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272,000 New Jobs And Counting

Three times the number of jobs have been created in Victoria under the Andrews Labor Government compared to the entire term of the previous Coalition Government, Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) data confirmed today. Since November 2014, Victoria’s employment has increased by 272,600 people or 9.4 per cent, the highest growth in Australia in both percentage and absolute terms. Of these jobs, 178,000 are full time. During the previous Coalition Government's term, only 94,000 jobs were created including just 26,000 full-time ones. Over the year to August 2017, Victoria’s employment rose by 95,500 people (+3.1 per cent), again the largest increase in absolute terms of all the states. During August alone, Victoria’s employment rose by 18,600 people, almost a third of all the jobs created across the nation. Victoria's participation rate also increased to 66.3 per cent in August 2017, setting a new high. The participation rate is a direct reflection of confidence in the labour market as more people enter the market, optimistic about their job prospects. Over the year to August, Victoria’s 95,500 new jobs were driven by both full-time (66,800 persons or +3.2 per cent) and part-time employment growth (28,600 persons or +2.9 per cent). Victoria’s female participation rate has also continued to increase over the year (1.8 percentage points to August) to reach a new record high of 60.7 per cent. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Since the election of the Labor Government, Victoria has bucked the national trend on jobs, thanks to our strong investments in infrastructure, whether it’s the Metro Tunnel or the removal of dangerous level crossings.” "More jobs for Victorians means more money in people’s pockets and less people out of work. This is about putting people first and ensuring that we are working hard to create the jobs and infrastructure needed.”

272,000 New Jobs And Counting

Three times the number of jobs have been created in Victoria under the Andrews Labor Government compared to the entire term of the previous Coalition Government, Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) data confirmed today. Since November 2014, Victoria’s employment has increased by 272,600 people or 9.4 per cent, the highest growth in Australia in both percentage and absolute terms. Of these jobs, 178,000 are full time. During the previous Coalition Government's term, only 94,000 jobs were created including just 26,000 full-time ones. Over the year to August 2017, Victoria’s employment rose by 95,500 people (+3.1 per cent), again the largest increase in absolute terms of all the states. During August alone, Victoria’s employment rose by 18,600 people, almost a third of all the jobs created across the nation. Victoria's participation rate also increased to 66.3 per cent in August 2017, setting a new high. The participation rate is a direct reflection of confidence in the labour market as more people enter the market, optimistic about their job prospects. Over the year to August, Victoria’s 95,500 new jobs were driven by both full-time (66,800 persons or +3.2 per cent) and part-time employment growth (28,600 persons or +2.9 per cent). Victoria’s female participation rate has also continued to increase over the year (1.8 percentage points to August) to reach a new record high of 60.7 per cent. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Since the election of the Labor Government, Victoria has bucked the national trend on jobs, thanks to our strong investments in infrastructure, whether it’s the Metro Tunnel or the removal of dangerous level crossings.” "More jobs for Victorians means more money in people’s pockets and less people out of work. This is about putting people first and ensuring that we are working hard to create the jobs and infrastructure needed.”

Sexual Assault Survivors To Receive Help At One-Stop Site

Survivors of sexual assault in the western suburbs will soon be able to report crimes to police, provide forensic samples, and receive support, counselling and child protection advice at the one site. The new centre at Werribee will provide survivors, many of who have also experienced family violence, a safe place to report crimes and receive the help they need without having to repeat their distressing story to numerous services. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited the site of the Wyndham Multi-disciplinary Centre, which is due to open in mid-2018, to check the progress of the building. The centre will be home to a Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT), Family Violence Team members, and forensic examiners, as well as Child Protection Practitioners, sexual assault counsellors, and a community nurse. Survivors will not have to move from service to service, nor building to building. Instead, the next steps in their journey will be down the hallway or in the next room. Better integration and co-location of services mean survivors experience more timely and accessible responses, and increased sensitivity and privacy. Survivors are also kept appraised of the legal status of their cases while engaged with other service providers. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 allocated $2.5 million to support the establishment of the centre, which will be the seventh of its type in Victoria. The other centres are in Dandenong, Seaford, Geelong, Mildura, Morwell and Bendigo. The funding for the centre was part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to respond to increased demand for services as a result of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We heard from evidence at the Royal Commission into Family Violence about the need to put victims first. This project helps achieve this for western Melbourne.” “This facility will provide services for women, children and young people in the western suburbs seeking support following sexual assault.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville "These Multi-Disciplinary Centres have made a huge difference for victims of family violence.  Having Victoria Police and other key service providers under one roof has improved the response and support for victims. " "You cannot separate out the issues of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. That is why it is so important that we have these services working together to ensure those impacted by family violence have the right supports and services in one place."

