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New Designs And Builder For 120 New Mental Health Beds

The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Victoria’s mental health system with 120 new mental health beds across four new acute mental health facilities to support more people when they need it most. Acting Premier and Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today released designs and..

Work Starts On Billanook Primary School Upgrades

Students at Billanook Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced that Baumgart Clark Architects have been..

Hundreds Of Schools Share In Maintenance Boost

Students at more than 200 schools across Victoria are set to benefit from an essential maintenance boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that 230 schools will share in $10.4 million of Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) funding. PMP..

Local Businesses Recognised For School Training Partnerships

Local businesses across Victoria that are giving students vital on-the-job experience have been honoured by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today celebrated employers from across the state who are providing valuable workplace education for students through programs such as Head Start,..

Delivering New Mental Health Jobs And Support Across Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure mental health workers across Victoria get the support and training they need – delivering new jobs and creating scholarships for more mental health nurses. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today opened applications for the new Postgraduate Mental..

Nominations Open For New VET Champions Program

High-achieving Victorians who have built successful careers through vocational education and training (VET) will be showcased as part of a new initiative to inspire the next generation of secondary school students. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened nominations for the new VET Champions initiative,..

Making Monbulk Government Schools Energy Efficient

Monbulk government schools are set to become greener and more environmentally sustainable while reducing their electricity costs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced schools in 3 primary schools in Monbulk are among 171 government schools across Victoria..

Installing Solar Systems In Victorian Government Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is cutting energy bills for public schools and making them more environmentally sustainable. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 171 government schools across Victoria will receive solar power systems under the Greener Government School Buildings program. The $8.8 million program aims to..

Neighbourhood Battery Trial To Maximise Rooftop Solar

The Andrews Labor Government will support trials of neighbourhood-scale batteries to maximise the unprecedented uptake in rooftop solar and empower communities to take control of their energy. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced that the $3 million Neighbourhood Battery Initiative (NBI) was open,..

More Mental Health Support For Victorian Students

Secondary students in Ovens Murray and Mallee will have better access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that the roll out of mental health practioners at 31 schools in the..

More Support For Holocaust Education In Our Schools

More Victorian schools will get additional support to help teach students about the Holocaust and stamp out antisemitism, thanks to an expanded partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and Gandel Philanthropy. An additional 110 teaching teams at government secondary schools will undertake a professional learning..

Designs Released For Centre To Boost Student Excellence

High-achieving VCE students are one step closer to getting a ‘head start’ on their university education with the appointment of a builder for a new $27.5 million state-of-the-art learning centre. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor today also released..

Community Environmental Grants Open For Monbulk

Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP is encouraging community groups in the Yarra Ranges to help protect the environment, with grants of up to $50,000 now available for conservation projects or habitat restoration. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has announced the..

Date Set For Mental Health Royal Commission Final Report

The final report and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will be tabled on Tuesday, 2 March, 2021 prior to an historic joint sitting of the Victorian Parliament. The Parliament will hear directly from Chair, Penny Armytage AM, Professor Patrick McGorry..

Designs And Tender Released For Eighth Vertical School

Victoria will soon have another new vertical government school to address population growth across the inner city – thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Northern Metropolitan Sheena Watt today unveiled the innovative designs by ARM Architecture for the vertical..

Turning The Sod At The New San Remo Campus

Students on the Bass Coast are one step closer to getting the modern learning facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale today turned the first sod on the new junior campus of..

Supporting Our Local Creative Sector And Workers

Victoria’s nation-leading creative industries will receive more support as creative workers and businesses continue to re-activate the sector with new projects and collaborations – including in the Yarra Ranges. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today called out to local creative workers and businesses to..