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Recognising Excellence In Victorian Schools

A Warrnambool teacher with a passion for improving children’s wellbeing has taken out the top gong at the 2016 Victorian Education Excellence Awards. The awards recognise outstanding principals, teachers, business managers and school support staff from Victorian government schools. Minister for Education James Merlino presented..

Additional Disaster Assistance For Mildura And Knox Councils

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced that additional disaster assistance has been activated for Knox and Mildura City Councils in response to the ongoing floods and recent storms. Minister Keenan said assistance is being provided through..

More Fire Recovery Support For Barnawartha

Barnawartha residents are being given extra support to recover from last year’s devastating bushfire. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced $60,000 to extend the role of Indigo Shire Council’s Recovery Support Officer until December, 2017. The Recovery Support Officer has played a vital..

Wishing VCE Students Good Luck In Their Exams

VCE exams officially get underway today with 43,351 students across Victoria sitting their English exam at 9am today. Minister for Education James Merlino wished students all the best in their VCE exams, and reminded them of the great resources available to help them prepare and..

Making Our Emergency Services More Diverse

More women and people from non-English speaking backgrounds are being encouraged to join our emergency services. The Andrews Labor Government today released the Emergency Management Diversity and Inclusion Framework: Respect and Inclusion for All. The framework outlines what needs to be done across Victoria’s emergency..

Win For Firefighters And Community Safety

The Andrews Labor Government welcomes the decision of Volunteer Firefighter Brigades Victoria (VFBV) to withdraw proceedings against the CFA in the Supreme Court of Victoria. This means the enterprise agreement between the CFA and its workforce can now be put to a vote of career..

Additional Disaster Assistance For Storms In Victoria

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced the activation of disaster assistance for Victorians affected by storms in the Cardinia Shire area. Minister Keenan said assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and..

Fire Action Week Is The Right Time To Prepare

Victorians are being urged to prepare for the upcoming fire season with the launch of Fire Action Week. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio joined Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley and the state’s chief fire..

More Than 400 Victorian Schools To Be Upgraded

Students at more than 400 schools across the state will soon have better classrooms and facilities, thanks to a funding boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Mooroolbark College to announce it is one of the..

School Upgrades At Beechworth And Rutherglen

Students in Beechworth and Rutherglen are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve thanks to a major investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minster for Education James Merlino and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited Rutherglen High School and Beechworth Secondary..

Disaster Assistance For Victorian Floods And Storms

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced that disaster assistance has been activated for nine new local government areas in response to the floods and storms that have been affecting Victoria. Minister Keenan said assistance is being..

Construction Starts On Yarra Ranges Tech School

Students in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs are a step closer to having a high tech, innovation hub for learning with work starting on the new Yarra Ranges Tech School. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino today visited Box Hill..

New Plan To Protect Animals in Emergencies

The Andrews Labor Government today launched a new Emergency Animal Welfare Plan to protect animals during natural disasters. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford launched the Plan with Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley and Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Charles Milne at the State Control Centre in..

Four New Schools For Melbourne’s Inner City Families

More than 5,000 new student places will be created for Melbourne families, with a further three new primary schools and a high school to be built in the inner city. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today released the..

Victoria Leading The Way On Respectful Relationships

All Victorian students will learn about respectful relationships to help end the vicious cycle of family violence as part of a new mandatory primary and secondary school subject starting next year. Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today..

Additional Disaster Assistance Available For Victoria Following Floods

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced that additional disaster assistance has been activated for 12 new local government areas in response to floods affecting Victoria. Minister Keenan said the Australian and Victorian Governments are committed to..

$35 Million Boost For Emergency Service Volunteers

Emergency services volunteers will be able to get the equipment and facilities they need to keep communities safe, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s new volunteer grants program. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited Wattle Glen CFA to launch the new Emergency Services..

Future Secured For Oberon High School

Families in Geelong will soon have a new secondary school with Oberon High School to be relocated to a modern facility to be built at the Armstrong Creek Education Precinct. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the precinct site to announce the school’s relocation..