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SKILLS FIRST: REAL TRAINING FOR REAL JOBS IN OUR LOCAL AREA

Guaranteed funding to secure the future of Chisholm TAFE, quality training and training to ensure Victorians have the right skills   for the jobs of the future, will underpin Victoria’s overhauled training and TAFE system. State Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP today welcomed the Government’s changes to training and TAFE in Victoria which builds on the work it has already done to fix the training system. Mr Perera said the changes will result in a high quality, stable system that restores the confidence of students, employers and industry, and transforms training in our local area. Skills First features a more managed and focused training and TAFE system, with the Government having a stronger role, partnering with industry and quality training providers in our local area to provide government funded training. Starting with $114 million in 2017, Victoria’s TAFEs – including Chisholm TAFE Cranbourne Campus - will receive additional funding recognising their role as public providers helping Victorians access real training for real jobs, providing an opportunity for disadvantaged learners. In addition, each year, Victoria’s training providers will have access to three targeted funding streams; in 2017, $30 million for a Regional and Specialist Training fund, $20 million to support high needs learners, and a $40 million Workforce Training Innovation Fund – promoting innovative training and skills in emerging and priority industries. The reformed system – which will be introduced progressively from January 2017 – follows last year’s response to the independent VET Funding Review led by Bruce Mackenzie. Mr Perera said the Government inherited a training and TAFE system in disarray. Confidence in TAFE was at an all-time low, campuses were being closed and institutes were on the brink of financial collapse. That’s why the Labor Government has invested heavily in TAFEs, including the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund and our $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund. The Government has also cracked down on dodgy providers, with a quality blitz and tough new training contracts. For more details on the new system, go to www.skillsfirst.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to State Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “This new model will help secure the future of training and TAFE in our local area.” “It will mean a strong and stable TAFE in Cranbourne, and will mean students in the area can be confident that they are getting real training for real jobs.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “With Skills First we’re making sure Victorian students have access to real training that will lead to a real job so they don’t waste their time and money on courses that won’t get them a job.”

SKILLS FIRST: REAL TRAINING FOR REAL JOBS IN OUR LOCAL AREA

Guaranteed funding to secure the future of Chisholm TAFE, quality training and training to ensure Victorians have the right skills   for the jobs of the future, will underpin Victoria’s overhauled training and TAFE system. State Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP today welcomed the Government’s changes to training and TAFE in Victoria which builds on the work it has already done to fix the training system. Mr Perera said the changes will result in a high quality, stable system that restores the confidence of students, employers and industry, and transforms training in our local area. Skills First features a more managed and focused training and TAFE system, with the Government having a stronger role, partnering with industry and quality training providers in our local area to provide government funded training. Starting with $114 million in 2017, Victoria’s TAFEs – including Chisholm TAFE Cranbourne Campus - will receive additional funding recognising their role as public providers helping Victorians access real training for real jobs, providing an opportunity for disadvantaged learners. In addition, each year, Victoria’s training providers will have access to three targeted funding streams; in 2017, $30 million for a Regional and Specialist Training fund, $20 million to support high needs learners, and a $40 million Workforce Training Innovation Fund – promoting innovative training and skills in emerging and priority industries. The reformed system – which will be introduced progressively from January 2017 – follows last year’s response to the independent VET Funding Review led by Bruce Mackenzie. Mr Perera said the Government inherited a training and TAFE system in disarray. Confidence in TAFE was at an all-time low, campuses were being closed and institutes were on the brink of financial collapse. That’s why the Labor Government has invested heavily in TAFEs, including the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund and our $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund. The Government has also cracked down on dodgy providers, with a quality blitz and tough new training contracts. For more details on the new system, go to www.skillsfirst.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to State Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “This new model will help secure the future of training and TAFE in our local area.” “It will mean a strong and stable TAFE in Cranbourne, and will mean students in the area can be confident that they are getting real training for real jobs.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “With Skills First we’re making sure Victorian students have access to real training that will lead to a real job so they don’t waste their time and money on courses that won’t get them a job.”

