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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..

More Support To Make Schools Inclusive For All Students

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a further 74 projects across the state will share..

New Laws To Make Schools Safer For Everyone

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian schools the power to ban aggressive and violent parents from entering school grounds, to protect students and staff. Minister for Education James Merlino today introduced the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Protection of School Communities) Bill 2021, delivering on a key recommendation from..

Australian-First Academy For Our Best Teachers

Teachers from across our state will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. The Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Andrews Labor Government will..

Lilydale School Hub Opens As Koorie Strategy Launches

Lilydale students are learning in world-class facilities as part of a $56.3 million investment in local secondary students through the Lilydale District and Yarra Valley Education Plan, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlinoand Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today..

Supporting Koorie Kids To Succeed

Koorie kids, families and organisations will lead our efforts to better support Koorie students, under a new co-design initiative announced by the Andrews Labor Government. With funding of almost $3.7 million, we’re starting a state-wide consultation and co-design process that will deliver community-led changes in..

Smile Squad To Visit Even More Schools From Term Two

Thousands more Victorian school students will get free dental check-ups, with a major expansion of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmarkfree dental program. Acting Premier James Merlino and Minister for Health Martin Foley today announced 161 new primary and secondary schools will be invited to take..

Tutor Target Exceeded Across Victorian Schools

More than 5,600 tutors are working across Victorian schools to ensure no student is left behind in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The huge number is 1,500 more than the initial target of 4,100 set for the 2021 school year and includes more than..

Active Schools Grants To Help Get Kids Moving

Dozens of schools across Victoria will receive a funding boost to help get kids moving as they return to school for term two, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Carlton AFLW star Tayla Harris to announce the 96..

Funding Helps Grassroots Work On Mental Health

Community groups and key peak bodies will be able to keep the conversation going about Victoria’s mental health reform at a local level, thanks to a $750,000 Andrew Labor Government investment. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced 16 community groups and peak bodies..

Non-Gov Schools Urged To Take Up Respectful Relationships

Respectful Relationships is a whole-school approach, supporting schools to embed respect and gender equality in all aspects of their culture – in the classroom, the playground, the staffroom, and the broader school community. To date, 309 non-government schools have signed up to Respectful Relationships, however,..

New Gym And Hope Centre For Heathmont Students

Students in Heathmont now have more first-class facilities at their school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today opened $5.5 million worth of upgrades at Heathmont College, comprising a new gym and a refurbished..