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Strong Laws To Protect Victorians From Sexual Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is changing the way sexual violence is dealt with in Victoria, with major reforms introduced to Parliament today that shift scrutiny from victim-survivors onto their perpetrators and make it clear there is no place for this behaviour in Victoria. The Justice..

Events To Celebrate LGBTIQ+ Victorians Across The State

The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Victorians with funding for events throughout the state. Minister for Equality Harriet Shing today opened grants for events and festivals that connect LGBTIQ+ communities, celebrate diversity,..

Growing Victoria’s Paramedic Workforce To Ease Pressure

The Andrews Labor Government has recruited hundreds of new paramedics this year – delivering another boost to our health system and helping our ambulance services meet the record levels of demand being seen Australia-wide. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas today visited..

Ban Delivers Cheaper Energy And More Choice

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure all Victorians can get the best deal on their energy, banning private power networks to deliver more choice for consumers and drive down household energy bills. Embedded networks are private electricity networks that serve multiple customer premises in..

Free RATS Program For People With Disability Extended

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to provide free rapid antigen tests to eligible Victorians with disability, extending support to some of the most vulnerable in our community over the winter months. People with disability in Victoria can continue to access 20 free rapid antigen..

Investing In The Next Generation Of Nurses And Midwives

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian nursing and midwifery students the hands-on and practical experience they need to support our healthcare workforce now and into the future. As part of the Victorian Budget 2022/23, the Labor Government invested $59 million to create 1,125 registered..

Grinners Are Winners: More Dental Jobs For Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorians more reasons to smile with jobs to boost the dental care workforce. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford today announced the $3 million Labor Government traineeship program, creating 100 dental assistant jobs, through Jobs Victoria. Dental assistants are in..

Jobs Support For Young People Leaving The Justice System

The Andrews Labor Government is launching a new jobs initiative to create a better future for those leaving the youth justice system. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford and Minister for Youth Justice Sonya Kilkenny visited staff at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct this week and..

Grants To Kick-Start Active Kids At Active Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more kids get active and fostering the talents of Victoria’s future sports stars, with more support for schools to offer exciting sports programs and encourage physical activity. Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins and AFLW Carlton star Darcy Vescio today..

Shaping The Lives Of Victorian Seniors To Live Well

Senior Victorians are being invited to have their say and help shape government services, with the opening of Australia’s largest research project of its kind examining their experiences. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Colin Brooks today launched the Ageing Well Survey alongside Commissioner for..

Backing Victorian Businesses To Stay Well This Winter

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting small businesses to improve indoor air-quality, keeping staff and customers safe this winter. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today launched the next round of the $60 million Small Business Ventilation Program. Eligible businesses can access between $500 and..

One-Stop Mental Health Hubs For Families A Step Closer

Victorian families will soon have access to a one-stop shop for mental health care and health and wellbeing support for the whole family – with providers selected for three Infant, Child and Family Health and Wellbeing Hubs. The three hubs will deliver a range of..

Multicultural Awards To Recognise Victorian Champions

The Andrews Labor Government is highlighting remarkable Victorians who have shaped our state’s multicultural success story, calling for nominations for the 2022 Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence. Now in their 21st year, the annual awards honour outstanding individuals and organisations who build cross-cultural understanding and..

COVID Advice For Victorians To Stay Well In Winter

The Victorian Government is providing Victorians with more advice on how they can protect themselves and their families this winter, with enhanced communications, community engagement and outreach, and support for business to keep customers and workers safe and their doors open. The Omicron BA.4 and..

Keeping Schools With Free Rapid Antigen Tests

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring schools and early childhood centres can stay safe and open through terms 3 and 4 with the distribution of free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs), helping limit the spread of COVID-19 while also easing cost of living pressures for families…

$250 Power Saving Bonus To Bust Bills From Tomorrow

From tomorrow, Victorians can claim a $250 bill busting bonus if they look for a better energy deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website – a move that could save households up to $580 each. Driving down the cost of living right across the state, the..

Getting On With Removing Calder Park Level Crossing

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with removing the Calder Park level crossing with early designs for a new road bridge over the Sunbury rail line released for community feedback. Getting rid of the level crossing at Calder Park Drive will improve traffic flow,..

New Laws Criminalising Grossly Offensive Public Conduct

The Andrews Labor Government is acting to strengthen and clarify our laws around serious and disgraceful public behaviour to better meet the expectations of the Victorian community and help people feel safer. The Labor Government will today introduce the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, which..