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Economic Growth Above Trend For Two Consecutive Years

ANZ’s Stateometer report released today shows Victoria is the only state economy in Australia that has grown above trend for two consecutive years. According to the report, housing, the labour market and trade were all positive contributors to the index in the quarter. The report also showed positive growth in Victorian household spending over the past three months, with motor vehicle sales growing by 5 per cent each year. The strong household spending results are underpinned by strong population growth, which is backed by the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in schools, hospitals, roads and public transport. Melbourne was recently named the World’s Most Liveable City for the seventh straight year, achieving a perfect score for infrastructure, education and healthcare – and the Labor Government is investing to keep it that way. In regional Victoria, the Labor Government is slashing payroll tax, boosting jobs and delivering $1.6 billion in rail upgrades to better connect regional communities to work, education and each other. These investments boost economic output and reduce impediments to growth, enabling businesses to expand, take on new workers and reskill existing employees. The Stateometer also shows businesses are reporting strong conditions, which are close to a 10-year high in the recently published NAB Monthly Business survey. The ANZ Stateometer is a measure of economic performance across states and territories using 37 monthly indicators, covering labour market conditions, household and business activity, housing and trade. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The investment and strong fiscal discipline of the Andrews Labor Government is allowing Victoria to shine as the nation’s economic engine room, with almost a quarter of a million jobs created since November 2014.” “With a firm focus on jobs growth, getting Victorians into homes, and building the infrastructure our state needs, our foot is always on the pedal driving Victoria’s economy forward.”

Economic Growth Above Trend For Two Consecutive Years

ANZ’s Stateometer report released today shows Victoria is the only state economy in Australia that has grown above trend for two consecutive years. According to the report, housing, the labour market and trade were all positive contributors to the index in the quarter. The report also showed positive growth in Victorian household spending over the past three months, with motor vehicle sales growing by 5 per cent each year. The strong household spending results are underpinned by strong population growth, which is backed by the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in schools, hospitals, roads and public transport. Melbourne was recently named the World’s Most Liveable City for the seventh straight year, achieving a perfect score for infrastructure, education and healthcare – and the Labor Government is investing to keep it that way. In regional Victoria, the Labor Government is slashing payroll tax, boosting jobs and delivering $1.6 billion in rail upgrades to better connect regional communities to work, education and each other. These investments boost economic output and reduce impediments to growth, enabling businesses to expand, take on new workers and reskill existing employees. The Stateometer also shows businesses are reporting strong conditions, which are close to a 10-year high in the recently published NAB Monthly Business survey. The ANZ Stateometer is a measure of economic performance across states and territories using 37 monthly indicators, covering labour market conditions, household and business activity, housing and trade. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The investment and strong fiscal discipline of the Andrews Labor Government is allowing Victoria to shine as the nation’s economic engine room, with almost a quarter of a million jobs created since November 2014.” “With a firm focus on jobs growth, getting Victorians into homes, and building the infrastructure our state needs, our foot is always on the pedal driving Victoria’s economy forward.”

MAKING MEN TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is making Cranbourne safer by expanding programs that make men who have committed family violence take accountability for their actions and stop abusing women and children. Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP announced $516,438 for family violence programs and referral services, encouraging men to acknowledge the impact of their violence and change their behaviour through group-based intervention. The investment will support local agencies to deliver men’s behavioural change programs and services across the state. It will also support the No to Violence and Men’s Referral Services to provide information and guidance on men’s family violence to perpetrators, frontline staff and the community. The funding supports a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that more men’s behavioural change programs be made available to meet the demands of the community and of court orders. The Labor Government is working to end family violence through its $1.9 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This record investment includes $49.4 million over four years for the Changing Perpetrator Behaviour initiative. The Government will provide further funding for this initiative following the completion of a co-design process with relevant agencies. Funding will also go to establishing 17 support and safety hubs across the state, delivering after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and developing a 10-year plan. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “We are breaking the cycle of family violence by making men accountable for their actions and helping them address their behaviours.” “We know the devastating impact that men who commit family violence has on their own families, as well as the wider community – this is about stamping out this behaviour.”

