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Respect Victoria Opens Its Doors

Doors have opened on Victoria’s first ever dedicated family violence prevention agency, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s efforts to create a Victoria free from family violence. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins today officially opened Respect Victoria and announced the..

Promoting Gender Equality In Sport

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting gender equality with new sporting grants for Victorian sports associations, local government, Regional Sports Assemblies and non-for-profit organisations. Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins joined Dr Bridie O’Donnell and members of Cycling Victoria today to announce grant recipients, worth $658,000…

Preventing Family Violence In Aboriginal Communities

The Andrews Labor Government is working with Aboriginal communities to stop family violence before it starts with the launch of a dedicated fund to keep women and children safe. Acting Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Jill Hennessy and Special Minister of State Gavin..

Flexible Workplaces Good For Women And Business

Flexible working arrangements are improving female workforce participation and boosting business in Victoria. Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today released a new study commissioned by the Andrews Labor Government that models the bottom line impact of flexible work. The report, undertaken by the Nous Group,..

Victoria Invests In The Economic Power Of Women

The Andrews Labor Government is working to improve the economic status of Victorian women by funding new microenterprise and financial capability programs. Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today announced funding of $2.2 million to the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Women’s Information and Referral Exchange..

Backing Melbourne’s First And Only Indigenous Radio Station

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Melbourne’s first and only indigenous radio station, giving Aboriginal people a voice. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins today announced a grant of $50,000 for the 3KnD – Kool and Deadly, radio station. 3KnD provides a voice for Aboriginal..

Standing Up For Victoria’s Temporary Visa Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting hundreds of temporary visa workers across regional Victoria from exploitation. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins today announced funding of more than $580,000 to deliver a program that will protect the wages and conditions of temporary visa workers across..

Boosting Self-Determination In Barmah

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting self-determination by improving the infrastructure of the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) in Barmah. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins visited YYNAC today to announce a grant of almost $1.5 million for capital works and upgrades to their..

Boosting Self-Determination In Preston

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting self-determination – lifting the first mortgage on the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Cooperative Ltd (VACCA) in Preston. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins visited VACCA today to make the announcement, which the Cooperative full control of its property..

Stopping Family Violence Before It Starts In The East

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting community programs that are working to prevent family violence in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins announced funding of over $500,000 to five programs. Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place works with..

Delivering For Those Who Deliver To Us

The Andrews Labor Government is making work fairer and safer for workers who are owner drivers or forestry contractors – including drivers using digital freight and delivery platforms. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins announced reforms today, which will make it easier for the growing..

Connecting Women At Work In Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring women in regional Victoria have access to the networks that will help them succeed. Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today announced an additional $80,000 in funding to expand Mentor Walks to regional Victoria. Mentor Walks give women the opportunity..

Historic Treaty Legislation Passes In Victoria

Australia’s first ever treaty legislation is now law with the Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 passing Victorian Parliament this evening. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins hailed the passage of the legislation, which will see Victoria become the first state to enter into formal..

Respect Victoria, Call It Out

Victoria’s first ever dedicated family violence prevention agency will be enshrined in law as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s efforts to end family violence. The Labor Government today introduced legislation to enshrine Respect Victoria, the state’s new statutory authority, in law, fulfilling Recommendation 188..

Delivering For Victoria’s Vulnerable Workers

The Andrews Labor Government’s labour hire licensing scheme, which protects some of Victoria’s most vulnerable workers and cracks down on shonky operators, is now law. The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 passed the Victorian Legislative Council this evening, protecting labour hire workers from being underpaid and..

Awards Recognise Young Aboriginal Achievers

The hard work and achievements of young Aboriginal people across Victoria have been recognised at this year’s Ricci Marks Awards. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins presented the awards which celebrate the achievements of young Aboriginal people in education, arts, sport, culture and community leadership…

More Bec The Builders, Not Just Bobs

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to directly boost the representation of women in the construction industry. Minister for Women and Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins today announced funding of $585,000 to diversify the traditionally male-dominated construction industry. Currently women’s participation in the building and..

Victoria One Step Closer To Treaty And Reconciliation

The Andrews Labor Government’s historic Treaty legislation has passed the Legislative Assembly, bringing the state one step closer to a Treaty with Victoria’s first peoples. The legislation will see the Victorian Government and the state’s Aboriginal people enter into formal treaty negotiations – the first..