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New CEO To Lead Victoria’s First-Ever Family Safety Agency

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed Sue Clifford as Chief Executive Officer of its new family violence agency, Family Safety Victoria. From 1 July, Family Safety Victoria will be responsible for driving and delivering the Labor Government’s unprecedented $1.9 billion action plan to end family violence…

Greater Access To Mental Health Help – Sooner

The Andrews Labor Government will invest an additional $20 million per year in clinical mental health services to meet growing demand and support 3,300 more Victorians. The funding is in addition to the $325.7 million invested in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 and will provide an..

More Private Rental Support For Family Violence Victims

The Andrews Labor Government will roll out another round of the successful Private Rental Assistance Program to help more women and children experiencing family violence access the private rental market. The program, trialled over the past year, has been a success – supporting access to..

CFA Graduates Ready To Protect Victorians

The next batch of CFA recruits are ready to help keep Victorians safe. Emergency Services Minister James Merlino today congratulated thirty new career firefighters at a graduation ceremony at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre in Craigieburn. The awards ceremony is the culmination of an..

Major Reforms To Overhaul Bail System Pass Parliament

The Andrews Labor Government’s legislation to toughen Victoria’s bail system and give a higher priority to community safety passed Parliament this week. The Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017 was introduced last month as part of Victoria’s largest ever suite of legislative measures to crack..

Liberals Blocking Tax Cuts And Home Ownership Support

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with its plans to slash payroll tax for local businesses and other vital reforms that will make it easier for thousands of Victorians to buy their own home. Under the Labor Government reforms, which will be introduced into..

Protecting Victoria From Terror

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Victoria Police and other law enforcement agencies have all the powers they need to protect the community from terrorism and violent extremism. Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that a new expert panel will carry out a root-and-branch review of..

Upgrading Kinders And Childcare Centres Brick By Brick

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure more families can access better local kindergartens and early childhood centres by building and upgrading early year’s facilities across Victoria. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened the 2017-18 Children’s Facilities Capital Program Major Grants, which..

Intervening Early To Support Vulnerable Families

The Andrews Labor Government is intervening earlier so that vulnerable families and children are better supported to stay together. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $29.2 million for ChildFirst and family services to work with more than 2,000 additional families at risk of..

More Corrections Staff To Keep The Community Safe

The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in community corrections is helping to keep Victorians safe with more staff added to the ranks. Minister for Corrections Gayle Tierney joined 38 new Advanced Case Managers at their graduation ceremony today – meaning there are now more than..

Financial Counsellors Supporting Family Violence Victims

The Andrews Labor Government’s specialist family violence financial counselling service has helped more than 1100 victims across Victoria since October. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today visited the Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service in St Albans, where family violence financial counsellors have so..

Grants To Give People With A Disability More Access

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $2 million in new accessible bathrooms across the state, to boost access and equality for Victorians with a disability. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today urged local governments and not-for-profit organisations to apply for one of..

New Squads To Target Organised Crime Gangs

The Andrews Labor Government has stepped up its fight against organised crime, with three new teams joining Victoria Police’s Anti-Gangs Division. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today announced that 20 new officers will be added to the Gang Crime Squad, who will investigate networked offending..

Another Liberal MP Discredits A Distinguished Victorian

Georgie Crozier must immediately apologise after unleashing an unprecedented attack on a former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police. To label an independent review by the distinguished Neil Comrie AO APM as a “whitewash” proves that the Liberals are prepared to say anything to score cheap..

Finkel Review Backs Victoria’s Approach

The Andrews Labor Government welcomes today’s release of the Final Report for the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market (the Finkel Review). The final report, prepared by an Expert Panel and chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO, ..

Southern Metropolitan Partnership to Give Communities a Voice

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed members to Melbourne’s six Metropolitan Partnerships, a new platform for cooperative engagement between governments, business and communities. These Partnerships will identify the opportunities and priorities that exist across government, business and community sectors so that all Melburnians have access..

Victorian Economy Shining Bright Like A Diamond

Victoria’s economy is the powerhouse of the nation – with final demand growing faster than any other state and creating more jobs than every other state combined. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today also shows Victoria’s State Final Demand grew by..