Archives: July 2015

ESC Draft Report On Rate Capping Released

July 31, 2015

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has today handed down its draft report on a council rate capping framework.

Philip Dalidakis Appointed Minister For Small Business, Innovation And Trade

July 31, 2015

Mr Dalidakis was elected to Parliament as Member for Southern Metropolitan Region at the 2014 election. He has previously worked at Deloitte, operated his own small business and was CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries.

Working Hard To Help Steer The Automotive Sector

July 31, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has reaffirmed its support for the automotive sector at an industry roundtable held in Bundoora today.

Leading Volunteers Urged To Nominate For New Council

July 30, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers and today called for nominations.

Work Expo Preparing Young People For A Bright Future

July 30, 2015

A new careers expo designed by and for young people was launched today by Minister for Education James Merlino.

Community Legal Projects To Improve Access To Justice For Victorians

July 22, 2015

Thirteen community organisations will receive a total of almost $2 million through the Victorian Legal Services Board (VLSB) 2015 grants round for projects that improve education and access to legal services.

Time For The Federal Government To Put Frankston Basketballers First

July 22, 2015

The Victorian Government has committed $2.5 million towards the project and Frankston City Council is contributing $4 million, but the important upgrade remains in limbo until the Abbott Government comes to the table. The Liberals are yet to commit a cent.

Victorians To Set Their Own Limit And Gamble Responsibly

July 22, 2015

Victorians will be able to track their betting on electronic gaming machines under an Australian-first scheme introduced by the Andrews Labor Government.

New TAC Chief Executive Appointed

July 22, 2015

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today announced the appointment of Joe Calafiore as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Junior Explorers And Miners Get Government Boost At International Event

July 22, 2015

The Labor Government is supporting the growth of the resources sector by helping junior exploration and mining companies to promote their projects at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC).

Funding For South West TAFE To Support Skills And Jobs

July 21, 2015

An innovative program at South West TAFE will receive $1.6 million in Andrews Labor Government funding to get 270 people skilled up for jobs in growing industries

New Chair For Greyhound Racing Victoria

July 21, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government today confirmed the appointment of Bernie Carolan as the new Chair of Greyhound Racing Victoria.

Minister Visits Worawa Aboriginal College

July 21, 2015

The college, in Healesville, is Victoria’s only Aboriginal school. Aboriginal owned and governed, it provides a quality education and boarding experience for up to 70 Aboriginal young women from Years 7-10 from urban, regional and remote communities across Australia.

Andrew McIntosh To Lead Victoria Legal Aid Panel Of Independent Reviewers

July 21, 2015

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of The Hon Andrew McIntosh as the new chairperson to the Victorian Legal Aid (VLA) Panel of Independent Reviewers.

Education State Consultation In Geelong

July 21, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to making Victoria the Education State, and all Victorians now have the opportunity to share their ideas on the future of our education system.

Tony Abbott Doesn’t Care About Victorian Jobs

July 20, 2015

The future of shipbuilding in Victoria is under threat and 800 high-skill jobs are at risk, but Tony Abbott is doing nothing to avert this disaster.

Labor Government Launches $100 Million Investment In Grassroots Sport

July 20, 2015

Today, The Minister for Sport, John Eren, joined some of Victoria’s top female sports stars to announce applications for the Labor Government’s Female Friendly Facilities grants are open.

Funding Boost To Prevent Violence Against Women With Disabilities

July 17, 2015

Disability sector workers will receive more help and training to prevent violence against women with disabilities, the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson announced today.

Ronaldo And Real Madrid In Melbourne As Victoria Takes Centre Stage

July 17, 2015

Issues Paper First Step To Stronger Training System

July 16, 2015

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert has today welcomed the release of the independent VET Funding Review’s Issues Paper - the first step in developing a new funding model to keep TAFEs financially secure.

Labor Government Helping Retrenched Workers

July 16, 2015

500 retrenched workers will have an unprecedented opportunity for a new career in the hospitality or security industries, as part of a new training agreement between the Andrews Labor Government and Crown Melbourne.

Spreading The Word: Grants To Bring Victorian Creativity To Market

July 16, 2015

From webisodes to interactive performances, opera in everyday locations and the launch of a new social media star, five Victorian arts organisations are taking a creative approach to their marketing, with support through Creative Victoria’s Marketing Innovation Fund.

Keeping Our Rail Manufacturing On Track

July 15, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the rail manufacturing industry, with the Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) officially opening its doors in Dandenong today.

There’s Nothing Ugly About Victorian Jobs

July 15, 2015

New Ideas For The Future Of Our Education System

July 15, 2015

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Templestowe College to tour the school and learn about its cutting-edge approach to education.

Applications Open For Tourism Infrastructure Grants

July 15, 2015

More than $3 million will be spent developing tourism infrastructure to keep Victoria number one.

New-Look Teacher Award To Celebrate Excellence

July 15, 2015

A new category for inclusive education has been added to the annual Victorian Education Excellence Awards as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s election promise to make schools fairer and more inclusive.

Consultation Begins On Local Government Act Review

July 7, 2015

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins today released the discussion paper and consultation website, the first stage in the review process.

New Funding To Help Stem Family Violence

July 7, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government today announced $4 million in funding as part of its commitment to addressing family violence.

Funding For The Greek Community To Support New Arrivals

July 7, 2015

Today the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, visited the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) to announce the provision of election commitment funding.

Minister Opens CISA National Conference 2015

July 7, 2015

The three-day CISA conference, themed ‘Celebrating Achievements, Together towards Tomorrow’, discusses sector challenges and opportunities for international students, including employability, housing and community engagement initiatives.

