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Delivering More Mental Health Support For Young Victorians

Construction of a new $11.9 million Youth Prevention and Recovery Care centre in Melbourne’s north west is underway, bringing community-based treatment one step closer for young people with mental illness. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino and Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Sheena Watt today..

New Family Counselling Service For LGBTIQ+ Victorians

The Victorian Government is investing $2.5 million for a new specialised counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people and their families. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino and Minister for Equality Martin Foley today announced the funding..


Businesses in the Yarra Ranges are being called on to build their digital capabilities as restrictions are eased with the launch of the Victorian Government’s Small Business Digital Adaptation Program. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP welcomed the launch of the program which will help..


Kristy Meese from the Belgrave Heights Christian School Early Learning Centre and the Alphabeenies Program at Pembroke Primary School have been named as a finalist in the Victorian Early Years Awards for their outstanding achievement in creating positive opportunities and educational outcomes. Member for Monbulk..

Children Embrace Reading At Home

Children across Victoria have been exploring far off lands and going on countless adventures as part of this year’s Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Minister for Education James Merlino today congratulated the thousands of students from across Victoria who had taken part in the challenge and experienced..

Putting The Mental Health Of Victorians First

This has been the toughest year many of us have ever lived through. As we begin our state’s slow recovery, this year’s Budget invests in the health and wellbeing of our loved ones, by continuing the fundamental rebuild of Victoria’s mental health system. The Victorian..

Building Our Recovery Workforce To Support Our State

This has been the most challenging experience many of us will have ever lived through. We’ve had to stay home and spend time away from those we love the most in order to stay safe. But supporting us the whole way through – our mental..

VCE Exams Get Underway

VCE exams officially began today with 41,690 students sitting the English exam and another 3,879 sitting English as an Additional Language exam. Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated VCE students who have persevered despite the many challenges and disruptions 2020 has thrown their way. In..

Getting Kids Moving Again As We Cut Costs For Families

Victorian kids will have more opportunities to play sports with their teammates and friends as part of a $45.2 million funding boost to get kids moving and help families with the costs of community sport, as we step towards COVID Normal and look forward to..