Archives: June 2015

Labor Government’s Blitz To Stamp Out Dodgy Training

June 29, 2015

A $9 million blitz on low-quality training providers will be the first step towards ensuring Victoria’s $1.2 billion training system restores industry and student confidence and provides high-quality qualifications.

Community Legal Centre Grants Will Help Families In Need

June 29, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is asking community legal centres to apply for grants as part of a $3.2 million investment to guarantee better access to justice for disadvantaged Victorians.

Inner West Streets Are Quieter And Safer Under Labor

June 29, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to Melbourne’s inner west, with local residents sleeping easier thanks to expanded truck curfews introduced in January.

Labor’s Interface Growth Fund To Keep Casey On Track

June 29, 2015

Residents in Casey are set to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s new $50 million Interface Growth Fund, which will support councils and communities in Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs.

Councils Doing A Good Job, But There’s Room To Improve

June 27, 2015

Most Victorians believe their local council is doing a good job, according to an annual survey, but residents believe there is still room for improvement.

Expressions Of Interest Open For Victims Committee

June 27, 2015

Labor Government Saving Energy And Growing Jobs

June 26, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has today outlined its vision for an energy efficient economy, launching the Energy Efficiency and Productivity Statement – Saving Energy, Growing Jobs.

Creative Industries Strategy – More Ways To Get Involved

June 26, 2015

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, said a second Melbourne workshop has been scheduled for Friday 3 July after the first booked out within days. A workshop will also be held in Mildura on Thursday 9 July following interest from the local community.

Multi-Million Dollar Boost To Tackle Ice Harm

June 26, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is working with the community and local health services to tackle the drug ice, with almost $25 million for extra support services distributed across the state as part of the Ice Action Plan.

Minister Moves To Get Darebin City Council Back On Track

June 25, 2015

Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, today expressed her disappointment in Darebin City Council’s failure to effectively govern on behalf of its residents, businesses and broader community.

Grants To Build Young People’s Confidence At School

June 25, 2015

Working Together To Make Our Hospitals Safer

June 25, 2015

Students Take New Approaches In Standing Up To Bullying

June 25, 2015

Announcing the round four grant recipients today, Minister for Education, James Merlino, congratulated each school in developing innovative projects focused on cyberbullying and the theme of ‘Being Cool Online’ or ‘Speaking Up Against Cyberbullying’.

Lease Of Port Legislation Passes Assembly

June 25, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with its commitment to lease the Port of Melbourne to support the funding of the removal of our 50 worst level crossings.

Labor Funds 7000 New Apprenticeships And Traineeships

June 25, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $50 million to help thousands of Victorians get back into education and training and to find a job.

Finn Attacks Separation Of Sunbury From Hume Audit

June 24, 2015

The previous Liberal Government took a careless approach to the separation of Sunbury from Hume and this week in Parliament, Bernie Finn has sought to derail preparations for the upcoming split.

Victorians To Have A Say On Plan For Better Rental Laws

June 24, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is moving to better protect renters and landlords by reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.

Getting On With Four More Level Crossing Removals

June 23, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the removal of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings, announcing that four more level crossing removals will begin this year.

Building Better Infrastructure For Jobs And Growth

June 23, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government will today introduce legislation into the Parliament to create Infrastructure Victoria, delivering on a key election commitment and providing certainty for our infrastructure pipeline.

Report Confirms Liberals’ Broken Beds Promise

June 23, 2015

New figures released today confirm that the former Liberal Government failed to deliver on its promise to add 800 hospital beds to the health system over their term of government.

Stronger Protection For Victoria’s Heritage

June 23, 2015

A state-wide review into the Heritage Act 1995 has been launched to better protect Victoria’s state-significant buildings and objects.

Repeat Offenders On Overseas Licences Will Be Disqualified

June 22, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is removing a long-standing loophole to make the Victorian demerit point system fairer, and our roads safer. Under the changes, demerit points and penalties will apply to overseas licence holders and unlicensed drivers.

Big Boost Will Give Kinder Kids More One-On-One Attention

June 22, 2015

Community To Have A Say On Motorcycle Lane Filtering

June 22, 2015

We want to hear from drivers, motorbike riders, cyclists, public transport users and pedestrians about your views on changes to motorcycle lane filtering.

Victoria Number One For Tourism

June 22, 2015

Victoria’s global appeal as a tourist destination and impressive calendar of events is helping us to attract more visitors than ever before and outperform interstate competitors.

