The Andrews Labor Government will give Victoria’s veterans the recognition and support they deserve, as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19.
This year’s Budget will invest $5.5 million over four years to deliver programs that help commemorate the sacrifices made by our veterans, with extra support to help them transition into civilian life.
The Budget includes funding for free public transport for veterans, war widows, Australian Defence Force cadets, girl guides and scouts, to get them to and from veterans-related events.
Young veterans will also benefit from the Budget with funding to help them find jobs when they return from service.
The Labor Government’s Veterans Employment Strategy will be established with a $1.9 million investment, which will see veterans employed on some of Victoria’s biggest infrastructure projects.
A common-sense change will also ensure our servicemen and women are eligible for stamp duty concessions while serving away from home.
Current rules mandate that the concession only applies to homes that have been lived in continuously for at least a year after being purchased.
This change will make sure that defence personnel, serving overseas or interstate, no longer miss out.
The Budget will also include funding to strengthen our ex-service organisations to ensure they have the resources they need to support veterans and their families.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren
“We’re doing everything we can to help our veterans and their families – it’s vital that their sacrifices are always honoured and respected.”
“Whether it’s finding a new home or the right job, we’re working to give our servicemen and women the support they need.”