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FUNDING BOOST TO DELIVER MORE KINDERS TO EASE OUR LOCAL AREAS GROWING PAINS

More local families will be able to access quality kindergartens close to home thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in early childhood infrastructure. Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP announced today that as part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17, the Government is investing $10 million to build and upgrade kindergartens and children’s centres in Victoria’s fast-growing areas, including our local area. The funding boost comes on top of the Government’s existing $50 million investment over four years in the early childhood sector through the building and upgrading of kindergartens and children’s centres across the state. We want Victorian children to enjoy the lifelong benefits that quality early years education can provide and the new funding will ensure Victoria’s long-term early education and care needs are met. That’s why we are offering major building grants targeted at Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, to build kindergartens and to create children’s hubs, bringing a range of children and family services under the one roof. The funding boost will target Melbourne’s seven declared growth areas: Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham. Grants will be provided to projects through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program. Applications for major grants will open in May. The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – and this means giving all kids access to high-quality early years services. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “In the Education State, quality early childhood education needs quality facilities. This investment will help us to better cater for our local families.” “With 91 babies born in our local area per week, demand for kinder places is growing quickly. This funding is ensuring every child in our local area can access essential early childhood education.” “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the early childhood sector and building new children’s facilities to support families and give kids the best start in life.”

FUNDING BOOST TO DELIVER MORE KINDERS TO EASE OUR LOCAL AREAS GROWING PAINS

More local families will be able to access quality kindergartens close to home thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in early childhood infrastructure. Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP announced today that as part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17, the Government is investing $10 million to build and upgrade kindergartens and children’s centres in Victoria’s fast-growing areas, including our local area. The funding boost comes on top of the Government’s existing $50 million investment over four years in the early childhood sector through the building and upgrading of kindergartens and children’s centres across the state. We want Victorian children to enjoy the lifelong benefits that quality early years education can provide and the new funding will ensure Victoria’s long-term early education and care needs are met. That’s why we are offering major building grants targeted at Victoria’s fastest-growing areas, to build kindergartens and to create children’s hubs, bringing a range of children and family services under the one roof. The funding boost will target Melbourne’s seven declared growth areas: Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham. Grants will be provided to projects through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program. Applications for major grants will open in May. The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – and this means giving all kids access to high-quality early years services. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “In the Education State, quality early childhood education needs quality facilities. This investment will help us to better cater for our local families.” “With 91 babies born in our local area per week, demand for kinder places is growing quickly. This funding is ensuring every child in our local area can access essential early childhood education.” “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the early childhood sector and building new children’s facilities to support families and give kids the best start in life.”

HELPING OUR LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE ACCESS HEALTH CARE

Doctors will regularly visit 100 Victorian government secondary schools as part of a $43.7 million program to help ensure young people get the healthcare they need. Minister for Education James Merlino today invited secondary schools across the electorate of Cranbourne to apply to participate in the Doctors in Secondary Schools program, which will commence from the start of 2017. Through the program, participating schools in our local area will partner with local doctors, who will visit the schools one day a week. Schools participating in the program will also receive funding for a fit-for-purpose examination room. By bringing together schools, local GPs and other health professionals the Doctors in Secondary Schools program invests in the healthy development of our next generation — the key to Victoria’s future prosperity. Through the Expression of Interest (EoI) program, schools invited to participate will need to demonstrate a need for the service and an ability to build local partnerships with the community in order to be included in the program. The EOI process concludes on 3rd June, and successful schools are expected to be notified in August. The Doctors in Secondary Schools program will make a valuable contribution to achieving the Education State targets of ‘happy, healthy and resilient kids’ by improving ease of access to health services for young people. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District: “For all sorts of reasons it can be hard for some kids to access the healthcare they need. That’s why we’re making sure students get the healthcare they need. “This program will not only mean students at 100 Victorian government schools have easy access to a doctor, but that those doctors have a modern examination room to work in. “We want Victorian kids to be healthy and happy and we know that when they are, they do better in school.”

