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Rejuvenating Hallam Secondary For The Growing South-East

The Victorian Government is making sure families in one of Melbourne’s fastest-growing urban areas will have access to a first-rate secondary school for years 7 to 12 in the coming years. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan today..

Mental Health Workforce Survey To Help Drive Change

The Victorian Government is conducting a new survey to gain the valuable insights of frontline mental health workers ─ and delivering on a recommendation by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. A new workforce personnel survey has been sent out today to all..

Rejuvenating Hallam Secondary For The Growing South-East

The Victorian Government is making sure families in one of Melbourne’s fastest-growing urban areas will have access to a first-rate secondary school for years 7 to 12 in the coming years. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan today..

VCE Written Exams Get Underway

This year’s VCE written exams have officially kicked off, with 42,626 students across the state sitting the English exam and another 3,520 sitting English as an Additional Language exam this morning. Minister for Education James Merlino wished all students sitting exams this year the best..

New Deal For Staff As Mental Health Reforms Begin

The Victorian Government has reached an in-principle agreement to deliver fairer pay and conditions for public sector mental health workers, who will be vital to Victoria’s unprecedented mental health system reform. The new enterprise agreement addresses recruitment and retention gaps identified by the Royal Commission..

Splashing Back Into School Swimming Lessons

The Victorian Government is making sure all school students have the opportunity to catch up on vital swimming and water safety skills, with vouchers for catch-up lessons missed during the pandemic. Swimming and water safety education has been part of the Victorian Curriculum since 2017,..

Helping New Victorian Kids Settle Into School

Children arriving in Victoria with low levels of English will be supported to learn the language and integrate into mainstream schools, with the Victorian Government supporting English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers and multicultural education aides to help new arrivals feel at home. Minister..

Mental Health Support Through And Beyond The Pandemic

As lockdown ends thanks to the incredible efforts of Victorians stepping up to get vaccinated, the Victorian Government is providing more mental health support for the community as the state recovers from the pandemic. The Government’s 20 pop-up mental health services are now open and..

Work On New Local Adult Mental Health Services Underway

The Victorian Government is making sure all Victorians get the care they need sooner and closer to their families and communities, with work continuing on the development of new local adult mental health services. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced the tender process..

Recognising Victoria’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..

Improvement works to kick off at Cardinia Reservoir Park

Contractors appointed to start upgrades in October Visitors to Cardinia Reservoir Park will soon enjoy upgraded facilities as part of a major Victorian Government investment in Melbourne parks. The Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program is delivering $21 million of upgrades at 21 parks to encourage..

Inaugural CEO For New Teaching And Leadership Academy

An outstanding, globally recognised leader in education has been appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Government’s new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced Dr Marcia Devlin will lead the Australian-first academy, which will deliver..

New Settings For Safe, Successful VCE Exams

The public health team is making important changes to the management of school exposures and students who become primary close contacts – ensuring Year 12s can sit their VCE exams with confidence, while keeping the broader community safe. These changes have been made possible by..

Tailored Mental Health Support For Schools And Students

Schools will be able to pick the mental health tools that best match the needs of their students, with the Victorian Government’s Schools Mental Health Fund providing a suite of options to give students tailored support. Minister for Education James Merlino today revealed the interim..

Building The Engine Room Of Our New Mental Health System

The Victorian Government has today introduced legislation which will lay the foundations to build a new mental health facility following a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The Royal Commission’s interim report recommended the establishment of the Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing (the Collaborative Centre) ─ embodying a new..

A Head Start On The Early Childhood Career Path

Secondary students eager to work in the early childhood sector can start their career path early, thanks to a new partnership between a national early childhood provider and the Victorian Government’s Head Start program. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched a Head Start partnership..

Supporting Families Experiencing Anxiety

Victorian parents and carers now have free access to dedicated online programs to support children experiencing anxiety, as part of the Victorian Government’s latest mental health funding boost. An investment of $1 million will expand the Triple P Positive Parenting Program statewide, supporting more than..

Mental Health Advisory Bodies Giving Communities A Voice

The Victorian Government is continuing its work to build a reformed mental health and wellbeing system centred around community – giving Victorians access to the support they need, when they need it, close to home. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced expressions of..