David Martine PSM, Danielle Wood and an expert panel provided public purpose sector guests with immediate and invaluable insights at IPAA Victoria’s annual State Budget Briefing lunch event on Wednesday 4 May 2022, at ZINC at Federation Square.This year’s Budget addresses the ongoing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, labour market shortages and supply-chain constraints and outlines the government’s priorities for the year ahead.Following an introduction by Andrew Davies, CEO, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA), our esteemed keynote speaker, David Martine PSM, Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance, delivered a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the Budget and the impacts on the public sector. From the viewpoint of the Department, the key takeaways of this year’s Budget are that Victoria’s economy is strong amid the ongoing period of uncertainty; Victoria’s finances are improving; and the Budget aims to help the Victorian community rebound from the pandemic.Attendees were also lucky enough to hear from Danielle Wood, CEO of the Grattan Institute, to provide an external perspective of the Budget and evaluate its effectiveness in responding to the state’s challenges. According to Danielle, some key considerations include how the Victorian government meets a challenging, medium-term fiscal story, the role the Federal government will play, and issues posed by an aging population and climate change in the years and decades ahead.To generate an interactive and lively discussion, David and Danielle were joined by panel host, Dean Yates, IPAA Victoria Board member and EY Partner, Oceania Central Agencies and Victorian Government Leader, and Sandy Pitcher, Deputy Secretary, Social Service Workforce Reform, Department of Premier and Cabinet, to answer a series of questions generated from the audience. Throughout the Q&A, it became clearer how the Budget is more than an instrument that allocates funding priorities – it tells a story of priorities and opportunity to change the shape of the Victorian community.‘The challenges that face our state as we work towards fairness and inclusion for vulnerable Victorians are vast, but so is the commitment of the public and community sector who work to deliver services to the community,’ comments Sandy Pitcher.This annual event continues to provide attendees with an invaluable opportunity to hear from thought leaders on the key features of the Budget and how that will impact the sector. IPAA Victoria is committed to continuing to bring together a diverse range of people and perspectives from across the public purpose sector to explore topics and issues like these that are of relevance to the sector.This year’s event would not have been possible without the ongoing support from the Department of Treasury and Finance and event partner VMIA.We look forward to seeing you at our next event.