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Middleton Prison Expansion To Deliver Regional Jobs

Work is set to start on a major construction project in Castlemaine, with the Andrews Labor Government signing a $37.6 million contract to expand the capacity of Middleton Prison by 39 beds. The project is expected to create 165 jobs during construction, including around 50..

Grants To Boost Community Safety Now Open

Applications are now open for grants under the Andrews Labor Government’s Building Safer Communities Program. There are three categories of grants available which cover a wide range of sectors and projects, with each focused on delivering grassroots and community focused projects to prevent crime. The..

Supporting COVIDSafe Multicultural Festivals And Events

The Andrews Labor Government is helping diverse communities come together in a COVIDSafe way to celebrate their culture and traditions. Acting Minister for Multicultural Affairs Shaun Leane today opened the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program, inviting organisations to apply for funding for events to be..

Helping Victorians Recover From Alcohol And Drug Use

Victorians will have better access to specialist drug and alcohol treatment close to home thanks to a $52.1 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government for new residential rehabilitation facilities. Minister for Health Martin Foley today released the final designs for new rehabilitation facilities in..

Free Travel For Victorians This Christmas

The Andrews Labor Government will provide free public transport on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day to make sure Victorians can celebrate and reconnect with family and friends across the state. On Christmas Day, metropolitan and regional public transport will run to a regular public..

Improving Hardship Support In Response To Rates Review

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce reforms to improve the local government rates system in response to a major review. The Local Government Rating System Review, provides an in-depth analysis of Victoria’s rates system. A 2018 election commitment, the review assessed the fairness and equity..

Planning Revamp To Boost Economic Recovery And Jobs

Improving the efficiency of Victoria’s planning system will help make sure our state’s recovery isn’t held back by bureaucratic red tape or unnecessary delays. As businesses reopen and people get back to work, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $111 million to unlock Victoria’s planning..

Massive Boost For Court Capacity

Like all of us, our justice system has had to do things differently this year – which means our courts haven’t been able to move through cases as quickly as they normally do. That’s why the Victorians Budget 2020/21 delivers major investments in new courts..

Help Where It’s Needed: Supporting Victorians With Disability

As our state recovers stronger and fairer, we need to make sure every Victorian has the support they need. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will invest an unprecedented extra $1.9 billion to make sure Victorians with disability are supported – including our youngest Victorians. A nearly..

Building A Better Health System

The health of those we love is the most important thing – and the Andrews Labor Government is making sure more Victorians can get the care they need, with an unparalleled investment in healthcare close to home. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver $9 billion..

Putting The Mental Health Of Victorians First

This has been the toughest year many of us have ever lived through. As we begin our state’s slow recovery, this year’s Budget invests in the health and wellbeing of our loved ones, by continuing the fundamental rebuild of Victoria’s mental health system. The Victorian..

Putting People At The Heart Of Our Economic Recovery

The Andrews Labor Government is putting Victoria’s greatest asset at the centre of its economic recovery – its people. The global pandemic has shaken economies right around the world – Victoria included. But our success in driving down cases means that we are in a..

Attracting Investment For Victoria’s Recovery, And Building It Here

Attracting international investment will be critical to creating and protecting more Victorian jobs. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests more than $300 million to help draw more overseas investment, support local industries and create jobs here in Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government’s International Investment Strategy is..

Helping Small Business Recover And Grow To Create Jobs

Many small business owners have had to put their plans on hold this year. We want to make sure they can come back stronger than ever before, investing billions of dollars to back local businesses and grow local jobs. Our support continues in the Victorian..

Keeping Victoria Moving And Creating Jobs As We Recover

As Victorians start to head back to work, visit family and friends across the state, and head out on a well-deserved break, our transport network will only get busier. To keep Victoria safe as the state moves towards COVID Normal, the Andrews Labor Government is..

Making Victoria A Renewable Energy Powerhouse

Spending more time at home this year has meant more expensive bills for many families. The Andrews Labor Government will help hundreds of thousands of Victorian families drive down their energy costs, while supporting thousands of new Victorian jobs. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will invest..

Supporting Victorians To Train, Retrain And Find Opportunity

Real recovery from this pandemic will rely on supporting Victorians to train, retrain and find new opportunities. The Andrews Labor Government will help more Victorians find their path to a job, with $1 billion to ensure Victoria has the training and skills system it needs..

Jobs For Victorians

A decent job is worth more than just a pay cheque. It’s about creating security and certainty for you and the people you love most. As we rebuild from this pandemic, the Andrews Labor Government wants to make sure more Victorians can rely on a..