Cranbourne Gets A Synthetic Oval

Cranbourne is now home to Victoria’s second ever full-sized synthetic sports oval. Minister for Sport John Eren today officially opened the Carlisle Park football and cricket ground, complete with new netball courts. It’s made possible by a $650,000 Andrews Labor Government grant. The project includes a weather-proof synthetic oval, two new netball courts, lighting for training and games, cricket practice nets and a new pavilion. Synthetic surfaces mark an exciting new era for grassroots sport. They mean no more muddy surfaces during the depths of winter, and can withstand the pressures of a hot summer. Casey is one of Victoria’s fastest growing regions, and that means more Cranbourne locals are turning to grassroots sport than ever before. Carlisle Park’s synthetic surface will allow more players to train and play locally without the ground suffering from heavy traffic. Synthetic turf is durable, sustainable and easy to maintain. Most importantly, there’s no need to water or fertilise the surface, and that’s a big cost saving. All Victorians should have access to first-class facilities for sport and recreation. It’s what we promised, and it’s what we’re delivering. The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping communities all over Victoria upgrade tired grounds and build the facilities they need. The Carlisle Park project was funded in partnership with the City of Casey, AFL Victoria and Cricket Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “Carlisle Park becomes just the second full-sized synthetic oval in Victoria. This is a really exciting development for local clubs, players and families.” “The local area is booming, and that means more players than ever before are signing up for grassroots sports. A synthetic surface will help the ground cope with additional traffic.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “This is another strong investment by the Andrews Labor Government, supporting another superb state-of-the-art community facility in our local area.”

Cranbourne Gets A Synthetic Oval

Cranbourne is now home to Victoria’s second ever full-sized synthetic sports oval. Minister for Sport John Eren today officially opened the Carlisle Park football and cricket ground, complete with new netball courts. It’s made possible by a $650,000 Andrews Labor Government grant. The project includes a weather-proof synthetic oval, two new netball courts, lighting for training and games, cricket practice nets and a new pavilion. Synthetic surfaces mark an exciting new era for grassroots sport. They mean no more muddy surfaces during the depths of winter, and can withstand the pressures of a hot summer. Casey is one of Victoria’s fastest growing regions, and that means more Cranbourne locals are turning to grassroots sport than ever before. Carlisle Park’s synthetic surface will allow more players to train and play locally without the ground suffering from heavy traffic. Synthetic turf is durable, sustainable and easy to maintain. Most importantly, there’s no need to water or fertilise the surface, and that’s a big cost saving. All Victorians should have access to first-class facilities for sport and recreation. It’s what we promised, and it’s what we’re delivering. The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping communities all over Victoria upgrade tired grounds and build the facilities they need. The Carlisle Park project was funded in partnership with the City of Casey, AFL Victoria and Cricket Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “Carlisle Park becomes just the second full-sized synthetic oval in Victoria. This is a really exciting development for local clubs, players and families.” “The local area is booming, and that means more players than ever before are signing up for grassroots sports. A synthetic surface will help the ground cope with additional traffic.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “This is another strong investment by the Andrews Labor Government, supporting another superb state-of-the-art community facility in our local area.”

Improved Kinder Educator to Child Ratios

New jobs are being created and kids across our local area are receiving better care thanks to improved educator-to-child ratios, introduced on 1 January 2016. The new ratio of one educator for every 11 children – down from one per 15 – means improved levels of attention and care, helping kids in our local area to get more out of their early years education. Research shows that higher numbers of staff to children aged three to five years is associated with important social and learning outcomes, including increased literacy skills and general knowledge. Kindergartens in our local area will get extra support as they continue their transition to the improved educator-to-child ratio, with the Andrews Labor Government providing extra resources to assist with strategic planning. Many kindergartens in our local area are now able to access expert financial advice to assist them in successfully continuing to adapt to the new requirements. This advice will help kindergartens in our local area identify the best program and staffing models, to support the new ratio, and keep them strong and viable. In addition, kindergartens will have access to a set of resources to help them with their budgeting and financial planning. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering up to $83.7 million over four years to support the implementation of improved educator-to-child ratios. The Government is providing workforce incentives and scholarships, and minor capital grants to increase room sizes and accommodate additional kindergarten places. Boosting the quality of early years education and care is a key part of transforming Victoria into the Education State. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “The new educator-to-child ratios are a win for our local area as we create new jobs and provide a better early education for our kids.” “Our investments are helping our kindergartens thrive, and give kids in our local area a strong start in life – key for Victoria as the Education State.”