MAKING MEN TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Andrews Labor Government is making Cranbourne safer by expanding programs that make men who have committed family violence take accountability for their actions and stop abusing women and children. Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP announced $516,438 for family violence programs and referral services, encouraging men to acknowledge the impact of their violence and change their behaviour through group-based intervention. The investment will support local agencies to deliver men’s behavioural change programs and services across the state. It will also support the No to Violence and Men’s Referral Services to provide information and guidance on men’s family violence to perpetrators, frontline staff and the community. The funding supports a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that more men’s behavioural change programs be made available to meet the demands of the community and of court orders. The Labor Government is working to end family violence through its $1.9 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This record investment includes $49.4 million over four years for the Changing Perpetrator Behaviour initiative. The Government will provide further funding for this initiative following the completion of a co-design process with relevant agencies. Funding will also go to establishing 17 support and safety hubs across the state, delivering after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and developing a 10-year plan. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “We are breaking the cycle of family violence by making men accountable for their actions and helping them address their behaviours.” “We know the devastating impact that men who commit family violence has on their own families, as well as the wider community – this is about stamping out this behaviour.”

Helping Renters Make A House Into A Home

The Andrews Labor Government is giving renters the security of a long-term lease as part of its plan to make housing more stable and affordable for Victorians. The Residential Tenancies Amendment (Long-Term Tenancy Agreements) Bill 2017 will pave the way for new long-term tenancy agreements and an online matching service for landlords and tenants. Currently, the Residential Tenancies Act only covers rental agreements of up to five years. This forces many families to move from house to house – disrupting their child’s education, their friendships, their sense of community. The Bill, which will be introduced into parliament this week, will change the Act to allow landlords and tenants to enter into agreements of more than five years. An online matching service will also be created to connect tenants and landlords interested in long-term leases. The changes will provide stability, security and certainty for tenants and is part of the Labor Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy to make it easier for more Victorians to put a roof over their head. The strategy includes a range of initiatives to make it easier for people to buy their own home, including: Abolishing stamp duty for first time buyers on homes up to $600,000 and cuts to stamp duty on homes valued up to $750,000 Doubling the First Home Owner Grant to $20,000 in Regional Victoria to make it easier for people to build and stay in their community Creating the opportunity for first home buyers to co-purchase their home with the Victorian Government. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $1.25 million over four years to establish the matching service and develop the new standard long-term tenancy agreement, which is expected to be implemented by the end of the year. The Labor Government continues to evaluate feedback on its broader review of the Residential Tenancies Act. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Long term leases will give tenants the stability, certainty and time they need to make their house into a home.” “It’s part of our comprehensive strategy to make housing more secure and more affordable for Victorian families.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “Right now, too many families are forced to move from house to house, year after year, because they can’t find a long-term lease.” “The new online matching service will connect tenants and landlords, making it easier for people interested in long-term leases to get the certainty they want.”

Helping Renters Make A House Into A Home

The Andrews Labor Government is giving renters the security of a long-term lease as part of its plan to make housing more stable and affordable for Victorians. The Residential Tenancies Amendment (Long-Term Tenancy Agreements) Bill 2017 will pave the way for new long-term tenancy agreements and an online matching service for landlords and tenants. Currently, the Residential Tenancies Act only covers rental agreements of up to five years. This forces many families to move from house to house – disrupting their child’s education, their friendships, their sense of community. The Bill, which will be introduced into parliament this week, will change the Act to allow landlords and tenants to enter into agreements of more than five years. An online matching service will also be created to connect tenants and landlords interested in long-term leases. The changes will provide stability, security and certainty for tenants and is part of the Labor Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy to make it easier for more Victorians to put a roof over their head. The strategy includes a range of initiatives to make it easier for people to buy their own home, including: Abolishing stamp duty for first time buyers on homes up to $600,000 and cuts to stamp duty on homes valued up to $750,000 Doubling the First Home Owner Grant to $20,000 in Regional Victoria to make it easier for people to build and stay in their community Creating the opportunity for first home buyers to co-purchase their home with the Victorian Government. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $1.25 million over four years to establish the matching service and develop the new standard long-term tenancy agreement, which is expected to be implemented by the end of the year. The Labor Government continues to evaluate feedback on its broader review of the Residential Tenancies Act. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “Long term leases will give tenants the stability, certainty and time they need to make their house into a home.” “It’s part of our comprehensive strategy to make housing more secure and more affordable for Victorian families.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “Right now, too many families are forced to move from house to house, year after year, because they can’t find a long-term lease.” “The new online matching service will connect tenants and landlords, making it easier for people interested in long-term leases to get the certainty they want.”

