Building a proactive system that anticipates demand

Victoria’s population is growing and ageing, altering the nature and demand on services.

Our health and human services system is under increasing pressure from:

  • unprecedented population growth and ageing
  • rising costs of care
  • technology
  • housing

The Victorian Government is investing in key health and human services infrastructure. Were also identifying current gaps and areas of future need to increase capacity for supporting people in their communities.

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In the future In the future

Most care will be delivered in the community. This will better support vulnerable people, including those with chronic disease.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 6 projects and reforms under this Health and human services priority. These are detailed in the Health and human services sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Northern Hospital upgrade

The Melbourne suburbs of Epping, South Morang and Craigieburn are 3 of the fastest growing areas in Victoria. Population growth above 11% is estimated between 2016 and 2021.

The Northern Hospital services more than 365,000 people. That figure is set to rise to 550,000 by 2031. To meet the health needs of this growing population, $162.7 million has been committed to the Northern Hospital upgrade stage 2. This upgrade will allow 10,000 more patients to be treated at the hospital each year.

The project will see:

  • completion of a 7 storey tower
  • 96 new inpatient beds added
  • 3 operating theatres
  • more treatment rooms

Building works are expected to start in late 2018 and are due to be completed in 2021.


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 4 other priorities within the Health and human services sector. They are:

Driving system-wide reform for safer, better services

Integrating care across the health and social service systems

Improving equity and access

Investing in the future