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Celebrating The Achievements Of Victorian Children

The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Victorian children by holding free and fun activities as part of Children’s Week 2018. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today invited not-for-profit organisations and local councils to apply for funding to help cover the costs of hosting an activity or event. Children’s Week will run from 20 to 28 October and is an annual celebration to recognise the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children by offering free activities for Victorian families. Grants of up to $1,000 can be used for costs associated with running an activity such as entertainment, performing artists, craft materials, children’s prizes or administrative costs. The activity must be offered free to Victorian families with a child aged up to 12 or to early childhood services and schools. This year’s theme is based on Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account. Applications close at 5pm on 7 September, 2018. For more information, visit education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “Children’s Week is a terrific celebration of all children across Victoria which recognises their talents, skills, achievements as well as their right to learn, be safe and grow up happy and healthy.” “We want to make Children’s Week 2018 one to remember, which is why we’re supporting local organisations host free activities across the state for families to enjoy.”

Celebrating The Achievements Of Victorian Children

The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Victorian children by holding free and fun activities as part of Children’s Week 2018. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today invited not-for-profit organisations and local councils to apply for funding to help cover the costs of hosting an activity or event. Children’s Week will run from 20 to 28 October and is an annual celebration to recognise the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children by offering free activities for Victorian families. Grants of up to $1,000 can be used for costs associated with running an activity such as entertainment, performing artists, craft materials, children’s prizes or administrative costs. The activity must be offered free to Victorian families with a child aged up to 12 or to early childhood services and schools. This year’s theme is based on Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account. Applications close at 5pm on 7 September, 2018. For more information, visit education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “Children’s Week is a terrific celebration of all children across Victoria which recognises their talents, skills, achievements as well as their right to learn, be safe and grow up happy and healthy.” “We want to make Children’s Week 2018 one to remember, which is why we’re supporting local organisations host free activities across the state for families to enjoy.”

Protecting More Victorians From Measles

Victorians will be better protected from the deadly threat of measles thanks to a suite of vaccination reforms being introduced by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccination would soon be accessible just by visiting the local pharmacy – without the need to first visit a doctor. It’s the latest key vaccination Victorians will be able to access at their local pharmacy, after the Labor Government made the flu shot and whooping cough vaccine available in 2016. More than 87 per cent of Victorians live within two-and-a-half kilometres of a pharmacy. Vaccinations at pharmacies have been so successful that the Labor Government will soon make it available to more Victorians – lowering the eligible age from 18 to 16. The Labor Government will also introduce a measles vaccination blitz, so that eligible adult Victorians who need the vaccination most will be able to get the vaccine free of charge from a pharmacy – or other immunisation providers.  As with other pharmacist vaccinations, while the vaccine will be free, a small service charge may apply. While most Victorians born prior to 1966 are considered immune to measles, those born later require two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccination to be adequately protected. Most younger Victorians received their vaccinations at school or as part of their childhood immunisation schedule, but many adult Victorians – especially those born between the late 1960s and 1980s - remain unvaccinated or only partially immune. Measles can also spread rapidly if unvaccinated travellers import the disease from overseas trips to places such as Bali, where measles is common. More than 42,000 Victorians have accessed the flu and whooping cough shots at their local pharmacy since the Labor Government introduced the program in 2016 at more than 350 pharmacies across the state. The Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program was cruelly axed by the former Liberal Government, before being reintroduced by the Labor Government in 2015. Its return saw the number of whooping cough cases drop by more than 50 per cent in two years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We’re making the measles vaccination available at pharmacies, making it free for those who need it most, and ensuring younger Victorians can get the vaccinations they need – without needing an appointment with a GP.” “Nearly 90 per cent of us live just a short walk or drive from a pharmacy, so this will make getting vaccinated against the measles just as easy as the flu or whooping cough.” “The Liberals cruelly axed the parents’ whooping cough vaccination – they cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in Government, and they’ll do it again if they get the chance.”

