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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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…
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..
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..
The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Aboriginal Elders and Traditional Owners to engage further on the state’s Treaty process. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins and the Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher AO today announced $700,000 to establish a grant scheme that will support Aboriginal..
Victorians can now learn more about Aboriginal culture and history with the launch of the Deadly Questions campaign. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins joined Deadly Questions campaign champions in Federation Square today to mark the start of the campaign. As the Parliament considers Australia’s..
The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the Fair Work Commission’s decision to increase the minimum wage and award minimum wages in their Annual Wage Review. Workers will get a $24.30-a-week pay rise with the national minimum wage increasing to $719.20 a week. The Fair Work..
The Andrews Labor Government is boosting the number of Aboriginal women in leadership positions through a new development program. Minister for Women and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins announced $300,000 in funding for the new leadership program at a fundraising event for The Long..