Archives for June, 2015

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Labor Government’s Blitz To Stamp Out Dodgy Training

A $9 million blitz on low-quality training providers will be the first step towards ensuring Victoria’s $1.2 billion training system restores industry and student confidence and provides high-quality qualifications. Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, today released the recommendations of the external Review of Quality..

Community Legal Centre Grants Will Help Families In Need

The Andrews Labor Government is asking community legal centres to apply for grants as part of a $3.2 million investment to guarantee better access to justice for disadvantaged Victorians. Grants open today for the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, worth $2 million over two years, and..

Inner West Streets Are Quieter And Safer Under Labor

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to Melbourne’s inner west, with local residents sleeping easier thanks to expanded truck curfews introduced in January. Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, visited Footscray today to discuss the curfews, which have significantly reduced..

Labor’s Interface Growth Fund To Keep Casey On Track

Residents in Casey are set to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s new $50 million Interface Growth Fund, which will support councils and communities in Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs. Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, today visited the City of Casey with Member for Narre..

Councils Doing A Good Job, But There’s Room To Improve

Most Victorians believe their local council is doing a good job, according to an annual survey, but residents believe there is still room for improvement. The Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey 2015 reveals 69 per cent of residents believe their council is heading in the..

Expressions Of Interest Open For Victims Committee

The Andrews Labor Government is seeking expressions of interest from Victorians who have had experience in dealing with the impact of a range of serious crimes and are committed to improving justice for all victims. Victims of crime will continue to play a vital role..

Labor Government Saving Energy And Growing Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government has today outlined its vision for an energy efficient economy, launching the Energy Efficiency and Productivity Statement – Saving Energy, Growing Jobs. The Statement, unveiled at a CEDA Energy Future event at Crown Towers Palladium, positions energy efficiency as a central..

Creative Industries Strategy – More Ways To Get Involved

The conversation about the future of Victoria’s creative industries is well underway with Creative Victoria announcing two new public workshops to meet demand. Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, said a second Melbourne workshop has been scheduled for Friday 3 July after the first booked..

Multi-Million Dollar Boost To Tackle Ice Harm

The Andrews Labor Government is working with the community and local health services to tackle the drug ice, with almost $25 million for extra support services distributed across the state as part of the Ice Action Plan. Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley, joined the..

Minister Moves To Get Darebin City Council Back On Track

Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, today expressed her disappointment in Darebin City Council’s failure to effectively govern on behalf of its residents, businesses and broader community. Ms Hutchins tabled the final report from Municipal Monitor, Mr Peter Lewinsky in Parliament today. The report clearly..

Grants To Build Young People’s Confidence At School

A new Andrews Labor Government grants program will use the results of a specialist survey to help young people become more confident in the classroom. Minister for Education, James Merlino, today announced the successful recipients of funding under the grants program, which totals over $400,000…

Working Together To Make Our Hospitals Safer

The Andrews Labor Government has established an Occupational Violence Taskforce to identify issues and recommend reforms to reduce violence in Victorian hospitals. The Occupational Violence Taskforce will be chaired by Clare Amies, the new Chief Executive of Worksafe and former Chief Executive Officer of Western..

Students Take New Approaches In Standing Up To Bullying

Superheroes starring in clips to ‘save the day’ on cyber safety and a ‘values wristband’ to reward students for respect and teamwork are just some of the latest projects supported by the Victorian Government’s Bully Stoppers campaign. Announcing the round four grant recipients today, Minister..

Lease Of Port Legislation Passes Assembly

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with its commitment to lease the Port of Melbourne to support the funding of the removal of our 50 worst level crossings. This afternoon, the Delivering Victorian Infrastructure (Port of Melbourne Lease Transaction) Bill 2015 passed through the..

Labor Funds 7000 New Apprenticeships And Traineeships

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $50 million to help thousands of Victorians get back into education and training and to find a job. While visiting Holmesglen’s Chadstone campus this morning, Premier Daniel Andrews said the TAFE Back to Work Fund is supporting TAFE institutes..

Finn Attacks Separation Of Sunbury From Hume Audit

The previous Liberal Government took a careless approach to the separation of Sunbury from Hume and this week in Parliament, Bernie Finn has sought to derail preparations for the upcoming split. The rushed decision by the Liberals to separate Sunbury from Hume left major issues..

Victorians To Have A Say On Plan For Better Rental Laws

The Andrews Labor Government is moving to better protect renters and landlords by reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming & Liquor Regulation, Jane Garrett, is encouraging Victorians to have their say on existing rental laws as part of the public..

Getting On With Four More Level Crossing Removals

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the removal of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings, announcing that four more level crossing removals will begin this year. An Alliance including Leighton Contractors, Aurecon and Hyder Consulting has been selected as the preferred contractor..