12 November, 2020
Mark Shelton MP
2020-21 Budget: Supporting the mental health of our emergency service volunteers
The Tasmanian Government’s priority is to keep Tasmanians safe but it is also committed to ensuring that the emergency service volunteers who help us to do that are supported and cared for.
Funding of $250,000 has been allocated in the 2020-21 State Budget to provide additional preventative mental health and wellbeing services for our fire and SES volunteer workforce.
These volunteers deliver critical frontline emergency service activities, and we recognise that there is significant trauma attached to undertaking work of this kind. It can be stressful work and we must do everything we can to support their health and wellbeing.
The Tasmanian Government takes the mental health and wellbeing of all employees and volunteers extremely seriously and this Budget commitment builds on the supports that are already available.
This Budget is about strengthening our communities and our volunteer workforce is a critical part of that.