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Victorian Workplace Manslaughter Laws Now In Effect

Workplace manslaughter is now a criminal offence in Victoria with tough new laws introduced by the Victorian Government coming into effect today. Negligent employers now face fines of up to $16.5 million and individuals face up to 25 years in jail, sending a clear message to employers that putting lives at risk in the workplace will not be tolerated. Too many Victorians have had their lives tragically cut short after simply going to work, with 25 people across the Victoria tragically losing their lives in workplace incidents so far this year. The new offence of workplace manslaughter will be investigated by WorkSafe Victoria, using their powers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. The offence applies to employers, self-employed people and ‘officers’ of the employer. It also applies when an employer’s negligent conduct causes the death of a member of the public. The Government is also delivering on its commitment to reform workplace safety in Victoria by broadening the criteria that defines a workplace death. From today, fatalities that occur on the road while working, suicides attributable to a workplace health and safety failure, deaths from industrial diseases such as silicosis, and workplace deaths resulting from a criminal act, will all be recognised in the WorkSafe toll. The change means more Victorians will be entitled to WorkSafe family support services following the death of a loved one at work and broader reporting will bring increased focus to workplace health and safety issues. The Government has helped small and medium-sized businesses to prepare for the new laws prior to their commencement via a wide-ranging education campaign. The laws are supported by a $10 million package to improve investigation and enforcement of workplace safety laws, including a specialist WorkSafe team to lead investigations and prosecutions, and two additional WorkSafe Victoria Family Liaison Officers to give families more support. A Workplace Incidents Consultative Committee will be established to develop further reforms to provide support to those affected by workplace fatalities and serious incidents. This will be supported with $4 million in funding and include people who have lost a family member at work or have suffered a serious workplace injury or illness. Quotes attributable to Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy “If an employer’s negligence costs someone their life, they will be prosecuted and may go to jail – that’s now the law.” “We’re increasing the support available to families who have lost someone at work, as well as establishing a new committee led by families who know the pain of such a tragic event, to drive further reforms.” “Broadening the definition of a workplace fatality will help better identify and address the true extent of workplace health and safety issues in Victoria.” Download the Media Release (204 KB)

Victorian Workplace Manslaughter Laws Now In Effect

Workplace manslaughter is now a criminal offence in Victoria with tough new laws introduced by the Victorian Government coming into effect today. Negligent employers now face fines of up to $16.5 million and individuals face up to 25 years in jail, sending a clear message to employers that putting lives at risk in the workplace will not be tolerated. Too many Victorians have had their lives tragically cut short after simply going to work, with 25 people across the Victoria tragically losing their lives in workplace incidents so far this year. The new offence of workplace manslaughter will be investigated by WorkSafe Victoria, using their powers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. The offence applies to employers, self-employed people and ‘officers’ of the employer. It also applies when an employer’s negligent conduct causes the death of a member of the public. The Government is also delivering on its commitment to reform workplace safety in Victoria by broadening the criteria that defines a workplace death. From today, fatalities that occur on the road while working, suicides attributable to a workplace health and safety failure, deaths from industrial diseases such as silicosis, and workplace deaths resulting from a criminal act, will all be recognised in the WorkSafe toll. The change means more Victorians will be entitled to WorkSafe family support services following the death of a loved one at work and broader reporting will bring increased focus to workplace health and safety issues. The Government has helped small and medium-sized businesses to prepare for the new laws prior to their commencement via a wide-ranging education campaign. The laws are supported by a $10 million package to improve investigation and enforcement of workplace safety laws, including a specialist WorkSafe team to lead investigations and prosecutions, and two additional WorkSafe Victoria Family Liaison Officers to give families more support. A Workplace Incidents Consultative Committee will be established to develop further reforms to provide support to those affected by workplace fatalities and serious incidents. This will be supported with $4 million in funding and include people who have lost a family member at work or have suffered a serious workplace injury or illness. Quotes attributable to Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy “If an employer’s negligence costs someone their life, they will be prosecuted and may go to jail – that’s now the law.” “We’re increasing the support available to families who have lost someone at work, as well as establishing a new committee led by families who know the pain of such a tragic event, to drive further reforms.” “Broadening the definition of a workplace fatality will help better identify and address the true extent of workplace health and safety issues in Victoria.” Download the Media Release (204 KB)

