Enhance ex-service organisations and their facilities
Ex-service organisations (ESOs) deliver advocacy, social programs and welfare support to veterans and their families.
They have a long and proud role in the Victorian community, and we want to make sure this continues.
We'll commit $2.4 million to upgrade ESO facilities for community use and participation. This will aim to keep ESOs sustainable.
We're also committing over $1 million to train and support ESOs so they're able to continue their work.
Free public transport for veterans
Commemoration is critical for the wellbeing of veterans, and the best way to demonstrate the community’s gratitude for and recognition of their service.
To ensure more people can participate in commemoration, we're working to extend the current free travel arrangements on ANZAC Day, to Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans Day.
This applies to veterans, war widows, school students, Australian Defence Force (ADF) cadets, Scouts and Girl Guides.
Veterans will also have access to free public transport during Veterans Health Week.
Veterans Employment Initiative
We believe that the skills and experience gained in the ADF are second-to-none. However, many veterans lack private sector experience and requisite training to make them ‘site ready’.
This initiative will address barriers to employment for veterans and facilitate the employment of veterans on some of Victoria’s biggest infrastructure projects.
Stamp Duty exemption for ADF members
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will also support ADF current serving members in a way that recognises the special nature of their job.
ADF personnel don’t live at home while they serve abroad or live on base.
The Budget includes a special exemption for service personnel from stamp duty concession 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.
Getting things right for veterans
The Victorian Budget 2017-18 allocated $200,000 to develop a business case for a joined-up Veterans’ Services Hub.
The Hub aims to improve the following issues:
- better access to services
- less duplication of services
- support the great work of ESOs
A further $200,000 is committed to evaluating the Veterans’ Transitional Accommodation Project.
We’re also funding an awareness campaign to highlight the positive attributes of veterans, and working to develop an up to date data snapshot of Victorian veterans so we can better target policy and services to meet their needs.
Funding announced in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 is in addition to ongoing funding which supports the Shrine of Remembrance, the Anzac Centenary, the War Heritage and History Strategy, veterans grants and more.
Reviewed 27 February 2019