May 2, 2017


The Andrews Labor Government will build a new hospital for Footscray, giving local families the brand new, world-class health facilities they deserve.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provides $50 million to develop a business case and commence design work for the construction of the new hospital, including identifying options for suitable site nearby, and purchase if required.

The funding will also support urgent works at the existing facility.

This $50 million commitment builds on the $17 million provided in last year’s Budget to commence the planning process.

The Footscray Hospital, established in the 1950s, has undergone expansion and refurbishment in previous years, but no longer meets the needs of a rapidly growing community.

With some of the oldest inpatient ward accommodation in Victoria, it is also the only metropolitan emergency department not to have been substantively renovated in the last 20 years.

While previous governments have talked about the need for a new hospital, we’re the first to take action to make it reality.

Melbourne’s west is one of the fastest growing areas in Victoria and Australia, and the healthcare needs of the community are only going to continue to grow as the population expands.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“Families in Melbourne’s inner-west need and deserve a new, fit for purpose, world-class hospital – and that’s exactly what we’ll deliver.”

“The business case will identify the best way to deliver a new hospital for Footscray – either a rebuild from the ground up on the existing site, or on a new location.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson

“I know how important this is to our local community – it’s why I’ve worked so hard to secure this commitment, so we can finally have the new hospital we deserve.”