HELPING OUR LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE ACCESS HEALTH CARE

Doctors will regularly visit 100 Victorian government secondary schools as part of a $43.7 million program to help ensure young people get the healthcare they need. Minister for Education James Merlino today invited secondary schools across the electorate of Cranbourne to apply to participate in the Doctors in Secondary Schools program, which will commence from the start of 2017. Through the program, participating schools in our local area will partner with local doctors, who will visit the schools one day a week. Schools participating in the program will also receive funding for a fit-for-purpose examination room. By bringing together schools, local GPs and other health professionals the Doctors in Secondary Schools program invests in the healthy development of our next generation — the key to Victoria’s future prosperity. Through the Expression of Interest (EoI) program, schools invited to participate will need to demonstrate a need for the service and an ability to build local partnerships with the community in order to be included in the program. The EOI process concludes on 3rd June, and successful schools are expected to be notified in August. The Doctors in Secondary Schools program will make a valuable contribution to achieving the Education State targets of ‘happy, healthy and resilient kids’ by improving ease of access to health services for young people. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District: “For all sorts of reasons it can be hard for some kids to access the healthcare they need. That’s why we’re making sure students get the healthcare they need. “This program will not only mean students at 100 Victorian government schools have easy access to a doctor, but that those doctors have a modern examination room to work in. “We want Victorian kids to be healthy and happy and we know that when they are, they do better in school.”

Andrews Labor Government Budget Delivers for our local area

On top of the duplication of Thompsons Road between South Gippsland Highway and Marriott Boulevard, including the removal of the Level Crossing along Thompsons Road at Merinda Park the Andrews Labor Government has committed to: A further $154.5 million to upgrade Thompsons Road.  Thompsons   Road will   see two lanes   in each direction between Dandenong - Frankston Road and Evans Road, and between Narre Warren Cranbourne Road and Berwick – Cranbourne Road. The  project  will  also  include  replacing  the  existing  roundabout at the Thompsons  Road  and  Western  Port  Highway intersection with traffic lights, to reduce travel delays by ten minutes.  Pedestrians will benefit too, with ten kilometres of path to be constructed along Thompsons Road, with connections to public transport and local shops. A 1.2 kilometre duplication of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway is considered a high priority project. The estimated cost for this duplication is $40 million. The duplication includes significant works at the intersection of South Gippsland Highway, Hallam Road and Evans Road, which will allow Evans Road to be reopened in its entirety, reconnecting Lyndhurst and Lynbrook. This project is aligned with the future growth profile of Cranbourne North and Cranbourne West, which requires a strong connectivity of the local and arterial road network. The project will also see an upgrade to the intersection of South Gippsland Highway, Hallam Road and Evans Road, which is currently un-signalised. Upgrading this intersection will improve safety and traffic flow and allow Evans Road to be re-opened – which the community is loudly calling for. On top of the $9million modernisation of Cranbourne Secondary College and the construction of a Technical School in Casey, the Andrews Labor Government has committed to: purchasing land in the Casey Fields area for the construction of a new Primary School. The Casey Hospital Expansion, part of a public-private partnership with $106.3m allocated in the budget, will increase the floor area of the existing facility by about 35 per cent, add 96 beds, four new operating theatres and a new sterile services department. The Andrews Labor Government is building Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel and ordering 70 new trains to transform Melbourne’s rail network, run more trains and carry more passengers on the Cranbourne Line. The Andrews Labor Government’s Budget fully funds the Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel the biggest rail project in Australia. The project gives the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines their own tunnel through the CBD, freeing up space in the Loop to run more trains in and out of the City. This Andrews Labor Government is delivering where it counts with better schools, better roads, more jobs, more buses, more trains, more police, more elective surgeries and a very strong economic outlook for this great state of ours.

Andrews Labor Government Budget Delivers for our local area

On top of the duplication of Thompsons Road between South Gippsland Highway and Marriott Boulevard, including the removal of the Level Crossing along Thompsons Road at Merinda Park the Andrews Labor Government has committed to: A further $154.5 million to upgrade Thompsons Road.  Thompsons   Road will   see two lanes   in each direction between Dandenong - Frankston Road and Evans Road, and between Narre Warren Cranbourne Road and Berwick – Cranbourne Road. The  project  will  also  include  replacing  the  existing  roundabout at the Thompsons  Road  and  Western  Port  Highway intersection with traffic lights, to reduce travel delays by ten minutes.  Pedestrians will benefit too, with ten kilometres of path to be constructed along Thompsons Road, with connections to public transport and local shops. A 1.2 kilometre duplication of Hallam Road between Ormond Road and the South Gippsland Highway is considered a high priority project. The estimated cost for this duplication is $40 million. The duplication includes significant works at the intersection of South Gippsland Highway, Hallam Road and Evans Road, which will allow Evans Road to be reopened in its entirety, reconnecting Lyndhurst and Lynbrook. This project is aligned with the future growth profile of Cranbourne North and Cranbourne West, which requires a strong connectivity of the local and arterial road network. The project will also see an upgrade to the intersection of South Gippsland Highway, Hallam Road and Evans Road, which is currently un-signalised. Upgrading this intersection will improve safety and traffic flow and allow Evans Road to be re-opened – which the community is loudly calling for. On top of the $9million modernisation of Cranbourne Secondary College and the construction of a Technical School in Casey, the Andrews Labor Government has committed to: purchasing land in the Casey Fields area for the construction of a new Primary School. The Casey Hospital Expansion, part of a public-private partnership with $106.3m allocated in the budget, will increase the floor area of the existing facility by about 35 per cent, add 96 beds, four new operating theatres and a new sterile services department. The Andrews Labor Government is building Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel and ordering 70 new trains to transform Melbourne’s rail network, run more trains and carry more passengers on the Cranbourne Line. The Andrews Labor Government’s Budget fully funds the Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel the biggest rail project in Australia. The project gives the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines their own tunnel through the CBD, freeing up space in the Loop to run more trains in and out of the City. This Andrews Labor Government is delivering where it counts with better schools, better roads, more jobs, more buses, more trains, more police, more elective surgeries and a very strong economic outlook for this great state of ours.