Victoria And California Sign Historic Agreement

July 7, 2015

Victoria and the State of California today signed a historic agreement that will help make both states safer during disasters through the sharing of expertise, technical knowledge and training in bushfire and flood management.

Scott Morrison Is Wrong: Victoria Has Signed National Deal On Homelessness

July 6, 2015

The Federal Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, has today wrongly accused the Andrews Labor Government of not signing up to the 2015-17 National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

Celebrating NAIDOC Week: Learn, Respect And Celebrate

July 5, 2015

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, has called on Victorians to join in the celebrations for NAIDOC Week (5-12 July) and embrace the theme for 2015: “We all stand on sacred ground. Learn, respect and celebrate.”

Family Violence Pet Support Boost

July 5, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is breaking down the barriers of family violence through a program to provide shelter for the pets of women and children as they escape family violence.

Book Lovers Delight As Library And Community Centre Opens In Carlton

July 3, 2015

The City of Melbourne project, partly funded with $288,000 from the Victorian State Government’s Living Libraries and Infrastructure Program, was opened today by Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins.

$50 Million Outer-Suburban Growth Fund Open For Business

July 3, 2015

Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, today launched the fund which will assist Victoria’s 10 Interface Councils respond to rapid growth, by delivering important community infrastructure projects for local residents.

World-Leading Educational Practices Draw 1100 Professionals To Melbourne

July 3, 2015

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today opened a conference on innovative and world-leading educational practices which has drawn hundreds of professionals from across Australia and around the world.

Labor Government Helping Families Stay Together

July 3, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has saved a vital program that keeps parents together with their children. Funding for the Family-led Decision Making program was due to lapse under the previous Liberal Government.

Terms Of Reference For The Independent Review Into The Metropolitan Remand Centre Riot

July 3, 2015

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring the ongoing safety and security of the Victorian prison system. On 30 June and 1 July 2015, a riot involving several hundred prisoners took place at the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Fines Increase For Dangerous Track Crossing To Save Lives

July 3, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has more than doubled penalties for crossing train tracks where boom gates are down or where there is not a designated crossing point, in an effort to save lives and reduce trauma for train drivers.

Ceremony Marks Commencement Of Native Title Settlement

July 3, 2015

The Victorian Government and Taungurung traditional owner group have begun working together to seek an agreement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 that recognises the Taungurung people’s rights and interests over Crown land in parts of central Victoria.

Glenelg River Fishers Ready For Jetties

July 3, 2015

Local and visiting anglers will now benefit from better access to the Glenelg River thanks to new jetties at two locations.

Linda Dessau Inaugurated As Governor Of Victoria

July 2, 2015

Former judge and patron for the arts and sport, Linda Dessau AM, will be inaugurated as the 29th Governor of Victoria today – the first woman to hold the post.

Pallas Promoting Victoria’s Strong Economy To The World

July 2, 2015

The Treasurer has briefed credit rating agency Moody’s, and has met with leading economists and representatives from London’s financial markets. He has also met with a number of companies that are looking to expand their operations into Victoria.

New Board Appointments To PTV, V/Line And VicTrack

July 2, 2015

Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, today announced new board members for three major public transport organisations, including Patricia Faulkner as the new Chair of Public Transport Victoria and Jenny Dawson as Chair of V/Line.

Realignment For More Efficient Multicultural Funding

July 2, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government has underlined its commitment to a thriving, diverse and harmonious Victoria through a $74 million investment to bolster multicultural affairs and social cohesion in the last budget.

Labor Stands Up For Point Nepean Community And Protects National Park

July 2, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering its election commitment to stand up for the Victorian community and end a large-scale, inappropriate development at Point Nepean National Park.

Puppy Farm Crackdown Tightens Pet Shop Regulations

July 2, 2015

Illegal puppy farm breeders will find it harder to sell to Victorian pet shops, with tighter regulations and tough new record keeping requirements for pet shops now in effect.

Animal Welfare Grants Now Open

July 2, 2015

Not-for-profit groups dedicated to reuniting pets with their owners, rehoming lost pets, running dog socialisation classes and providing responsible pet ownership education are now eligible for grants thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Support For 10,000 First-Year Apprentices Will Continue

July 2, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $3.5 million in funding to continue support and guidance to apprentices aged 15 to 24 during the first year of their apprenticeship, after the program was cut by the previous Liberal Government.

National Visitor Survey Data Shows Victoria Does It Best

July 2, 2015

Victoria continues to outperform its rivals interstate as domestic visitation soars, National Visitor Survey data shows.

Youth Parliament A Great Success

July 2, 2015

The Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, officially closed the 29th YMCA Youth Parliament today, accepting 20 Bills that were passed and granted assent by the Youth Governor.

$2 Million In Grants To Boost Landcare Across Victoria

July 2, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government today announced that $2 million will be available in 2015-16 for the next round of Victorian Landcare Grants (VLG).

New PrimeSafe Board To Ensure Food Safety Standards

July 2, 2015

Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, today announced the appointment of a new board for Victoria’s meat and seafood safety regulator PrimeSafe, which for the first time consists of 50 per cent female board members.

New Laws To Further Protect Children From Sexual Abuse

July 1, 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is providing greater access to justice for child abuse victims by removing time limitations that apply to civil claims for founded upon child abuse, with a new law coming into effect today.

Implementing Clearer Processes For Criminal Trials

July 1, 2015

Juries perform an important role in the justice system. New Government reforms will simplify the directions the trial judge gives to the jury in a criminal trial to assist the jury in determining whether an accused is guilty or not guilty.