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More Rehab Beds, Better Treatment And Safer Streets

The Andrews Labor Government today unveiled a new plan to tackle skyrocketing ice and heroin deaths and help Victorians get the treatment they need to beat their addiction. The Labor Government’s $87 million Drug Rehabilitation Plan builds on the work done through the Ice Action..

Fire Services Response Data Published For The First Time

The Andrews Labor Government today welcomed the publication of fire services response data for the first time. Data from both the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Country Fire Authority will now be published every quarter – starting today – as part of the Labor Government’s..

Victoria Lands Massive Rugby Union Deal

The Andrews Labor Government has scored a massive new deal that will bring more rugby union tests to Melbourne and grow the game at grassroots level right across the state. Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events John Eren and Member for Narre Warren North..

Turnbull Government Abandons Victoria’s Homeless

The Federal Liberal Government has overnight confirmed that Malcolm Turnbull is walking away from joint responsibility to tackle growing homelessness. The Liberals’ new Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness Agreement) Bill 2017 has been introduced without consultation with service providers, the states or territories…

Leading Policy Informed By Experts

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed an expert independent panel to guide how Victoria can most effectively reduce its emissions. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today appointed members to the Independent Expert Panel. Mr Greg Combet AM will chair the Panel..

Revamp For Victoria’s Leading Sexual Health Service

More Victorian women will be able to easily access expert advice on sexual and reproductive health issues, thanks to a modern makeover of the Family Planning Victoria Action Centre in Melbourne. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today officially opened the refurbished clinic in the city,..

$200,000 For CALD Projects To Reduce Gambling Harm

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Victorian community organisations to apply for funding under a new $200,000 grants program to help prevent or reduce gambling harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Grants of up to $20,000 are available to grassroots CALD organisations for..

Calling All Green Thumbs For Victoria In Bloom

Flowers are blooming across the state and Victorians are encouraged to recognise some of our most glorious gardens with the Victoria in Bloom competition. Minister for Housing Martin Foley today invited public or community-managed housing tenants who maintain and produce exceptional gardens to enter the..

More Help For Students Through Mentoring

More young people will be encouraged to remain engaged in education or training through an expansion of the successful Student Mentoring Program. Minister for Education James Merlino and Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley officially launched round two of the program today – with applications..

Construction, Retail Trade, Jobs: All Thriving In Victoria

Today’s CommSec State of the States report shows Victoria leading the nation in construction work, just days  after the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirmed more jobs had been created in Victoria during the past year than any other state. The October CommSec report shows construction..

New Lanes Open On West Gate, Tulla And CityLink

The Andrews Labor Government is reducing road congestion and boosting reliability with new lanes opening on CityLink, the West Gate and Tullamarine Freeways this week. More than 20 kilometres of new lanes will be progressively opened across the week between Bulla Road and Power Street…

Launching Children’s Week Across Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Children’s Week celebrations across Victoria with dozens of fun, educational and free activities and events for local communities. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today visited the Collingwood Toy Library in Abbottsford to help kick off 2017 Children’s..

Andrews Labor Government Delivers More Support For Animal Welfare

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to deliver more support for animal welfare and will establish a dedicated public sector group called Animal Welfare Victoria. Animal Welfare Victoria will bring together all aspects of domestic animal and animal welfare research, policy, education and compliance…

More Than 280,000 Jobs Since November 2014

Victoria’s jobs boom continues, with jobs growth continuing to climb and the State seeing the highest annual employment surge in the nation. A total of 114,400 jobs were created in the 12 months to September according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Since the..

Infrastructure Boom Puts Local Jobs First

The Andrews Labor Government’s multibillion dollar pipeline of infrastructure projects is putting local workers and businesses first. The Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) Annual Report 2016-17 shows local content requirements were set for 31 public projects worth more than $19 billion..

Rollout Of The NDIS Must Continue Without Delay

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to continue without delay and is urging the Turnbull Government to fully fund the scheme. The Victorian Government welcomes the Productivity Commission report into NDIS costs, which poses the..