Vic coalition pledge to pay ambo rego fees

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Victorian paramedics would save more than $1000 over the next four years under a cost-of-living state election pledge from the Liberal-National coalition.

The coalition unveiled a new policy to offset paramedics' annual membership fees on Wednesday if it wins the November poll.

Paramedics are required to register yearly with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, with the fee currently set at $282.

Opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said the commitment would ease cost-of-living pressures and complemented its plan to provide free public transport to more than 260,000 Victorian healthcare workers.

"Cost-of-living pressures are a significant concern for many and by offsetting this annual fee, paramedics will each save more than a thousand dollars," she said.

In another pledge for a key seat, $9.1 million has also been earmarked by the coalition to upgrade Camberwell Primary School in Melbourne's east.

The Liberal candidate for Hawthorn, former state party deputy John Pesutto, said students at the historic school were sitting in puddles as mould grows in the walls and under carpets.

"Students of this fantastic school should be supported with buildings that are safe, modern and conducive to even greater learning," he said.

Mr Pesutto is vying to win back the seat after losing to Labor's John Kennedy in 2018 but faces an additional hurdle in the form of "teal" independent candidate Melissa Lowe.

Meanwhile, trans and gender diverse Victorians without a safe place to sleep would be able to find refuge in Melbourne's inner north under a LGBTQI-friendly election policy.

The Victorian Greens want to set up a crisis accommodation facility for the trans and gender diverse community in the progressive suburb of Northcote.

It would boast five beds for emergency or crisis cases and five for outpatients, provide healthcare, resources and peer support, and be paid for from a Greens proposed $200 million Rainbow State Fund.

The policy will be launched at a community event on Wednesday night and is one of several LGBTQI policies the party is taking to the November state election.

The Greens are eyeing off Northcote and other inner-city seats after the party's strong performance at the federal election in May.