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The Andrews Labor Government will boost mental health and wellbeing support at Victorian schools, ensuring kids have access to a full suite of mental health tools to thrive at school and in life, as a key response to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health..


The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $7.5 million into Victorian not-for-profit organisations to deliver innovative educational programs that enrich the learning experience of students across the state. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced almost 80 organisations will receive a share of the..


The Andrews Labor Government continues to deliver new and upgraded train station car parking across Victoria, with works progressing at five stations as part of the Car Parks for Commuters program. Construction has commenced on a major upgrade which will increase parking at Belgrave Station..

Thousands More TAFE Places to Reskill After the Pandemic

More Victorians will have access to the skills they need for the job they want, with funding for an extra 10,000 places across the TAFE and training system for people looking to reskill after the pandemic and move into healthcare and other in-demand jobs. State..

Australian-First Sick Pay Guarantee for Casual Workers

Victorians in the Dandenong Ranges who work in casual or other insecure jobs will no longer be forced to choose between a day’s pay and looking after their health, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee. An Australian-first, the $245.6 million scheme..

Financial Literacy Challenge Adds up for Victorian Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Victorian schools to sign up for a new challenge that will multiply opportunities for students to strengthen and test their financial literacy skills. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today celebrated the new Financial Literacy in Practice – or..


The Andrews Labor Government has appointed expert community leaders to head up new interim regional bodies, that will provide grass-roots advice on critical mental health and wellbeing priorities across Victoria. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced the Chairs of the eight Mental Health..

More Specialist Mental Health And Addiction Services

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure Victorians seeking treatment for mental health concerns and substance addiction have better access to the support they need, with a new statewide specialist service and more trained addiction specialists. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino and Minister for..

More Air Purifiers On Their Way To Schools

As winter approaches and schools begin to close doors and windows, the Andrews Labor Government is more than doubling the number of air purifiers in schools to keep students and staff safer and slow the spread of coronavirus. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced..

Australia’s First Teaching Academy Open Now

It’s back to school for Victoria’s best and brightest teachers, with the Andrews Labor Government today launching the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership and flagship Teaching Excellence Program – an Australian first. Minister for Education James Merlino today officially opened the new purpose-built Academy..

Marking 150 Years Of Public Education In Victoria

While the Andrews Labor Government is getting on with building the schools of the future, 2022 marks a massive milestone – the 150th anniversary of the Victoria’s world-class public education system. Minister for Education James Merlino visited Essendon Primary School, Melbourne’s oldest continuously-operating government school,..

Delivering Better Education For Bayswater

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a plan to transform the future of education in Bayswater, supporting local schools to collaborate and deliver better educational opportunities for students in the outer eastern suburb. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today..

New Primary School Open For Families In Strathtulloh

Hundreds of students have started the new school year at the brand-new Strathtulloh Primary School, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to cement Victoria’s reputation as the Education State. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Melton Steve McGhie today officially opened the new..

20 Million Reasons To Celebrate School Breakfast Clubs

Hundreds of thousands of Victorian students are now starting the school day with full stomachs, clearer minds and better moods, with the Andrews Labor Government’s School Breakfast Clubs program celebrating more than 20 million meals served. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Leopold Primary..

One Year On: Huge Progress On Mental Health Reform

One year after the historic delivery of the final report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, the Andrews Labor Government has made huge inroads into the landmark reform of the state’s mental health and wellbeing services, with work underway on more than 85..

Helping Teachers Become Diversity, Inclusion Champions

The Andrews Labor Government is giving more Victorian teachers the chance to upskill for free under a plan to champion diversity and inclusion and better assist students of all abilities at schools across the state. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened Round 1 of..