Victorians struggling to pay their rent will receive government support as part of a new $80 million support package announced in the state budget on Tuesday.
The extra cash will kick once the JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments end in April and aims to help those Victorians facing financial hardship.
Minister for Consumer Affairs, Melissa Horne, acknowledged the difficult situations many renters have found themselves in this year and said that the state government would continue to support them.
“It’s been a tough year for many, particularly tenants,” she said.
We’ve provided support and certainty throughout the pandemic – that will continue into our recovery too.Minister for Consumer Affairs – Melissa Horne
Following on from over 57,000 reduced rental agreements registered by tenants and landlords, an additional $600,000 has been provided by the state government to advocacy groups to continue assisting culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
The Budget also includes an extra $6 million to ensure Consumer Affairs Victoria can continue to help via the Residential Tenancies Dispute Resolution Scheme and the Residential Tenancy Relief Scheme.
The Victorian Government also announced that it will guarantee Victorians looking to renovate their homes can have confidence that their engineering work meets a high standard by pledging $4.9 million to support the Professional Engineers Registration Scheme.
“The new engineers’ registration scheme will ensure Victorians building or renovating have confidence their engineering work meet the highest standards,” said Ms Horne.