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More Teachers And New Literacy And Numeracy Standards

Hundreds of new expert teachers will help lift Victorian students’ literacy and numeracy standards, as part of the biggest overhaul of the VCE and VCAL in decades. The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new literacy and numeracy standards that will be reported as part of VCE and VCAL results.  Victoria is currently the only state not to explicitly include or plan to include literacy and numeracy standards as part of its senior secondary reporting. As part of these reforms, and to ensure that struggling students get the targeted support they need to meet these standards, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $187 million to provide direct, individual support and tuition for those students that need it the most. This is the single biggest investment in individualised support in the state’s history, giving students every opportunity to complete their secondary school with the literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed.   The funding will provide 700 expertly trained teachers over the next four years, who will lead their colleagues in improving literacy and numeracy training in all government secondary school classrooms. The change follows the Minister for Education James Merlino’s referral of this matter to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to investigate options for changes to the VCE and VCAL. After a thorough investigation, the VCAA found there is value in explicitly reporting senior secondary students’ literacy and numeracy attainment levels as part of their VCE and VCAL certification. It has been long called for by employers and will help ensure all of our kids are ready to enter the workforce with the foundational skills they need to succeed. From 2021, students completing VCE or VCAL will, as part of their General Achievement Test results, receive information about whether they have demonstrated or exceeded the literacy and numeracy standards typically expected of those entering the workforce from school. The GAT, which is already completed by students studying a Unit 3/4 VCE subject, will be modified to include explicit assessments of common reading, writing and numeracy standards for both VCE and VCAL students. Students that perform below national minimum standards in Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN will receive individualised support delivered by expertly trained teachers. Importantly, under an Andrews Labor Government, this support will begin in 2019 to ensure all students will receive the individual support they need before the changes to the Year 12 reporting come into effect in 2021. This new reporting and support will help employers, who have been calling for simple and clear indicators on the job readiness of young people. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We don’t want a situation where a student is completing their schooling without being able to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards. This is a change that has been called for by employers for some time, and with this additional support we will give every student the opportunity to be job ready.” “Only Labor will increase support for students to ensure they have the help they need and are ready to meet the challenges of working in the 21st century.”

More Teachers And New Literacy And Numeracy Standards

Hundreds of new expert teachers will help lift Victorian students’ literacy and numeracy standards, as part of the biggest overhaul of the VCE and VCAL in decades. The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new literacy and numeracy standards that will be reported as part of VCE and VCAL results.  Victoria is currently the only state not to explicitly include or plan to include literacy and numeracy standards as part of its senior secondary reporting. As part of these reforms, and to ensure that struggling students get the targeted support they need to meet these standards, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $187 million to provide direct, individual support and tuition for those students that need it the most. This is the single biggest investment in individualised support in the state’s history, giving students every opportunity to complete their secondary school with the literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed.   The funding will provide 700 expertly trained teachers over the next four years, who will lead their colleagues in improving literacy and numeracy training in all government secondary school classrooms. The change follows the Minister for Education James Merlino’s referral of this matter to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to investigate options for changes to the VCE and VCAL. After a thorough investigation, the VCAA found there is value in explicitly reporting senior secondary students’ literacy and numeracy attainment levels as part of their VCE and VCAL certification. It has been long called for by employers and will help ensure all of our kids are ready to enter the workforce with the foundational skills they need to succeed. From 2021, students completing VCE or VCAL will, as part of their General Achievement Test results, receive information about whether they have demonstrated or exceeded the literacy and numeracy standards typically expected of those entering the workforce from school. The GAT, which is already completed by students studying a Unit 3/4 VCE subject, will be modified to include explicit assessments of common reading, writing and numeracy standards for both VCE and VCAL students. Students that perform below national minimum standards in Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN will receive individualised support delivered by expertly trained teachers. Importantly, under an Andrews Labor Government, this support will begin in 2019 to ensure all students will receive the individual support they need before the changes to the Year 12 reporting come into effect in 2021. This new reporting and support will help employers, who have been calling for simple and clear indicators on the job readiness of young people. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We don’t want a situation where a student is completing their schooling without being able to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards. This is a change that has been called for by employers for some time, and with this additional support we will give every student the opportunity to be job ready.” “Only Labor will increase support for students to ensure they have the help they need and are ready to meet the challenges of working in the 21st century.”