Sexual Assault Survivors To Receive Help At One-Stop Site

Survivors of sexual assault in the western suburbs will soon be able to report crimes to police, provide forensic samples, and receive support, counselling and child protection advice at the one site. The new centre at Werribee will provide survivors, many of who have also experienced family violence, a safe place to report crimes and receive the help they need without having to repeat their distressing story to numerous services. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited the site of the Wyndham Multi-disciplinary Centre, which is due to open in mid-2018, to check the progress of the building. The centre will be home to a Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT), Family Violence Team members, and forensic examiners, as well as Child Protection Practitioners, sexual assault counsellors, and a community nurse. Survivors will not have to move from service to service, nor building to building. Instead, the next steps in their journey will be down the hallway or in the next room. Better integration and co-location of services mean survivors experience more timely and accessible responses, and increased sensitivity and privacy. Survivors are also kept appraised of the legal status of their cases while engaged with other service providers. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 allocated $2.5 million to support the establishment of the centre, which will be the seventh of its type in Victoria. The other centres are in Dandenong, Seaford, Geelong, Mildura, Morwell and Bendigo. The funding for the centre was part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to respond to increased demand for services as a result of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We heard from evidence at the Royal Commission into Family Violence about the need to put victims first. This project helps achieve this for western Melbourne.” “This facility will provide services for women, children and young people in the western suburbs seeking support following sexual assault.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville "These Multi-Disciplinary Centres have made a huge difference for victims of family violence.  Having Victoria Police and other key service providers under one roof has improved the response and support for victims. " "You cannot separate out the issues of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. That is why it is so important that we have these services working together to ensure those impacted by family violence have the right supports and services in one place."

More Treatment And Research For Youth Mental Health

More treatment options for young people and greater research into youth mental health will become a reality with construction commencing on a state-of-the-art facility and additional funding announced today. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today turned the sod at the site in Parkville with representatives from Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the Orygen Youth Health program, which is operated by Melbourne Health and funded by the Andrews Labor Government. On completion the facility will house clinical, research, policy, education and training services to improve mental health outcomes for young people in Victoria. Orygen Youth Health provides comprehensive clinical services to young people aged 15–24 in the western and north-western areas of Melbourne. The new facilities will greatly improve access to services such as acute community based care, psychological treatments, psychosocial programs and peer and family support for up to 5,000 young people each year. With mental health the number one health issue facing young people, the building will also be home to research to find innovative future treatments and care for young people living with mental illness. It will also house world class education and training programs for the youth mental health workforce, delivering a wholly integrated mental health care facility. The Labor Government is providing $60 million towards the new facility at Parkville, and acknowledges the valued contributions of The Colonial Foundation, The University of Melbourne, the Ian Potter Foundation and the Australian Government towards the construction. The new facility is due to be completed in October 2018. Mr Foley also announced the Labor Government will provide an additional $8 million in funding to support the mental health of young people across the state through a range of interventions including early intervention and clinical community services. The Government is rebuilding Victoria’s mental health system with the Victorian Budget 2017/18 providing a record $325.7 million, supported by its 10-year mental health plan. For more information go to: www.orygen.org.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “Orygen have led the way when it comes to the best research and supporting young people – this new facility will take their work to the next level.” “It will not only provide more support to more young people, it will see once again Victoria leading the country when it comes to medical research.” “We know one in five Victorians experience an episode of mental illness – that’s why we’re providing targeted support to help young people achieve their best mental health.”

