In the first Budget handed down since the State election, service men and women are set to receive $42 million as part of the 2023-24 State Budget.
A new Victorian Veterans Card will allow veterans a discount on the registration of one vehicle, free public transport on ANZAC and Remembrance Days, free trailer and caravan registration, as well as free fishing and boating licences.
RSL Victoria President Dr Robert Webster OAM, welcomed the State Government’s recognition of Victorian veterans.
“The Victorian Veterans Card will hopefully ease some portion of the rising cost of living burden and enable veterans to enjoy some added recreational and lifestyle benefits.
"However, while the Veterans Card is a nice complementary addition, there are many other critical services that veterans need. Increased funding commitments towards ensuring the mental and physical wellbeing of veterans and their families are crucial to supporting the ex-service community."
RSL Victoria President Dr Robert Webster OAM
Separate to the Budget, the RSL in Victoria has received grants through the State Government’s Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH), which include funding for the RSL Active program, Veterans Capital Works Grants, and for the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund.