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Statement From The Premier

Last night, National Cabinet took another big step. I want to tell you why and let you know what we need you to do right now. The Prime Minister and other first ministers recognised that Victoria is currently grappling with a more imminent threat than..

Elective Surgery Wound Back To Prepare For Coronavirus

Victoria’s public hospitals have today been directed to begin winding back all non-urgent surgery, where it is safe to do so, as preparations escalate for the health system to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. While hospital admissions for coronavirus patients remain low, they are rising..

Statement From The Premier

Victoria Police has established a coronavirus enforcement squad of five hundred officers to ensure containment measures that have been put in place to combat coronavirus are followed. Coordinated through the Police Operations Centre, the officers will be out in the community doing spot checks on..

Emergency Relief Packages For Victorians Who Need It Most

Victorians self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) with no access to food and essential supplies will receive emergency relief packages under a program introduced by the Victorian Government. The program will support people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food, and no network of..

Statement From The Premier

I will inform National Cabinet tonight that Victoria will proceed over the next 48 hours to implement a shutdown of all non-essential activity across our state to combat the spread of Coronavirus. This is not something that we do lightly, but it’s clear that if..

Economic Survival Package To Support Businesses And Jobs

The Victorian Government will pump billions of dollars into the economy to help Victorian businesses and workers survive the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Premier Daniel Andrews and Treasurer Tim Pallas today announced a $1.7 billion economic survival and jobs package, which has been..

Helping Victorian Parents Find Their Local School

The Andrews Labor Government’s Findmyschool website has been updated so parents continue to have the latest information to find out the school zone they live in. Minister for Education James Merlino said the updates include school zones for the 14 new schools opening at the..

Hotline Help For Businesses Dealing With COVID-19 Impacts

The Andrews Labor Government today launched a hotline for businesses dealing with the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic is creating issues for businesses large and small who are facing a downturn in trade, bans on events and restrictions on indoor gatherings,..

Premiers’ Reading Challenge Gets Kids Reading Everyday

Victorian children and young people are preparing to take on the challenge to read more books as the Premiers’ Reading Challenge gets underway. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2020, with thousands of avid readers expected to take part in..

New Website To Help Closed Schools Continue Teaching

A new website has been launched to help teachers keep students learning in the event a school is closed because of COVID-19. Launched today, the new Learning From Home site provides age-appropriate, curriculum-based learning resources for early childhood services and primary and secondary school students. Minister for..

Impressive New Sporting And Arts Facilities For Upwey High

Students and the wider community can now enjoy new first-rate performing arts and sports facilities at Upwey High School, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the school to officially open its new multipurpose building, which includes a competition-grade..

New Kinder Hub Opens In Morwell

Morwell families will have access to more kindergarten places thanks to a new one-stop-shop bringing together kinder, school and family services at a single location. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened the $6.5 million integrated children’s centre which is co-located at Morwell Central Primary..

Supporting The Kindergarten Building Boom In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is helping build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state as it gets on with rolling out Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Lucknow Primary School to announce a new kindergarten would be built at the school, helping..

New Certificates For Year 9 Learning Growth And Achievement

In an Australian first, the learning growth of Year 9 students in Victoria and their success in NAPLAN testing will be properly recognised, with the introduction of Year 9 Certificates of Achievement. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that certificates will be awarded to..

Improving Oversight And Safety In Boarding Schools

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced new laws to ensure boarding schools are registered, regulated and safer for students. The Education and Training Reform Amendment (Regulation of Student Accommodation) Bill 2020, introduced into Victorian Parliament this week, will expand the regulatory powers of the Victorian Registration..

Community To Have Their Say On Clifton Creek Primary

The Andrews Labor Government is engaging with students, families and the local community on the re-build of Clifton Creek Primary School following the devastating bushfires that destroyed the school. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened community consultation to gain insights that will help inform..

Grants Now Open For Education Week Activities

Not-for-profits across Victoria are invited to apply for grants to host science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themed activities as part of the 76th annual Education Week. The theme this year is ‘Celebrating STEM’ and all government schools are encouraged to join Education Week celebrations, opening..

Students To Get Mental Health Support After Bushfires

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students in areas worst hit by the summer’s bushfire have the mental health support they need. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the Mental Health Practitioners in Schools initiative will be rolled out to ten schools across East..