Making Men Take Responsibility For Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria safer by expanding programs that make men who have committed family violence take accountability for their actions and stop abusing women and children. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced more than $12.4 million for family violence programs and referral services, encouraging men to acknowledge the impact of their violence and change their behaviour through group-based intervention. The investment will support 32 agencies to deliver men’s behavioural change programs and services across the state. It will also support the No to Violence and Men’s Referral Services to provide information and guidance on men’s family violence to perpetrators, frontline staff and the community. The funding supports a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that more men’s behavioural change programs be made available to meet the demands of the community and of court orders. The Labor Government is working to end family violence through its $1.9 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This record investment includes $49.4 million over four years for the Changing Perpetrator Behaviour initiative. The Government will provide further funding for this initiative following the completion of a co-design process with relevant agencies. Funding will also go to establishing 17 support and safety hubs across the state, delivering after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and developing a 10-year plan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We are breaking the cycle of family violence by making men accountable for their actions and helping them address their behaviours.” “We know the devastating impact that men who commit family violence has on their own families, as well as the wider community – this is about stamping out this behaviour.”

Making Men Take Responsibility For Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria safer by expanding programs that make men who have committed family violence take accountability for their actions and stop abusing women and children. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced more than $12.4 million for family violence programs and referral services, encouraging men to acknowledge the impact of their violence and change their behaviour through group-based intervention. The investment will support 32 agencies to deliver men’s behavioural change programs and services across the state. It will also support the No to Violence and Men’s Referral Services to provide information and guidance on men’s family violence to perpetrators, frontline staff and the community. The funding supports a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that more men’s behavioural change programs be made available to meet the demands of the community and of court orders. The Labor Government is working to end family violence through its $1.9 billion package of measures in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This record investment includes $49.4 million over four years for the Changing Perpetrator Behaviour initiative. The Government will provide further funding for this initiative following the completion of a co-design process with relevant agencies. Funding will also go to establishing 17 support and safety hubs across the state, delivering after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and developing a 10-year plan. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “We are breaking the cycle of family violence by making men accountable for their actions and helping them address their behaviours.” “We know the devastating impact that men who commit family violence has on their own families, as well as the wider community – this is about stamping out this behaviour.”

 

Helping Young Victorians Turn Their Lives Around

The Andrews Labor Government is helping young ex-offenders – and young people at risk of offending – find a job, stay out of trouble and turn their lives around. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today visited Pana Chocolate in Richmond to announce $1.7 million to help young people who’ve had contact with the justice system into work, and break the cycle of reoffending. CVGT Australia have received $900,000 to run the Second Chance program and place a further 55 young Victorians into work. Jesuit Social Services has received a grant of $810,000 to help 60 jobseekers through its Youth Justice Service. These programs help young people get work-ready and find sustainable jobs. Pana Chocolate has already taken on a number of young ex-offenders. CVGT previously received a grant of $840,000 and has placed nearly 100 young people into work in the Broadmeadows area. Jesuit Social Services received more than $1.6 million under the first stage of Jobs Victoria, placing 54 jobseekers through its EmployXpress program. The Jobs Victoria initiative has already helped place more than 1,600 jobseekers into work, with a goal of helping more than 5,000 people. The Victorian-first JobsBank will provide a dedicated pipeline of jobs for Victoria’s most disadvantaged jobseekers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “This new funding will help more than 100 young people find meaningful jobs – breaking the cycle of reoffending and making our community safer.” “These programs are about turning lives around – because every young person deserves a second chance.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “For young people leaving our youth justice system, stable employment gives them purpose and meaning as they get older.” “Giving a young person the dignity and daily routine of a job is an important step in turning their lives around and ensuring they give back to society.”