Protecting More Victorians From Measles

Victorians will be better protected from the deadly threat of measles thanks to a suite of vaccination reforms being introduced by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccination would soon be accessible just by visiting the local pharmacy – without the need to first visit a doctor. It’s the latest key vaccination Victorians will be able to access at their local pharmacy, after the Labor Government made the flu shot and whooping cough vaccine available in 2016. More than 87 per cent of Victorians live within two-and-a-half kilometres of a pharmacy. Vaccinations at pharmacies have been so successful that the Labor Government will soon make it available to more Victorians – lowering the eligible age from 18 to 16. The Labor Government will also introduce a measles vaccination blitz, so that eligible adult Victorians who need the vaccination most will be able to get the vaccine free of charge from a pharmacy – or other immunisation providers.  As with other pharmacist vaccinations, while the vaccine will be free, a small service charge may apply. While most Victorians born prior to 1966 are considered immune to measles, those born later require two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccination to be adequately protected. Most younger Victorians received their vaccinations at school or as part of their childhood immunisation schedule, but many adult Victorians – especially those born between the late 1960s and 1980s - remain unvaccinated or only partially immune. Measles can also spread rapidly if unvaccinated travellers import the disease from overseas trips to places such as Bali, where measles is common. More than 42,000 Victorians have accessed the flu and whooping cough shots at their local pharmacy since the Labor Government introduced the program in 2016 at more than 350 pharmacies across the state. The Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program was cruelly axed by the former Liberal Government, before being reintroduced by the Labor Government in 2015. Its return saw the number of whooping cough cases drop by more than 50 per cent in two years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “We’re making the measles vaccination available at pharmacies, making it free for those who need it most, and ensuring younger Victorians can get the vaccinations they need – without needing an appointment with a GP.” “Nearly 90 per cent of us live just a short walk or drive from a pharmacy, so this will make getting vaccinated against the measles just as easy as the flu or whooping cough.” “The Liberals cruelly axed the parents’ whooping cough vaccination – they cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in Government, and they’ll do it again if they get the chance.”

Locking In Minimum Pay Rates For Tip Truck Owner Drivers

Tip truck owner-drivers working on new government contracts will receive mandatory minimum pay rates for the first time thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Treasurer Tim Pallas today announced that the mandatory minimum rates would apply to all Victorian Government construction projects where contracts are yet to be awarded, ensuring tip truck drivers get the decent and fair pay they are entitled to. The Labor Government will use pay schedules approved by the Transport Industry Council to ensure a consistent approach across the tip truck sector. These schedules provide a basis for determining appropriate rates which can be adjusted to address site specific safety or working requirements. To maintain flexibility in contracting arrangements, tip truck owner-drivers will be able to receive hourly or contract rates. Better wages and income certainty will reduce economic factors that encourage owner drivers to engage in unsafe driving practices – like driving for too long without a rest – that compromise safety for all road users. Government agencies will enforce mandatory minimum pay rates through their contract management processes. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This significant breakthrough will make life easier for hard-working owner drivers – ensuring they are paid properly for the important work they do.” “Better pay will reduce the incentive to drive long hours just to make ends meet, improving safety for everyone on our roads.” “We’re ensuring tip truck owner-drivers share in the prosperity our pipeline of construction projects is creating across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “We know that we need to attract more people into the industry and improve standards, that’s why we’re investing in a review into driver training and standards and working with industry on training programs.”

Locking In Minimum Pay Rates For Tip Truck Owner Drivers

Tip truck owner-drivers working on new government contracts will receive mandatory minimum pay rates for the first time thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Treasurer Tim Pallas today announced that the mandatory minimum rates would apply to all Victorian Government construction projects where contracts are yet to be awarded, ensuring tip truck drivers get the decent and fair pay they are entitled to. The Labor Government will use pay schedules approved by the Transport Industry Council to ensure a consistent approach across the tip truck sector. These schedules provide a basis for determining appropriate rates which can be adjusted to address site specific safety or working requirements. To maintain flexibility in contracting arrangements, tip truck owner-drivers will be able to receive hourly or contract rates. Better wages and income certainty will reduce economic factors that encourage owner drivers to engage in unsafe driving practices – like driving for too long without a rest – that compromise safety for all road users. Government agencies will enforce mandatory minimum pay rates through their contract management processes. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “This significant breakthrough will make life easier for hard-working owner drivers – ensuring they are paid properly for the important work they do.” “Better pay will reduce the incentive to drive long hours just to make ends meet, improving safety for everyone on our roads.” “We’re ensuring tip truck owner-drivers share in the prosperity our pipeline of construction projects is creating across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “We know that we need to attract more people into the industry and improve standards, that’s why we’re investing in a review into driver training and standards and working with industry on training programs.”

