Public Health Sector

Victoria's Public Health Sector

The Victorian government funds more than 500 healthcare organisations within Victoria that provide healthcare to Victorian’s. This includes hospitals and emergency services, and services provided in the community and in people’s homes. Many of these services require specialised buildings and equipment.

Victoria’s public health infrastructure is worth around $11.3 billion. Victoria’s public health workforce is one of the largest in Australia. The 100,000 people who work in our public health services provide a broad spectrum of services and procedures for the public. Responsibility for funding public health is split between the Commonwealth and states and territories. The Commonwealth government has a substantial role in national policy making, but tends to fund rather than deliver health care services.

Public Sector 2022 2026

Public Sector Funding

The Health Workers Union is pleased to inform you that a re-elected Andrews Government has committed $3.45million towards a landmark skills and training program for public sector hospital workers.
The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, made the announcement at a press conference this morning at Austin Hospital with Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, and Health Workers Union Secretary, Diana Asmar.
Scholarship Program

A re-elected Andrews Government will establish a $1.25 million scholarship fund available to HWU food services staff, cleaners, orderlies, security officers, PSA’s, admin staff, and other frontline staff to improve their career pathways within the health sector.
Occupational Violence Training

A re-elected Andrews Government will also invest $2.2million towards targeted and tailored training to make sure frontline workers are equipped with the skills and knowledge they require to respond and recognise occupational violence.

The Health Workers Union welcomes this Andrews Government announcement. The HWU will continue to work closely with the Victorian Government, HWU workplace delegates and members, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure these two programs are beneficial to all our HWU public sector members.
Attached is a copy of the Premier’s press release issued today. We will keep you informed of any developments in relation to the scholarships and occupational violence training as it becomes available.
If you have any questions, please call the Health Workers Union on (03) 9341 3300.

Public Sector Enterprise Agreements

Public Sector Agreement 2022-2026
Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Enterprise Agreement 2020-2024