‘Hot Zone’ Residents Urged To Get Tested At New Sites

Residents living in Victoria’s ten restricted postcodes are urged to get tested for coronavirus this week – with new sites being setup as part of a massive effort to prevent further spread of the virus throughout the community. In less than a week teams have already knocked on 54,000 doors in high risk areas offering advice, testing information and in some cases, self-administered testing kits, which can be collected at a later date. We have also processed more than 113,000 tests – thanks to Victorians who have done the right thing and helped to protect their families and their communities as we continue to fight this deadly virus. It’s more important than ever for the over 300,000 Victorians living in the restricted postcodes to get tested, regardless of whether you have symptoms. A big team of doorknockers will hit the streets in Maidstone, Broadmeadows and Albanvale tomorrow and Brunswick West on Thursday to continue our community outreach, going door-to-door carrying out mobile testing and ensuring locals have the most up-to-date health advice. A range of fixed, mobile and drive-through testing clinics are already located across the hotspot suburbs – with 22 sites up and running and more coming online every day. While testing has already been available locally, the Government is standing up an additional 12 new sites to ensure there are dedicated testing locations in every postcode in coming days. This afternoon testing sites will be up and running at Wingate Avenue Community Centre, Maribyrnong Community Centre, Fairbairn park pavilion in Ascot Vale, Niddrie Community Hub, Glenroy library and AG Gillen Oval. Further announcements will be made on new sites as they open. Reinforcements are also on the way from interstate with 30 clinical staff from South Australia arriving today to support community testing sites and the Queensland Government committing to send 40 nurses to assist our hardworking medical teams. The first group of Commonwealth public service workers will also hit the ground from tomorrow, joining our door knocking efforts across the hot zones. The ten ‘hot zone’ postcodes will be required to return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11:59pm tonight until at least 29 July. For anyone living in these locations, there will again only be four reasons to be out: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work – if it can’t be done from home. To find your nearest testing site visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call 1800 675 398. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “None of us wanted to be here but now that we are, the best thing everyone in these restricted postcodes can do is follow the rules, get tested and help us get this under control.” “This is a public health bushfire and just as we send firefighters to help our neighbours through summer, we are very grateful to other states and the Federal Government for their support now.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “The more cases we find the quicker we can isolate this deadly virus and prevent wider spread in the community and to the rest of Victoria.” “Our message to all Victorians is clear: if you are sick, get tested and stay home.” Download the Media Release (200 KB)

‘Hot Zone’ Residents Urged To Get Tested At New Sites

Residents living in Victoria’s ten restricted postcodes are urged to get tested for coronavirus this week – with new sites being setup as part of a massive effort to prevent further spread of the virus throughout the community. In less than a week teams have already knocked on 54,000 doors in high risk areas offering advice, testing information and in some cases, self-administered testing kits, which can be collected at a later date. We have also processed more than 113,000 tests – thanks to Victorians who have done the right thing and helped to protect their families and their communities as we continue to fight this deadly virus. It’s more important than ever for the over 300,000 Victorians living in the restricted postcodes to get tested, regardless of whether you have symptoms. A big team of doorknockers will hit the streets in Maidstone, Broadmeadows and Albanvale tomorrow and Brunswick West on Thursday to continue our community outreach, going door-to-door carrying out mobile testing and ensuring locals have the most up-to-date health advice. A range of fixed, mobile and drive-through testing clinics are already located across the hotspot suburbs – with 22 sites up and running and more coming online every day. While testing has already been available locally, the Government is standing up an additional 12 new sites to ensure there are dedicated testing locations in every postcode in coming days. This afternoon testing sites will be up and running at Wingate Avenue Community Centre, Maribyrnong Community Centre, Fairbairn park pavilion in Ascot Vale, Niddrie Community Hub, Glenroy library and AG Gillen Oval. Further announcements will be made on new sites as they open. Reinforcements are also on the way from interstate with 30 clinical staff from South Australia arriving today to support community testing sites and the Queensland Government committing to send 40 nurses to assist our hardworking medical teams. The first group of Commonwealth public service workers will also hit the ground from tomorrow, joining our door knocking efforts across the hot zones. The ten ‘hot zone’ postcodes will be required to return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11:59pm tonight until at least 29 July. For anyone living in these locations, there will again only be four reasons to be out: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work – if it can’t be done from home. To find your nearest testing site visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call 1800 675 398. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “None of us wanted to be here but now that we are, the best thing everyone in these restricted postcodes can do is follow the rules, get tested and help us get this under control.” “This is a public health bushfire and just as we send firefighters to help our neighbours through summer, we are very grateful to other states and the Federal Government for their support now.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “The more cases we find the quicker we can isolate this deadly virus and prevent wider spread in the community and to the rest of Victoria.” “Our message to all Victorians is clear: if you are sick, get tested and stay home.” Download the Media Release (200 KB)

