Victorian Budget 2017/18 - Veterans Portfolio

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 fosters support and respect for veterans with new funding for a range of targeted programs and initiatives.

Public Sector Veterans Employment Strategy

The Victorian Government recognises that the skills and experience gained in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are second-to-none. To support their career path after the ADF, the Victorian Government has set a target to employ 250 veterans into the public sector.

The Public Sector Veterans Employment Strategy – a key component of the Government's response to the Victorian Veterans Sector Study Report 2015 – will develop materials to help veterans understand opportunities in the Victorian Public Sector and translate their ADF experience to the public sector, as well as monitor and address any barriers for veterans in securing employment.

Support for the Shrine of Remembrance

More than 1 million people visited this iconic landmark last year. The Victorian Government is providing support for the Shrine of Remembrance to attract more visitors and educate more Victorians. An additional $2.8 million over four years will help the Shrine deliver programs that teach students about Victoria's proud wartime history and the sacrifices made by veterans. The funding will also support the ongoing development of the Galleries of Remembrance and the running of commemorative and ceremonial activities for the wider community.

War heritage, education and commemoration

Protecting Victoria's precious war heritage is a Government priority and new funding will assist communities to safeguard and protect that heritage. Additional funds will also ensure that all Victorians have the opportunity to connect with our military legacy through the Anzac Centenary Program (2014-2018) which will continue until the Centenary of the Armistice in November 2018.

Online Service Platform

The Victorian Veterans Sector Study Report 2015 highlighted the importance of getting the right information about support services, so options will be explored for a Victorian specific online platform that will assist veterans to access the services they need.

First Home Owners Grant exemption for ADF members

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 recognises the special nature of ADF careers. ADF personnel often don't live at home while they serve abroad or live on base. Service personnel will receive special exemption from the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) criteria that requires applicants to live in their new home as their principal place of residence within a year of settlement, for a continuous period of at least 12 months. The exemption to the $10,000 FHOG will make it easier for ADF personnel to buy their first home. The same exemption will apply to the new regional FHOG, which provides $20,000 for first home buyers buying newly built homes in regional Victoria.

Funding announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 is in addition to ongoing funding which supports the Veterans grant programs.

For more information on the Victorian Budget 2017/18 visit www.budget.vic.gov.au.

 


Last updated on Tuesday, 02 May 2017