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Getting On With The Thomas Embling Hospital Upgrade

The Andrews Labor Government’s massive expansion of the state’s forensic mental health capacity is another step closer, with a tender now open to appoint a builder for the huge redevelopment of Thomas Embling Hospital. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced the Labor Government..

Mental Health Support For Those With Small Businesses In Mind

Member-based business organisations are being offered tailored mental health and wellbeing support, through an Andrews Labor Government initiative. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today announced the Mental Wellbeing of Business Communities Grants Program, providing up to 200 member-based business communities with a $15,000 grant for..

Extending COVIDsafe Measures To Keep Classrooms Safe

After a safe and successful start to the school year, the Andrews Labor Government will extend its COVIDSafe measures in schools and early childhood settings until the end of Term 1. Initially set to run for the first four weeks of Term 1, the measures..

Victorian Experts To Help Shape Mental Health Reforms

A roll call of experts from Victoria’s mental health sector will provide specialist advice on rebuilding and shaping the state’s mental health and wellbeing system, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s nation-leading reform. The Mental Health Ministerial Advisory Committee (MHMAC) met for the first..

Backing Young LGBTIQ+ Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is standing with young queer, transgender and gender diverse Victorians and their families, with a fast-tracked funding boost to give them better access to vital health and support services. The recent unnecessary, hurtful public debate around legal protections for young LGBTIQ+..

Putting Senior Students’ Literacy And Numeracy To The Test

As part of the Andrews Labor Government’s reform of the VCE and VCAL system, Victorian senior secondary students will have their literacy and numeracy skills measured against new standards in a reformed General Achievement Test (GAT) from this year. Minister for Education James Merlino today..

Young Victorians Encouraged To Get A Move On For Health

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian kids more opportunities to lace up the boots, hit the dance studio or slide down to a skatepark, as part of a refreshed campaign promoting physical activity. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the launch of the Get..

Full Steam Ahead For Sitting On The Sills Of Puffing Billy

The time-honoured tradition of sitting on the sills of Puffing Billy will make its long-awaited return to the iconic heritage railway from today. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing to..

Recognising And Rewarding Our Hardworking School Staff

The Andrews Labor Government has landed an agreement with Victoria’s government school workforce, giving them more time and support to focus on quality teaching and learning in the classroom. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced details of the proposed new Schools Enterprise Bargaining Agreement,..

New Primary School Opens Doors To Students In Gisborne

Families in the south of Gisborne now have more options for a great education close to home thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with the brand-new Willowbank Primary School’s doors now open to students. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas..

New Primary School Opens For Kalkallo Students

Kalkallo students are starting the year in a brand-new primary school, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to deliver a great education for families in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Gilgai Plains Primary School to officially open the..

Brand New School For Students In Melbourne’s North West

The school year is well underway, and students in Greenvale are settling into their brand new school – part of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to deliver a great education for families in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Greenvale Secondary..

A New Era For Bass Coast College With San Remo Campus

Hundreds of students in South Gippsland are starting the new school year at the new San Remo Campus of Bass Coast College, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in the Education State. Formerly known as Wonthaggi Secondary College, the Labor Government has expanded..

More Options For Clyde Students With Two New Schools

Students in Clyde are kicking off the school year in two brand-new schools, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s work to deliver a great education for families in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas. Minister for Education James Merlino today officially opened the new Clyde Creek Primary..