The 2019-20 ACT Budget was released on Tuesday 4 June by Chief Minister, Andrew Barr.
WCHM was pleased to see more investments over the next four years in Safer Families Initiatives such as:
- $813,000 to establish a permanent ACT Family Violence Death Review, which will make recommendations to prevent the likelihood of domestic violence deaths occurring in the future;
- $2.5 million for Frontline Worker Training on domestic and family violence;
- $354,000 to work with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to develop family-centred responses to family violence;
- $300,000 to continue the Family Safety Hub pilot of a free legal information service for pregnant women experiencing domestic or family violence.
- Health and wellbeing
And DVCS received $4.2 million to continue it’s successful Room4Change program for up to four more years.
There were several welcome initiatives related to women’s health:
- $2.2 million to establish an Eating Disorders Specialist Clinical Hub and a non-government organisation operated, community-based support service to increase the capacity and range of eating disorder services in the ACT;
- $771,000 to establish a Transvaginal Mesh Review Service to provide ongoing support and clinical care for women affected by transvaginal mesh procedures;
- $52.7 million in capital and $39.5 million in recurrent funding to expand the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children; and
- $2.1 million to develop a Territory-wide approach to service delivery for expectant mothers under a ‘one public maternity system’ model.
And WCHM welcomed the Government’s commitment over the next three years to fund a Supported Transitional Justice Housing Program which will include five dwellings for Women’s Bail Accommodation Transition Support Services, to ensure that women eligible for release on bail have suitable support accommodation options, where this may not be available otherwise.