Women Leaders Gather To Stop Sexual Harassment

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to support initiatives to stop sexual harassment in Victorian Workplaces. Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today joined other women leaders to launch Not in My Workplace. Not in My Workplace is a collective of senior women leaders working together to assist boards and senior management bodies to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. Not in My Workplace will also focus on shifting the conversation from awareness of workplace harassment and abuse, towards practical strategies businesses can put in place to create cultures of respect and fairness. Movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and now #NotInMyWorkplace have brought to light the systemic sexual harassment and abuse experienced by women in Victoria, Australia and around the world. Support for initiatives like Not in My Workplace are driven by Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy and Free from violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women. Together these strategies provide a framework for driving the change required to reduce violence against women and promote gender equality. Quotes attributable to Minister for Women, Natalie Hutchins “Not in My Workplace and movements like it are calling out the culture of sexual harassment and abuse - because it’s not ok, it never has been.” “Women’s movements online are calling for gender equality now, and I am proud to say that the Andrews Labor Government is with them.”

Women Leaders Gather To Stop Sexual Harassment

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to support initiatives to stop sexual harassment in Victorian Workplaces. Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today joined other women leaders to launch Not in My Workplace. Not in My Workplace is a collective of senior women leaders working together to assist boards and senior management bodies to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. Not in My Workplace will also focus on shifting the conversation from awareness of workplace harassment and abuse, towards practical strategies businesses can put in place to create cultures of respect and fairness. Movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and now #NotInMyWorkplace have brought to light the systemic sexual harassment and abuse experienced by women in Victoria, Australia and around the world. Support for initiatives like Not in My Workplace are driven by Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy and Free from violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women. Together these strategies provide a framework for driving the change required to reduce violence against women and promote gender equality. Quotes attributable to Minister for Women, Natalie Hutchins “Not in My Workplace and movements like it are calling out the culture of sexual harassment and abuse - because it’s not ok, it never has been.” “Women’s movements online are calling for gender equality now, and I am proud to say that the Andrews Labor Government is with them.”

 

Local Jobs First Now The Law

The Andrews Labor Government’s flagship local jobs policies have been enshrined in law with the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (Local Jobs First) Amendment Bill passing Parliament today/tonight. The Bill mandates minimum local content on major projects, including a 90 per cent minimum on construction projects – which will create more jobs for Victorians and supports local industry. It comes in response to the Premier’s Job Summit in 2017 and enshrines the Labor Government’s flagship local jobs policies – the Victorian Industry Participation Policy and the Major Projects Skills Guarantee – in law. The legislation also establishes the Local Jobs First Commissioner, who will advocate for businesses and workers, so they get a greater share of government projects. The Commissioner will also oversee compliance of local content and workforce commitments. The Bill builds on the Labor Government’s reforms to industry participation including reducing the Strategic Projects threshold from $100 million to $50 million. The Labor Government has already set local content requirements for 88 strategic projects – worth $55 billion - including level crossing removals and the Metro Tunnel, compared to just eight projects set under the Liberals. In addition, there are new requirement on all government agencies to buy local uniforms and locally-manufactured personal protective equipment – such as high-vis vests, hard hats and safety goggles – where possible, instead of importing gear from overseas. With such a large infrastructure program, the opportunities for local businesses and workers from government procurement have never been better. The highly successful Major Project Skills Guarantee has already helped more than 1,200 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets kickstart their careers, completing more than 1 million labour hours on 52 projects. For more information, visit localjobsfirst.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll  “We said we’d put local workers and businesses first and that’s exactly what we’ve done with this Bill.” “As we remove level crossings, build roads, schools and hospitals, deliver new trains, trams and buses we are using our purchasing power to put local jobs and local businesses first.” “We’re leading the nation with our local content laws – which ensures the products, like steel and concrete, used on our major projects are local and apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets do at least 10 per cent of the work. These laws are the strongest in the country – benefitting local businesses and local workers.”

