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We're the independent peak body for organisations, practitioners and individuals promoting gender equity in Victoria.

GEN VIC’s response to the 2024/25 Victorian State Budget

Victoria is a state of proud precedents when it comes to gender equality.

We were the first to launch a gender equality strategy and the first to implement gender responsive budgeting.

As shocking cases of gendered violence hit the headlines yet again in another horror year for women’s safety, it is worth noting that Victoria held a Royal Commission on this subject way back in 2016 and has implemented the Inquiry’s 227 recommendations.

Yet precedents mean nothing unless they are properly resourced, which is why we have spent the better part of today devouring budget papers.

More recently we’ve seen the objectifying of women and girls in school settings. This provided a timely reminder that rigid gender stereotypes remain instilled from the youngest of ages and must be addressed in an ongoing way in order to achieve gender equity.

There are some questions out of today’s budget papers: it is not clear how much the Government has set aside to properly resource Our Equal State; while we welcome the continued funding for Women’s Health Services, we note that this funding has not been indexed; and, at this stage, funding allocations for women’s safety remain unclear with the Government foreshadowing a significant further announcement in coming weeks, outside of the usual budget process.

We understand that times are tough here in Victoria, but we also know that is when that we cannot let the momentum slip, especially on women’s safety and investing in gender equity.

The following provides early analysis on where GEN VIC’s key budget asks have landed. We don’t have all the answers yet – but we hope the following helps inform and prioritise your advocacy during this crucial post-budget period.

You can read our full early analysis here.

For a full summary of women’s policy items in this year’s Victorian Budget please take a look at the Gender Equality Budget Statement.