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Funds To Ensure Young People Can Party Safely

The Andrews Labor Government will extend a successful harm minimisation outreach program that will give 1800 young people the tools to party safely. The innovative Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (Party) program graphically demonstrates the impact of alcohol and drug abuse. Minister for..

Understanding Reoffending To Improve Community Safety

An expert consortium conducting world-leading research into serious violent and sexual offending has been set up in Melbourne, thanks to $1.6 million from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney today officially opened the Catalyst Consortium at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn…

Boosting Forensic Mental Health Services To Keep Us Safe

To help address the root causes of crime and keep Victorians safe, the Andrews Labor Government will expand mental health support for those who are in, or at risk of entering, the criminal justice system. With a focus on preventing offending in the first place,..

Victoria’s Job Creation Almost Double That Of The Nation

Victoria’s annual employment growth is the best in the nation with more than 12,000 full time jobs created in March alone, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirmed today. ABS figures also show Victoria’s employment passed 3.1 million for the first time in March this..

First Social Impact Bonds For Disadvantaged Victorians

Two of Australia’s leading welfare providers have been invited to develop Victoria’s first Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) to reach better outcomes for at-risk teenagers and the long term homeless. Consortia led by Anglicare and Sacred Heart Mission have been chosen by the Andrews Labor Government..

New Life-Saving Helipad Ready To Take Off At Monash

A brand new helipad on the roof of the Monash Children’s Hospital is ready to help save lives by providing a faster and more direct route to vital emergency care. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today officially opened the helipad for time-critical..

New Technology To Give Police The Edge

Police and Protective Services Officers will spend less time stuck at their desks and more time out in the community, thanks to new high-tech mobile devices. The devices – one of the biggest technological changes to frontline policing since radio systems in patrol cars –..

Paws For The Cause: Changing The Lives Of Young People

A social enterprise in Dandenong South is changing the lives of at risk young people by giving them opportunities to work in the picking, packing and warehousing industry. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan was today given a special tour of Online PAWS (Picking..

More Shade To Protect Victorians From UV Radiation

The Andrews Labor Government is installing more shade and trees in community spaces to protect Victorians from harmful UV radiation. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced 228 recipients that will share in $1.78 million from the second round of the Community Shade Grant Program…

Protecting Tenants Rights In Specialist Disability Accomodation

Tenants, families and carers in specialist disability accommodation have been invited to share their views on how their rights can be protected in the transition to the NDIS when it comes to specialist disability accommodation. As part of the transition to the NDIS, all participants..

Road Safety Operation Out In Force Over Holiday Period

An almost two-week long road safety operation will begin tomorrow to keep Victorian motorists safe over the Easter long weekend and Anzac Day period. With increased police numbers and booze and drug buses out in force, the 13-day Operation Nexus campaign will target the fatal..

Recognising Our World-Class Medical Researchers

The prestigious 2017 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research has honoured the outstanding work and revolutionary advances of four talented health and medical researchers in the early stages of their careers. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy presented the awards last night, which are now..

Worker Mental Health To Take Centre Stage

Keeping Victorian workers healthy in mind as well as body will be the key focus of a new initiative that empowers bosses to make mental health a priority in the workplace. The new $50 million WorkHealth program includes a free, interactive online platform that will..

Stay Safe On The Roads This Easter Holidays

As Victorians prepare to visit family and friends these Easter holidays, drivers are reminded to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks. With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-ten road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians..

Victoria Launches First Family Violence Workforce Census

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a landmark survey of the Victorian family violence workforce, as the Victorian Government gets on with planning its first ever Family Violence Industry Plan. Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings announced today that the census is now open, with..

Extra Support For Vulnerable Renters And Consumers

The Andrews Labor Government is increasing funding to assist Victoria’s vulnerable and disadvantaged tenants and consumers. From July, the Tenancy and Consumer Program will receive $1.1 million extra each year from 2017-21 – a funding boost of 33 per cent. It means better services for..

Record Meth Bust Keeps Drugs Off Our Streets

Minister for Police Lisa Neville today praised the work of Victoria Police alongside the Australian Federal Police to seize  Australia’s largest haul of methamphetamine. The seizure of almost 903 kilograms of the drug in Melbourne’s east has resulted in two men being charged for their..