The Australian Government has granted a total of A$2.3bn to build public hospitals and upgrade existing facilities in Victoria.

Most of the funding is for projects that have already been announced. The cash will also go towards providing 600 new hospital beds across the region.

Projects funded include A$473m to rebuild Bendigo hospital providing an additional 103 beds, A$407.5m for a partial rebuild of Box Hill hospital to increase capacity by 100 new beds and A$426m for a new cancer centre in Parkville.

The Government also included A$33.6m for a new community hospital in Geelong and to expand its existing hospital, A$10.9m to expand acute and intensive care services at Monash Children’s Hospital in Clayton and A$90.5m to complete the Sunshine hospital redevelopment.

The budget provides an extra A$1.7bn for services over the next four years, which includes A$760m in Victorian money and a further A$935m from the Commonwealth secured as part of the national health reforms, according to

The extra funding means the total budget for acute care in hospitals has increased 10% from last year, which is intended to provide faster treatment for an extra 150,000 emergency patients and an extra 34,000 elective surgery patients, experts said.