Helping Young Victorians Turn Their Lives Around

The Andrews Labor Government is helping young ex-offenders – and young people at risk of offending – find a job, stay out of trouble and turn their lives around. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today visited Pana Chocolate in Richmond to announce $1.7 million to help young people who’ve had contact with the justice system into work, and break the cycle of reoffending. CVGT Australia have received $900,000 to run the Second Chance program and place a further 55 young Victorians into work. Jesuit Social Services has received a grant of $810,000 to help 60 jobseekers through its Youth Justice Service. These programs help young people get work-ready and find sustainable jobs. Pana Chocolate has already taken on a number of young ex-offenders. CVGT previously received a grant of $840,000 and has placed nearly 100 young people into work in the Broadmeadows area. Jesuit Social Services received more than $1.6 million under the first stage of Jobs Victoria, placing 54 jobseekers through its EmployXpress program. The Jobs Victoria initiative has already helped place more than 1,600 jobseekers into work, with a goal of helping more than 5,000 people. The Victorian-first JobsBank will provide a dedicated pipeline of jobs for Victoria’s most disadvantaged jobseekers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “This new funding will help more than 100 young people find meaningful jobs – breaking the cycle of reoffending and making our community safer.” “These programs are about turning lives around – because every young person deserves a second chance.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “For young people leaving our youth justice system, stable employment gives them purpose and meaning as they get older.” “Giving a young person the dignity and daily routine of a job is an important step in turning their lives around and ensuring they give back to society.”

More Support To Keep Women And Children Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is helping thousands of women and children leave family violence and set up safe homes. More than 5000 additional survivors of family violence can access packages up to $10,000 – up from $7000 – which can be used to cover costs like rent, home alarms, CCTV, clothing, books and education and training. Flexible support packages also help case managers work with survivors through early intervention, crisis and recovery to assist with ongoing safety, stability and rehabilitation. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited inTouch to announce an extra $17.3 million for 19 agencies across Victoria to help deliver the service. InTouch helps women from culturally diverse communities who often face additional barriers to leaving family violence. The funding delivers on a number of recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. A record $1.9 billion package of measures to end family violence in Victoria was announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This funding is also being used to establish support and safety hubs, deliver after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and develop a 10-year plan. The Labor Government also recently announced the creation of Family Safety Victoria – the state’s first agency solely dedicated to delivering family violence reform. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos          “These packages are saving lives by giving women and children the stability and security they need to leave violent relationships.” “This is also about recognising the needs of women and children from culturally diverse communities – by helping them in a more culturally sensitive and holistic way – ensuring they get the help they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “Ending the scourge of family violence is a top priority for the Andrews Labor Government. Women and children leaving family violence often need urgent assistance, and that’s what we’re providing.” Quotes attributable to interim InTouch Chief Executive Gerlinde Scholz “This extra funding will allow inTouch to help more women and children live safe lives free from violence. We are amazed by the courage, strength and resilience of our clients, who are vulnerable and in many cases marginalised due to cultural and language barriers.” “We at inTouch experience the current family violence reforms in Victoria as a defining achievement of the Government. The whole sector has been mobilised to work together on transforming community attitudes, policy frameworks and service delivery.”