MODERN BUILDINGS ON THE WAY FOR CRANBOURNE SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Cranbourne Secondary College will enjoy more modern buildings, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. The Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP today announced $9 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go  towards an upgrade to the school’s ageing facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn. The funding will go towards a school rebuild, including upgrades to the science and technology wing, and building new classrooms. It’s the latest step in making Victoria the Education State, where every student gets the chance to fulfil their potential and can access a school with great facilities. Building, fixing, upgrading, and modernising Victoria’s schools gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best. Throughout the state, hundreds of new school infrastructure projects are underway, just like the one about to start at Cranbourne Secondary College. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Better facilities will mean better outcomes for students at Cranbourne Secondary College.” “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “I know Cranbourne Secondary College is doing great work – and this funding will help it become even better.” “Students deserve more than the ageing and outdated facilities we have now. This funding will ensure they have the fantastic learning spaces they deserve.” The Previous Labor Government successfully completed Stage One and Stage Two of the College’s modernisation with a strong investment of over $8million, we are now finishing the job that the previous Baillieu/Napthine Government did an about face on. “Labor started the modernisation of Cranbourne Secondary College and Labor Will Finish the job.”

MODERN BUILDINGS ON THE WAY FOR CRANBOURNE SECONDARY COLLEGE

Students at Cranbourne Secondary College will enjoy more modern buildings, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. The Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP today announced $9 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go  towards an upgrade to the school’s ageing facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn. The funding will go towards a school rebuild, including upgrades to the science and technology wing, and building new classrooms. It’s the latest step in making Victoria the Education State, where every student gets the chance to fulfil their potential and can access a school with great facilities. Building, fixing, upgrading, and modernising Victoria’s schools gives our students and teachers the learning environment they need to achieve their best. Throughout the state, hundreds of new school infrastructure projects are underway, just like the one about to start at Cranbourne Secondary College. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Better facilities will mean better outcomes for students at Cranbourne Secondary College.” “We’re making Victoria the Education State, where every child has access to a great education and can achieve their potential.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “I know Cranbourne Secondary College is doing great work – and this funding will help it become even better.” “Students deserve more than the ageing and outdated facilities we have now. This funding will ensure they have the fantastic learning spaces they deserve.” The Previous Labor Government successfully completed Stage One and Stage Two of the College’s modernisation with a strong investment of over $8million, we are now finishing the job that the previous Baillieu/Napthine Government did an about face on. “Labor started the modernisation of Cranbourne Secondary College and Labor Will Finish the job.”

 

BUILDING RESILIENCE TO KEEP OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY SAFE

Community organisations in our local area can now apply for funding to develop projects that support the most vulnerable members of their community and reduce the threat of violent extremism. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District, said today’s announcement of $600,000 as part of the Community Resilience Grants will help inform and protect youth in our local area against any form of extremism. The grants will focus on prevention and early intervention, identifying the causes of violent extremism and finding the most effective ways to protect individuals from propaganda. Successful projects will include: strengthening cyber safety knowledge and helping communities and families respond to negative online influences forums and workshops to help reconnect with disengaged youth community and youth-led initiatives which create a sense of belonging and offer alternatives to violent extremist narratives Mr Perera said grants are open for applications between $20,000 and $100,000, with projects to be delivered within twelve months. Applications close at midnight 15 May 2016. Grant information, including guidelines and access to the online application form can be found at: www.dpc.vic.gov.au/CommunityResilience Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP:  “These grants are about encouraging young people in our local area to speak up and to raise any concerns they have in a positive, constructive way.” “I encourage groups and organisations in our community to apply for a grant under this new program.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “We’re working with the community to educate and support those most at risk from being targeted by extremism.” “Having listened to many community voices, there is a desire to talk and engage critically with these challenges – so our grants will be community-led to give organisations across Victoria the chance to be heard.”