Local Jobs First Now The Law

The Andrews Labor Government’s flagship local jobs policies have been enshrined in law with the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (Local Jobs First) Amendment Bill passing Parliament today/tonight. The Bill mandates minimum local content on major projects, including a 90 per cent minimum on construction projects – which will create more jobs for Victorians and supports local industry. It comes in response to the Premier’s Job Summit in 2017 and enshrines the Labor Government’s flagship local jobs policies – the Victorian Industry Participation Policy and the Major Projects Skills Guarantee – in law. The legislation also establishes the Local Jobs First Commissioner, who will advocate for businesses and workers, so they get a greater share of government projects. The Commissioner will also oversee compliance of local content and workforce commitments. The Bill builds on the Labor Government’s reforms to industry participation including reducing the Strategic Projects threshold from $100 million to $50 million. The Labor Government has already set local content requirements for 88 strategic projects – worth $55 billion - including level crossing removals and the Metro Tunnel, compared to just eight projects set under the Liberals. In addition, there are new requirement on all government agencies to buy local uniforms and locally-manufactured personal protective equipment – such as high-vis vests, hard hats and safety goggles – where possible, instead of importing gear from overseas. With such a large infrastructure program, the opportunities for local businesses and workers from government procurement have never been better. The highly successful Major Project Skills Guarantee has already helped more than 1,200 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets kickstart their careers, completing more than 1 million labour hours on 52 projects. For more information, visit localjobsfirst.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll  “We said we’d put local workers and businesses first and that’s exactly what we’ve done with this Bill.” “As we remove level crossings, build roads, schools and hospitals, deliver new trains, trams and buses we are using our purchasing power to put local jobs and local businesses first.” “We’re leading the nation with our local content laws – which ensures the products, like steel and concrete, used on our major projects are local and apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets do at least 10 per cent of the work. These laws are the strongest in the country – benefitting local businesses and local workers.”

Works Continue On The Cranbourne Line

Cranbourne line passengers will experience a more robust, reliable and frequent service thanks to one of Melbourne’s biggest ever upgrades to a working rail line. We know there are delays and cancellations on the Cranbourne line, which is why the Andrews Labor Government is undertaking $15 billion worth of work to improve services, including building the Metro Tunnel and removing 11 dangerous and congested level crossings. A massive, long-overdue revamp of power and signalling along the entire length of the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines is continuing this week as part of an 11-day construction blitz which began last Saturday and will run through until 14 August. Enough communications cabling to run all the way from Melbourne to Sydney is being installed as part of the 80-kilometre overhaul, supporting a modernised signalling system. These works also include track work to improve the tangled rail junction at Dandenong – a crucial first step towards the duplication of track through Lynbrook, Merinda Park and Cranbourne. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 committed to detailed planning towards the duplication of track between Dandenong and Cranbourne to remove the bottleneck created by the current single track. This planning process, already underway, is part of a $572 million upgrade package for Melbourne’s busiest corridor. The Labor Government will get this planning right - unlike the Victorian Liberals botched plan to extend to Clyde without duplicating which will just mean more congestion, delays and cancellations. Not only is it a display of poor planning but it’s also massively underfunded. Just getting rid of the 4 level crossings they have promised will consume the entire $487 million they have allocated. Building bigger trains, removing level crossings and fixing signalling are all part of a broader plan to transform the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines into a ‘super corridor’, with bigger, more frequent trains running all the way out to Sunbury via the Metro Tunnel. A new metropolitan train timetable, kicking off on 26 August, will incorporate ten extra weekday services from Cranbourne and 80 extra new or extended services on the Caulfield-Dandenong corridor. The Cranbourne and Pakenham lines are Melbourne’s busiest, used by more than 90,000 passengers per day. More information bigbuild.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “With $15 billion of work underway - we’re delivering for the people of Cranbourne by getting on with projects that will get them home safer and sooner.” “The greatest threat to this community is Matthew Guy and his botched project - underfunded, poorly planned and given their previous form unlikely to happen.” “The Victorian Liberals have promised communities public transport projects in the past - and delivered nothing.”

