Budget included several welcome initiatives that will assist vulnerable and
disadvantaged Victorians - More public housing, public school dental care, and
focusing on men’s behaviour are among welcome steps - but there are some lost
opportunities, and more work remains to ensure that the needs of those on the
margins are at the heart of Government priorities.
As part of this, we urge Departments
to ensure that ‘whole-of-government efficiencies’ do not include unexpected
cuts in demand-driven funding that social service agencies can ill-afford.