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State government announces $5.3 billion for social and affordable housing policies

The Victorian Government has recently publicised a number of social policies ahead of Tuesday's official Budget announcement, which focus on addressing housing and homelessness in the state. The announcements include: 

• $5.3 billion to build 12,300 social and affordable housing properties 

• The establishment of a new statutory agency to create a long-term social housing growth plan 

• Heating and cooling upgrades in 35,000 existing public and community housing properties 

• $870m for the mental health system 

• Free kinder for all four-year-old and eligible three-year-old children 

• $235 million to create 500 jobs in social services: mental health, family violence and child protection 

• Minimum energy efficiency standards for all rental properties 

• A $250 power bill rebate for concession card holders and JobSeeker recipients 

Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with other organisations working in this area, acknowledge the scale of positive change the historic funding pledges will bring about. 

** Event: VCOSS Post-Budget Breakfast with Treasurer Tim Pallas **

The 2020 Victorian Budget is shaping up as one of the most significant in decades.

It will be the Victorian Government's first significant statement on the state's post-COVID recovery.

Moderated by ABC Radio Melbourne's Raf Epstein, this is a unique opportunity for Victoria's community sector to hear Treasurer Tim Pallas detail the social policy initiatives in the 2020 Victorian budget, and answer your questions.

This free event will be held virtually on Thursday 26th Nov 2020, 9:00am - 10:30 am AEDT. It will feature a panel discussion with:

• Danielle Wood, Grattan Institute CEO

• David Hayward, RMIT University 

• Emma King, VCOSS CEO

Register here.

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