Expanding Mandatory Reporting To Better Protect Kids

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring the safety and protection of children comes first by expanding the list of mandatory reporters. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced the gazettal of additional groups to expand the list of professionals who will be mandated to report information about child abuse or harm. From 1 March next year, the list of mandatory reporters to child protection will be expanded to include those who work in out of home care (excluding voluntary foster and kinship carers), early childhood and youth justice, as well as registered psychologists. School counsellors will be mandatory reporters starting 31 January, 2020. Training will be provided to each of the profession groups so that they are fully aware of their obligations. Mandatory reporting refers to the legal requirement for certain professionals to report a reasonable belief of child physical or sexual abuse to child protection authorities. Currently, teachers, school principals, doctors, nurses, midwives, and police officers who believe a child is being physically or sexually abused are required to report this to the authorities. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. Under current laws, priests and people in religious ministry are exempt from mandatory reporting laws. A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will end this special treatment and amend the Children, Youth and Families Act to make it mandatory to report information about child abuse or harm disclosed during confession to child protection authorities. A re-elected Labor Government will also introduce amendments to ensure that, under the failure to report offence, contained in the Crimes Act, information disclosed in the context of a religious confession is not exempt. This work to introduce additional mandatory reporter groups will acquit recommendations 7.3 and 7.4 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to mandate a minimum set of mandatory reporters. It also supports the Labor Government’s commitment towards national consistency. Expanding the groups of mandatory reporters is an important step in protecting children from abuse and is aligned with the child safe standards and reportable conduct scheme introduced by the Labor Government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “The systemic and horrific abuse revealed by the Royal Commission must never be allowed to happen again.” “We are doing everything we can to protect future generations of children from abuse – and there will be no excuses for anyone who works with children and young people not to report.”

Expanding Mandatory Reporting To Better Protect Kids

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring the safety and protection of children comes first by expanding the list of mandatory reporters. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced the gazettal of additional groups to expand the list of professionals who will be mandated to report information about child abuse or harm. From 1 March next year, the list of mandatory reporters to child protection will be expanded to include those who work in out of home care (excluding voluntary foster and kinship carers), early childhood and youth justice, as well as registered psychologists. School counsellors will be mandatory reporters starting 31 January, 2020. Training will be provided to each of the profession groups so that they are fully aware of their obligations. Mandatory reporting refers to the legal requirement for certain professionals to report a reasonable belief of child physical or sexual abuse to child protection authorities. Currently, teachers, school principals, doctors, nurses, midwives, and police officers who believe a child is being physically or sexually abused are required to report this to the authorities. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. Under current laws, priests and people in religious ministry are exempt from mandatory reporting laws. A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will end this special treatment and amend the Children, Youth and Families Act to make it mandatory to report information about child abuse or harm disclosed during confession to child protection authorities. A re-elected Labor Government will also introduce amendments to ensure that, under the failure to report offence, contained in the Crimes Act, information disclosed in the context of a religious confession is not exempt. This work to introduce additional mandatory reporter groups will acquit recommendations 7.3 and 7.4 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to mandate a minimum set of mandatory reporters. It also supports the Labor Government’s commitment towards national consistency. Expanding the groups of mandatory reporters is an important step in protecting children from abuse and is aligned with the child safe standards and reportable conduct scheme introduced by the Labor Government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “The systemic and horrific abuse revealed by the Royal Commission must never be allowed to happen again.” “We are doing everything we can to protect future generations of children from abuse – and there will be no excuses for anyone who works with children and young people not to report.”