Top Five Scams Exposed

June 21, 2015

Fake bills, sham refunds and bogus lottery prizes are among the top five scams targeting Victorians, the state’s consumer watchdog has revealed. Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett said money transfer scams topped the list with more than 400 complaints to Consumer Affairs Victoria in 2014-15. This new nasty trend includes the ‘refund’ scam which often involves a con artist offering large sums of money in exchange for an upfront payment. Scammers pretend they are from a reputable bank, organisation or government department, such as the Australian Tax Office, to fool people into paying money or handing over their bank details. The end of the financial year is a peak time of year for scammers to target people lodging their tax returns. In 2014-15, Consumer Affairs Victoria received more than 1250 reports of scams. As of June 15, the top five were: 1.Money Transfer Scams (the promise of a cash refund for a fee) – more than 400 reports 2.False Billing Scams / Unauthorised Advertising (a fake invoice from an organisation) –170 reports 3.Investment & Financial Scams (get-rich-quick by investing in fake shares or property) –140 reports 4.Phishing / Smishing / Vishing (stealing personal details via email, text or voicemail) – 110 reports 5.Bogus Lotteries or Prizes (the promise of cash or material prizes for a fee) – 80 reports Ms Garrett said Australians were popular targets for scammers because our governments offer many legitimate rebate and incentive schemes. The latest figures from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) show Victorians lost $20,411,511 to scammers in 2014. Consumer Affairs Victoria said people should always be wary of unsolicited emails, phone calls or letters saying they have unclaimed funds, won prizes or are owed money. You can also dob in a scam at the Consumer Affairs Victoria website www.consumer.vic.gov.au/scams Quotes attributable to Minster for Consumer Affairs, Gaming & Liquor Regulation, Jane Garrett “These con artists will use your emotions against you. They prey on hard-working Victorians, tricking honest people into giving up their hard earned money.” “People need to be on guard, especially during tax time, when scammers come out of the woodwork pretending they are from the Australian Tax Office, and claiming you’ll get a tax refund if you pay a fee.” “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Talk to your friends or family before handing over any cash and do your homework first.” Download PDF (144 Kb)

Labor Is Getting On With Reopening Swinburne Lilydale TAFE

June 15, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government today took a big step towards its key election commitment to reopen the former Swinburne University of Technology, Lilydale campus following a dedicated campaign from the local community.

East West Link Deal Finalised

June 15, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has reached binding final agreements with the East West Connect consortium (EWC), formalising the in principle deal that was agreed in April.

New Guide To Help Victorians Chart A Boating Industry Career

June 15, 2015

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, has launched a new guide to help people find jobs in Victoria’s boating and marine industry.

Government Crack Down On Live Baiting

June 11, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is taking swift action to crack down on live baiting in the greyhound racing industry with a suite of integrity and welfare measures announced today.

Crackdown On Private Carpark Operators

June 10, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new legislation to protect Victorians from misleading and unfair practices by private car park operators.

Boost To Family Violence Counselling Services

June 9, 2015

Survivors of family violence will receive more support as the Andrews Labor Government’s $3.5 million boost to counselling services across the state begins to flow this week, Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, announced today.

The Big Freeze Extended To Keep Melbourne Safe And At Its Best

June 7, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government will extend the liquor licence freeze from July 1, which will make Melbourne’s streets safer while allowing a vibrant nightlife to thrive in our city.

Victoria The Winner As A Sydney Staple Heads To Melbourne

June 7, 2015

Melbourne is on track to beat Sydney at its own game as NRL State of Origin ticket sales soar.

Review To Ensure Aboriginal Victorians Get A Real Chance And A Real Say

June 5, 2015

The Office of Aboriginal Affairs will be reviewed to help the Andrews Labor Government deliver its $30 million commitment to work with Aboriginal Victorians to improve their standard of living, maintain their culture and close the gap.

Flags To Fly At Half-Mast In Memory Of Joan Kirner

June 4, 2015

The Australian National Flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the day on Friday, 5th June, from all buildings occupied by state and local government departments and affiliated agencies.

More Support For Aboriginal Representation Across Victoria

June 4, 2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, today highlighted the $20.9 million provided in the 2015-16 State Budget to support Victoria’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Strategy at the Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) Forum in Halls Gap.

Aboriginal Honour Roll Roadshow Arrives In Horsham

June 4, 2015

The Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll has arrived at the Horsham Library as part of its annual road show exhibition.

