Archives for February, 2016

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Advancing Aboriginal Decision-Making To Improve Children’s Lives

The first regional pilot of a program that empowers Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to make culturally appropriate decisions about the care of local Aboriginal children is starting in Bendigo. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative will assume..

Labor Government To Address Aboriginal Family Violence

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins today announced $350,000 to tackle Aboriginal family violence through community led action. Touring the Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative in Mooroopna today, Ms Hutchins reiterated the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to working in partnership with Victorian Aboriginal communities and to self-determination…

Community Forums Kick-Off Across Victoria

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has urged Victorians to attend one of a series of community forums to have their say on how local government can best meet the needs of their community. The Andrews Labor Government is conducting the first comprehensive review of..

Review Of Victoria’s Long Service Leave Laws

The Andrews Labor Government today announced a review of Victoria’s long service leave arrangements under the Long Service Leave Act 1992, to determine whether they meet the needs of our modern workplaces. The review will examine whether the existing arrangements meet the expectations of the..

Parliamentary Sitting To Acknowledge Aboriginal Traditional Owners

The Victorian Parliament will take another important step in recognising Aboriginal Victorians today, with an official ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ to take place before proceedings get underway. Normally reserved for special occasions, The ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ will now take place on the first day of every..

Labour Hire Inquiry Hearings Open In Melbourne

Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins welcomed the Melbourne hearings of the Victorian Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Employment, beginning today. The inquiry, chaired by Professor Anthony Forsyth, is investigating the links between worker exploitation and labour hire companies, insecure work, sham contracts and..

Julia Gillard Library Opens In Tarneit

The $6.9 million Julia Gillard Library was officially opened by its namesake today. Introducing Ms Gillard, Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins said the Victorian Government had contributed $750,000 towards the Tarneit library, part of the Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund.  Wyndham City Council contributed the..

Action On Aboriginal Self-Determination

Self-determination and recognition of Aboriginal people in Australia’s Constitution will be on the table for discussion today, at a gathering of Victorian Aboriginal community representatives hosted by the Andrews Labor Government. The forum is a valuable opportunity for the Government to formally hear from the..