Liberals’ Plan To Cut Family Violence Services

family violence services if they win the next election, putting women and children at risk. A recent media report states: Prevention of family violence spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said the opposition would consider the recommendations’ “financial impost” and whether “there are efficiencies that can be realised”…. “We need to understand the full detail of those 227 recommendations, understand if there can be efficiencies and improvements.”.  Herald Sun, 17 October 2018 Keeping women and children safe is not a financial impost. It’s beyond belief that when it comes to cutting services, the Liberals are promising to target some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Matthew Guy must immediately come clean on which frontline family violence services will be subject to the Liberals’ razor gang, if he wins the election. Will the Liberals cut women’s refuges and other crisis accommodation services? Or will they take the axe to new support and safety hubs, men’s behavioural change programs, children’s counselling services? The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when last in government they cut the services that hard working Victorians depend upon, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus and over $1 billion slashed from TAFE, with campuses closed and 2400 teachers sacked Cutting $1 billion from our hospitals, hurting patients and doctors and nurses Sacking 4,200 public servants and closing dozens of offices that were delivering frontline services Cutting 400 staff from Victoria Police including essential forensic experts. The Andrews Labor Government has invested a record $2.6 billion in family violence services, as we work to implement each and every one of the 227 recommendations of the landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence to protect women – all of which is now at risk thanks to Matthew Guy and the Liberals. Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins “Keeping women and children safe should never be seen as a financial impost – and cutting funding to family violence services is no way to end family violence.” “Cutting services is in the Liberals’ DNA – but even for them it’s extraordinary that they are preparing to target some of Victoria’s most vulnerable people.” “Labor is proud to be implementing each and every one of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and it’s time the Liberals made the same commitment.”

Liberals’ Plan To Cut Family Violence Services

family violence services if they win the next election, putting women and children at risk. A recent media report states: Prevention of family violence spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said the opposition would consider the recommendations’ “financial impost” and whether “there are efficiencies that can be realised”…. “We need to understand the full detail of those 227 recommendations, understand if there can be efficiencies and improvements.”.  Herald Sun, 17 October 2018 Keeping women and children safe is not a financial impost. It’s beyond belief that when it comes to cutting services, the Liberals are promising to target some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Matthew Guy must immediately come clean on which frontline family violence services will be subject to the Liberals’ razor gang, if he wins the election. Will the Liberals cut women’s refuges and other crisis accommodation services? Or will they take the axe to new support and safety hubs, men’s behavioural change programs, children’s counselling services? The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when last in government they cut the services that hard working Victorians depend upon, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus and over $1 billion slashed from TAFE, with campuses closed and 2400 teachers sacked Cutting $1 billion from our hospitals, hurting patients and doctors and nurses Sacking 4,200 public servants and closing dozens of offices that were delivering frontline services Cutting 400 staff from Victoria Police including essential forensic experts. The Andrews Labor Government has invested a record $2.6 billion in family violence services, as we work to implement each and every one of the 227 recommendations of the landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence to protect women – all of which is now at risk thanks to Matthew Guy and the Liberals. Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins “Keeping women and children safe should never be seen as a financial impost – and cutting funding to family violence services is no way to end family violence.” “Cutting services is in the Liberals’ DNA – but even for them it’s extraordinary that they are preparing to target some of Victoria’s most vulnerable people.” “Labor is proud to be implementing each and every one of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and it’s time the Liberals made the same commitment.”

