Promises made in Victoria's election

The major parties have gone on a spending spree in the battle for Victorians' hearts and minds this election.

According to the parliamentary budget office, Labor is promising $12 billion and the coalition $28b in health, transport, energy and education policies ahead of the November 26 poll.

MAJOR PARTIES' KEY VICTORIAN ELECTION PROMISES:

HEALTH

Labor:

* Build or upgrade at least seven hospitals, including up to $1.05 billion on a new Maroondah Hospital, up to $855 million to upgrade the Northern, up to $675 million for a new West Gippsland hospital, up to $560m to upgrade the Monash Medical Centre

* Fully pay off degrees for more than 10,000 nurses and midwifery students who enrol in 2023 and 2024 and work in the public health system for two years

* $5000 sign-on bonus for newly graduated nurses and midwives who work two years in the public system

* Up to $170m to redevelop three regional public aged care homes

* $71m to improve women's health and provide support for issues ranging from period pain to menopause

Coalition:

* Build or upgrade more than 25 hospitals, including $900m for a new Werribee Royal Children's hospital, $750m for a new Mildura Hospital, $550m to rebuild Caulfield Hospital and $400m for a new infectious disease hospital

* Free public transport on all metropolitan and V/Line public transport services for more than 260,000 health workers

* A $325m staffing plan to recruit and upskill 40,000 health workers over the next four years

* An extra $125m for Victoria's triple-zero call-taking and dispatch service

* Halve the public elective surgery waitlist in first term

ROADS AND TRANSPORT

Labor:

* $203m to cap V/Line train fares in line with metropolitan services

* $600m for 23 new VLocity trains

* $207m for 200 extra services on major regional lines each weekend

* Remove an extra 25 level crossings by 2030, taking total to 110 since 2015

* $650m to improve train services to Melbourne's west

Coalition:

* Shelve Labor's $35b Suburban Rail Loop and redirect funding to the health system

* Capped $2 daily fares on the metropolitan public transport network

* Half-price V/Line train fares and free replacement buses

* Begin planning for a second Metro Tunnel in Melbourne

* $23m to trial capped return airfares from Mildura to Melbourne for locals

* Lowering the age for a probationary driver's licence to 17

EDUCATION

Labor:

* Almost $1.6b to build and upgrade Victorian public schools and kindergartens

* $717m package for low-fee Catholic and independent schools

* $584m to establish 50 new government-owned and operated early education centres

* $207 million specialist schools package

* $170m to build new TAFE campuses and improve existing ones across the state

* Free TAFE courses for all Victorians

Coalition:

* More than $1b for new and upgraded government schools

* $700m over four years to non-government school sector for capital support

* $220m for a schools literacy plan

* $300m for free lunches at Victorian public schools under two-year pilot program

* Simplify and streamline the Victorian curriculum

* Support free TAFE system for areas with workforce shortages

ENERGY/CLIMATE CHANGE

Labor:

* Bring back majority public-owned State Electricity Commission, enshrining it in the constitution

* $1b on renewable energy projects to be overseen and run by SEC

* Increase renewable energy targets from 50 per cent to 65 per cent by 2030, 95 per cent by 2035

* Reach net zero emissions by 2045 instead of 2050

* Legislate renewable energy storage targets for 2030 and 2035

* $42m for 100 community batteries

Coalition:

* Quarantine all new gas discovered in Victoria for state-only use

* Legislate Victoria's 2030 emissions reduction target of 50 per cent

* A $1b clean hydrogen strategy

* Upgrade transmission infrastructure in western Victoria

* Rebates for both solar panels and home batteries

PARLIAMENTARY AND LEGISLATIVE REFORM

Labor:

* Apology to people who were in state care between 1928 to 1990 for historical abuse and neglect

* Workshop replacing the Lord's Prayer in parliament

Coalition:

* A royal commission into Victoria's COVID-19 pandemic response, scrap Victoria's pandemic laws and guarantee no more lockdowns

* Amend the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act to give faith-based schools protection to hire people based on their values

* Extra funding for the integrity agencies and expand powers for the corruption watchdog to conduct public hearings

* Lead reform on Victoria's upper house group voting ticket system

TAXES/COST OF LIVING

Labor:

* A fresh round of the $250 power-saving bonus next year

* $9.7m to make vehicle registration free for eligible tradies

* Introduce a Victorian veterans card, including $100 discount on vehicle registration

Coalition:

* Remove electricity supply charges to cut household electricity bills by up to $235

* Freeze water service charges for five years, saving average Victorian households up to $100 a year

* Legislate debt cap and scrap seven taxes

* Pause electric vehicle tax until 2027

* Lift payroll tax threshold from $700,000 to $1.6m

HOUSING

Labor:

* $2.08m towards Magie Nest Housing, a partnership between The Salvation Army, Melbourne Project 614 and The Collingwood Football Club Foundation that provides accommodation to 130 people with a history of or are at risk of homelessness

* $141m towards installing air conditioners in more than 40 public housing towers in Victoria

Coalition:

* Legislate planning reforms to cut red tape without Labor's dumped social housing levy on developers

* Expand stamp duty exemption for first homebuyers to purchases up to $1 million for a year from January 1

* Unlock 150,000 extra lots of land across Melbourne and regional Victoria in next two years

SPORT/TOURISM/ARTS

Labor:

* $34m live music support package

* $30m package for brewers, winemakers, distillers

* New planning overlay laws to protect prominent live music venues

* $22.2 million to boost LGBTIQ+ community organisations, pride events and health services such as Midsumma, JOY 94.9 and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Coalition:

* $150m homegrown events fund to assist planning, attracting and re-starting local festivals, concerts and events

* Move 2026 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony from the MCG to Geelong and include Shepparton as hub

* Establish Tourism and Events Victoria as an independent statutory body