Funding Boost For LGBTIQ Family Violence Prevention

A new program is being developed to help prevent family violence against people from LGBTIQ communities, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced $95,000 in funding for La Trobe University’s Rainbow Health Victoria service to develop a vital family violence prevention training program to help reduce family violence against LGBTIQ Victorians. The program is in addition to the $600,000 LGBTIQ Family Violence Primary Prevention Project, which is a two-year pilot project run by Rainbow Health Victoria, aimed at addressing the critical gaps in LGBTIQ family violence prevention and strengthening the workforce capacity in this area. Also launched today was Rainbow Health Victoria’s Pride in Prevention: A guide to primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities. The guide will be used to help practitioners and policy makers further develop programs and activities to address violence against people from LGBTIQ communities. The new guide breaks down national and international evidence on the prevalence, nature and drivers of family violence experienced by people from LGBTIQ communities and identifies priority actions. The Victorian Government is working in partnership with the LGBTIQ and prevention sectors to address family violence. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “The groundbreaking new guide will help build critical evidence and strengthen sector capacity to understand what works to address family violence against people from LGBTIQ communities”. “LGBTIQ Victorians need responsive and inclusive family violence services and, despite our progress, we know they still experience stigma and marginalisation – that’s why programs like this are so important.” Quote attributable to Minister for Equality Martin Foley “We want to ensure Victoria remains the equality state of Australia – this means addressing the unacceptably high rate of family violence against LGBTIQ Victorians, which is exactly what these programs are going to do.” Quote attributable to Victorian Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen “This Pride in Prevention guide will keep Victoria being world leaders – in both the family violence space and globally in LGBTIQ work as well.”

Funding Boost For LGBTIQ Family Violence Prevention

A new program is being developed to help prevent family violence against people from LGBTIQ communities, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced $95,000 in funding for La Trobe University’s Rainbow Health Victoria service to develop a vital family violence prevention training program to help reduce family violence against LGBTIQ Victorians. The program is in addition to the $600,000 LGBTIQ Family Violence Primary Prevention Project, which is a two-year pilot project run by Rainbow Health Victoria, aimed at addressing the critical gaps in LGBTIQ family violence prevention and strengthening the workforce capacity in this area. Also launched today was Rainbow Health Victoria’s Pride in Prevention: A guide to primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities. The guide will be used to help practitioners and policy makers further develop programs and activities to address violence against people from LGBTIQ communities. The new guide breaks down national and international evidence on the prevalence, nature and drivers of family violence experienced by people from LGBTIQ communities and identifies priority actions. The Victorian Government is working in partnership with the LGBTIQ and prevention sectors to address family violence. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “The groundbreaking new guide will help build critical evidence and strengthen sector capacity to understand what works to address family violence against people from LGBTIQ communities”. “LGBTIQ Victorians need responsive and inclusive family violence services and, despite our progress, we know they still experience stigma and marginalisation – that’s why programs like this are so important.” Quote attributable to Minister for Equality Martin Foley “We want to ensure Victoria remains the equality state of Australia – this means addressing the unacceptably high rate of family violence against LGBTIQ Victorians, which is exactly what these programs are going to do.” Quote attributable to Victorian Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen “This Pride in Prevention guide will keep Victoria being world leaders – in both the family violence space and globally in LGBTIQ work as well.”

Greater Safety For Victorians With Disability

Victorians with a disability will have greater protections thanks to new safeguards introduced by the Victorian Government, which commence today under the new Victorian Disability Worker Commission. The safeguards are part of the Government’s zero-tolerance approach to neglect and abuse of people with disability, developed in response to recommendations of the Victorian Parliament’s 2016 Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services. The independent Victorian Disability Worker Commission will uphold safety standards through the new Disability Service Safeguards Code of Conduct for all Victorian disability workers, which complements the NDIS quality and safety standards. The new standards will protect all Victorians with disability, regardless of service funding arrangements. The scheme allows people with disability to lodge a complaint about any disability worker in Victoria and requires disability providers and workers to notify the Commission about certain types of worker conduct. The Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner, Dan Stubbs, was appointed in 2019 and lives with a disability, bringing strong expertise from across the public and not-for-profit sectors with a long history of advocating for the rights of people with disability. The Commission will support the Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria to oversee the registration of Victorian disability workers which commences in July 2021. The Board made the decision to delay worker registration by one year in light of the impacts of coronavirus on the workforce. To find out more visit vdwc.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Ensuring the safety of Victorians with disability is incredibly important – that’s why today we’re taking it a step further by delivering new protections that will even further strengthen their quality of care and safeguards.” “Our new safeguards will support Victoria’s workforce to lead the way in providing high quality disability services, regardless of funding arrangements for disability workers.” Quote attributable to Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner Dan Stubbs “People with disability have a right to strong safeguards for services they rely on. That’s why we’re building a stronger, safer disability sector in Victoria.”