BUILDING RESILIENCE TO KEEP OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY SAFE

Community organisations in our local area can now apply for funding to develop projects that support the most vulnerable members of their community and reduce the threat of violent extremism. Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District, said today’s announcement of $600,000 as part of the Community Resilience Grants will help inform and protect youth in our local area against any form of extremism. The grants will focus on prevention and early intervention, identifying the causes of violent extremism and finding the most effective ways to protect individuals from propaganda. Successful projects will include: strengthening cyber safety knowledge and helping communities and families respond to negative online influences forums and workshops to help reconnect with disengaged youth community and youth-led initiatives which create a sense of belonging and offer alternatives to violent extremist narratives Mr Perera said grants are open for applications between $20,000 and $100,000, with projects to be delivered within twelve months. Applications close at midnight 15 May 2016. Grant information, including guidelines and access to the online application form can be found at: www.dpc.vic.gov.au/CommunityResilience Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP:  “These grants are about encouraging young people in our local area to speak up and to raise any concerns they have in a positive, constructive way.” “I encourage groups and organisations in our community to apply for a grant under this new program.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “We’re working with the community to educate and support those most at risk from being targeted by extremism.” “Having listened to many community voices, there is a desire to talk and engage critically with these challenges – so our grants will be community-led to give organisations across Victoria the chance to be heard.”

THOMPSONS ROAD A STEP CLOSER

The previous Labor Government started the works to duplicate Thompsons Road - Thompsons Road was widened between the South Gippsland Highway and Narre Warren Cranbourne Road, at an investment of $22 million and  Thompsons Road was widened between the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and Dandenong-Frankston Road, at an investment of $30.5 million. However, whilst the commencement of the much needed duplication of Thompsons Road was implemented it was very unfortunate that the previous Liberal State Government simply did not carry on with the rest of the duplication, basically four years was wasted whilst our local population grew and grew and Thompsons Road became a standstill. The State Government made a 2014 election commitment to the duplication of Thompsons Road between Eastlink and Clyde Road, including a commitment of $175 million in funding for the duplication. In the 2015 Budget, the State committed $20.5 million in funding to undertake planning and preconstruction works.       In November 2015, the Premier announced that the Thompsons Road level crossing at Merinda Park would be removed as part of the Thompsons Road duplication project. It is planned to commence delivery of an initial stage of the project by duplicating between the South Gippsland Highway and Marriott Boulevard, which will also include the rail grade separation works along Thompsons Road, Merinda Park. The Thompsons Road Stage 1: Level Crossing Removal section is estimated to cost $79.4 million. The duplication will significantly improve traffic flow on Thompsons Road which has increasing traffic and freight movement every year resulting from increasing population and economic growth in south east Melbourne. Significant preconstruction activities such as traffic data collection, strategic traffic modelling, field feature surveys, site geotechnical investigations and environmental investigations have been completed. Design refinement and micro simulation traffic modelling are being undertaken to inform the project options for the remaining sections of the project. Target dates for the delivery of the Thompsons Road – Stage 1: incl the Merinda Park Level Crossing Removal section are: -        Advertise tender        April 2016 -        Award contract        September 2016 -        Commence construction        Late 2016 -        Complete construction        Late 2018 The commencement and completion dates for the construction of the remaining sections of the upgrade will be confirmed once the final scope of the project is approved. Labor started the duplication of Thompsons Road Project and Labor will finish it.