More Support To Keep Women And Children Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is helping thousands of women and children leave family violence and set up safe homes. More than 5000 additional survivors of family violence can access packages up to $10,000 – up from $7000 – which can be used to cover costs like rent, home alarms, CCTV, clothing, books and education and training. Flexible support packages also help case managers work with survivors through early intervention, crisis and recovery to assist with ongoing safety, stability and rehabilitation. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited inTouch to announce an extra $17.3 million for 19 agencies across Victoria to help deliver the service. InTouch helps women from culturally diverse communities who often face additional barriers to leaving family violence. The funding delivers on a number of recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. A record $1.9 billion package of measures to end family violence in Victoria was announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. This funding is also being used to establish support and safety hubs, deliver after-hours crisis support, counselling and therapy for victims of family violence, and develop a 10-year plan. The Labor Government also recently announced the creation of Family Safety Victoria – the state’s first agency solely dedicated to delivering family violence reform. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos          “These packages are saving lives by giving women and children the stability and security they need to leave violent relationships.” “This is also about recognising the needs of women and children from culturally diverse communities – by helping them in a more culturally sensitive and holistic way – ensuring they get the help they need.” Quote attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “Ending the scourge of family violence is a top priority for the Andrews Labor Government. Women and children leaving family violence often need urgent assistance, and that’s what we’re providing.” Quotes attributable to interim InTouch Chief Executive Gerlinde Scholz “This extra funding will allow inTouch to help more women and children live safe lives free from violence. We are amazed by the courage, strength and resilience of our clients, who are vulnerable and in many cases marginalised due to cultural and language barriers.” “We at inTouch experience the current family violence reforms in Victoria as a defining achievement of the Government. The whole sector has been mobilised to work together on transforming community attitudes, policy frameworks and service delivery.”

Helping Every Victorian Benefit From Our Jobs Boom

The Andrews Labor Government is partnering with some of Victoria’s largest businesses to break down barriers to employment and ensure no Victorian jobseeker gets left behind. Speaking at the Victorian Jobs Partnership today, Premier Daniel Andrews announced JobsBank – a Victorian-first initiative that will provide a dedicated jobs pipeline for Victoria’s most disadvantaged jobseekers. Through the initiative, businesses will pledge roles in their organisation for those who typically find it hardest to get work, including family violence survivors, disengaged youth and those living with a disability. Jobs Victoria providers such as welfare, community and employment placement organisations will use this bank of jobs to place their clients into meaningful work. Tailored mentoring, training and development services will be available to help these jobseekers become job-ready, as will extra support for things like travel expenses, childcare and clothing. A number of organisations including Bombardier, AGL and Linfox have already pledged roles, and the Premier today called on more of the state’s largest employers to help reach a target of 500 positions through JobsBank. These roles will add to the more than 1,600 disadvantaged Victorians who have already found work through Jobs Victoria since the program was launched 10 months ago. The Labor Government has invested $63 million in Jobs Victoria to put 5,000 Victorian jobseekers into meaningful and sustainable work over four years. To register for JobsBank or find out more, visit jobs.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “JobsBank is about putting people first so that every Victorian can benefit from our jobs boom.” “We don’t want anyone left behind – that’s why we’re bringing together business, government and the community to create work for those who need it most.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “The JobsBank will create a pipeline of opportunities for long-term jobseekers – giving them the skills, experience and confidence they need to get work and keep it.” “Victoria leads the nation in jobs growth, but there’s always more we can do to create and protect local jobs.”

Helping Every Victorian Benefit From Our Jobs Boom

The Andrews Labor Government is partnering with some of Victoria’s largest businesses to break down barriers to employment and ensure no Victorian jobseeker gets left behind. Speaking at the Victorian Jobs Partnership today, Premier Daniel Andrews announced JobsBank – a Victorian-first initiative that will provide a dedicated jobs pipeline for Victoria’s most disadvantaged jobseekers. Through the initiative, businesses will pledge roles in their organisation for those who typically find it hardest to get work, including family violence survivors, disengaged youth and those living with a disability. Jobs Victoria providers such as welfare, community and employment placement organisations will use this bank of jobs to place their clients into meaningful work. Tailored mentoring, training and development services will be available to help these jobseekers become job-ready, as will extra support for things like travel expenses, childcare and clothing. A number of organisations including Bombardier, AGL and Linfox have already pledged roles, and the Premier today called on more of the state’s largest employers to help reach a target of 500 positions through JobsBank. These roles will add to the more than 1,600 disadvantaged Victorians who have already found work through Jobs Victoria since the program was launched 10 months ago. The Labor Government has invested $63 million in Jobs Victoria to put 5,000 Victorian jobseekers into meaningful and sustainable work over four years. To register for JobsBank or find out more, visit jobs.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “JobsBank is about putting people first so that every Victorian can benefit from our jobs boom.” “We don’t want anyone left behind – that’s why we’re bringing together business, government and the community to create work for those who need it most.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan “The JobsBank will create a pipeline of opportunities for long-term jobseekers – giving them the skills, experience and confidence they need to get work and keep it.” “Victoria leads the nation in jobs growth, but there’s always more we can do to create and protect local jobs.”

