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Better Facilities For Victorian Schools

Victorian students will have better school environments to learn and succeed in, with the Andrews Labor Government funding key maintenance projects at schools right across the state. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that 94 schools will share in $7.26 million of Planned Maintenance..

More Mental Health Services For Young Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure no young Victorian experiencing mental health concerns falls through the cracks, with a huge investment in targeted mental health outreach to provide the personalised care children and young adults need. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today visited..

Victorians Shaping The New Mental Health And Wellbeing Act

Hundreds of Victorians have had their say on the Andrews Labor Government’s new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, which will enshrine recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System into law and help build the state’s new mental health system. The Royal Commission set out a..

Helping Kids See Clearly With Glasses Milestone

One thousand more Victorian students can now see more clearly and concentrate better at school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s free Glasses for Kids program. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the 1000th pair of free glasses have been prescribed to a student at..

Land Purchased For Truganina North Education Precinct

Families in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs are a step closer to having more world-class school facilities, with the Andrews Labor Government securing land for an education precinct in Truganina North. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the Labor..

Recognising Monbulk’s Outstanding Volunteers

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Volunteering Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary efforts of Victoria’s hard-working volunteers. The awards are an opportunity to recognise the incredible support volunteers have given to others during a difficult year – whether it’s delivering essential food relief and..

Victoria’s Zero Emission Vehicle Charging Blitz

The Andrews Labor Government is supercharging the state’s zero emissions vehicle journey with $5 million for a fast-charging network and $3 million in new charging grants for local council and business fleets. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the funding along..

New Puffing Billy Visitor Centre Adds Steam To Tourism Revival

The Andrews Labor Government has ensured the future of one of Victoria’s most popular and iconic tourist attractions, Puffing Billy Railway, with a new $24.8 million Visitor Centre officially opened today. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula joined Member for Monbulk James..

Delivering More Food Relief For Victorians In Need

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Victorian families in need can continue putting a meal on the table with the delivery of an extra 830,000 meals through community food relief programs. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers James Merlino today announced 16 organisations would share..

New Standards To Emphasise Respect For School Staff

The Andrews Labor Government has launched new school policies and resources to promote the importance of collaboration and respectful behaviours between parents and carers and school staff. The new Respectful Behaviours within the School Community Policy will help ensure schools remain safe and positive places..

Lysterfield To Host 2022 Pistol Australia National Titles

The Lysterfield area will be able to enjoy top shooting action, with Victorian Amateur Pistol Association receiving funding from the Victorian Government to host the 2022 Pistol Australia National Titles at the Yarra Pistol Club in Lysterfield. Member for Monbulk today announced the event will..

Ditching The Double Drop-Off With More Kinders On School Sites

The Andrew Labor Government is making kinder education more accessible for children and their families by delivering more kindergartens on school sites ─ saving parents time and helping ditch the dreaded double drop-off. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today announced four more kindergartens will..


Two more dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s outer-east have been removed months ahead of schedule this morning and two brand new train stations are now open – as Victoria gets closer to reaching the major milestone of 50 level crossings gone for good…

Master Teachers Appointed For Teaching Excellence Program

Nine outstanding Victorian teachers have been chosen to lead the Andrews Labor Government’s Teaching Excellence Program – an Australian-first professional learning program at the new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership. The Teaching Excellence Program will provide advanced professional learning for highly-skilled teachers at government,..

Striking A Chord With Music In Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure more Victorian students have access to vital music education at school, with expressions of interest for the 2022 Music in Schools Teacher Professional Learning Program now open. The Labor Government is investing $3.5 million to continue the DUET..

Inclusive Education Opportunity For Teachers

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian teachers the opportunity to strengthen their skills and knowledge in inclusive education to continue supporting students of all abilities. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that 71 government school teachers and regional support employees across the state..

Reading Challenge Opens a New World To Kids In The Yarra Ranges

Young Victorians in the Yarra Ranges are among more than 71,000 young Victorians who explored exciting new worlds and built their literacy skills this year as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge, now in its seventeenth year. Victorian kids aged from pre-school to Year 10..

Extra Mental Health Support For New Parents

New parents will soon have better access to the vital mental health support they need, with an investment from the Andrews Labor Government to expand and reform community perinatal mental health teams across the state. One in five women will experience a perinatal mental health..