Tasmanian Budget

Posted on 27 August 2021
By Tegan Carrison, Executive Director, AAPi

The Tasmanian Government released their 2021-22 budget this week. We have provided a summary below. Let us know what you think of the budget and any key initiatives/soluations you would like AAPi to advocate for. AAPi looks forward to working our members in Tasmania and with the Tasmanian Government on improving mental health care.

Health

  • $198m to meet increasing demands and costs of health system
  • $300m future covid outbreaks
  • $120m to address elective surgery demand in response to Covid-19 pandemic
  • $198 million to the Tasmanian Health Service to meet demand faced by major hospitals and to support opening beds in major hospitals
  • $120m for a co-located private hospital adjacent to the Launceston General Hospital, including a metal health precinct.
  • $60m towards first stage of a redevelopment of the North-West Regional Hospital, including a mental health facility.
  • $52m to strengthen palliative and community health care
  • $9.1 million to implement the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act
  • $41 million to fund additional paramedics
  • $15.7 over four years to implement its Workforce 2040 strategy 
  • Over $9.4M for ill-health prevention and community-based wellbeing programs
  • $8M to support GP After Hours Services to allow more Tasmanians to access care closer to home after hours while also reducing hospital demand

Mental Health

  • $26m to support mental health, alcohol and drug addiction
  • $2.2M to meet increasing demand for community mental health services
  • $50 million for Phases One and Two of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Review Report
  • $500,000 to commence roll-out of Re-think 2020 targeting suicide prevention
  • $5.1m over two years to pilot an Emergency Mental Health Co-Response Team model
  • $10m of new funding into alcohol and drug treatment services, including $7.5M for residential rehabilitation beds for alcohol and drug treatment and detox
  • $9.4m for 27 new Mental Health Beds in Southern Tasmania 
  • $8.5M for the Mental Health Hospital in the Home Pilot in the North-West
  • $7.8M to continue and expand COVID-introduced mental health services, including a mental health phone triage service and increased capacity for Rural Alive and Well

Adults

  • $880,000 to continue supporting our Respect and Protect Older Tasmanians – Tasmania’s Elder Abuse Strategy (2019-2022), which includes funding for the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline Service
  • $5.7 million to the Neighbourhood House Network and community facilities, including $2.8 million over two years to Neighbourhood Houses to employ new Community Support workers
  • $210,000 over three years to support community organisations to increase acceptance of diversity, access to services and participation for LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians through the LGBTIQ+ Grants program
  • $315M into social and affordable housing and homelessness across the state
  • $4.5M to trial three Community Health and Wellbeing Networks to deliver community-led health and wellbeing services based on the needs of locals
  • $1M towards increasing the number of therapeutic employees within prison

Child, Youth & Family

  • $6m for six new Child and Family Learning Centres 
  • $3.8 million to provide free access to speech pathologists, psychologists and social workers in Child and Family Learning Centres
  • $10.1 million to support youth housing initiatives
  • $30 million to implement the Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
  • More than $29M towards Safe Homes, Families, Communities
  • $320,000 to provide children and young people in the North and North West access to legal representations when appearing in courts after-hours

 Schools & Education

  • $6 million to support students impacted by trauma
  • $5.4 million for school health nurses
  • 16 million to increase access for rural and regional students
  • Almost $5 million over three years to extend the School Lunch pilot to 30 schools to increase emergency food relief and food security funding
  • $15,000 for school health nurses to undertake specialised training in Youth Mental Health First aid