More Treatment And Research For Youth Mental Health

More treatment options for young people and greater research into youth mental health will become a reality with construction commencing on a state-of-the-art facility and additional funding announced today. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today turned the sod at the site in Parkville with representatives from Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the Orygen Youth Health program, which is operated by Melbourne Health and funded by the Andrews Labor Government. On completion the facility will house clinical, research, policy, education and training services to improve mental health outcomes for young people in Victoria. Orygen Youth Health provides comprehensive clinical services to young people aged 15–24 in the western and north-western areas of Melbourne. The new facilities will greatly improve access to services such as acute community based care, psychological treatments, psychosocial programs and peer and family support for up to 5,000 young people each year. With mental health the number one health issue facing young people, the building will also be home to research to find innovative future treatments and care for young people living with mental illness. It will also house world class education and training programs for the youth mental health workforce, delivering a wholly integrated mental health care facility. The Labor Government is providing $60 million towards the new facility at Parkville, and acknowledges the valued contributions of The Colonial Foundation, The University of Melbourne, the Ian Potter Foundation and the Australian Government towards the construction. The new facility is due to be completed in October 2018. Mr Foley also announced the Labor Government will provide an additional $8 million in funding to support the mental health of young people across the state through a range of interventions including early intervention and clinical community services. The Government is rebuilding Victoria’s mental health system with the Victorian Budget 2017/18 providing a record $325.7 million, supported by its 10-year mental health plan. For more information go to: www.orygen.org.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “Orygen have led the way when it comes to the best research and supporting young people – this new facility will take their work to the next level.” “It will not only provide more support to more young people, it will see once again Victoria leading the country when it comes to medical research.” “We know one in five Victorians experience an episode of mental illness – that’s why we’re providing targeted support to help young people achieve their best mental health.”

A Blueprint To Create Manufacturing Jobs Of The Future

The Andrews Labor Government will boost manufacturing, create highly skilled jobs and help businesses grow as part of a new industry strategy. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan joined manufacturers in Dandenong to unveil Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future. The strategy, backed by $12 million in new funding and initiatives, builds on the Labor Government’s successful programs to support manufacturing businesses and create new jobs. The statement sets out four key actions including: creating manufacturing jobs of the future helping small to medium businesses grow, innovate and capture new market opportunities strengthening the local supply chain taking Victorian companies to the world and finding export opportunities New initiatives will help manufacturers develop new products, improve training and skills, increase competitiveness and support export growth. The Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council, led by Ross Pilling, developed the strategy which features input from businesses, industry associations, unions and research organisations. The $18 million Future Industries Manufacturing Program has already supported more than 30 projects to create around 250 new jobs. Manufacturing employs more than 283,000 Victorians. In 2016, manufacturing experienced the fastest employment growth of any industry in Victoria with around 40,000 new jobs created. To access Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future, visit economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/advancing-manufacturing Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “Victoria is the home of manufacturing. This strategy is all about creating jobs of the future, growing businesses and taking Victorian innovation to the world.” “We look forward to rolling out the initiatives in this statement to drive a new era for the industry.” Quotes attributable to Chairman of Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council Ross Pilling “Manufacturing is one of Victoria’s great strengths.” “We have worked closely with industry to develop this strategy and ensure the sector is primed for future growth.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Dandenong is a nation-leading manufacturing hub supporting thousands of local jobs. We have to plan for the future of this industry, and that’s exactly what this statement is doing.”

