The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of St Albans.

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

St Albans East Primary School is one of 52 Victorian schools that will be upgraded in this year’s Budget. This $7.92 million investment will renovate the school’s buildings including the Main Block. Not only will this give our students great learning spaces, it’ll create good jobs for Victorians. Across the state, our investment in more and better schools is expected to support 3,500 jobs.

Recognising the key role of schools in supporting the wellbeing of our students, this Budget also invests in a new School Mental Health Fund. This investment will allow schools to choose and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students. The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will also be expanded to include 90 government schools and 10 non-government schools.

$94 million will be invested in the Melton and Wyndham Vale corridor to enable higher capacity trains, including nine-car VLocity trains. These longer trains will increase capacity by up to 50 per cent during peak periods. Development work will also be undertaken for a new commuter train as a future replacement for the existing classic fleet operating on regional lines.

Trees make our streets more attractive, provide shade and decrease pollution. Under this year’s Budget, suburbs in Melbourne’s west – including in St Albans – will see thousands of new trees planted, further beautifying our community.

This Budget will also see victim-survivors of family violence receive improved support, with the expansion of our network of specialist family violence courts, to include Sunshine. These courts are specially designed to make attending court a less daunting and confronting experience for victim-survivors, including separate entrances and exits, safe waiting areas and dedicated space for children.

This Budget also includes a once in a generation investment to build our mental health system from the ground up. $3.8 billion will transform the way mental health support is offered in Victoria, with early intervention, a dedicated stream of care for our kids, and the recruitment of thousands of new workers.

It’s why this Budget delivers $264 million in local support, providing a ‘front door’ for care, with the first 20 of between 50 to 60 new local services to be delivered across Victoria. These services will focus on early intervention, ensuring Victorians get the care they need much sooner and much closer to their families and communities. The first six of these 20 sites have been fast-tracked, including in Brimbank, opening in 2022.

An investment of $954 million will deliver 22 reformed area mental health and wellbeing services to replace current services. These services will have more capacity to treat and support Victorians experiencing severe and complex mental health challenges, in their own communities.

Not only are we delivering the mental health system Victoria needs – we’re also supporting around 3,000 new jobs. From doctors to nurses, support staff to peer workers, this investment is creating new opportunities for thousands of Victorians.  To train and recruit this critical workforce, we’re also funding new scholarships, job placements and continuing our Free TAFE courses.

With this Budget, we’re creating new jobs and caring for Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman

“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the things that matter to our community, including better mental health care and creating more jobs.”

“We want to give our students the best start in life. This vital upgrade to St Albans Primary School is about investing in our kids’ futures – and supporting new opportunities for local workers.”