Greater Safety For Victorians With Disability

Victorians with a disability will have greater protections thanks to new safeguards introduced by the Victorian Government, which commence today under the new Victorian Disability Worker Commission. The safeguards are part of the Government’s zero-tolerance approach to neglect and abuse of people with disability, developed in response to recommendations of the Victorian Parliament’s 2016 Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services. The independent Victorian Disability Worker Commission will uphold safety standards through the new Disability Service Safeguards Code of Conduct for all Victorian disability workers, which complements the NDIS quality and safety standards. The new standards will protect all Victorians with disability, regardless of service funding arrangements. The scheme allows people with disability to lodge a complaint about any disability worker in Victoria and requires disability providers and workers to notify the Commission about certain types of worker conduct. The Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner, Dan Stubbs, was appointed in 2019 and lives with a disability, bringing strong expertise from across the public and not-for-profit sectors with a long history of advocating for the rights of people with disability. The Commission will support the Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria to oversee the registration of Victorian disability workers which commences in July 2021. The Board made the decision to delay worker registration by one year in light of the impacts of coronavirus on the workforce. To find out more visit vdwc.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Ensuring the safety of Victorians with disability is incredibly important – that’s why today we’re taking it a step further by delivering new protections that will even further strengthen their quality of care and safeguards.” “Our new safeguards will support Victoria’s workforce to lead the way in providing high quality disability services, regardless of funding arrangements for disability workers.” Quote attributable to Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner Dan Stubbs “People with disability have a right to strong safeguards for services they rely on. That’s why we’re building a stronger, safer disability sector in Victoria.”

 

Getting Behind Regional Tourism Businesses – And Families

The Victorian Government is backing regional accommodation businesses affected by the lockdown on some metropolitan suburbs with a fund to assist operators who will lose income due to cancelled bookings. More than 300,000 Melburnians living in 10 postcodes are subject to strict stay at home orders until 11.59pm on 29 July, meaning many will be forced to cancel holidays they had previously booked at locations across the state. Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula announced that payments from a $5 million fund would be made available to regional businesses including motels, caravan parks and short-term rentals such as Airbnb properties that could demonstrate losses due to the new restrictions required to slow the spread of coronavirus. Payments of up to $225 per cancelled booked night will be paid, with conditions including that full refunds are provided and no cancellation fees are levied. The fund means that there is no good reason that families who had booked for precious time away in rural and regional Victoria and now have to cancel, through no fault of their own, will be out of pocket. Accommodation businesses in 48 regional local government areas as well as the Yarra Ranges and the Mornington Peninsula shires will be covered for eligible bookings that were received from “hot zone” postcodes 3038, 3064, 3047, 3060, 3012, 3032, 3055, 3042, 3021, 3046 by 3pm on 30 June for the period 1 July to 29 July. The $5 million support for regional accommodation businesses follows confirmation of one-off $5,000 payments that will be made available for eligible businesses in the 10 postcode areas subject to the return of Stage 3 restrictions. Businesses that have received payroll tax refunds and waivers or $10,000 Business Support Fund grants are eligible for the further $5,000 grants. Businesses can register for the $5,000 local lockdowns grant and the regional accommodation support fund at www.business.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “We know that the last thing that regional accommodation houses and caravan parks needed was more obstacles after six months of struggle due to bushfires and coronavirus.” “Lockdowns bring no joy to anyone, but we’re standing with businesses in the regions and the suburbs as we navigate a path to the other side of this crisis.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “These payments will help these important employers, and it means that there’s no reason that refunds should not be paid to families who will now have to stay at home over the holidays.”

