will share in a range of significant state-wide investments including:

  • $7.1 billion to continue building a world-class healthcare system, including $556 million to build and expand 10 community hospitals.
  • $3.8 billion to build Victoria’s new mental health system.
  • $252 million to provide housing support, including targeted initiatives to address homelessness.
  • $94 million in upgrades to 17 regional schools
  • $716 million for school programs and support for our teaching workforce, including $148 million to establish the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, dedicated to the professional learning and development of Victorian teachers.
  • $218 million for mental health support in schools.
  • $167 million to continue the roll out of universal three-year-old kindergarten, covering the whole state in 2022.
  • $209 million to further support the TAFE and training sector.
  • $86 million to establish the Victorian Skills Authority to champion and strengthen the vocational education and training sector.
  • $1.2 billion to support children and families, including hundreds of new child protection workers and more help for families in need.
  • $354 million to continue to address family violence.
  • $788 million to reduce the impact of bushfires on Victorian communities, the economy and the environment, including:
    • $272 million to upgrade the vital communication technologies our emergency services need to keep Victorians safe in an emergency, including funding for Forest Fire Management Victoria and the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to upgrade their radios.
    • $384 million to continue the Reducing Bushfire Risk program and Safer Together strategy, reducing the impact of bushfires on Victorian communities, the economy and the environment.
  • $623 million for community infrastructure that supports the strength of our neighbourhoods and communities, including $55 million to deliver local sports infrastructure upgrades.
  • $250 million to protect and preserve our natural environment, including support for volunteers and local community organisations to help conserve our native species and their habitats.
  • $160 million to support Victoria’s tourism sector to drive visitation and employment.
  • $8.9 million for Visitor Economy Partnerships to support local ideas and initiatives to bring more visitors to Regional Victoria.
  • $1.7 million for Business Events Victoria to attract more business events to regional Victoria, while supporting local jobs.
  • $44 million to plan, upgrade and maintain rural and regional roads.
  • $613 million to support the reliability of V/Line train services, including maintenance across the regional rail network.
  • $3.1 million for operating and maintenance works on regional public transport assets.
  • $20 million to deliver on the Victorian Government’s commitment to position Victoria as a leader in low-emissions agriculture, including accelerating research in emissions reducing technologies.
  • $1.4 million to continue the work of the Rural Women’s Network to support women who are finding new and innovative ways to grow and improve their communities.
  • $5.8 million for the Rural Financial Counselling Service, recognising the key role the service has played in assisting farmers to recover from the impacts of drought, bushfires and the pandemic.

Please note: This list is not exhaustive. For further information visit

Great South Coast Regional Partnership 2021/22 Budget Fact Sheet (PDF 195.8 KB)

Great South Coast Regional Partnership 2021/22 Budget Fact Sheet (WORD 117.4 KB)

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