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Solar Feed-In Tariffs Double In Victoria

Victorian solar households will finally receive fair compensation for the power they provide to the grid  thanks to ground-breaking changes announced today. Solar households are set to receive a minimum feed-in tariff rate of 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour compared to the current five cents..

Kicking Off Victoria’s Multi-Festival Season

Organisers of community festivals and events celebrating Victoria’s diversity can apply for funding from the Andrews Labor Government this year. More than $2 million will be available to community groups and schools as part of the Government’s recently-launched Victorian. And proud of it. multicultural policy…

Melbourne Cable Park To Boost South-Eastern Suburbs

The new $6-million Melbourne Cable Park will generate tourism, create jobs and increase liveability in the fast-growing south-eastern suburbs. The Bangholme community will benefit from improved facility which is located on 11.63 hectares of Crown land managed by the Department of Environment, Land Water and..


New funding by the Andrews Labor Government will give secondary students in our local area the chance to volunteer and get involved in their local communities in 2017. Alkira Secondary College, Cranbourne Secondary College, Lyndhurst Secondary College and  Marnebek School Cranbourne, will each receive up..

Funding Boost To Put The Safety Of Health Workers First

Frontline workers and patients will benefit from additional safety measures to reduce and prevent violence in hospitals and mental health services through the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for..

Safer, More Accessible Taxi And Hire Car Services

The Andrews Labor Government will today introduce legislation to regulate rideshare services and make taxi and hire car services safer, more responsive and more accessible for people with disabilities. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Mark Wilson from London Rides today – one of..

Reforms Continue To Improve Jury Directions

The Andrews Labor Government introduced new laws in Parliament today to further simplify and improve the way information is provided to juries in criminal trials. The Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2017 will clarify that jury parades are not an essential part of..

Erasing Bias From Workplace Recruiting

Victorians will have a fairer playing field when applying for jobs under an anti-discrimination pilot program launched by the Andrews Labor Government. In an Australian-first, Recruit Smarter will de-identify personal details – such as names, genders, ages, and locations – to reduce potential bias during..

Helping Disadvantaged Job Seekers Find Work

Ballarat employment providers, businesses and community groups have put their heads together at a networking conference to get thousands of disadvantaged Victorians into work. The conference was part of Jobs Victoria – the state’s biggest-ever employment drive to help more than 4,000 disadvantaged Victorians find..

Medicinal Cannabis Takes Big Steps Forward In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with establishing a reliable, safe production pipeline for the supply of high quality medicinal cannabis for Victorian patients. The first cannabis crop grown by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has now been harvested. It..

Announcement of Respectful Relationships Lead Schools

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today announced that Lynbrook Primary School is one of 126 schools leading the way in implementing the new Respectful Relationships program. Stemming from recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Respectful Relationships is designed to break..

Economic Activity And Jobs Growth The Best In The Nation

Victoria’s economy is now the only state in Australia with above trend economic growth and improving momentum, according to the latest ANZ Stateometer Report. The December report, published today by ANZ, highlights the on-going strength in the Victorian labour market which is continuing to support..

Building Victoria’s First High Capacity Train Line

Work has begun to prepare the Cranbourne-Pakenham line for the 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) being built in Victoria by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today outlined $660 million worth of upgrades that will be carried out along the..

First Round Of Emergency Volunteer Grants Announced

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino, Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny recently visited the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard’s Frankston Flotilla to congratulate successful..

On The Road To Safer Young Drivers

The Andrews Labor Government, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Museums Victoria are partnering to create a world leading Road Safety Education Complex at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today announced the location for the complex, a..

Thompsons Road Upgrade One Step Closer To Completion

The Andrews Labor Government is a step closer to fixing the notorious Thompsons Road in Melbourne’s south-east with four companies now shortlisted for the second stage of works. BMD, CPB, Cut and Fill and Winslow have been shortlisted to submit tenders for the $175 million..

New Secure Facility To Keep Victoria Safe

The Andrews Labor Government will build a 20-bed secure facility to house Victoria’s most serious adult offenders with Ararat announced as the preferred location. The facility, to be located next to Hopkins Correctional Centre, will accommodate sex offenders and violent offenders who are not yet..

Liberals Plan To Kill Jobs And Increase Power Prices

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy’s plan to scrap Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target (VRET) will put thousands of jobs at risk – while significantly increasing power prices and pollution. VRET is providing investment certainty that will drive $9 billion in investment in renewables and large-scale energy storage..