12 November 2020
Roger Jaensch MP
2020-21 Budget: Protecting Tasmania’s vulnerable children
Protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmania’s vulnerable children and young people, especially those in Out of Home Care, is a key priority for the Tasmanian Liberal Government in the 2020-21 State Budget.
More than $55 million over the Budget and Forward Estimates is provided to meet ongoing demand in Out of Home Care.
We are continuing our investment in the long term Strong families Safe Kids redesign of the child safety system along with other key commitments, including progressing permanency options for children in Out of Home Care.
The Budget also locks in funding for the redevelopment of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre (AYDC). Over $6 million is provided to make AYDC fit for purpose and part of a modern, integrated statewide therapeutic youth justice model that will help young people in detention turn their lives around.
The Budget also includes a number of child safety measures as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, with $2.1 million committed over two years to provide:
The investment in this year’s State Budget in protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmania’s vulnerable children and young people means we are investing in making our community stronger.