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New Support Service Announced For LGBTIQ+ Community

The Andrews Labor Government is helping LGBTIQ+ Victorians and their families get the support and care they need with a new state-wide counselling service called Qspace. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino and Minister for Equality Martin Foley today announced Drummond Street Services and its..

Supporting Victorian Students With Disability

More Victorian students with disability will get the support they need to learn, contribute and participate in their schools and classrooms, thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that all government schools across the Barwon, Loddon Campaspe and Bayside Peninsula..

Prize Encourages Students To Reflect On Service Of Veterans

Victorian students in Years 9-11 in Monbulk are eligible to win $2,500 as they learn about Australian service people and their history through the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize. The annual competition run by the Victorian Government aims to build greater awareness of Australia’s war..

A Chance To Get More Electric Vehicle Chargers In The Dandenong Ranges

The Victorian Government is calling for businesses, councils and community organisations to install electric vehicle charging stations across the state, with $5 million in funding to expand Victoria’s network of fast chargers – including chargers that give electric vehicles enough power to drive 100km after..

Funding To Support Important Upgrades At Victorian Schools

More Victorian schools will be eligible to receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Minor Capital Works Fund. Minister for Education James Merlino today officially opened Round 2 of the Minor Capital Works Fund which gives government..

Schools Supported With Essential Maintenance Projects

More than 500 schools across the state will be supported in getting essential maintenance and bushfire-ready works off the ground, thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 282 government schools will share in $12.48 million in Term 2 funding for..

Grants Open To Help Support Inclusive Learning In Schools

The Victorian Government is helping more schools support students with disabilities and additional needs by offering grants to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds to ensure that all students can fully participate and succeed in school. Acting Premier and..

Supporting Victorians After Storms And Flood

The Victorian Government is protecting and supporting Victorians after catastrophic storms that brought down trees, caused major flooding and damaged vital infrastructure. Acting Premier James Merlino visited Olinda today with Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and Acting Emergency Services Minister Danny Pearson to announce more support..

Transforming Primary Education In Greater Shepparton

The Andrews Labor Government has today released the third stage of the Shepparton Education Plan following extensive stakeholder and community engagement on improving outcomes for children in Shepparton. The Shepparton Education Plan – Stage Three – Primary Education focusses on the educational journey of children from Foundation..

Delivering A New Mental Health And Wellbeing Act

Victorians can have their say on a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, which will be the cornerstone for the redesigned mental health and wellbeing system that Victorians deserve. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended the Andrews Labor Government replace the current..

Delivering The Mental Health Support Victorians Deserve

Victorians will get the mental health support and care they need, with the Victorian Government to provide additional funding as demand for services increases during current restrictions. Though they’re important and necessary, these temporary measures can affect the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians, including..

Rebuilding Mental Health Support For Young Victorians

Young people in Bendigo will get access to the mental health services they deserve with a multi-million dollar refurbishment of the local youth prevention and recovery care thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian Budget 21/22 invests $3.8 billion towards decade-long mental health reform, delivering more..

Building A Bright Future For Victorian Kids

More Victorian kids will learn in brand‑new schools and first‑rate classrooms, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to roll out the next phase of our school building boom. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $1.6 billion to build new schools and improve existing schools – making sure our kids..

Supporting Our Kids To Be Healthy And Happy

Our kids deserve to grow up healthy and happy. And after their family and friends, our schools are one of the biggest supports in a young person’s life. As we build our mental health system from the ground up, we’re putting schools at the centre..

Experts To Lead Independent Review Of Wildlife Act

Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP is encouraging all Victorians to have their say on an expert review of Victoria’s Wildlife Act 1975. An expert advisory panel appointed by the Andrews Labor Government is embarking on a comprehensive review of the Act to ensure it..

Supporting Monbulk Families In Financial Stress

The Andrews Labor Government is helping families experiencing financial stress in Monbulk with the expansion of the Good Money program, which delivers no-interest loans and financial advice – providing a safe alternative to dodgy payday lenders and loan sharks. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP..

Giving More Regional Students Dance And Drama Opportunities

More primary school students in rural and regional Victoria are getting the chance to learn dance and drama skills, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the first schools taking part in the Blended Arts Education..