A Blueprint To Create Manufacturing Jobs Of The Future

The Andrews Labor Government will boost manufacturing, create highly skilled jobs and help businesses grow as part of a new industry strategy. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan joined manufacturers in Dandenong to unveil Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future. The strategy, backed by $12 million in new funding and initiatives, builds on the Labor Government’s successful programs to support manufacturing businesses and create new jobs. The statement sets out four key actions including: creating manufacturing jobs of the future helping small to medium businesses grow, innovate and capture new market opportunities strengthening the local supply chain taking Victorian companies to the world and finding export opportunities New initiatives will help manufacturers develop new products, improve training and skills, increase competitiveness and support export growth. The Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council, led by Ross Pilling, developed the strategy which features input from businesses, industry associations, unions and research organisations. The $18 million Future Industries Manufacturing Program has already supported more than 30 projects to create around 250 new jobs. Manufacturing employs more than 283,000 Victorians. In 2016, manufacturing experienced the fastest employment growth of any industry in Victoria with around 40,000 new jobs created. To access Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future, visit economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/advancing-manufacturing Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “Victoria is the home of manufacturing. This strategy is all about creating jobs of the future, growing businesses and taking Victorian innovation to the world.” “We look forward to rolling out the initiatives in this statement to drive a new era for the industry.” Quotes attributable to Chairman of Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council Ross Pilling “Manufacturing is one of Victoria’s great strengths.” “We have worked closely with industry to develop this strategy and ensure the sector is primed for future growth.” Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Dandenong is a nation-leading manufacturing hub supporting thousands of local jobs. We have to plan for the future of this industry, and that’s exactly what this statement is doing.”

 

Celebrating Victorians Who Protect Children

Excellence in helping children by workers across the children, youth and families sector was recognised at the Victorian Protecting Children Awards, last night. The awards highlight the work being done to protect and ensure the wellbeing of some of the state’s most vulnerable. They provide an opportunity to acknowledge dedicated child protection staff, carers and community sector staff from across the state, along with family support and innovative educational programs, and contributions to child protection policy and practice. Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald received the Robin Clark Leadership Award, for his work supporting vulnerable children and families for almost 40 years. Mr McDonald has advised numerous state governments on youth policy and pioneered programs that target the unique needs of vulnerable young people. The Robin Clark Making a Difference Award went to Berry Street home-based care senior advisor Anita Pell for her efforts to promote foster caring and to strengthen the services available to them. These awards honour the memory of Robin Clark, a respected and inspirational leader in child, youth and family welfare. Other award winners include: Carer Award - Ms Kerryn and Mr Stephen Longmuir, Foster carers Minister’s Award for Innovative Care - Fiorina Castellan, Foster carer Education Initiative Award - Whitney Yip, Body Safety Australia co-founder Modelling a Generous Community Award - Natasha Anderson, Y-Change program and John Lorenzini, Youth Justice Centres independent visitor program volunteer Walda Blow Award - Emma Thomas, City of Casey Council; and CREATE Award – Lisa Cappola, Anglicare Victoria. A $3.1 million investment will strengthen the out-of-home care sector by recruiting and retaining more carers in Victoria, while the Andrews Labor Government’s $168 million Roadmap for Reform is shifting the children and family services system from crisis response to prevention and early intervention. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “I congratulate the winners and everyone who has been recognised – I know their stories will inspire others to continue on the journey in caring for Victoria’s vulnerable children.” “These awards show just some of the innovative ways people in the community are protecting children, which is everyone’s responsibility.” “There is no greater calling than protecting vulnerable children, this work is difficult but emotionally rewarding. Tonight we offer recognition for this commitment.”

