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Statement on Puffing Billy Ombudsman’s Report

Puffing Billy has and always will be an important part of our community. But over a long period of time, some people associated with Puffing Billy committed horrific crimes – and for too long their crimes and their victims were ignored. As the local Member..

New Programs For Schools To Build Digital Tech Skills

Every government school student will have access to Minecraft: Education Edition as part of a new partnership with the Andrews Labor Government to give students access to the very best digital and science technology. Under the new agreement between the Government and Microsoft, a broad..

New Classroom And Community Centre For Belgrave South Students

Students at Belgrave South Primary School will soon benefit from a new classroom and community centre, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education and Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced Belgrave South Primary School, in Yarra Ranges, will receive $200,000 to build..

Have Your Say On A Bigger, Better Miners Rest Primary School

Ballarat families can now have their say on plans for a bigger, better Miners Rest Primary School. Minister for Education James Merlino this week opened community consultation on the school’s upgrade and expansion, following the Andrews Labor Government’s investment of $4.5 million in the Victorian Budget..

Free Books For Every Prep Student

Every Prep student in government schools will get free books as part of an ambitious strategy by the Andrews Labor Government to lift literacy and numeracy outcomes. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the second phase of the Labor Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy,..

New Vertical High School In Prahran On Track

Families in Melbourne’s inner south will soon have access to one of Victoria’s first government vertical schools, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino today toured the new Prahran High School construction site to see first-hand the..

CFA Volunteers To Benefit From $5 Million In Grants

Volunteer firefighters are sharing in more than $5 million in grants, thanks to a new Andrews Labor Government-funded program. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced there are almost 250 successful applications in the first round of the CFA’s Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program. The..

Work Starts On Derinya Primary Kitchen Garden

Frankston South students will soon learn how to grow and prepare their own food at a new school kitchen garden, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Derinya Primary School in Frankston South to turn the first sod and..

Helping Surf Coast Students Get The Skills To Work

High school students across the Surf Coast will soon be able to finish school with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready for work in high demand and high growth industries thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Surf Coast Secondary..

Brunswick School Kids Celebrate Their Italian Skills

Brunswick South Primary School kids today got to show off their Italian language skills when two special visitors toured their school. Minister for Education James Merlino and Italian Consul General Pierluigi Trombetta visited the school to see its bilingual classes in action. While Brunswick South..

Building New School Facilities In Mooroolbark

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students in Yarra Ranges have the classrooms and school facilities they need for a great education. Minister for Education James Merlino today toured Bimbadeen Heights Primary School in Mooroolbark to see the progress on its exciting upgrade firsthand…

Wear Orange To Show Support For SES Volunteers

Victorians are wearing orange today to show their support for the dedicated women and men who volunteer with the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES). Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino said Wear Orange Wednesday was the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the VICSES..

Inclusive Education Scholarships For Teachers

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in specialist teacher training to give every child the chance to succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 360 government funded scholarships for Victorian teachers to undertake a Master of Education specialising..

Helping Ballarat Students Get The Skills To Work

High school students in Ballarat will soon be able to finish school with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready for work in high demand and high growth industries thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Phoenix P-12 Community College in..

Latest Fire Services Response Times Published Online

The response times of Victoria’s fire services varies widely across the state according to the latest data for the March quarter released by CFA and MFB The data is now released every quarter giving further transparency to all Victorians to see how their own fire..

Top Performers Recognised At Premier’s VCE Awards

Victoria’s top performing VCE students have been recognised with Premier’s VCE Awards during a special ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Minister for Education James Merlino today presented the awards to the high-achieving students and congratulated them on their hard work. Winners included..

New Buildings For 21 Schools

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $53.1 million in brand new buildings for 21 schools across Victoria. Minister for Education James Merlino visited Glengala/Sunshine West Primary School this week to announce the third round of schools set to receive new buildings as part of the..

Supporting Our High-Achieving Students

High-achieving students in Victoria will soon have access to a new state-of-the-art facility, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $27.5 million to build a new, co-educational Centre for Higher Education Studies next to Melbourne High..