Works Continue On The Cranbourne Line

Cranbourne line passengers will experience a more robust, reliable and frequent service thanks to one of Melbourne’s biggest ever upgrades to a working rail line. We know there are delays and cancellations on the Cranbourne line, which is why the Andrews Labor Government is undertaking $15 billion worth of work to improve services, including building the Metro Tunnel and removing 11 dangerous and congested level crossings. A massive, long-overdue revamp of power and signalling along the entire length of the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines is continuing this week as part of an 11-day construction blitz which began last Saturday and will run through until 14 August. Enough communications cabling to run all the way from Melbourne to Sydney is being installed as part of the 80-kilometre overhaul, supporting a modernised signalling system. These works also include track work to improve the tangled rail junction at Dandenong – a crucial first step towards the duplication of track through Lynbrook, Merinda Park and Cranbourne. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 committed to detailed planning towards the duplication of track between Dandenong and Cranbourne to remove the bottleneck created by the current single track. This planning process, already underway, is part of a $572 million upgrade package for Melbourne’s busiest corridor. The Labor Government will get this planning right - unlike the Victorian Liberals botched plan to extend to Clyde without duplicating which will just mean more congestion, delays and cancellations. Not only is it a display of poor planning but it’s also massively underfunded. Just getting rid of the 4 level crossings they have promised will consume the entire $487 million they have allocated. Building bigger trains, removing level crossings and fixing signalling are all part of a broader plan to transform the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines into a ‘super corridor’, with bigger, more frequent trains running all the way out to Sunbury via the Metro Tunnel. A new metropolitan train timetable, kicking off on 26 August, will incorporate ten extra weekday services from Cranbourne and 80 extra new or extended services on the Caulfield-Dandenong corridor. The Cranbourne and Pakenham lines are Melbourne’s busiest, used by more than 90,000 passengers per day. More information bigbuild.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “With $15 billion of work underway - we’re delivering for the people of Cranbourne by getting on with projects that will get them home safer and sooner.” “The greatest threat to this community is Matthew Guy and his botched project - underfunded, poorly planned and given their previous form unlikely to happen.” “The Victorian Liberals have promised communities public transport projects in the past - and delivered nothing.”

World-Leading Pilot For Students With Disabilities

More than 100 schools across Victoria are taking part in a world-leading pilot to better assess the learning needs of students with disabilities and additional needs. Minister for Education James Merlino today unveiled the trial of the revolutionary approach to understanding the educational needs of the students. The new assessment places the student at the centre of the process, focusing on their strengths and functional needs to identify adjustments and supports at the school level. The innovative assessment – drawing on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health developed by the World Health Organisation – shifts the focus away from a student’s medical diagnosis to their educational needs. It was also a key recommendation in the comprehensive 2016 review of the Program for Students with Disabilities. The review found that a strength-based approach would maximise the independence and achievement of students with disabilities. A range of primary, secondary, combined and specialist schools across both metropolitan and regional locations are involved in the six-month pilot. Today’s announcement builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make Victoria the national leader in inclusive education. This includes a $232.8 million package in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 of inclusive education initiatives for students with a disability and/or additional learning needs. The Labor Government has also invested more than $167 million to re-build, expand and upgrade 43 Victorian special schools over our four budgets. Supporting students and young people with disabilities and additional needs, and strengthening inclusive education is a fundamental part of building an equitable and excellent education system for all. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Building the Education State means creating an inclusive education system that gives students of all abilities the chance to succeed and thrive in school and life.” “It’s vital that our schools inspire a lifelong passion for learning and having a disability or additional need shouldn’t be a barrier to that.”

World-Leading Pilot For Students With Disabilities

More than 100 schools across Victoria are taking part in a world-leading pilot to better assess the learning needs of students with disabilities and additional needs. Minister for Education James Merlino today unveiled the trial of the revolutionary approach to understanding the educational needs of the students. The new assessment places the student at the centre of the process, focusing on their strengths and functional needs to identify adjustments and supports at the school level. The innovative assessment – drawing on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health developed by the World Health Organisation – shifts the focus away from a student’s medical diagnosis to their educational needs. It was also a key recommendation in the comprehensive 2016 review of the Program for Students with Disabilities. The review found that a strength-based approach would maximise the independence and achievement of students with disabilities. A range of primary, secondary, combined and specialist schools across both metropolitan and regional locations are involved in the six-month pilot. Today’s announcement builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make Victoria the national leader in inclusive education. This includes a $232.8 million package in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 of inclusive education initiatives for students with a disability and/or additional learning needs. The Labor Government has also invested more than $167 million to re-build, expand and upgrade 43 Victorian special schools over our four budgets. Supporting students and young people with disabilities and additional needs, and strengthening inclusive education is a fundamental part of building an equitable and excellent education system for all. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Building the Education State means creating an inclusive education system that gives students of all abilities the chance to succeed and thrive in school and life.” “It’s vital that our schools inspire a lifelong passion for learning and having a disability or additional need shouldn’t be a barrier to that.”