Celebrating Victorians Who Protect Children

Excellence in helping children by workers across the children, youth and families sector was recognised at the Victorian Protecting Children Awards, last night. The awards highlight the work being done to protect and ensure the wellbeing of some of the state’s most vulnerable. They provide an opportunity to acknowledge dedicated child protection staff, carers and community sector staff from across the state, along with family support and innovative educational programs, and contributions to child protection policy and practice. Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald received the Robin Clark Leadership Award, for his work supporting vulnerable children and families for almost 40 years. Mr McDonald has advised numerous state governments on youth policy and pioneered programs that target the unique needs of vulnerable young people. The Robin Clark Making a Difference Award went to Berry Street home-based care senior advisor Anita Pell for her efforts to promote foster caring and to strengthen the services available to them. These awards honour the memory of Robin Clark, a respected and inspirational leader in child, youth and family welfare. Other award winners include: Carer Award - Ms Kerryn and Mr Stephen Longmuir, Foster carers Minister’s Award for Innovative Care - Fiorina Castellan, Foster carer Education Initiative Award - Whitney Yip, Body Safety Australia co-founder Modelling a Generous Community Award - Natasha Anderson, Y-Change program and John Lorenzini, Youth Justice Centres independent visitor program volunteer Walda Blow Award - Emma Thomas, City of Casey Council; and CREATE Award – Lisa Cappola, Anglicare Victoria. A $3.1 million investment will strengthen the out-of-home care sector by recruiting and retaining more carers in Victoria, while the Andrews Labor Government’s $168 million Roadmap for Reform is shifting the children and family services system from crisis response to prevention and early intervention. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “I congratulate the winners and everyone who has been recognised – I know their stories will inspire others to continue on the journey in caring for Victoria’s vulnerable children.” “These awards show just some of the innovative ways people in the community are protecting children, which is everyone’s responsibility.” “There is no greater calling than protecting vulnerable children, this work is difficult but emotionally rewarding. Tonight we offer recognition for this commitment.”

Victoria A World Leader In Fight Against Drugs In Racing

The Andrews Labor Government is ramping up the fight against performance-enhancing substances in racing, with a $1.6 million investment in a world-class drug testing laboratory in Flemington. The Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) laboratory takes blood, hair and urine samples from race horses and greyhounds to test for prohibited substances. The laboratory carries out more than 50,000 tests each year and its equipment is capable of detecting hundreds of different banned substances – including peptides, proteins and cobalt. The funding will go towards sophisticated new machinery and equipment to ensure Racing Analytical Services laboratory remains at the cutting edge of drug screening in Australia and internationally. It is one of only five laboratories in the world to meet strict drug testing expertise standards recommended by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. The three Victorian racing codes – thoroughbred, harness, and greyhound racing – have increased their testing by more than 50 per cent over the past three years. In the 2016-17 thoroughbred racing season, 14,140 samples were analysed for prohibited substances in Victoria and a total of 3,468 blood and urine samples were analysed during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival. On average, 50 per cent of the starters across metropolitan race meetings were tested during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival. The investment will help to protect the integrity of the racing industry which generates more than $2.8 billion for the economy and helps to sustain more than 26,500 full-time jobs. The announcement today builds on the Labor Government’s $1.5 million contribution throughout 2015 and 2016 to support research and upgrade equipment at the laboratory. Since 2014, the Labor Government has delivered more than $3.1 million through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. The Racing Analytical Services laboratory is matching the Government’s contribution dollar for dollar. Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “The integrity of racing is paramount – the industry employs tens of thousands of people and generates billions of dollars for the Victorian economy.” “RASL is a global leader when it comes to research and drug testing in racing. This funding will help to ensure the laboratory can keep up with emerging trends in international doping.” Quote attributable to Member for Essendon Danny Pearson “This investment will ensure Flemington continues to be home to one of the world’s best laboratories for racing.” Quote attributable to Racing Analytical Services Limited Chairman Dr John McCaffrey “We are delighted the Victorian Government is continuing its partnership with RASL, to help enable us to meet the ongoing challenge of staying at the forefront of drug testing in racing and maintain our world-class reputation.”