Improved Kinder Educator to Child Ratios

New jobs are being created and kids across our local area are receiving better care thanks to improved educator-to-child ratios, introduced on 1 January 2016. The new ratio of one educator for every 11 children – down from one per 15 – means improved levels of attention and care, helping kids in our local area to get more out of their early years education. Research shows that higher numbers of staff to children aged three to five years is associated with important social and learning outcomes, including increased literacy skills and general knowledge. Kindergartens in our local area will get extra support as they continue their transition to the improved educator-to-child ratio, with the Andrews Labor Government providing extra resources to assist with strategic planning. Many kindergartens in our local area are now able to access expert financial advice to assist them in successfully continuing to adapt to the new requirements. This advice will help kindergartens in our local area identify the best program and staffing models, to support the new ratio, and keep them strong and viable. In addition, kindergartens will have access to a set of resources to help them with their budgeting and financial planning. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering up to $83.7 million over four years to support the implementation of improved educator-to-child ratios. The Government is providing workforce incentives and scholarships, and minor capital grants to increase room sizes and accommodate additional kindergarten places. Boosting the quality of early years education and care is a key part of transforming Victoria into the Education State. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “The new educator-to-child ratios are a win for our local area as we create new jobs and provide a better early education for our kids.” “Our investments are helping our kindergartens thrive, and give kids in our local area a strong start in life – key for Victoria as the Education State.”

SETTING UP OUR LOCAL AREA’s KIDS TO BECOME MATHS MASTERS

Families in our local area are set to benefit from the roll out of a program to boost the maths skills of young children. Local area educators across Casey local kindergartens will participate in a specialist Let’s Count program, it was announced today. The program, developed by The Smith Family, has been proven to improve numeracy in children aged three to five. The evidence-based program will enable educators to better engage children in activities such as counting, measuring, identifying patterns and increasing spatial awareness, helping to develop their skills and creating a positive attitude towards maths before they begin primary school. The program will also include ways to support parents and carers in finding ways to bring maths into their everyday lives, such as through cooking, shopping and other fun, simple activities. The knowledge and skills that children develop in the early years are crucial to their later progress – and this is especially the case for mathematics. In 2015, a longitudinal study commissioned by The Smith Family showed the Let’s Count program dramatically improved children’s maths skills, with children who participated in the program performing better across a range of mathematical tasks than children not involved in the program. The 121 educators across the state are the first cohort to participate in the program. An additional 379 educators in funded kindergartens across almost 30 areas will go on to participate in the next three years. Priority will be given to kindergartens in areas where children and families will benefit most. More than 14,000 pre-schoolers (aged three to five years old) and 5,500 families will benefit from the program. The next round taking expressions of interest in the program opens in Term 4. More information can be found at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/profdev/Pages/letscount.aspx Quotes attributable to State Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “This is terrific news for local families. Building numeracy skills in young children will have benefits that will last a lifetime.” “We are making Victoria the Education State – this means giving every child a strong start in life.” Quote attributable to The Smith Family’s Victorian General Manager Anton Leschen EARLY NUMERACY KEY FACTS AND STATS Babies born with an inherent sense of ‘number’ can match a sequence of sounds with images with the same number of objects. Children as young as six months may be able to reason using probabilities. One in four prep students living in Australia’s most disadvantaged communities do not have the numeracy skills needed for school. Children’s early knowledge of maths is a strong indicator of success in maths and achievement into high school. Development of early maths skills can predict reading achievement better than early reading skills.

