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Statement From James Merlino

24 June 2022 Today I advised the Premier of my decision to resign as Deputy Premier of Victoria, Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health. I will also not contest the seat of Monbulk at the election in November. A twenty-year journey is coming..

Lived Experience Justice To Lead Mental Health Review

23 June 2022 The Andrews Labor Government is putting lived experience at the heart of an Independent Review that will dive deeper into the criteria, regulations and future legislation for compulsory mental health treatment, as part of the reform of Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing..

Cleaner Power For Greener Government Schools

21 June 2022 The Andrews Labor Government will install solar panels at dozens more schools across the state – supporting Victoria’s education sector to be more sustainable, slashing emissions while reducing power costs. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 36 schools will receive solar..

Farmland Turns To Habitat To Protect State Emblems

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding and protecting the habitat of Victoria’s critically endangered faunal emblems. Forty-one hectares of private land adjoining the Liwik Barring Landscape Conservation Area in Yellingbo has been purchased by the Labor Government – extending critical habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater..

More Mental Health Support For Young Victorians

21 June 2022 The Andrews Labor Government is today making the biggest single investment in student mental health in Australian history – delivering the support young Victorians need to grow up happy and healthy, and catching mental health concerns earlier so children aren’t slipping through..

More Support For Victorians With Eating Disorders

More Victorians living with an eating disorder will receive the support they need to recover and live happy, healthy lives, thanks to record investment from the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests more than $20 million to deliver tailored support for people with an eating..

Aboriginal Victorians To Lead Mental Health Reforms

A new mental health hub will give Aboriginal groups leadership to redesign how care is delivered to their communities across the state, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark reform agenda, transforming the way the mental health of Victorians is supported. Minister for Mental..

Artists, Musicians, Performers Take Up Residency In Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is bringing expert theatre makers, musicians, performers, animators and artists to schools across Victoria, providing diverse and inspiring learning experiences for Victoria’s young minds. Celebrating 40 years in 2022, Creative Learning Partnerships place artists in residence at primary and secondary schools throughout Victoria,..

Opening The Front Door To More Mental Health Support

The Andrews Labor Government is building a mental health system that works for all Victorians – helping people get the care they need immediately, in their own communities. The Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced that 30 Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs, opened..

Strengthening Our Mental Health Services

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting more Victorians through their mental health and drug and alcohol recovery journeys, upgrading vital services to get more people the care they need, when they need it. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino and Minister for Health Martin Foley today announced 31 Victorian mental healthcare..

Submissions Open For Mental Health Program Delivery

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for families to access care by investing in a new online parenting program to support families and children with emerging mental health and wellbeing needs. The free program will equip parents and carers of children, from birth..

Lived Experience Of Workers To Guide Government

The Andrews Labor Government is being guided by Victorians with lived and living experience working in mental health and wellbeing, inviting them to participate in a survey that will help shape and improve services across the state. The Lived and Living Experience Workforces EmployeeSurvey will gather information..

Schools Celebrated For Sustainability Leadership

The Andrews Labor Government is recognising the leadership of Victorian students, teachers, schools and communities in combatting climate change and saving resources by embracing sustainability. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today presented the ResourceSmart School Awards to primary and secondary students,..

Stronger Agriculture Education For Victorian Students

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s agriculture workforce of the future, with an extra investment in agriculture education in secondary schools supporting more students to embark on a career in the primary industries. Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne..

Bigger And Better Angliss Hospital Another Step Closer

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering a major expansion of the Angliss Hospital in Upper Ferntree Gully, with the design phase for the massive project now underway. Minister for Health Martin Foley today announced architectural firm Silver Thomas Hanley has been appointed..

A New Partnership To Support Students With Disability

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure Victorian students with disability are better supported by their teachers and peers through a new partnership with Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott AO and Get Skilled Access. The new partnership will design and deliver a series of Abilities..

Helping High-Ability Students Strive For Success

More high-ability students at every government school in Victoria will have support to excel at school and reach their full potential, with more funding for the Andrews Labor Government’s Student Excellence Program. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests an extra $37 million to make sure high-achieving students at..

Victoria To Host Nation’s Largest Skills Championship

The Andrews Labor Government has secured hosting rights for the nation’s largest trades and skills competition, reinforcing Victoria’s reputation as the skills and training capital. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today announced Victoria will host the WorldSkills Australia National Championships in Melbourne in..