Victorian budget: win for Service Victoria, central agencies

The Victorian government has put its money where its mouth is on building public sector capacity for its second budget, putting millions towards digitising transactions and bolstering central agency capability.

Amid $6.8 billion in new service delivery expenditure and $12.4 billion in capital spending — accompanied by strong revenue growth thanks to the ongoing property boom — the government is continuing its plan for an expanded public service. Overall spending is planned to increase by 3.3% per year, just shy of a projected annual revenue growth of 3.4%.

Service Victoria, the state’s version of integrated transaction agency Service NSW, will receive a significant boost, with $81 million to fund its shift from planning to implementation next year.

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