THOMPSONS ROAD A STEP CLOSER

The previous Labor Government started the works to duplicate Thompsons Road - Thompsons Road was widened between the South Gippsland Highway and Narre Warren Cranbourne Road, at an investment of $22 million and  Thompsons Road was widened between the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and Dandenong-Frankston Road, at an investment of $30.5 million. However, whilst the commencement of the much needed duplication of Thompsons Road was implemented it was very unfortunate that the previous Liberal State Government simply did not carry on with the rest of the duplication, basically four years was wasted whilst our local population grew and grew and Thompsons Road became a standstill. The State Government made a 2014 election commitment to the duplication of Thompsons Road between Eastlink and Clyde Road, including a commitment of $175 million in funding for the duplication. In the 2015 Budget, the State committed $20.5 million in funding to undertake planning and preconstruction works.       In November 2015, the Premier announced that the Thompsons Road level crossing at Merinda Park would be removed as part of the Thompsons Road duplication project. It is planned to commence delivery of an initial stage of the project by duplicating between the South Gippsland Highway and Marriott Boulevard, which will also include the rail grade separation works along Thompsons Road, Merinda Park. The Thompsons Road Stage 1: Level Crossing Removal section is estimated to cost $79.4 million. The duplication will significantly improve traffic flow on Thompsons Road which has increasing traffic and freight movement every year resulting from increasing population and economic growth in south east Melbourne. Significant preconstruction activities such as traffic data collection, strategic traffic modelling, field feature surveys, site geotechnical investigations and environmental investigations have been completed. Design refinement and micro simulation traffic modelling are being undertaken to inform the project options for the remaining sections of the project. Target dates for the delivery of the Thompsons Road – Stage 1: incl the Merinda Park Level Crossing Removal section are: -        Advertise tender        April 2016 -        Award contract        September 2016 -        Commence construction        Late 2016 -        Complete construction        Late 2018 The commencement and completion dates for the construction of the remaining sections of the upgrade will be confirmed once the final scope of the project is approved. Labor started the duplication of Thompsons Road Project and Labor will finish it.

It’s Time To Fix Our Broken Family Violence System

The Andrews Labor Government will overhaul Victoria’s broken family violence system from the bottom up, following the release today of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report. The Labor Government will implement all 227 recommendations stemming from the report – with work underway on recommendations around risk management and information sharing. We will establish 17 state-wide safety hubs, boost early intervention services and provide more specialist family violence services within courts. We will ensure stronger accountability for perpetrators, more resources for police, family violence training at  hospitals and schools and an independent agency to hold governments to account. We will introduce new laws so that the privacy of perpetrators doesn’t trump the safety of victims. There will be a housing blitz for women in crisis, and more resources for schools to teach the next generation about respectful relationships. Above all, we will put victims at the heart of our reforms. We will work with victims and survivors, and with the people and organisations that support them, to build a better system that will help prevent family violence and keep people safe. This ground breaking report describes what so many victims have been telling us for years: the system does not work. The report makes clear these failures, but it has also shown us how we can begin to fix them. The report was today tabled in Parliament. A copy is available at www.vic.gov.au/familyviolenceresponse Quotes attributable to the Premier Daniel Andrews “I refuse to look back in ten years’ time and admit that we could have done more to save innocent lives. We will get this right.” “We will punish the perpetrators, listen to the survivors and change the culture that allows family violence to happen in the first place.” “There can be no more excuses. Our work begins today to overhaul our broken family violence system from the bottom up.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention for Family Violence Fiona Richardson “This report will change everything. We want to create a new system that helps prevent violence and gives victims and survivors the support they need.” “We need lasting generational reform that changes attitudes and behaviours. We’ve done this for road accidents and workplace safety. We can do it again for family violence.”

It’s Time To Fix Our Broken Family Violence System

The Andrews Labor Government will overhaul Victoria’s broken family violence system from the bottom up, following the release today of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report. The Labor Government will implement all 227 recommendations stemming from the report – with work underway on recommendations around risk management and information sharing. We will establish 17 state-wide safety hubs, boost early intervention services and provide more specialist family violence services within courts. We will ensure stronger accountability for perpetrators, more resources for police, family violence training at  hospitals and schools and an independent agency to hold governments to account. We will introduce new laws so that the privacy of perpetrators doesn’t trump the safety of victims. There will be a housing blitz for women in crisis, and more resources for schools to teach the next generation about respectful relationships. Above all, we will put victims at the heart of our reforms. We will work with victims and survivors, and with the people and organisations that support them, to build a better system that will help prevent family violence and keep people safe. This ground breaking report describes what so many victims have been telling us for years: the system does not work. The report makes clear these failures, but it has also shown us how we can begin to fix them. The report was today tabled in Parliament. A copy is available at www.vic.gov.au/familyviolenceresponse Quotes attributable to the Premier Daniel Andrews “I refuse to look back in ten years’ time and admit that we could have done more to save innocent lives. We will get this right.” “We will punish the perpetrators, listen to the survivors and change the culture that allows family violence to happen in the first place.” “There can be no more excuses. Our work begins today to overhaul our broken family violence system from the bottom up.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention for Family Violence Fiona Richardson “This report will change everything. We want to create a new system that helps prevent violence and gives victims and survivors the support they need.” “We need lasting generational reform that changes attitudes and behaviours. We’ve done this for road accidents and workplace safety. We can do it again for family violence.”