Victoria A World Leader In Fight Against Drugs In Racing

The Andrews Labor Government is ramping up the fight against performance-enhancing substances in racing, with a $1.6 million investment in a world-class drug testing laboratory in Flemington. The Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) laboratory takes blood, hair and urine samples from race horses and greyhounds to test for prohibited substances. The laboratory carries out more than 50,000 tests each year and its equipment is capable of detecting hundreds of different banned substances – including peptides, proteins and cobalt. The funding will go towards sophisticated new machinery and equipment to ensure Racing Analytical Services laboratory remains at the cutting edge of drug screening in Australia and internationally. It is one of only five laboratories in the world to meet strict drug testing expertise standards recommended by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. The three Victorian racing codes – thoroughbred, harness, and greyhound racing – have increased their testing by more than 50 per cent over the past three years. In the 2016-17 thoroughbred racing season, 14,140 samples were analysed for prohibited substances in Victoria and a total of 3,468 blood and urine samples were analysed during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival. On average, 50 per cent of the starters across metropolitan race meetings were tested during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival. The investment will help to protect the integrity of the racing industry which generates more than $2.8 billion for the economy and helps to sustain more than 26,500 full-time jobs. The announcement today builds on the Labor Government’s $1.5 million contribution throughout 2015 and 2016 to support research and upgrade equipment at the laboratory. Since 2014, the Labor Government has delivered more than $3.1 million through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund. The Racing Analytical Services laboratory is matching the Government’s contribution dollar for dollar. Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula “The integrity of racing is paramount – the industry employs tens of thousands of people and generates billions of dollars for the Victorian economy.” “RASL is a global leader when it comes to research and drug testing in racing. This funding will help to ensure the laboratory can keep up with emerging trends in international doping.” Quote attributable to Member for Essendon Danny Pearson “This investment will ensure Flemington continues to be home to one of the world’s best laboratories for racing.” Quote attributable to Racing Analytical Services Limited Chairman Dr John McCaffrey “We are delighted the Victorian Government is continuing its partnership with RASL, to help enable us to meet the ongoing challenge of staying at the forefront of drug testing in racing and maintain our world-class reputation.”

Cracking Down On Synthetic Drugs And Drug Dealing

The Andrews Labor Government last night passed tough new laws banning synthetic drugs and increasing the penalties for ice dealers. From 1 November, it will be illegal to produce, sell or advertise any substances that have a psychoactive effect, including synthetic cannabinoids. Not only do these changes ban the sale and advertising of these drugs, this Act will also ensure that current police search, seizure and forfeiture powers will apply to psychoactive drugs. Tough new penalties will apply to anyone peddling these drugs, including up to two years in prison or more than $38,000 in fines. Synthetic drugs are designed to mimic the effects of illicit drugs like cannabis and ecstasy, while trying to avoid existing drug control measures. They have been linked to hospital emergency admissions and three Victorian deaths over a four-month period between 2013 and 2014. The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2017 also includes amendments to crack down on ice dealers. Dealers will soon face significantly longer sentences with the government cutting: The large commercial traffickable quantities for methylamphetamine from 750g to 500g (when pure) and from 1kg to 750g (when mixed) The commercial traffickable quantities for methylamphetamine from 100g to 50g (when pure) and from 500g to 250g (when mixed). The Labor Government’s $184 million Ice Action Plan is expanding treatment services, providing more support for families, protecting frontline workers, and giving extra powers to close down manufacturers and make our community safer. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “Synthetic drugs are dangerous chemical cocktails masquerading as legal highs. These new offences will put an end to their legal presence on Victorian streets.” “Anyone peddling these life-threatening psychoactive drugs now faces tough punishment including two years jail or more than $37,000 in fines.” “We are giving police the power to put away ice dealers for longer by reducing the amount of ice required for commercial drug trafficking offences.”