Delivering Safer Roads With New Technology For Police

New police technology will help get dangerous drivers and unregistered vehicles off our roads even faster, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today announced that Motorola Solutions is the successful tenderer for new Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology that will start to hit the streets from February next year. The number plate technology, part of a $43.8 million investment from the Labor Government, will significantly boost Victoria Police’s capacity to target dangerous drivers and unregistered vehicles. The cameras can scan up to 2,500 number plates per hour, checking for unlicensed drivers, unregistered or stolen vehicles, drivers with interlock conditions, and motorists with outstanding warrants. The in-car video technology will provide Highway Patrol members with the ability to record audio and video footage of road policing activities, including roadside intercepts. The high-quality recording can be used as evidence in court hearings and will help de-escalate situations and protect police members through the public’s awareness that they are being filmed. The new technology will be progressively fitted across the entire Highway Patrol fleet of 221 vehicles by March 2021. It is expected to result in fewer deaths and serious injuries on our roads saving the state almost $31 million per year in road trauma-related costs. The technology is part of a more than $500 million investment from the Labor Government in new police technology, including 10,000 iPhones and iPad Minis to frontline police and Protective Services Officers and 11,000 body worn cameras. The Labor Government is also investing in an intelligence system upgrades for Victoria Police and a new 24-hour Police Assistance Line and Online Reporting portal. Ten new state-of-the-art Alcohol and Drug Test buses were delivered as part of a $15 million Victorian Budget 2015/16 investment to replace Victoria Police’s ageing fleet. These technology and equipment upgrades are supporting the Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero 2016-20 road safety strategy, which is delivering safer roads and protecting Victorian motorists. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “We’re equipping our Highway Patrol with the latest new technology that will remove unregistered vehicles and dangerous and unlicensed drivers from our roads even faster.” “This will not only make our roads safer, it will also help protect our police officers while they’re carrying out their duties of enforcing the law and keeping Victorian motorists safe.” “This is part of a massive technology boost and upgrade for Victoria Police as part of our record investments in new technology, specialist equipment and 3,135 new police delivered to communities across the state.”

Delivering Safer Roads With New Technology For Police

New police technology will help get dangerous drivers and unregistered vehicles off our roads even faster, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today announced that Motorola Solutions is the successful tenderer for new Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology that will start to hit the streets from February next year. The number plate technology, part of a $43.8 million investment from the Labor Government, will significantly boost Victoria Police’s capacity to target dangerous drivers and unregistered vehicles. The cameras can scan up to 2,500 number plates per hour, checking for unlicensed drivers, unregistered or stolen vehicles, drivers with interlock conditions, and motorists with outstanding warrants. The in-car video technology will provide Highway Patrol members with the ability to record audio and video footage of road policing activities, including roadside intercepts. The high-quality recording can be used as evidence in court hearings and will help de-escalate situations and protect police members through the public’s awareness that they are being filmed. The new technology will be progressively fitted across the entire Highway Patrol fleet of 221 vehicles by March 2021. It is expected to result in fewer deaths and serious injuries on our roads saving the state almost $31 million per year in road trauma-related costs. The technology is part of a more than $500 million investment from the Labor Government in new police technology, including 10,000 iPhones and iPad Minis to frontline police and Protective Services Officers and 11,000 body worn cameras. The Labor Government is also investing in an intelligence system upgrades for Victoria Police and a new 24-hour Police Assistance Line and Online Reporting portal. Ten new state-of-the-art Alcohol and Drug Test buses were delivered as part of a $15 million Victorian Budget 2015/16 investment to replace Victoria Police’s ageing fleet. These technology and equipment upgrades are supporting the Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero 2016-20 road safety strategy, which is delivering safer roads and protecting Victorian motorists. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “We’re equipping our Highway Patrol with the latest new technology that will remove unregistered vehicles and dangerous and unlicensed drivers from our roads even faster.” “This will not only make our roads safer, it will also help protect our police officers while they’re carrying out their duties of enforcing the law and keeping Victorian motorists safe.” “This is part of a massive technology boost and upgrade for Victoria Police as part of our record investments in new technology, specialist equipment and 3,135 new police delivered to communities across the state.”

