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Victoria community values aged care and NDIS most, CEDA finds

CEDA’s state-specific reports reveal the Victorian community rated mental health and aged care as top community priorities

A research report has found mental health services, aged care services and a stronger NDIS are among the top priorities for the Victorian community.

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), the not-for-profit providing the sector with economics research, released polling results on Victoria’s attitudes to the economy and community; following the nation-wide results in June.

CEDA Chief Executive, Melinda Cilento, said the Victorian results were in line with the national results, with Victorians not feeling they have gained from economic growth. The community standards are also largely aligned with national priorities.

“Much like other states, the expectation that governments should provide the services fundamental to the quality of life in Australia remains strong.”

The poll explored who has gained the most from Australia’s record run of economic growth, the most important personal issues and attitudes to the workplace.

Reduced violence in homes and communities, tough criminal laws and criminal sentences and a higher minimum wage were all issues that rated more important to Victorians when compared to other states in the nation-wide poll.

“In the top personal issues, reduced violence in homes and communities rated higher in Victoria than other states, along with a higher minimum wage, which suggests that Victorians are more concerned about law and order issues,” Cilento said.

“Other top personal issues again aligned nationally with reliable, low cost basic health services; reliable low cost essential services; access to stable and affordable housing; affordable, high quality chronic disease services; rating as of high importance.”

Among the highest rated community issues were the high quality and choice of aged care services, strong protection for national parks, oceans and wildlife and strong government support for renewable energy.

A stronger NDIS and an investment in technology were rated of average importance and an increased intake of refugees and restrictions on natural resources were rated the lowest importance to the Victorian community.

The report also found Victorians were more likely to be optimistic and be open to the changes to the workplace as the digital revolution takes hold. Working Victorians were also more likely to adapt to the changes with further training and development.

“On the work front, Victorians place greater importance on job training and development and flexible conditions,” Cilento said.

“Victorians are more optimistic about new technology in their job and less concerned technology will replace them when compared to the national results.”

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