Getting Behind Regional Tourism Businesses – And Families

The Victorian Government is backing regional accommodation businesses affected by the lockdown on some metropolitan suburbs with a fund to assist operators who will lose income due to cancelled bookings. More than 300,000 Melburnians living in 10 postcodes are subject to strict stay at home orders until 11.59pm on 29 July, meaning many will be forced to cancel holidays they had previously booked at locations across the state. Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula announced that payments from a $5 million fund would be made available to regional businesses including motels, caravan parks and short-term rentals such as Airbnb properties that could demonstrate losses due to the new restrictions required to slow the spread of coronavirus. Payments of up to $225 per cancelled booked night will be paid, with conditions including that full refunds are provided and no cancellation fees are levied. The fund means that there is no good reason that families who had booked for precious time away in rural and regional Victoria and now have to cancel, through no fault of their own, will be out of pocket. Accommodation businesses in 48 regional local government areas as well as the Yarra Ranges and the Mornington Peninsula shires will be covered for eligible bookings that were received from “hot zone” postcodes 3038, 3064, 3047, 3060, 3012, 3032, 3055, 3042, 3021, 3046 by 3pm on 30 June for the period 1 July to 29 July. The $5 million support for regional accommodation businesses follows confirmation of one-off $5,000 payments that will be made available for eligible businesses in the 10 postcode areas subject to the return of Stage 3 restrictions. Businesses that have received payroll tax refunds and waivers or $10,000 Business Support Fund grants are eligible for the further $5,000 grants. Businesses can register for the $5,000 local lockdowns grant and the regional accommodation support fund at www.business.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “We know that the last thing that regional accommodation houses and caravan parks needed was more obstacles after six months of struggle due to bushfires and coronavirus.” “Lockdowns bring no joy to anyone, but we’re standing with businesses in the regions and the suburbs as we navigate a path to the other side of this crisis.” Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes “These payments will help these important employers, and it means that there’s no reason that refunds should not be paid to families who will now have to stay at home over the holidays.”

New Ministry To Focus On Jobs

Three new members of Cabinet have today been sworn in, with Natalie Hutchins, Shaun Leane and Danny Pearson joining the Andrews Labor Government Ministry. Formerly Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Natalie Hutchins will again be a determined voice on behalf of victim survivors, taking up the portfolios of Victim Support and delivering the Government’s reform agenda in Corrections, Youth Justice, and Crime Prevention. Having spent his parliamentary career representing communities in the outer east, Shaun Leane will ensure our growing suburbs have the services and infrastructure they need as Minister for Suburban Development. As Minister for Local Government, he will support local councils as they grapple with the pandemic, and as the son of a World War II veteran, he’ll also bring his very real personal connection to the portfolio of Minister for Veterans. As Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Regulatory Reform, Danny Pearson will work closely with the Treasurer to deliver the Budget, oversee government shared services and bring clarity and coordination to the government’s regulatory structure. As Minister for Government Services, he will oversee the public sector, cyber security and citizen digital transaction reform. Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, the role of government in supporting business and industry has never been more important. Martin Pakula will take on the key portfolio of Industry Support and Recovery – helping Victorian businesses navigate restrictions and restart their operations in a COVIDsafe economy, and delivering targeted support for our key job-creating sectors. Recognising their importance to our state’s ability to grow new jobs, Minister Pakula will also take responsibility for the development of the Docklands precinct, Fishermans Bend and the Footscray precinct as part of the new Business Precincts portfolio. He will continue his work in the portfolios of Trade, Tourism, Sport and Major Events, and Racing. Ben Carroll will step into the frontline roles of Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Roads and Road Safety, continuing to ensure we have the reliable and integrated transport network we need to get Victorians home safer and sooner. Jaala Pulford takes up a critical role in creating