Archives for March, 2021

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2021 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants Now Open

Member for Sydenham, Natalie Hutchins MP is encouraging schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides, and youth groups in Sydenham to apply for grants up to $5,000 for biodiversity projects in our local community. Natalie Hutchins MP said up to $450,000 in funding for the..

More Outside School Hours Care Options For Families

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more schools establish outside school hours care services, to get Victorians back into the workforce while ensuring our children are cared for. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 53 schools will share in more than $4.1 million in..


Natalie Hutchins MP, Member for Sydenham, is encouraging volunteer groups in Sydenham to apply for round two of the Volunteering Innovation Fund. The Fund is now open with grants of up to $50,000 available for projects that create change and inspire more people to volunteer..

New Apprenticeships Body To Build Skills For Victorians

Thousands of apprentices and trainees will be better connected with real learning and job opportunities through the Andrews Labor Government’s new Apprenticeships Victoria. Apprenticeships Victoria (AV) will coordinate and oversee all aspects of the delivery of apprenticeships, and forms a key part of the Labor..

Helping Victorian Families Find Their Local School

The Andrews Labor Government’s Findmyschool website has been updated so parents continue to have the latest information to find out the school zone they live in. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino said the updated website includes school zones for the 14 new..

Grants Open To Support Victoria’s Dedicated Carers

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Victorian carers have the supports they need to stay heathy as they care for some of our most vulnerable community members. The second round of the $572,000 Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program are now open increasing support of carer..

Construction Set To Start On Women’s Prison Upgrade

Ageing infrastructure at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre is on track to get a major facelift, with the Andrews Labor Government signing a construction contract to increase capacity and support the rehabilitation of female prisoners. The $188.9 million expansion includes 106 new beds, a new..

Chisholm Road Prison Reaches A Million Work Hours

Chisholm Road Prison passed a major milestone this month with over one million labour hours worked on the project since construction started in February 2020. Minister for Correction Natalie Hutchins congratulated all those involved on their mammoth efforts to date – which will see the..

Have Your Say On Retirement Village Laws

The Andrews Labor Government has released an Options Paper for public consultation, as the next steps in the process of reviewing the Retirement Villages Act 1986 (the Act). All Victorians deserve a happy retirement with choice and control over their future, which is why the..

Sports Alliance Uniting Netball And The Community

The Andrews Labor Government is teaming up with Netball Victoria to teach sporting and life skills to young people, with $150,000 in funding through the Sports Alliance. Minister for Crime Prevention Natalie Hutchins launched the Community Action Netball Project at Kensington YMCA  – which will..

Free Public Transport For Senior And Carer Card Holders

Senior Victorians and Carer Card holders will be able to enjoy free public transport from 21 to 28 March 2021. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan and Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll visited Southern Cross Station to announce the eight days of..

Supporting COVIDSafe Multicultural Festivals And Events

The Andrews Labor Government is helping even more multicultural and multifaith communities hold events to celebrate their culture and traditions. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence today announced $750,000 for 205 community organisations across the state to deliver COVIDSafe multicultural festivals and events held between..

Have Your Say On Victoria’s Disability Plan

Online public consultation forums for the Victorian State Disability Plan 2021-25 will begin on March 31. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan today announced that consultations with people with disability, advocacy groups and service providers will resume later this month after being paused..