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Victoria’s Young People Shape Their Future

Young Victorians will have even more opportunities to have their say and help shape government decisions, with Victorian Youth Congress applications opening today. The opening of applications were announced today by Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos at the inaugural Youth Summit held at the..


Jude Perera MP has encouraged students in Cranbourne to roll their sleeves up and get their hands dirty in their own school garden. The search for Victoria’s best and most innovative school gardens is on again with the launch of the this year’s Victorian Schools Garden..


The Andrews Labor Government has launched the new $32 million Melbourne Drug Court which will make our community safer by driving down ice use and drug crime. Premier Daniel Andrews attended the launch of the Melbourne Drug Court, which was funded through Stage 2 of..

Labor Kicks Off More Grants To Revamp Sports Facilities

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian clubs, sporting organisations and councils another chance to secure funding to build modern and safer grassroots sports facilities and new multi-sport indoor stadiums. Minister for Sport John Eren today announced that applications are now open for the next..


Everyone in our local area – no matter their age or ability – are being challenged to improve their fitness and health and commit to 30 minutes of physical activity a day in April. Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP today called on all..

Minimum Wage Must Rise To Address Penalty Rate Cuts

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for an increase to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to support low paid workers in our community. The Labor Government has made a submission to the Fair Work Commission annual wage review that focuses on  maintaining a fair safety..

A Stronger Chisholm Institute

Victorians will have access to more opportunities to get the skills they need to get a job thanks to $12 million for Chisholm Institute from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the institute’s Dandenong Campus today to announce funding..

Turnbull Set To Leave 56,000 Victorians Out In The Cold

The Andrews Labor Government has called on Malcolm Turnbull to end the uncertainty for housing and homelessness support in Victoria. With new data revealing that cuts to the National Affordable Housing Agreement would mean that approximately 56,000 Victorians per year would not be able to..

More Life-Saving Defibs For Grassroots Sports Clubs

Victorian sports clubs have another chance to apply for a new defibrillator and help save the lives of players, volunteers or spectators who suffer a cardiac arrest. Minister for Sport John Eren joined St John Ambulance Victoria Chief Executive Officer Gordon Botwright today to announce..

New Laws To Stamp Out Violence At Public Events

The Andrews Labor Government today introduced new public order laws and harsher penalties to stamp out violence at protests or public events. The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Public Order) Bill 2016 will include new statutory offences of affray and violent disorder, and additional police powers to..

Launch Of The Independent Office To Resolve School Disputes

In an Australian-first, Victorian families will have access to an Independent Office responsible for resolving the most complex and difficult school disputes. Minister for Education James Merlino launched the new Independent Office for School Dispute Resolution at an event at Parliament today and said that..

New organics processing contracts to divert waste from landfill

The Andrews Labor Government is diverting more than half a million tonnes of food and garden waste away from Melbourne’s landfills annually. Jude Perera MP today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, that a major..

Statement On Multicultural Australia

It is beyond ironic that Malcolm Turnbull is moving to water down race hate laws on Harmony Day. We strongly condemn any changes which suggest it is okay to be racially insulting or offensive, or even humiliate someone because of their background. Just yesterday, Mr..

Keeping Victorians Safe On Our Roads

Minister for Police Lisa Neville today opened the Towards Zero Road Safety Conference 2017 bringing together Victoria’s Highway Patrol workforce to focus on improving safety on our roads and reducing road trauma. In Victoria someone is killed or suffers serious injuries as a result of..

Community Correction Order Laws In Force

New laws preventing courts from using community correction orders (CCOs) as a sentencing option for the most serious crimes, such as rape and murder, come into force today. Attorney-General Martin Pakula introduced the new laws in October last year to better align sentencing with community..

Skilled Jobs Bringing High Capacity Metro Trains To Life

Victoria’s future engineers and skilled tradespeople will play a crucial role in building Melbourne’s 65 next generation High Capacity Metro Trains, as the Andrews Labor Government puts more young people to work. Visiting Downer EDI’s Newport Rail Yard today, Minister for Industry and Employment Wade..

More Than 200,000 Jobs And Counting

Victoria was the only state in the nation to record an increase in employment during February, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Today’s ABS figures confirm 10,600 jobs were created in Victoria in February, taking the total to 203,300 since the Andrews Labor..

Men’s Sheds A Valuable Asset For Local Communities

Communities around Victoria are set to benefit from more Men’s Sheds, thanks to $879,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced the opening of the 2017-18 Men’s Sheds Grants Program today, during a visit to the Maryborough..