jobs and overseeing Working for Victoria as Minister for Employment. Highlighting the importance of research and discovery to our economic recovery, she will also serve as Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, and ensure our largest sector has a strong voice in government as Minister for Small Business. Melissa Horne will serve as the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and Minister for Fishing and Boating, in addition to continuing her vital work in maintaining our reputation as the freight and logistics capital of Australia, as Minister for Ports and Freight. In addition to her role as Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan will lead the delivery of our biggest public transport project and reshape our suburbs as the Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop. She will also continue to oversee Development Victoria and the key transport precincts of Arden, Sunshine and the Richmond to Flinders Street corridor. Victoria is facing an unprecedented challenge as we begin the recovery from coronavirus. This is the strong, dedicated and determined team to get us through to the other side. Andrews Ministry | June 2020 Daniel Andrews Premier James Merlino Deputy Premier Minister for the Coordination of Education and Training – COVID-19 Minister for Education Jaclyn Symes Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council Minister for Regional Development Minister for Agriculture Minister for Resources Jenny Mikakos Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council Minister for the Coordination of Health and Human Services – COVID-19 Minister for Health Minister for Ambulance Services Tim Pallas Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance – COVID-19 Treasurer Minister for Industrial Relations Minister for Economic Development Jacinta Allan Leader of the House Minister for the Coordination of Transport – COVID-19 Minister for Transport Infrastructure Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop Ben Carroll Minister for Public Transport Minister for Roads and Road Safety Lily D’Ambrosio Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister for Solar Homes Luke Donnellan Minister for Child Protection Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Martin Foley Minister for Mental Health Minister for Equality Minister for Creative Industries Jill Hennessy Minister for the Coordination of Justice and Community Safety – COVID-19 Attorney-General Minister for Workplace Safety Melissa Horne Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Minister for Ports and Freight Minister for Fishing and Boating Natalie Hutchins Minister for Crime Prevention Minister for Corrections Minister for Youth Justice Minister for Victim Support Shaun Leane Minister for Local Government Minister for Suburban Development Minister for Veterans Lisa Neville Minister for the Coordination of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – COVID-19 Minister for Water Minister for Police and Emergency Services Martin Pakula Minister for the Coordination of Jobs, Precincts and Regions – COVID 19 Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Minister for Trade Minister for Business Precincts Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Minister for Racing Danny Pearson Assistant Treasurer Minister for Regulatory Reform Minister for Government Services Jaala Pulford Minister for Employment Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Minister for Small Business Ros Spence Minister for Multicultural Affairs Minister for Community Sport Minister for Youth Gayle Tierney Minister for Skills and Training Minister for Higher Education Gabrielle Williams Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Minister for Women Richard Wynne Minister for Housing Minister for Planning Parliamentary Secretaries Steve Dimopoulos Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Josh Bull Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Anthony Carbines Parliamentary Secretary for Health Parliamentary Secretary for Carers Nick Staikos Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Paul Edbrooke Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Parliamentary Secretary for Bushfire Recovery Jane Garrett Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs Danielle Green Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Bronwyn Halfpenny Parliamentary Secretary for Workplace Safety Sonya Kilkenny Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Frank McGuire Parliamentary Secretary for Crime Prevention Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research Cesar Melhem Parliamentary Secretary for Skills and Training Tim Richardson Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Harriet Shing Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health Parliamentary Secretary for Creative Industries Parliamentary Secretary for Equality Vicki Ward Parliamentary Secretary for Transport

