Labor has pledged $26.7 million in funding for postnatal support services if they get elected.
According to Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, 35,000 first-time parents each year would receive a ‘baby bundle‘ worth approximately $150 if Labor is re-elected at the Victorian election on Saturday, The Age reported.
The bundle will include products and information from local Victoria businesses, including a nappy bag, a teething ring, a safe sleeping bag, muslin wrap and various picture books.
“The Baby Bundle will set new parents up with the products and information they need, so they can focus on their precious new child,” Premier Andrews said in a statement released today.
The Labor government have also pledged to invest a further $232 million in a comprehensive package of new parent and early childhood supports for Victorian parents.
The money pledged will go towards the building of seven new Early Parenting Centres, which will provide new parents with the advice they need as well as extra care for babies with additional needs.
Labor also plan to fund a 24-hour phone line with specialists in sleep and settling issues.
The Victorian state election takes place on Saturday, November 24.
Meanwhile the proposed changes to parental leave entitlements has been labelled a “game changer” and could make life easier on working families. Read more HERE.
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