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Victorian Budget outcomes 2017-18
The outcome includes a record $308 million investment ($256 million over four years in output and $52 million TEI in asset) in the post-sentence supervision and detention scheme. This builds upon the $84 million in last year's budget to commence implementation of the Harper reforms. The expanded post-sentence scheme will draw in serious violent offenders, in addition to serious sex offenders, and will include both post-sentence supervision and detention options. The budget allocation provides additional funding for the 20-bed secure facility funded in 2016-17, to be built next to Hopkins Correctional Centre, as well as new funding for a 10-bed post sentence detention facility to be built within an existing facility. The new scheme will be supported by a new statutory authority and an expanded number of operational staff across both Corrections Victoria and Victoria Police.
A further $9 million over four years is provided as part of the whole of government response to family violence.
The 2017-18 State Budget also provides $74 million TEI in asset (and $66 million in output over four years) for important infrastructure improvements and $41 million over four years in programmatic enhancements. These include:
- upgrades and refurbishment of the Acute Assessment Unit and Unit 13 at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and St Paul's Unit at Port Phillip Prison
- additional 20 secondary health beds in the men's prison system
- new gatehouse, kitchen, medical centre and programs centre at Barwon Prison
- range of infrastructure upgrades at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre
- expanded alcohol and other drug service, with almost a 240 per cent increase in criminogenic programs
- expanded post-release service to ensure access for all prisoners (including remandees) who require assistance, with a particular focus on short-sentence prisoners, Aboriginal prisoners, prisoners with a cognitive impairment, young adult prisoners, and women on remand
- continuation funding for an anti-radicalisation program run by Victoria Police.
The official media release about the funding announcements can be accessed at: http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/keeping-victorians-safe-from-serious-offenders/