New Ministry To Focus On Jobs

Three new members of Cabinet have today been sworn in, with Natalie Hutchins, Shaun Leane and Danny Pearson joining the Andrews Labor Government Ministry. Formerly Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Natalie Hutchins will again be a determined voice on behalf of victim survivors, taking up the portfolios of Victim Support and delivering the Government’s reform agenda in Corrections, Youth Justice, and Crime Prevention. Having spent his parliamentary career representing communities in the outer east, Shaun Leane will ensure our growing suburbs have the services and infrastructure they need as Minister for Suburban Development. As Minister for Local Government, he will support local councils as they grapple with the pandemic, and as the son of a World War II veteran, he’ll also bring his very real personal connection to the portfolio of Minister for Veterans. As Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Regulatory Reform, Danny Pearson will work closely with the Treasurer to deliver the Budget, oversee government shared services and bring clarity and coordination to the government’s regulatory structure. As Minister for Government Services, he will oversee the public sector, cyber security and citizen digital transaction reform. Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, the role of government in supporting business and industry has never been more important. Martin Pakula will take on the key portfolio of Industry Support and Recovery – helping Victorian businesses navigate restrictions and restart their operations in a COVIDsafe economy, and delivering targeted support for our key job-creating sectors. Recognising their importance to our state’s ability to grow new jobs, Minister Pakula will also take responsibility for the development of the Docklands precinct, Fishermans Bend and the Footscray precinct as part of the new Business Precincts portfolio. He will continue his work in the portfolios of Trade, Tourism, Sport and Major Events, and Racing. Ben Carroll will step into the frontline roles of Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Roads and Road Safety, continuing to ensure we have the reliable and integrated transport network we need to get Victorians home safer and sooner. Jaala Pulford takes up a critical role in creating jobs and overseeing Working for Victoria as Minister for Employment. Highlighting the importance of research and discovery to our economic recovery, she will also serve as Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, and ensure our largest sector has a strong voice in government as Minister for Small Business. Melissa Horne will serve as the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and Minister for Fishing and Boating, in addition to continuing her vital work in maintaining our reputation as the freight and logistics capital of Australia, as Minister for Ports and Freight. In addition to her role as Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan will lead the delivery of our biggest public transport project and reshape our suburbs as the Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop. She will also continue to oversee Development Victoria and the key transport precincts of Arden, Sunshine and the Richmond to Flinders Street corridor. Victoria is facing an unprecedented challenge as we begin the recovery from coronavirus. This is the strong, dedicated and determined team to get us through to the other side. Andrews Ministry | June 2020 Daniel Andrews Premier James Merlino Deputy Premier Minister for the Coordination of Education and Training – COVID-19 Minister for Education Jaclyn Symes Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council Minister for Regional Development Minister for Agriculture Minister for Resources Jenny Mikakos Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council Minister for the Coordination of Health and Human Services – COVID-19 Minister for Health Minister for Ambulance Services Tim Pallas Minister for the Coordination of Treasury and Finance – COVID-19 Treasurer Minister for Industrial Relations Minister for Economic Development Jacinta Allan Leader of the House Minister for the Coordination of Transport – COVID-19 Minister for Transport Infrastructure Minister for the Suburban Rail Loop Ben Carroll Minister for Public Transport Minister for Roads and Road Safety Lily D’Ambrosio Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister for Solar Homes Luke Donnellan Minister for Child Protection Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Martin Foley Minister for Mental Health Minister for Equality Minister for Creative Industries Jill Hennessy Minister for the Coordination of Justice and Community Safety – COVID-19 Attorney-General Minister for Workplace Safety Melissa Horne Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Minister for Ports and Freight Minister for Fishing and Boating Natalie Hutchins Minister for Crime Prevention Minister for Corrections Minister for Youth Justice Minister for Victim Support Shaun Leane Minister for Local Government Minister for Suburban Development Minister for Veterans Lisa Neville Minister for the Coordination of Environment, Land, Water and Planning – COVID-19 Minister for Water Minister for Police and Emergency Services Martin Pakula Minister for the Coordination of Jobs, Precincts and Regions – COVID 19 Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Minister for Trade Minister for Business Precincts Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Minister for Racing Danny Pearson Assistant Treasurer Minister for Regulatory Reform Minister for Government Services Jaala Pulford Minister for Employment Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Minister for Small Business Ros Spence Minister for Multicultural Affairs Minister for Community Sport Minister for Youth Gayle Tierney Minister for Skills and Training Minister for Higher Education Gabrielle Williams Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Minister for Women Richard Wynne Minister for Housing Minister for Planning Parliamentary Secretaries Steve Dimopoulos Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Josh Bull Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Anthony Carbines Parliamentary Secretary for Health Parliamentary Secretary for Carers Nick Staikos Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Paul Edbrooke Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services Parliamentary Secretary for Bushfire Recovery Jane Garrett Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs Danielle Green Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Bronwyn Halfpenny Parliamentary Secretary for Workplace Safety Sonya Kilkenny Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Frank McGuire Parliamentary Secretary for Crime Prevention Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research Cesar Melhem Parliamentary Secretary for Skills and Training Tim Richardson Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Harriet Shing Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health Parliamentary Secretary for Creative Industries Parliamentary Secretary for Equality Vicki Ward Parliamentary Secretary for Transport

Supporting A Decade Of Preventing Family Violence

The Victorian Government will keep working towards a Victoria free from family violence with a further three years of support for Our Watch, the national foundation for the prevention of violence against women and their children. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced an extra $3 million over three years to extend the Government’s existing seven-year partnership with Our Watch to a decade. The renewed partnership and support is particularly important as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disproportionately impact women’s work and care responsibilities alongside other known gendered drivers of violence against women. Over the past seven years, the government has worked with Our Watch to implement the world-leading Free from Violence Strategy to Prevent Family Violence and All Forms of Violence Against Women, and the action plans to make sure the strategy is delivered. Through respect and equality programs at workplaces, sporting clubs and schools, the Government and Our Watch have connected with communities where they live, work and play to better understand the cause of family violence and stop it before it starts. Our Watch will also continue to work with the Government on the Men in Focus program, which engages men in the prevention of violence against women – focusing on how to apply an understanding of the links between dominant forms of masculinity and violence against women to the real world. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “We’re continuing our work with Our Watch to build a society where Victorians can live free from violence – because there is never an excuse for family violence.” “All violence against women starts with disrespectful behaviour. By recognising, calling out and preventing these attitudes, we can all play a role in stopping family violence before it starts.” Quotes attributable to CEO of Our Watch Patty Kinnersly “The Victorian Government’s continued funding shows strong leadership and commitment to preventing violence against women and their children.” “The Government’s commitment is timely given the pandemic is exacerbating existing socioeconomic inequalities – including gender inequality – that create and reinforce the gendered drivers of violence against women.”

