GREENS Victoria Lead Senate candidate Janet Rice will prioritise an increase in government funding for tertiary students and people on Newstart and Youth Allowance payments if she is elected on September 7.
Ms Rice toured the Wimmera with Greens candidate for Mallee Jane MacAllister this week.
She said a meeting with Stawell's Greens supporters on Sunday night highlighted the importance of making it easier for regional students to study in their home cities.
"Our platform is to have an increase in tertiary funding of 10 per cent per student," Ms Rice said.
She said Stawell's Greens supporters told her the city's university campus was 'basically empty'.
"They've got a campus at the University of Ballarat, but there are almost no courses being run out of it," she said.
"And the TAFE courses that used to be run out of there aren't available, which just adds to the brain drain out of an area.
"If you are really investing in regional education, it should enable people to be getting an education while they are living here at home."
Ms Rice said the Greens were also committed to a $50 increase in the Newstart and Youth Allowance Centrelink payments.
"This is so that people who are looking for work can actually afford to live," she said.
"In regional areas the rents might be lower, but the transport costs are higher. It's a real struggle."
Within the federal electorate of Mallee, 4041 people receive the Newstart allowance.
About 910 people receive the Youth Allowance, while 79 were registered for the single partner allowance at the end of last year.
Ms Rice said the Greens would increase the Federal Government's revenue by strengthening the mining tax, getting rid of some of the biggest subsidies to mining companies, maintaining the carbon tax and introducing two new taxes.
She said the first would be on the profits of Australia's four biggest banks, while the second would be a tax for people earning over $1 million.
Ms Rice said difficulty touring the Wimmera via public transport also highlighted a need for infrastructure.
She said she had been trying to do as much of her travelling around the state by public transport or on her bike, but said it was going to be impossible to get around the Wimmera that way in a reasonable timeframe.
She said travelling from Stawell on Sunday night to Horsham by the following morning would have been too difficult without her own car.
Ms MacAllister said infrastructure was an issue for many of the electorate's residents, mostly because of its size.
"The tyranny of distance precludes people from getting to the capital cities," she said.
"If you are sick or elderly or have trouble getting around for whatever reason, you are stuck unfortunately."
Ms MacAllister said other priorities included increasing renewable energy projects within the Mallee, increasing social care priorities such as Medicare-included dental services and expediting Australia's refugee processing.