Cracking Down On Synthetic Drugs And Drug Dealing

The Andrews Labor Government last night passed tough new laws banning synthetic drugs and increasing the penalties for ice dealers. From 1 November, it will be illegal to produce, sell or advertise any substances that have a psychoactive effect, including synthetic cannabinoids. Not only do these changes ban the sale and advertising of these drugs, this Act will also ensure that current police search, seizure and forfeiture powers will apply to psychoactive drugs. Tough new penalties will apply to anyone peddling these drugs, including up to two years in prison or more than $38,000 in fines. Synthetic drugs are designed to mimic the effects of illicit drugs like cannabis and ecstasy, while trying to avoid existing drug control measures. They have been linked to hospital emergency admissions and three Victorian deaths over a four-month period between 2013 and 2014. The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2017 also includes amendments to crack down on ice dealers. Dealers will soon face significantly longer sentences with the government cutting: The large commercial traffickable quantities for methylamphetamine from 750g to 500g (when pure) and from 1kg to 750g (when mixed) The commercial traffickable quantities for methylamphetamine from 100g to 50g (when pure) and from 500g to 250g (when mixed). The Labor Government’s $184 million Ice Action Plan is expanding treatment services, providing more support for families, protecting frontline workers, and giving extra powers to close down manufacturers and make our community safer. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “Synthetic drugs are dangerous chemical cocktails masquerading as legal highs. These new offences will put an end to their legal presence on Victorian streets.” “Anyone peddling these life-threatening psychoactive drugs now faces tough punishment including two years jail or more than $37,000 in fines.” “We are giving police the power to put away ice dealers for longer by reducing the amount of ice required for commercial drug trafficking offences.”

Expert Team To Design Youth Justice Centre

Expert architecture and design firm HDR will bring their experience designing youth justice centres around the world to Victoria. HDR has been appointed the principal consultant on the new youth justice centre at Cherry Creek, the next major step in the development of the new centre, which is set to open in 2021. HDR will work with expert stakeholders through the Youth Justice Redevelopment Project team to develop the design and master plan for the new centre. The team from HDR has extensive international experience in designing state-of-the-art youth justice and correctional facilities. They have a strong focus on both security and rehabilitation. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $288 million for the new high security centre, which will include an intensive supervision unit, 224 beds for remand and sentenced clients and a mental health unit. Work will now begin on pre-design and master planning. The Government has released a tender to appoint a managing contractor to work with the principal consultant during the design and construction phases. The design of the new youth justice centre will be informed by a range of youth justice experts and stakeholders. It will also incorporate design elements outlined in the Comrie and Armytage/Ogloff reviews into Victoria’s youth justice system. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “This is the next important step in rebuilding Victoria’s youth justice system. This new facility will be a world class, high security, rehabilitative facility, designed by an expert team.” “We’re getting on with this vital project to help keep staff, young offenders and the community safe.” “I look forward to working with the team at HDR to deliver the most secure youth justice facility ever built in this state.”

Expert Team To Design Youth Justice Centre

Expert architecture and design firm HDR will bring their experience designing youth justice centres around the world to Victoria. HDR has been appointed the principal consultant on the new youth justice centre at Cherry Creek, the next major step in the development of the new centre, which is set to open in 2021. HDR will work with expert stakeholders through the Youth Justice Redevelopment Project team to develop the design and master plan for the new centre. The team from HDR has extensive international experience in designing state-of-the-art youth justice and correctional facilities. They have a strong focus on both security and rehabilitation. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $288 million for the new high security centre, which will include an intensive supervision unit, 224 beds for remand and sentenced clients and a mental health unit. Work will now begin on pre-design and master planning. The Government has released a tender to appoint a managing contractor to work with the principal consultant during the design and construction phases. The design of the new youth justice centre will be informed by a range of youth justice experts and stakeholders. It will also incorporate design elements outlined in the Comrie and Armytage/Ogloff reviews into Victoria’s youth justice system. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “This is the next important step in rebuilding Victoria’s youth justice system. This new facility will be a world class, high security, rehabilitative facility, designed by an expert team.” “We’re getting on with this vital project to help keep staff, young offenders and the community safe.” “I look forward to working with the team at HDR to deliver the most secure youth justice facility ever built in this state.”