 

Casey Fields Nets $5 Million For New Facilities

Soccer players in Casey are getting a major boost thanks to $5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Sport John Eren and Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today announced four football pitches and a new female friendly pavilion will be developed at Casey Fields thanks to the Labor Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution program. Record numbers of males and females are signing up to play football in Casey, but local clubs can’t keep up with the demand for pitches. This initiative will see the construction of one turf and three synthetic football pitches as part of the Casey Fields Regional Community Football Facilities project. Each field will include a coach’s box, electronic scoreboard, fencing and competition standard lighting. The pitches will be available for more hours a day, and the low maintenance synthetic pitches and can be used rain, hail or shine. A large pavilion will be developed with eight female friendly change rooms and umpire facilities, accessible change facilities and public amenities, storage, first aid and community areas, and an undercover spectator area. A 450 space car park will also be developed to help manage the growing number of users. Work on the project is scheduled to begin shortly, with the four pitches and pavilion expected to be ready for play in early 2020. The funding package is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria we've invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport and active recreation at all levels. Mr Eren and Mr Perera acknowledged Casey City Council for its commitment and significant financial contribution to this dedicated football facility. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “We’re investing $5 million to enable Casey’s passionate footballers to get out there and get active.” “Sports clubs are the heart and soul of local communities and we’re giving them the facilities they need to grow and welcome new members.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “This major development at Casey Fields will help address the shortfall of pitches in the surrounding area and give more locals the chance to play this great game.” “The four floodlit pitches will significantly expand opportunities for local clubs to schedule training and matches.”

Casey Fields Nets $5 Million For New Facilities

Soccer players in Casey are getting a major boost thanks to $5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Sport John Eren and Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today announced four football pitches and a new female friendly pavilion will be developed at Casey Fields thanks to the Labor Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution program. Record numbers of males and females are signing up to play football in Casey, but local clubs can’t keep up with the demand for pitches. This initiative will see the construction of one turf and three synthetic football pitches as part of the Casey Fields Regional Community Football Facilities project. Each field will include a coach’s box, electronic scoreboard, fencing and competition standard lighting. The pitches will be available for more hours a day, and the low maintenance synthetic pitches and can be used rain, hail or shine. A large pavilion will be developed with eight female friendly change rooms and umpire facilities, accessible change facilities and public amenities, storage, first aid and community areas, and an undercover spectator area. A 450 space car park will also be developed to help manage the growing number of users. Work on the project is scheduled to begin shortly, with the four pitches and pavilion expected to be ready for play in early 2020. The funding package is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria we've invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport and active recreation at all levels. Mr Eren and Mr Perera acknowledged Casey City Council for its commitment and significant financial contribution to this dedicated football facility. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “We’re investing $5 million to enable Casey’s passionate footballers to get out there and get active.” “Sports clubs are the heart and soul of local communities and we’re giving them the facilities they need to grow and welcome new members.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “This major development at Casey Fields will help address the shortfall of pitches in the surrounding area and give more locals the chance to play this great game.” “The four floodlit pitches will significantly expand opportunities for local clubs to schedule training and matches.”

Delivering More Skills And Training For Casey Students

Students from 21 secondary schools in Casey will now have access to the latest technology and industry linked learning programs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan and Narre Warren South Judith Graley to officially open the state-of-the-art Casey Tech School, the ninth of 10 to open under the Labor Government’s Tech School initiative. Casey Tech School will feature purpose-built spaces for students to collaborate, practice design thinking and participate in high-level problem solving, as well as design spaces where students get hands-on experience using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. The school’s programs will have a special focus on advanced manufacturing, biomedical and allied healthcare technologies and smart and sustainable cities, with students having access to a biomedical laboratory, robotics and a virtual reality laboratory as well as studios for video production and digital media. Designed by Spowers Architects and built by APM Group, the Tech School is located at Chisholm Institute’s Berwick campus and will used extensively by schools and the community. The high-tech, hands-on programs will be offered free to more than 22,000 students from the 21 government, catholic and independent schools and are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth, helping kids to learn about the jobs of the future. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino: “Through the Casey Tech School we’re giving students access to the latest technology and a chance to work on solving real-life problems provided by industry.” “The skills students learn here will be the perfect match for the jobs of the future.”