Review To Strengthen Victoria’s Response To Climate Change

June 4, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is working to strengthen the state’s response to climate change by initiating a review of the Climate Change Act 2010.

Boosting Youth Esteem One Selfie At A Time

June 4, 2015

A new smartphone app launched today by Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, will help young Victorians to boost their self-esteem and confidence.

M80 Ring Road Upgrade To Make EJ Whitten Bridge Wider And Safer

June 3, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to deliver on its promise to ease congestion and improve safety on Victoria’s roads, with an extension of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade from Sunshine Avenue to east of EJ Whitten Bridge.

Celebrating Mabo Day As An Inspiration For Efforts Still To Come

June 3, 2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, today called for Victorians to commemorate the courageous efforts of Torres Strait Islander Eddie Koiki Mabo and his co-plaintiffs in bringing about the High Court’s decision on 3 June 1992 which led to the passing of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Minister Launches Mildura’s First Reconciliation Action Plan

June 3, 2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, today launched Mildura Rural City Council’s first Reconciliation Action Plan, a move aimed at fostering a genuine partnership with the Aboriginal community.

Minister Moves To Bring Labour Hire Inquiry To Mildura

June 3, 2015

Minister for Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins, today announced that allegations of worker exploitation in Mildura will be investigated as part of the inquiry into labour hire and insecure work in Victoria.

Australian Open Serves Up Big Benefits For Victoria

June 3, 2015

Protecting Vulnerable Children 24/7 Across Regional Victoria

June 3, 2015

Protecting Our Coastal And Marine Areas For All Victorians To Enjoy

June 3, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is fulfilling its election commitment to integrate the management of coastal and marine environments, in a move to better protect and preserve them.

Top VCE Performers Recognised At Premier’s VCE Awards

June 3, 2015

The top 279 students from the 2014 Victorian Certificate of Education were recognised in a ceremony at the Melbourne Convention Centre today.

Getting On With It: Melbourne Metro Rail Ramps Up

June 3, 2015

The Melbourne Metro Rail Project is ramping up. Geotechnical investigations on Swanston St will start this week and the project’s community engagement push has already begun.

New Institute To Strengthen Social Cohesion And Multiculturalism

June 2, 2015

The Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Ministerial Taskforce, led by Deputy Premier James Merlino, met for the first time last Wednesday to discuss strategies to tackle all forms of violent extremism and strengthen our multiculturalism.

Reference Group To Provide Advice On Fair Go Rates

June 2, 2015

The Local Government Sector Reference Group will give councils, communities and stakeholders more opportunity to have their say on the Andrews Labor Government’s Fair Go Rates system.

Joan Kirner Leaves A Lasting Legacy

June 2, 2015

Joan Kirner’s legacy looms large over the Labor Party and the women’s movement.

State Funeral For The Hon Joan Kirner AC

June 2, 2015

Labor Government Leads Tech Companies To Asia

June 2, 2015

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, will lead the mission of 49 companies and 81 delegates to the important CommunicAsia expo in Singapore after heading to medical technology and ICT events in Malaysia.

Crushing End For Dangerous Toys

June 2, 2015

New Institute To Strengthen Social Cohesion And Multiculturalism

June 2, 2015

The taskforce, which has ministers across four key portfolios of education, youth, multicultural affairs and police, is tasked with examining whole-of-government and whole-of-community evidence-based approaches to strengthen social cohesion and enhance community resilience.

New Laws On Registered Sex Offender Laws In Force Today

June 1, 2015

A swag of new laws to help police keep tabs on registered sex offenders come into force today. These changes to the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 will improve community safety and help protect children.

First Steps To Cut Congestion On The Tulla

June 1, 2015

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments are reducing congestion on one of Melbourne’s busiest roads, calling for expressions of interest for the airport end of the CityLink Tulla Widening Project .

THE HON JOAN ELIZABETH KIRNER AC, 1938-2015

June 1, 2015

On behalf of the Victorian Government and the Victorian Labor Party, Daniel Andrews has offered his condolences to the friends and family of Joan Kirner, especially her husband, Ron, and their three children, Michael, Kate and David.

Submission To Landmark Inquiry Highlights Gaps In System

June 1, 2015

The Victorian Government’s submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence has been made public, and can be viewed here.

Check Your Gas Heater To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

June 1, 2015

With winter approaching, Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio is urging householders to service their gas heaters regularly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.