Victorian Budget invests $1.87 billion in health, mental health and aged care infrastructure upgrades
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Hospitals 27 November 2020

Victorian Budget invests $1.87 billion in health, mental health and aged care infrastructure upgrades

The Victorian Budget 2020-21 is investing $1.87 billion to upgrade and build new health, mental health and aged care facilities across the state.

Overview of Victorian Budget 2020-21 investment in health, mental health and aged care infrastructure upgrades

 

$1.22 billion for health infrastructure

This year’s State Budget is investing $1.22 billion to upgrade and expand Victoria’s public health services and build new facilities.

This funding includes:

$678 million to upgrade and redevelop existing health services

Budget funding of $678 million is being invested in upgrading and redeveloping existing health services in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, including:

  • $384.4 million to redevelop Warrnambool Hospital
  • $180 million for a Guaranteeing Future Energy Supply Fund 
  • $66 million to begin purchasing land and commence design development for the Community Hospitals Program
  • $7.6 million to refurbish and expand maternity accommodation and critical infrastructure at Wangaratta Hospital.
     

$98.5 million to commence planning new hospitals

The State Budget will also provide $98.5 million to kickstart the planning of new projects, including:

  • $75 million for the new Melton Hospital to secure a site and progress critical capital planning work
  • $10 million to plan for the redevelopment of the Royal Melbourne Hospital at Parkville’s Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, as well as an additional site for the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s hospitals at the Arden Precinct
  • $5.2 million to start planning expansion of Maryborough Hospital
  • $4.75 million to undertake service and capital planning for the future expansion of Werribee Mercy Hospital
  • $3.6 million to start planning for a new women’s and children’s wing at University Hospital in Geelong.
     

$440 million in grants for infrastructure, equipment and upgrades

Budget funding also includes more than $440 million in grants to assist health services replace critical infrastructure, invest in new equipment, undertake vital upgrades and install solar power, including:

More funding for mental healthcare

This year’s State Budget is also investing $512 million to provide greater access to community and hospital-based mental health treatment and support, including:

Modernising public sector residential aged care

Budget funding also includes more than $135 million to modernise and upgrade public residential aged care services, providing older and vulnerable Victorians the care they deserve, including:

  • $134.6 million to commence planning the redevelopment of Kingston Centre aged care in Melbourne’s south-east, which will include a brand-new 150-bed residential aged care facility
  • $900,000 for the first phase of designing and planning a new 90-bed residential aged care facility in Coburg in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

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Last updated: 27 November 2020