Households to get $250: What we know so far about the Victorian budget

Key points

  • Treasurer Tim Pallas will hand down the Victorian budget on Tuesday.
  • It will include a $250 rebate for every household to ease the cost of living.

Victoria’s election-year state budget will be handed down on Tuesday by Treasurer Tim Pallas, with $250 cash to ease the cost of living for every home and a fix for the health crisis to be announced.

So far, we know the government will splash $250 for every household that compares energy deals in what is expected to save seven-in-10 households an average $330 a year in bills.

Treasurer Tim Pallas.Credit:Joe Armao

The rebate, announced on Monday and available from July 1, is designed to encourage people to find a cheaper deal online or by phone and is expected to cost $250 million.

“This is a key cost of living measure. It’s practical, it’s common sense,” Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday. “Let’s help people shop around and get the best deal, and let’s incentivise them to do so.”

But health is expected to be the centrepiece of the 2022-23 budget, after the strained sector was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrews has pledged billions of dollars for hospitals, nurses, paramedics, and the triple-zero emergency call service in an interview with The Age.

“Investing in health, that is what we have always done, and it is what we will do tomorrow,” Andrews told reporters on Monday.

“That’s just what we do. We don’t sack nurses, we don’t close hospitals, we don’t cut health funding, we invest in the health services that matter to every family. Tomorrow’s comprehensive pandemic repair plan will be all about more nurses, more ambos, better care, and catching up with the care that was not delivered because of COVID.

“That’s what tomorrow’s budget is all about.”

The government will also bring taxes on Crown Casino into line with other pubs and clubs in the state, in what Pallas told the ABC would bring in an extra $30 million in revenue a year from July 2023.

Crown said based on its 2019 earnings, the tax hike would have cost $35 million to $40 million.

On Sunday, Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll announced $157.8 million to make railway stations, bus and tram stops more accessible to people with disability.

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