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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..

‘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..

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..

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..

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..

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,..

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..

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..

Billion Dollar Boost To Building And Construction

The Victorian Government has paved the way for more than $1 billion worth of job-creating building projects to get started and help kickstart the economy. Treasurer Tim Pallas today announced the Government’s Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce had helped fast-track another seven projects, which have all..

Improving Aboriginal Justice Outcomes

Aboriginal and government leaders from across Victoria are taking part in the 56th Aboriginal Justice Forum (AJF) to discuss ways to reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal Victorians across the justice system. The AJF brings together leaders in the Aboriginal community and senior government representatives to..

Statement From The Premier

Over the past two weeks, we’ve tested more than 160,000 Victorians for coronavirus. I want to thank each and every one of them for playing their part in protecting our state. The job isn’t done yet – and that size and scale of testing will..

Calling Out Family Violence During Coronavirus

Victorians are being urged to be alert and call out any early warning signs of family violence during the coronavirus pandemic in a new ad campaign from the Victorian Government and Respect Victoria. Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today launched Respect Each..

Major Coronavirus Testing Blitz Targets 100,000

Up to 100,000 Victorians will be tested for coronavirus over the next two weeks as part of a major testing blitz across the State, to better understand how the virus is spreading in the community and set us up for the potential easing of restrictions…

Legislation To Support Jobs, Services And Victorians Passes

Emergency measures to support Victorians, save lives, protect businesses and jobs, and continue delivering vital government services during the coronavirus pandemic have passed Victorian Parliament. The four Bills enable Victoria to respond to the unprecedented challenges created by coronavirus on our healthcare system and our..

New Beds Open Across Victoria In Pandemic Capacity Boost

New hospital beds are opening across Victoria as the state’s health system gears up to manage increased presentations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure all patients get the care they need. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos said the Victorian Government’s $1.9 billion..

Stockpile Of Medical Equipment Keeping Health Workers Safe

A massive warehouse in Melbourne’s south-east is stocked with vital medical supplies ready to be distributed to Victorian health care workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos said new orders are arriving at the warehouse every day which are..

Building The Metro Tunnel And Supporting Jobs Through The Crisis

The last two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) on the Metro Tunnel Project are now in the ground, helping to build our state’s biggest public transport project and keeping Victorians in work. The third TBM, Millie – named after Victoria’s first female MP Millie Peacock –..

Supporting Victims As Part Of Victoria Police Reforms

A new independent body will be established to oversee a redress and restorative engagement scheme for victims of workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault at Victoria Police. The Andrews Labor Government’s Police Redress Scheme will be overseen by the Department of Justice and Regulation and..