Good Oral Health For All Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is developing a new action plan to improve the oral health of Victorians and reduce the gap in oral health outcomes for people that are at higher risk of oral disease. The Parliamentary Secretary for Health Gabrielle Williams today announced consultation would start soon on a new strategy to prevent oral disease in Victoria. There have been significant improvements in oral health over the last 30 years, however many Victorians still suffer from poor oral health. About half of all children have signs of tooth decay and over 90 per cent of adults are affected. Dental conditions are the highest cause of preventable hospitalisations for children under 10. Moderate or severe gum disease is now the fifth most common problem affecting 60 per cent of Victorians 55 years and older. Most oral disease is preventable. Our strategy aims to make a real difference by boosting partnerships and creating environments and settings that support oral health including for vulnerable Victorians. It will target oral health promotion and prevention programs in communities where it’s needed most. These programs will support even more people at risk of oral disease to keep their teeth and gums healthy, and in turn improve their overall sense of wellbeing and self-esteem. The new plan comes as the Labor Government delivers a $20.1 million boost to Victoria’s public dental care services, which treats more than 330,000 people every year. While the Commonwealth is slashing funding for dental services, the Labor Government will invest $226.1 million in public dental services in 2017/18 – which is 9.7 per cent more than the previous year. The federal cuts to the National Partnership Agreement on Public Dental Services will see Victoria lose about $30 million over two and half years. That means thousands of disadvantaged Victorians could miss out on care or wait even longer. The new dental health strategy is expected to be released by the end of the year. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Health Gabrielle Williams “We know good dental health is the foundation for good overall health and wellbeing.” “Unlike the Turnbull Government, we are investing more money in public dental services, so more people can access the care they need, more quickly.” “I look forward to hearing from the community on how we can take better action to prevent oral disease for those at risk and keep more smiles bright and healthy across Victoria.”

Good Oral Health For All Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is developing a new action plan to improve the oral health of Victorians and reduce the gap in oral health outcomes for people that are at higher risk of oral disease. The Parliamentary Secretary for Health Gabrielle Williams today announced consultation would start soon on a new strategy to prevent oral disease in Victoria. There have been significant improvements in oral health over the last 30 years, however many Victorians still suffer from poor oral health. About half of all children have signs of tooth decay and over 90 per cent of adults are affected. Dental conditions are the highest cause of preventable hospitalisations for children under 10. Moderate or severe gum disease is now the fifth most common problem affecting 60 per cent of Victorians 55 years and older. Most oral disease is preventable. Our strategy aims to make a real difference by boosting partnerships and creating environments and settings that support oral health including for vulnerable Victorians. It will target oral health promotion and prevention programs in communities where it’s needed most. These programs will support even more people at risk of oral disease to keep their teeth and gums healthy, and in turn improve their overall sense of wellbeing and self-esteem. The new plan comes as the Labor Government delivers a $20.1 million boost to Victoria’s public dental care services, which treats more than 330,000 people every year. While the Commonwealth is slashing funding for dental services, the Labor Government will invest $226.1 million in public dental services in 2017/18 – which is 9.7 per cent more than the previous year. The federal cuts to the National Partnership Agreement on Public Dental Services will see Victoria lose about $30 million over two and half years. That means thousands of disadvantaged Victorians could miss out on care or wait even longer. The new dental health strategy is expected to be released by the end of the year. Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Health Gabrielle Williams “We know good dental health is the foundation for good overall health and wellbeing.” “Unlike the Turnbull Government, we are investing more money in public dental services, so more people can access the care they need, more quickly.” “I look forward to hearing from the community on how we can take better action to prevent oral disease for those at risk and keep more smiles bright and healthy across Victoria.”