SETTING UP OUR LOCAL AREA’s KIDS TO BECOME MATHS MASTERS

Families in our local area are set to benefit from the roll out of a program to boost the maths skills of young children. Local area educators across Casey local kindergartens will participate in a specialist Let’s Count program, it was announced today. The program, developed by The Smith Family, has been proven to improve numeracy in children aged three to five. The evidence-based program will enable educators to better engage children in activities such as counting, measuring, identifying patterns and increasing spatial awareness, helping to develop their skills and creating a positive attitude towards maths before they begin primary school. The program will also include ways to support parents and carers in finding ways to bring maths into their everyday lives, such as through cooking, shopping and other fun, simple activities. The knowledge and skills that children develop in the early years are crucial to their later progress – and this is especially the case for mathematics. In 2015, a longitudinal study commissioned by The Smith Family showed the Let’s Count program dramatically improved children’s maths skills, with children who participated in the program performing better across a range of mathematical tasks than children not involved in the program. The 121 educators across the state are the first cohort to participate in the program. An additional 379 educators in funded kindergartens across almost 30 areas will go on to participate in the next three years. Priority will be given to kindergartens in areas where children and families will benefit most. More than 14,000 pre-schoolers (aged three to five years old) and 5,500 families will benefit from the program. The next round taking expressions of interest in the program opens in Term 4. More information can be found at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/profdev/Pages/letscount.aspx Quotes attributable to State Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP “This is terrific news for local families. Building numeracy skills in young children will have benefits that will last a lifetime.” “We are making Victoria the Education State – this means giving every child a strong start in life.” Quote attributable to The Smith Family’s Victorian General Manager Anton Leschen EARLY NUMERACY KEY FACTS AND STATS Babies born with an inherent sense of ‘number’ can match a sequence of sounds with images with the same number of objects. Children as young as six months may be able to reason using probabilities. One in four prep students living in Australia’s most disadvantaged communities do not have the numeracy skills needed for school. Children’s early knowledge of maths is a strong indicator of success in maths and achievement into high school. Development of early maths skills can predict reading achievement better than early reading skills.

 

GRANTS TO HELP LOCALS GET HEALTHY AND ACTIVE

Sporting clubs in our local area looking to open more doors for women and girls to play the sports they love are being urged to apply for a VicHealth funding grant. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP, today announced applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program are now open to community sports clubs in our local area. The VicHealth grants program aims to boost access to grassroots sport so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle. In 2016/17, two levels of grants - up to $3000 or up to $10,000 - are available for clubs establishing new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get involved in physical activity, or which are starting up a social or modified sport program. Modified sports are fun and less-structured, increasing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, skills and fitness levels. The grants will also provide more opportunities for the development of women’s sports teams. The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to grow women’s participation in sport, so female athletes have access to equal opportunities to get involved in sport and excel, both at the grassroots and elite levels. This includes $1 million to begin implementing recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into the Participation of Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation. Victorian sports clubs are the lifeblood of our towns, and they deserve modern, safe facilities. The government promised them and is now getting on with delivering them through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The fund includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training. This is the biggest ever investment in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government. We also recently launched an Australian-first Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guide, which will provide the latest tips, tools and techniques to build or repair sports facilities for the record numbers of women and girls playing sport. Applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants close on Friday 23 September 2016. To apply visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “We want everyone in our local area to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or ability.” “I urge local clubs and sporting organisations to apply for a VicHealth grant to establish new teams, programs or competitions for women, or to start up a modified sport program.” “The Andrews Labor Government is making grassroots sports more accessible to all, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love either as player, coach, umpire or volunteer.”

GRANTS TO HELP LOCALS GET HEALTHY AND ACTIVE

Sporting clubs in our local area looking to open more doors for women and girls to play the sports they love are being urged to apply for a VicHealth funding grant. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP, today announced applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program are now open to community sports clubs in our local area. The VicHealth grants program aims to boost access to grassroots sport so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle. In 2016/17, two levels of grants - up to $3000 or up to $10,000 - are available for clubs establishing new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get involved in physical activity, or which are starting up a social or modified sport program. Modified sports are fun and less-structured, increasing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, skills and fitness levels. The grants will also provide more opportunities for the development of women’s sports teams. The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to grow women’s participation in sport, so female athletes have access to equal opportunities to get involved in sport and excel, both at the grassroots and elite levels. This includes $1 million to begin implementing recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into the Participation of Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation. Victorian sports clubs are the lifeblood of our towns, and they deserve modern, safe facilities. The government promised them and is now getting on with delivering them through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The fund includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training. This is the biggest ever investment in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government. We also recently launched an Australian-first Female Friendly Sports Infrastructure Guide, which will provide the latest tips, tools and techniques to build or repair sports facilities for the record numbers of women and girls playing sport. Applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants close on Friday 23 September 2016. To apply visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “We want everyone in our local area to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or ability.” “I urge local clubs and sporting organisations to apply for a VicHealth grant to establish new teams, programs or competitions for women, or to start up a modified sport program.” “The Andrews Labor Government is making grassroots sports more accessible to all, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love either as player, coach, umpire or volunteer.”

