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More than 850 students in Melbourne’s south-east have started the 2017 school year in three new schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today welcomed staff and students at Barton Primary in Cranbourne West, Tulliallan Primary in Cranbourne North and..

New Schools, Classrooms And Courses To Greet Students

Almost one million students heading back to school today will enjoy better classrooms, new schools and a revamped curriculum thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. There are now 42 new schools in the construction pipeline – including 10 brand new government schools opening in 2017..

Recruitment Campaign To Put More Police On The Street

One of the biggest recruitment campaigns in Victorian history kicks off today to support the Andrews Labor Government’s massive $2 billion boost to police numbers and resources. Minister for Police Lisa Neville joined Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton today to launch the new recruitment drive to..

Cheaper, Simpler And Fairer Public Transport For Kids

The Andrews Labor Government is making it cheaper, simpler and fairer for children to travel on public transport. From today, the age at which a child must start carrying a myki will be lifted from four to five, saving parents the expense and hassle of..

Back To School: Slow Down And Cross Safely

Drivers are being urged to slow down and be cautious around school zones next week as the back to school rush gets underway. Reduced speed limits will be back in place outside schools across Victoria from Tuesday 31 January, to keep kids safe as they..

Restoring Order To Youth Justice

The Andrews Labor Government is deploying prison officers to restore order in youth justice facilities. Around 40 additional staff from Corrections Victoria – including highly trained response teams, senior management staff and extra prison officers – will run the Malmsbury and Parkville Youth Justice facilities…

World-First Education Target For Victorian Students

Victoria will be the first jurisdiction in the world to set a target for students in critical and creative thinking. The world-first target aims for a 25 per cent increase in Year 10 students with excellent critical and creative thinking skills by 2025. Achieving this..

Top Tips For A Mozzie-Free Australia Day

Victorians are being urged to stay safe, protect themselves from mosquitoes and think about food safety when cooking outdoors for Australia Day and the rest of summer. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today advised Victorians that heavy rainfall in 2016 created ideal breeding conditions for..

Taking Care Of Bourke Street Families

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring all those affected by the Bourke Street tragedy receive the support they need. The Bourke Street Fund – set up over the weekend – will be applied to the direct benefit of victims and their families. It works in..

First Of 450 New Paramedics To Hit The Road

The first group of new paramedics recruited under the Andrews Labor Government’s $500 million plan to improve ambulance response times will hit the road next month. Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy this morning welcomed 48 new paramedics who started Ambulance Victoria’s three-week induction training..

Major Shake Up Of Victoria’s Bail System

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced that it will establish a Night Court for magistrates to hear bail requests over weekends and after hours as part of a major shake up of Victoria’s bail system, following the Bourke Street tragedy on Friday. Under the..

New Starting Gates For Flemington And Cranbourne

The Andrews Labor Government today announced a joint funding package of more than $160,000 to install new practice starting gates at Flemington Racecourse and Cranbourne Training Complex. The Government is contributing more than $80,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) and Racing Victoria (RV)..

Statement On Bourke St

Our hearts are breaking this afternoon. People have died in the heart of our city. Others are seriously injured. Young and old. And all of them were innocent. All of them were just going about their day, like you or I. Some families are just..

New $40 Million Fund To Help Train More Victorians

Victorian industries will receive more support to train their current and new workforce through the Andrews Labor Government’s new $40 million Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF). Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today launched the fund at Melbourne-based John Holland Group which is one..

Victorian Students Receive First Round Uni And TAFE Offers

The nervous wait is over for many Victorian students, who will find out today if they have received a first-round university or TAFE offer. This afternoon, Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited Kambrya College in Berwick to..

Manufacturing Hall Of Fame Awards Nominations Open

Nominations have opened for the 2017 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements by local businesses and individuals. This year’s theme is Growing Advanced Manufacturing, which highlights the opportunities for innovation in Victorian manufacturing. Award categories include Young Manufacturer of the Year,..