WE WILL PUT FAMILY VIOLENCE SURVIVORS AT CENTRE OF REFORM

Wednesday, 23 March, 2016 WE WILL PUT FAMILY VIOLENCE SURVIVORS AT CENTRE OF REFORM Survivors of family violence will be at the heart of the Andrews Labor Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will lead a new Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council who will ensure the Government makes the changes needed to protect Victorians. The council comes as the Andrews Labor Government announces an immediate injection of almost $10 million to relieve the pressure on vital family violence services across the state. As part of the Government’s election commitment to implement all recommendations of the Royal Commission, we are also establishing a Family Violence Steering Committee to help us reform our family violence system. The committee will allow the Government, experts and the organisations that support survivors to sit at the same table to guide our reform of a system that has failed family violence victims for too long. The immediate upfront cash injections include:  $6 million in immediate funding to meet an expected rapid rise in calls for help after the Royal Commission’s report is released. This includes crisis accommodation, counselling, women’s health, behaviour change programs, services working with Aboriginal victim survivors, and to support consultation with government  $2 million over two years to support culturally diverse communities who are experiencing family violence  $1 million for the Victims Assistance Program, which supports victims of crime in their recovery  $129,000 to fund support for women to identify and seek help for financial abuse  $600,000 to help local councils develop programs to prevent family violence in their communities Family violence survivors, the people who help them and peak organisations today joined Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson at a workshop to prepare for the imminent change the Royal Commission will bring and begin developing a common agenda for reform. The Royal Commission into Family Violence will deliver its report to the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Hon Linda Dessau AM on 29 March. Quotes attributable to the Premier Daniel Andrews Quotes attributable to the Premier Daniel Andrews “This immediate emergency funding will help support women and their children when they need it most – and we know the coming days will be difficult for many as the Royal Commission makes its recommendations.’’ “I’m very proud to have former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty lead the Victims Survivors’ Advisory Council. Her courage and leadership is an inspiration to all of us.’’ Quote attributable to the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson “Survivors have told us their stories. Now we need to make sure we give them the change they have long asked for"

WE WILL PUT FAMILY VIOLENCE SURVIVORS AT CENTRE OF REFORM

Wednesday, 23 March, 2016 WE WILL PUT FAMILY VIOLENCE SURVIVORS AT CENTRE OF REFORM Survivors of family violence will be at the heart of the Andrews Labor Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will lead a new Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council who will ensure the Government makes the changes needed to protect Victorians. The council comes as the Andrews Labor Government announces an immediate injection of almost $10 million to relieve the pressure on vital family violence services across the state. As part of the Government’s election commitment to implement all recommendations of the Royal Commission, we are also establishing a Family Violence Steering Committee to help us reform our family violence system. The committee will allow the Government, experts and the organisations that support survivors to sit at the same table to guide our reform of a system that has failed family violence victims for too long. The immediate upfront cash injections include:  $6 million in immediate funding to meet an expected rapid rise in calls for help after the Royal Commission’s report is released. This includes crisis accommodation, counselling, women’s health, behaviour change programs, services working with Aboriginal victim survivors, and to support consultation with government  $2 million over two years to support culturally diverse communities who are experiencing family violence  $1 million for the Victims Assistance Program, which supports victims of crime in their recovery  $129,000 to fund support for women to identify and seek help for financial abuse  $600,000 to help local councils develop programs to prevent family violence in their communities Family violence survivors, the people who help them and peak organisations today joined Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson at a workshop to prepare for the imminent change the Royal Commission will bring and begin developing a common agenda for reform. The Royal Commission into Family Violence will deliver its report to the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Hon Linda Dessau AM on 29 March. Quotes attributable to the Premier Daniel Andrews Quotes attributable to the Premier Daniel Andrews “This immediate emergency funding will help support women and their children when they need it most – and we know the coming days will be difficult for many as the Royal Commission makes its recommendations.’’ “I’m very proud to have former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty lead the Victims Survivors’ Advisory Council. Her courage and leadership is an inspiration to all of us.’’ Quote attributable to the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson “Survivors have told us their stories. Now we need to make sure we give them the change they have long asked for"