Ambulance And Surgery Wait Times At Record Lows

The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in Victoria’s health system is saving lives and giving people the care they need when they need it most. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today met hard-working paramedics in Westmeadows to release the latest quarterly hospital and ambulance data. The April to June quarter is the best quarterly Ambulance Victoria data ever, with 83.8 per cent of all Code 1 urgent ambulances arriving within 15 minutes. On average, ambulances arrived 11 minutes and 12 seconds after being called out – 38 seconds faster than the same quarter last year and 2 minutes and 41 seconds faster than during the height of the ambulance crisis under the Liberals. The data also shows 86.7 per cent of patients arriving by ambulance were transferred into hospital care within 40 minutes – up from 85.1 per cent the previous quarter. More than half were handed into the care of doctors and nurses within 19 minutes. Victoria’s elective surgery waiting lists at June 30 had dropped to 36,096 patients – the lowest number on record and a major improvement from the record high 50,054 waiting for surgery when the Liberals were in power in 2013. Under the Liberals, only 79.2 per cent of patients received their surgery in the recommended time, but that number has increased to 90.2 per cent. In the three months ending June, 55,806 patients received their surgery. The results are thanks to the Labor Government’s record investment, which have seen hospitals receive multi-million-dollar boosts, more paramedics join the front line, more ambulances hit the road and more ambulance stations where they’re needed. In stark contrast, the former Liberal Government went to war with our paramedics and slashed $1 billion from our health system, leaving patients waiting too long for life saving care and languishing on waiting lists. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “When your loved one is sick, every second counts. These results aren’t just numbers – they’re saving lives.” “The Liberals went to war with our paramedics and left Victorians languishing on waiting lists – we’ve put an end to that and are delivering record funding to give Victorians the care they need sooner.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “Elective surgery waiting lists broke the 50,000 barrier under the Liberals. Thanks to our hard-working healthcare workers and dedicated paramedics, our hospitals and our ambulance service are performing better than ever.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Labor is getting it done – delivering world-class care sooner, when patients need it most.”

Ambulance And Surgery Wait Times At Record Lows

The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in Victoria’s health system is saving lives and giving people the care they need when they need it most. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today met hard-working paramedics in Westmeadows to release the latest quarterly hospital and ambulance data. The April to June quarter is the best quarterly Ambulance Victoria data ever, with 83.8 per cent of all Code 1 urgent ambulances arriving within 15 minutes. On average, ambulances arrived 11 minutes and 12 seconds after being called out – 38 seconds faster than the same quarter last year and 2 minutes and 41 seconds faster than during the height of the ambulance crisis under the Liberals. The data also shows 86.7 per cent of patients arriving by ambulance were transferred into hospital care within 40 minutes – up from 85.1 per cent the previous quarter. More than half were handed into the care of doctors and nurses within 19 minutes. Victoria’s elective surgery waiting lists at June 30 had dropped to 36,096 patients – the lowest number on record and a major improvement from the record high 50,054 waiting for surgery when the Liberals were in power in 2013. Under the Liberals, only 79.2 per cent of patients received their surgery in the recommended time, but that number has increased to 90.2 per cent. In the three months ending June, 55,806 patients received their surgery. The results are thanks to the Labor Government’s record investment, which have seen hospitals receive multi-million-dollar boosts, more paramedics join the front line, more ambulances hit the road and more ambulance stations where they’re needed. In stark contrast, the former Liberal Government went to war with our paramedics and slashed $1 billion from our health system, leaving patients waiting too long for life saving care and languishing on waiting lists. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “When your loved one is sick, every second counts. These results aren’t just numbers – they’re saving lives.” “The Liberals went to war with our paramedics and left Victorians languishing on waiting lists – we’ve put an end to that and are delivering record funding to give Victorians the care they need sooner.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “Elective surgery waiting lists broke the 50,000 barrier under the Liberals. Thanks to our hard-working healthcare workers and dedicated paramedics, our hospitals and our ambulance service are performing better than ever.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “Labor is getting it done – delivering world-class care sooner, when patients need it most.”