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Have Your Say On Victoria’s New Mental Health System

Victorians are being invited to have their say about the local mental health services they want to see as the Andrews Labor Government delivers a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The development of new Local Adult and Older Adult..

Victorian Students Top The Class In NAPLAN

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, students in the Education State are excelling – with Victorian kids recording the nation’s highest NAPLAN results and huge improvements on previous years. Since 2015, the Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $22.2 billion in our Education State..

Lived Experience To Shape Victoria’s Mental Health Reform

The Victorian Government is investing right across the state to create a mental health workforce shaped by people with lived experience to help rebuild Victoria’s broken mental health system. Engaging people with lived experience of mental illness is at the heart of Victoria’s mental health..

Exam Plans For The Class Of 2021

The Victorian Government is setting a pathway to ensure Year 12 students can approach their final months of school with confidence, scheduling new exam and assessment dates ahead of the year’s final exam periods. As we confront the immediate challenge of the current Delta outbreak,..

Victorian-First Family Mental Health Centre Takes Shape

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure Victorian children who need specialised, intensive mental health care get the treatment they need, with a site revealed for the state’s first child and family mental health centre. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced the location of..

Respectful Relationships Reaches More Schools

More non-government schools have now signed up to the Andrews Labor Government’s Respectful Relationships program – supporting all Victorian educators to embed respect and gender equality in their school communities. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a further 78 Catholic and independent schools across..

Building Boost For Victorian Schools

Communities across Victoria will soon benefit from a massive school infrastructure boost, with the Andrews Labor Government delivering new schools and upgrades across the Catholic and independent education sectors. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 34 projects across Victoria that will share in $70..

GAT To Be Rescheduled To Keep School Communities Safe

This year’s General Achievement Test (GAT) for Year 12 students will be rescheduled to keep Victorian students, teachers and broader school communities safe from coronavirus. With ongoing community transmission still occurring in metropolitan Melbourne, the Department of Health’s public health team has recommended the GAT..

More Mental Health Services For Young Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to ensure young people across Victoria have access to the mental health services they need with a massive expansion of community-based youth centres. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today welcomed Expressions of Interest for Principal Consultant architecture..

More Shade To Protect The Monbulk Community From Skin Cancer

People in the Dandenong Ranges will be better protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, thanks to grants from the Andrews Labor Government to install more sunshades in schools, public areas and sports clubs. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today urged schools, community organisations..

Howzat! Community Cricket Program Now Open

Local cricket clubs and councils in Monbulk can now apply to develop or upgrade cricket facilities in the area, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced applications have opened for the third innings of..

More Secondary Teachers Upskilling In Maths And Science

Secondary school teachers across the state will have the opportunity to expand their teaching skills as part of a program to fast-track new maths or science teachers by 2023, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened expressions of interest..

Design Underway For Thomas Embling Hospital Upgrade

The Andrews Labor Government is one step closer to delivering expanded forensic mental health capacity at Thomas Embling Hospital with the design team for the massive expansion project now appointed. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced Guymer Bailey Architects and Aecom (Engineering) will..

Landmark Agreement To Secure Highly Skilled Teachers

The Andrews Labor Government is partnering with three Victorian universities to provide real-life work experience to student teachers in the Wimmera, delivering a strong pipeline of skilled workers. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a landmark agreement has been secured with Deakin, Federation and..

A New Workforce To Support Kids With Disability At School

Victorian students with disability and their families are a step closer to receiving more support to learn, contribute and participate fully in their schools and classrooms, thanks to a new workforce for schools supported by the Andrews Labor Government. Healthcare Associates has been appointed to..


Mater Christi College students have been recognised alongside the state’s best performing VCE students in the Premier’s VCE Awards. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today congratulated Lucy Fenton and Lillie Park Jenkinson on their outstanding achievement. • Lucy Fenton was recognised with an award..

Top Students Recognised In Premier’s VCE Awards

Victoria’s best performing VCE students have been recognised with Premier’s VCE Awards, celebrating their outstanding efforts and achievements in their final year of schooling amidst the challenges of 2020. Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated the high-achieving students, which include a young musician with her..