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Victoria To Lead The Way On Family Violence Leave

  Nurses, teachers and other Victorian public sector employees will be entitled to family violence leave under changes announced by the Andrews Labor Government today. Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson and Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins today met..

Building A Health System Victorians Can Rely On

The Andrews Labor Government is improving, innovating and investing in Victoria’s health system to ensure Victorians can get the care they need, when they need it. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has today provided the Government’s response to the Travis Review, the most comprehensive audit..

Have Your Say on Victoria’s New 10-Year Mental Health Plan

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for people from across Victoria to have their input into the new 10-year Mental Health Plan, to better ensure the mental health and wellbeing of our state into the future. The Government will consult widely to produce a plan..

Victoria To Benefit From Bushfire Mitigation Funding Boost

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced $2.712 million in funding over three years to enhance bushfire mitigation in Victoria, as part of the Commonwealth’s National Bushfire Mitigation Programme. Victorian Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett welcomed the contribution and said the Victorian Government and..

Recognising Our Champion Volunteers – Nominate Now!

Nominations are now open for the Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards. The Andrews Labor Government is expanding the awards to recognise and celebrate the enormous contribution volunteers make to Victorian communities and the economy. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers..

Labor Government Backs Full Murray Basin Rail Project

The Andrews Labor Government today committed to the biggest upgrade to regional rail freight in decades – the full Murray Basin Rail Project – which will standardise and upgrade the entire Murray Basin rail network. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan..

Enhanced No Jab No Play To Protect More Children

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding and strengthening its ‘No Jab No Play’ commitment, to ensure more Victorian children are protected from serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Legislation will be introduced into the Parliament this year, to require children to be to be fully vaccinated..

Have Your Say On Supporting Students With Special Needs

Minister for Education James Merlino today invited Victorians to contribute their ideas to the review into the Program for Students with Disabilities. The Review – which started in July – is one of many significant commitments outlined in the Andrews Labor Government’s comprehensive Special Needs..

Work to Begin Soon to Fix Kings Rd-Taylors Rd Intersection

UPDATE I am pleased to announce that the Victorian Government has committed $6.1 million in the 2015-16 Victorian budget to the removal of the Taylors Rd-Kings Road roundabout. After meeting with the Minister for Roads and Road Safety many times throughout 2015 and 2016 regarding..

Labor Government Secures Funding for Taylors Hill Senior School

The 2015-16 Victorian State budget has secured funding for the purchase of land for a new senior secondary school in Taylors Hill. There are currently three P-9 schools that feed into one senior secondary school. This funding for land acquisition paves the way for a new..

Liberals Finally Come To The Table On Rate Cap

Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, has welcomed the Liberal Opposition’s decision to finally support the Andrews Labor Government’s fair go council rates cap. As reported by 3AW radio yesterday, Opposition spokesperson David Davis said the Coalition wanted to see the cap in place as..

Mayoral Advisory Panel Meets

Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, will today hold her first meeting with the inaugural Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. The meeting is the first of four, with the Panel made up of mayors from across the state. The Panel will provide the Minister with..

Puppy Farm Changes Fast-Tracked

The Andrews Labor Government has fast-tracked changes to improve the welfare of breeding dogs and cats, with increased powers for councils to protect vulnerable animals now in effect. The Primary Industries Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (the Act) provides additional protection for animals by: placing greater..

Labor Backs Investment In Better Bus Services And Community Consultation

The Andrews Labor Government will not proceed with proposals to radically change metropolitan bus services outlined in recent media reports. Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, said the changes proposed by bus operator Transdev were inconsistent with the Andrews Labor Government’s focus on better bus..

LABOR GOVERNMENT SECURES $339M AGREEMENT ON EAST WEST

Premier Daniel Andrews and Treasurer Tim Pallas today announced that the Labor Government and the East West Link consortium have reached a good faith agreement that puts the interests of Victorians first. Under the Heads of Agreement, signed today, the $10.7 billion East West Link..

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2015 VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

Member for Sydenham, Natalie Hutchins, today encouraged students who have achieved their training goals to nominate for the 2015 Victorian Training Awards. Now in their 61st year, the Awards celebrate the achievements of Victoria’s training system and recognise collaboration and innovation by students, teachers, employers..

FIRST 100 DAYS: GETTING ON WITH IT

  We haven’t wasted a minute. I took action on the ambulance crisis and sent the paramedics’ pay case to the independent umpire. I unlocked the doors at the TAFE campus in Lilydale which were closed to a generation of kids in the outer East…

New Victorian Automotive Company Roars

The Andrews Labor Government today congratulated Melbourne company Red Lion Engineering on a contract that will see it supply leading-edge automotive engineering services to China. The contract was signed in Melbourne this week with Geely, one of China’s top 10 automobile manufacturers. Minister for Industry,..