Supporting A Decade Of Preventing Family Violence

The Victorian Government will keep working towards a Victoria free from family violence with a further three years of support for Our Watch, the national foundation for the prevention of violence against women and their children. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced an extra $3 million over three years to extend the Government’s existing seven-year partnership with Our Watch to a decade. The renewed partnership and support is particularly important as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disproportionately impact women’s work and care responsibilities alongside other known gendered drivers of violence against women. Over the past seven years, the government has worked with Our Watch to implement the world-leading Free from Violence Strategy to Prevent Family Violence and All Forms of Violence Against Women, and the action plans to make sure the strategy is delivered. Through respect and equality programs at workplaces, sporting clubs and schools, the Government and Our Watch have connected with communities where they live, work and play to better understand the cause of family violence and stop it before it starts. Our Watch will also continue to work with the Government on the Men in Focus program, which engages men in the prevention of violence against women – focusing on how to apply an understanding of the links between dominant forms of masculinity and violence against women to the real world. Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “We’re continuing our work with Our Watch to build a society where Victorians can live free from violence – because there is never an excuse for family violence.” “All violence against women starts with disrespectful behaviour. By recognising, calling out and preventing these attitudes, we can all play a role in stopping family violence before it starts.” Quotes attributable to CEO of Our Watch Patty Kinnersly “The Victorian Government’s continued funding shows strong leadership and commitment to preventing violence against women and their children.” “The Government’s commitment is timely given the pandemic is exacerbating existing socioeconomic inequalities – including gender inequality – that create and reinforce the gendered drivers of violence against women.”

Working With Young People On Youth Employment

Youth employment is the key focus of today’s virtual roundtable as the Minister for Youth Ros Spence joins with young Victorians who are dealing with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Young people and industry experts along with Ms Spence and Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford will discuss how to keep young people in jobs, as well as opportunities to give young people the best start in their careers. Coronavirus has created unprecedented employment challenges in Australia and globally, and young people have been affected more than most. The downturn in industries dominated by young people, including hospitality, retail and the arts, saw youth unemployment rise by 0.4 percentage points in May to 11.3 per cent in Victoria. Young people are also almost twice as likely to be unemployed as the general population. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian jobs and workers to get through the other side of this pandemic. The $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package which includes the $500 million Working for Victoria Fund has helped more than 7,000 Victorians back into work, and the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program is providing support to apprentices and trainees displaced during the crisis. Before the crisis, the Labor Government oversaw the creation of more than half a million jobs – the largest increase among the states since being in office. This is the second roundtable on the impacts of the coronavirus on young Victorians. Last month, Ms Spence met with young people and experts to discuss how to improve youth mental health. Quote attributable to the Minister for Youth Ros Spence “There is a lot of work to be done to get through this crisis and I am thankful to the young people and industry experts who are sharing their experiences with us. Young people must have their voices heard on the big issues affecting them.” Quote attributable to the Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “Our priority is to make sure that no one misses out on a chance to keep a job or find a job – our young people are so important and we won’t leave them behind as we work our way through this pandemic.”

Working With Young People On Youth Employment

Youth employment is the key focus of today’s virtual roundtable as the Minister for Youth Ros Spence joins with young Victorians who are dealing with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Young people and industry experts along with Ms Spence and Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford will discuss how to keep young people in jobs, as well as opportunities to give young people the best start in their careers. Coronavirus has created unprecedented employment challenges in Australia and globally, and young people have been affected more than most. The downturn in industries dominated by young people, including hospitality, retail and the arts, saw youth unemployment rise by 0.4 percentage points in May to 11.3 per cent in Victoria. Young people are also almost twice as likely to be unemployed as the general population. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian jobs and workers to get through the other side of this pandemic. The $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package which includes the $500 million Working for Victoria Fund has helped more than 7,000 Victorians back into work, and the Retrenched Apprentices and Trainees Program is providing support to apprentices and trainees displaced during the crisis. Before the crisis, the Labor Government oversaw the creation of more than half a million jobs – the largest increase among the states since being in office. This is the second roundtable on the impacts of the coronavirus on young Victorians. Last month, Ms Spence met with young people and experts to discuss how to improve youth mental health. Quote attributable to the Minister for Youth Ros Spence “There is a lot of work to be done to get through this crisis and I am thankful to the young people and industry experts who are sharing their experiences with us. Young people must have their voices heard on the big issues affecting them.” Quote attributable to the Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “Our priority is to make sure that no one misses out on a chance to keep a job or find a job – our young people are so important and we won’t leave them behind as we work our way through this pandemic.”