Victoria Leads The Nation In Jobs Growth

Victoria is leading the nation in total and full-time job creation, according to employment figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS labour force figures for July show sustained job growth in Victoria, with employment increasing for the sixth consecutive month. Of the additional 93,000 jobs created in the past 12 months, 89,500 have been full-time. Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in November 2014, there have been 150,400 new jobs created, with full-time employment up by 111,900 over the same period. Victoria’s unemployment rate of 5.9 per cent is down from 6.4 per cent a year ago, and is the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Today’s figures also showed an increase in Victoria’s participation rate, as more Victorians began looking for work – buoyed by a strong economy and strong jobs growth. Youth unemployment has also continued to fall and is now 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago. Victoria’s jobs growth is expected to be sustained with a robust labour market outlook, reflecting strong trends in leading indicators, including job advertisements and job vacancies. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Victoria’s jobs growth continues, with more than 150,000 new jobs created since the Andrews Labor Government came to power.” “These figures represent sustained jobs growth, supported by this Government’s investment in a stronger economy that benefits all Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Wade Noonan “We were elected promising to get Victorians back to work, and that’s what we’ve done – with the strongest jobs growth in the nation creating 150,000 new jobs.” “We have created more jobs in the 20 months since we came to power than the Liberal Government managed to achieve in four slow years.”

Victoria Leads The Nation In Jobs Growth

Victoria is leading the nation in total and full-time job creation, according to employment figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS labour force figures for July show sustained job growth in Victoria, with employment increasing for the sixth consecutive month. Of the additional 93,000 jobs created in the past 12 months, 89,500 have been full-time. Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in November 2014, there have been 150,400 new jobs created, with full-time employment up by 111,900 over the same period. Victoria’s unemployment rate of 5.9 per cent is down from 6.4 per cent a year ago, and is the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Today’s figures also showed an increase in Victoria’s participation rate, as more Victorians began looking for work – buoyed by a strong economy and strong jobs growth. Youth unemployment has also continued to fall and is now 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago. Victoria’s jobs growth is expected to be sustained with a robust labour market outlook, reflecting strong trends in leading indicators, including job advertisements and job vacancies. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Victoria’s jobs growth continues, with more than 150,000 new jobs created since the Andrews Labor Government came to power.” “These figures represent sustained jobs growth, supported by this Government’s investment in a stronger economy that benefits all Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Wade Noonan “We were elected promising to get Victorians back to work, and that’s what we’ve done – with the strongest jobs growth in the nation creating 150,000 new jobs.” “We have created more jobs in the 20 months since we came to power than the Liberal Government managed to achieve in four slow years.”

MORE SUPPORT FOR CASEY HOSPITAL TO HELP PEOPLE EXPERIENCING FAMILY VIOLENCE

Casey Hospital staff will be trained to identify the signs of family violence and assist people experiencing violence to seek support as part of a Monash Health Andrews Labor Government funding boost. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP, today announced that Casey Hospital would share in $1.2 million in funding for the Strengthening Hospital Responses for Family Violence initiative. The initiative will provide training to help 14 Victorian health services to better support patients who have experienced family violence. Our new funding delivers on recommendation 95 from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that requires a ‘whole-of-hospital service model’ for responding to family violence in public hospitals within three to five years. It will train hundreds of health service staff, equipping them to notice the signs, inquire sensitively, respond respectfully and provide a pathway to specialist family violence support services. This will result in earlier identification and quicker referral to services. Three new training modules will also be developed focusing on elder abuse, sexual assault and rural and remote communities. Separate funding will also support a fourth module focusing on children. Monash Health including Casey Hospital will receive funding giving staff the skills they need to better respond to family violence. Family violence is a health issue, and has a profound impact on physical and mental wellbeing. The initiative, now in its third phase, recognises the vital role that health services play in recognising and responding to family violence. As part of the second phase, a free toolkit was developed by The Women’s Hospital and Bendigo Health, in partnership with Our Watch, to improve the response of health service staff to prevent, identify and respond compassionately to victims of family violence. It features resources such as training presentations, policies, procedures and guidelines that assist healthcare workers to identify and support victims of family violence, and refer them to the most appropriate services. Addressing family violence is a key priority for the Andrews Labor Government. The Government established Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence and in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivered $572 million to begin responding to its recommendations. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “Healthcare workers at Casey Hospital have a real role to play in responding to family violence. For many people, a doctor or nurse might be the first person they talk to.” “We are helping staff at Casey Hospital to recognise the signs of violence and help patients experiencing harm to seek support.” “Our healthcare workers are here to keep us safe and healthy, and we are supporting them to do just that.”