Delivering More Skills And Training For Casey Students

Students from 21 secondary schools in Casey will now have access to the latest technology and industry linked learning programs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan and Narre Warren South Judith Graley to officially open the state-of-the-art Casey Tech School, the ninth of 10 to open under the Labor Government’s Tech School initiative. Casey Tech School will feature purpose-built spaces for students to collaborate, practice design thinking and participate in high-level problem solving, as well as design spaces where students get hands-on experience using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. The school’s programs will have a special focus on advanced manufacturing, biomedical and allied healthcare technologies and smart and sustainable cities, with students having access to a biomedical laboratory, robotics and a virtual reality laboratory as well as studios for video production and digital media. Designed by Spowers Architects and built by APM Group, the Tech School is located at Chisholm Institute’s Berwick campus and will used extensively by schools and the community. The high-tech, hands-on programs will be offered free to more than 22,000 students from the 21 government, catholic and independent schools and are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth, helping kids to learn about the jobs of the future. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino: “Through the Casey Tech School we’re giving students access to the latest technology and a chance to work on solving real-life problems provided by industry.” “The skills students learn here will be the perfect match for the jobs of the future.”

New Specialist Police Vehicles

New specialist police vehicles will hit the road to help crack down on public order incidents, boosting police capacity to rapidly respond to hostile and violent crowds and riotous incidents. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Acting Superintendent Greg Barras to unveil four new and specialist transport vehicles for the Public Order Response Team (PORT). These vehicles are designed to fit an entire crew of PORT officers – including all of their protective gear, as well as their crowd control equipment. They can carry up to eight officers and mean that a PORT crew can travel to and from jobs together, giving police the flexibility to respond to incidents faster and more effectively. Previously, PORT officers were required to travel in SUVs to jobs, with two officers in each car, so they could fit in with all their equipment. PORT police are specially-trained to respond to crowd control issues, riot response, alcohol related anti-social behaviour, liquor licensing enforcement and out-of-control parties and brawls. They’re also brought in to assist with public safety, road policing and other local crime issues, if required. PORT officers work in partnership with other police units when a large coordinated response is required at short notice, and large numbers of officers are regularly deployed to high-risk sporting events in Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government has provided massive funding to the PORT’s numbers and new equipment to boost police’s response to public order incidents and events. An extra 40 PORT officers and four support staff are already in the ranks, as well as nine new vehicles, in addition to the four transport vehicles unveiled today. Police also recently unveiled new crowd control equipment including less-than-lethal weapons, such as pepperball guns, to help officers engage with violent people at a greater distance without needing to get involved in hand-to-hand confrontations. These new vehicles and equipment were funded in the Labor Government’s $596 million Public Safety Package in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. They are in addition to the unprecedented $2 billion investment for the Community Safety Statement which is funding 3,135 new police, new and upgraded police stations and residences, specialist technology and equipment. This stands in stark contrast to the former Liberal Government, who failed to invest in one single additional officer, cut $100 million from the Victoria Police budget and slashed 350 Victoria Police staff. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “The Public Order Response Team has been given a major boost, with 40 new staff, support officers, new equipment, and now new transport vehicles to help them respond to major incidents.” “These officers are on the scene first, so it’s essential they can get there quickly and have access to every tool they need to keep Victorians safe.” “These new vehicles will mean Public Order Response Team officers - and their specialist gear - can get on the ground faster.”

