Jesuit Social Services recognise the 2024/25 Victorian Budget will be delivered within a tight fiscal environment. With this context in mind, we encourage the Victorian Government to prioritise funding toward projects and services that will have the greatest impact and deliver meaningful outcomes across the state.

While we continue to advocate for a comprehensive set of changes to policies, practices, services and infrastructure, we have identified a priority list of investments we believe are critical and achievable to deliver real change for Victorians currently facing disadvantage. These investments will serve all those across the state by contributing to safe and thriving communities where people are supported to flourish.

Specifically, our recommended investments will shore up the foundations necessary for living a safe and healthy life, while also investing in services that intervene early to address complex needs.

Our recommendations span interconnected social justice areas such as adult and youth justice, housing and homelessness, education, training and employment, gender justice, ecological justice, mental health and disability.