MORE SUPPORT FOR CASEY HOSPITAL TO HELP PEOPLE EXPERIENCING FAMILY VIOLENCE

Casey Hospital staff will be trained to identify the signs of family violence and assist people experiencing violence to seek support as part of a Monash Health Andrews Labor Government funding boost. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP, today announced that Casey Hospital would share in $1.2 million in funding for the Strengthening Hospital Responses for Family Violence initiative. The initiative will provide training to help 14 Victorian health services to better support patients who have experienced family violence. Our new funding delivers on recommendation 95 from the Royal Commission into Family Violence that requires a ‘whole-of-hospital service model’ for responding to family violence in public hospitals within three to five years. It will train hundreds of health service staff, equipping them to notice the signs, inquire sensitively, respond respectfully and provide a pathway to specialist family violence support services. This will result in earlier identification and quicker referral to services. Three new training modules will also be developed focusing on elder abuse, sexual assault and rural and remote communities. Separate funding will also support a fourth module focusing on children. Monash Health including Casey Hospital will receive funding giving staff the skills they need to better respond to family violence. Family violence is a health issue, and has a profound impact on physical and mental wellbeing. The initiative, now in its third phase, recognises the vital role that health services play in recognising and responding to family violence. As part of the second phase, a free toolkit was developed by The Women’s Hospital and Bendigo Health, in partnership with Our Watch, to improve the response of health service staff to prevent, identify and respond compassionately to victims of family violence. It features resources such as training presentations, policies, procedures and guidelines that assist healthcare workers to identify and support victims of family violence, and refer them to the most appropriate services. Addressing family violence is a key priority for the Andrews Labor Government. The Government established Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence and in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 delivered $572 million to begin responding to its recommendations. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “Healthcare workers at Casey Hospital have a real role to play in responding to family violence. For many people, a doctor or nurse might be the first person they talk to.” “We are helping staff at Casey Hospital to recognise the signs of violence and help patients experiencing harm to seek support.” “Our healthcare workers are here to keep us safe and healthy, and we are supporting them to do just that.”

BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE AND CREATING JOBS IN OUR LOCAL AREA

Local families will be more involved in the building and upgrading of local schools and early childhood centres than ever before, with the launch of the Victorian School Building Authority. The Andrews Labor Government today launched the Authority to deliver school building projects faster and with more community involvement. Jude Perera MP, State member for Cranbourne District said the school building boom will create 4,000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school, including our local area. The new Authority website provides details for hundreds of school building projects across Victoria, including new schools and upgrades to existing schools, with everything from architectural designs to project schedules available publicly for the first time. The Labor Government has invested a record $1.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state over the past two Budgets. For more information visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website  schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au, call 1800 896 950 or follow the school building boom on twitter.com/vicschoolbuild. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District “We are creating thousands of jobs and ensuring all Victorian families have access to a great local school, including our local area.” “We have delivered a record $1.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade existing schools around the state and the Victorian School Building Authority will get it done faster and with more community involvement than ever before.” “Hundreds of projects are now underway across the state and to find out what’s happening near you all you need to do is go online to schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.”

BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE AND CREATING JOBS IN OUR LOCAL AREA

Local families will be more involved in the building and upgrading of local schools and early childhood centres than ever before, with the launch of the Victorian School Building Authority. The Andrews Labor Government today launched the Authority to deliver school building projects faster and with more community involvement. Jude Perera MP, State member for Cranbourne District said the school building boom will create 4,000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school, including our local area. The new Authority website provides details for hundreds of school building projects across Victoria, including new schools and upgrades to existing schools, with everything from architectural designs to project schedules available publicly for the first time. The Labor Government has invested a record $1.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade classrooms across the state over the past two Budgets. For more information visit the Victorian School Building  Authority website  schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au, call 1800 896 950 or follow the school building boom on twitter.com/vicschoolbuild. Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District “We are creating thousands of jobs and ensuring all Victorian families have access to a great local school, including our local area.” “We have delivered a record $1.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade existing schools around the state and the Victorian School Building Authority will get it done faster and with more community involvement than ever before.” “Hundreds of projects are now underway across the state and to find out what’s happening near you all you need to do is go online to schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.”