New Specialist Police Vehicles

New specialist police vehicles will hit the road to help crack down on public order incidents, boosting police capacity to rapidly respond to hostile and violent crowds and riotous incidents. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Acting Superintendent Greg Barras to unveil four new and specialist transport vehicles for the Public Order Response Team (PORT). These vehicles are designed to fit an entire crew of PORT officers – including all of their protective gear, as well as their crowd control equipment. They can carry up to eight officers and mean that a PORT crew can travel to and from jobs together, giving police the flexibility to respond to incidents faster and more effectively. Previously, PORT officers were required to travel in SUVs to jobs, with two officers in each car, so they could fit in with all their equipment. PORT police are specially-trained to respond to crowd control issues, riot response, alcohol related anti-social behaviour, liquor licensing enforcement and out-of-control parties and brawls. They’re also brought in to assist with public safety, road policing and other local crime issues, if required. PORT officers work in partnership with other police units when a large coordinated response is required at short notice, and large numbers of officers are regularly deployed to high-risk sporting events in Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government has provided massive funding to the PORT’s numbers and new equipment to boost police’s response to public order incidents and events. An extra 40 PORT officers and four support staff are already in the ranks, as well as nine new vehicles, in addition to the four transport vehicles unveiled today. Police also recently unveiled new crowd control equipment including less-than-lethal weapons, such as pepperball guns, to help officers engage with violent people at a greater distance without needing to get involved in hand-to-hand confrontations. These new vehicles and equipment were funded in the Labor Government’s $596 million Public Safety Package in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. They are in addition to the unprecedented $2 billion investment for the Community Safety Statement which is funding 3,135 new police, new and upgraded police stations and residences, specialist technology and equipment. This stands in stark contrast to the former Liberal Government, who failed to invest in one single additional officer, cut $100 million from the Victoria Police budget and slashed 350 Victoria Police staff. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “The Public Order Response Team has been given a major boost, with 40 new staff, support officers, new equipment, and now new transport vehicles to help them respond to major incidents.” “These officers are on the scene first, so it’s essential they can get there quickly and have access to every tool they need to keep Victorians safe.” “These new vehicles will mean Public Order Response Team officers - and their specialist gear - can get on the ground faster.”

More Public Sector Jobs For People With Disability

More Victorians living with disability will be supported to create a meaningful career in the public sector, as part of the state’s first disability employment action plan launched today. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the Getting to work action plan was the Victorian Public Sector’s blueprint for creating safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces free from discrimination. The plan includes attraction, recruitment, retention and progression strategies for people with disability, as well as ways to support prospective and existing employees with disability and their managers. Getting to work outlines 21 actions the government will take to lift the number of people with disability working in the public sector from four percent to six percent by 2020, and then to 12 percent by 2025, as part of a commitment in Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018–20. Initiatives include more pathways into the public sector for people with disability, equal access to flexible work arrangements for people with disability, and disability awareness and confidence training for more employees. As one of the state’s largest employers, the Victorian Government is a leader in the employment of people with disability, who bring valuable experience to the workplace and are motivated, reliable, and productive. For more information, or to read a copy of the plan, visit the Victorian Public Sector Commission website at https://vpsc.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We all want to do meaningful work that matters, and this plan will ensure more people with disability have greater access to employment opportunities.” “We are leading by example and removing employment barriers to help more people with disability to work in flexible and sustainable roles within the public sector.”

More Public Sector Jobs For People With Disability

More Victorians living with disability will be supported to create a meaningful career in the public sector, as part of the state’s first disability employment action plan launched today. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the Getting to work action plan was the Victorian Public Sector’s blueprint for creating safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces free from discrimination. The plan includes attraction, recruitment, retention and progression strategies for people with disability, as well as ways to support prospective and existing employees with disability and their managers. Getting to work outlines 21 actions the government will take to lift the number of people with disability working in the public sector from four percent to six percent by 2020, and then to 12 percent by 2025, as part of a commitment in Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018–20. Initiatives include more pathways into the public sector for people with disability, equal access to flexible work arrangements for people with disability, and disability awareness and confidence training for more employees. As one of the state’s largest employers, the Victorian Government is a leader in the employment of people with disability, who bring valuable experience to the workplace and are motivated, reliable, and productive. For more information, or to read a copy of the plan, visit the Victorian Public Sector Commission website at https://vpsc.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We all want to do meaningful work that matters, and this plan will ensure more people with disability have greater access to employment opportunities.” “We are leading by example and removing employment barriers to help more people with disability to work in flexible and sustainable roles within the public sector.”