Archives for March, 2017

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First Steps To Remove Government Mortgage

As part of its policy of self-determination the Andrews Labor Government is piloting a program that will ensure Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations (ACCOs) have full control of their assets and have the autonomy to grow and plan for the future. This pilot is the first..

Minimum Wage Must Rise To Address Penalty Rate Cuts

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for an increase to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to support low paid workers in our community. The Labor Government has made a submission to the Fair Work Commission annual wage review that focuses on  maintaining a fair safety..

Growing Industries Of The Future In Victoria’s West

Businesses in Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo will have better access to research expertise to grow jobs, create investment opportunities and boost productivity thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Visiting Bartlett’s Environmental in Geelong today, Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan announced..

Empowering Victoria’s Vulnerable Youth

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering Victoria’s vulnerable youth by providing them with intensive and coordinated support, engagement in education and training and greater pathways to employment. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos joined Member for Geelong Chris Couzens to meet with staff and young..

Upgrades To Libraries In Mortlake And Hamilton

Mortlake will get a new and improved community library and Hamilton will see its library upgraded, thanks to investments by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins today visited Hamilton and Mortlake to announce the major investments, which are a part of..

New Program To Boost Women’s Leadership In Local Government

Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins has today launched a new mentoring program designed to encourage more women to seek election and provide support to women in local government. The Andrews Labor Government provided $20,000 to the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) for a..

Economic Initiatives To Support Aboriginal Businesses And Employment

The Andrews Labor Government today announced a suite of major economic initiatives to support Aboriginal Victorians, including Government procurement targets, employment agreements and Tharamba Bugheen: Victorian Aboriginal Business Strategy 2017-2021 Tharamba Bugheen – which means ‘clever makers’ in Gunaikurnai – will support Aboriginal businesses to..

Local Aboriginal Community To Talk About Treaty

Aboriginal community consultation workshops have begun across the state as Victoria continues to take steps towards treaty. The workshops are being held across the state from 7 to 23 March  to give the Aboriginal community the chance to have their say on what a representative..

Top Lawyer To Head New Equal Workplaces Council

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed a respected workers compensation lawyer to head a new Ministerial advisory council set up to address gender equality in the workplace. Liberty Sanger, a Principal and Board member at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, will chair the Equal Workplaces Advisory Council..

Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel Selected

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins has unveiled the make-up of her third Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. Thirteen Mayors have been selected for the panel and will meet with Ms Hutchins four times in 2017. The Mayors will provide advice on a wide range..

Victorian Liberal Party Backs Penalty Rate Cuts

The Victorian Liberal Party has today confirmed that they support the Turnbull Government’s massive cuts to Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. Liberal Leader Matthew Guy and Deputy Leader David Hodgett today confirmed the Victorian Liberals’ position. Mr Hodgett said, “I support the Federal Government’s..