Parliament

Early Childhood Infrastructure

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is supporting Victorian families and children in the City of Casey but also across Victoria.

Aboriginal Children’s Forum

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is connecting culture and care for Aboriginal children. Last week I had the privilege of attending the 11th Aboriginal Children's Forum (ACF) in Port Fairy.

Youth Space Latrobe

I rise today to update the house on the significant progress the Andrews Labor government has made in the development of the $4.3 million Youth Space Latrobe and how we are actively involving young people from the valley in its development.

Young Pasifika

I rise today to update the house on the valuable work the Young Pasifika program has been doing to give young Pacific Islanders targeted support and more opportunities to connect with their community.

Neighbourhood Houses

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is investing in neighbourhood houses and supporting their expansion across Victoria.

Kindergarten Prepurchased Places Program

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is making things fairer for families and ensuring that all children have access to kindergarten in Victoria.

Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge

I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government's continued commitment to our young people, and particularly for the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge. Our government is a proud supporter of the challenge, which has engaged more than 4564 students during our term of government.

Men’s Sheds

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is creating more positive, safe and practical spaces for men to work together and contribute to their local community.

Kindergarten Funding

I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government's Australian-first school readiness funding. Last week I visited the Carinya Early Learning Centre in Morwell to announce all the funding allocations to more than 580 kindergarten services in tranche 1 of the rollout from next year, and I was pleased to be joined by Mark Richards, the Labor candidate for Morwell, for this visit.

Family Violence Prevention

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is testing new and innovative approaches to end family violence and hold perpetrators to account. I recently announced $4.8 million to trial and evaluate seven new perpetrator intervention programs which target diverse groups.

Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement

I rise to inform the house on how the Andrews Labor government is taking historic steps towards closing the gap and reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal young people in our youth justice system.

Autism Early Identification

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is helping parents and carers give their children the best possible start in life. Late last year the Premier and I announced a $19 million suite of inclusive early childhood education initiatives, including $1.1 million for the training of all maternal and child health nurses in Victoria in the early identification of autism.

Victorian Protecting Children Awards

On Monday night I had the privilege of speaking at this year's Victorian Protecting Children Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of our child and family services sector, our child protection workers and our foster and kinship carers, who do so much amazing work.

FreeZA

I rise today to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is helping young Victorians to build their confidence and explore creative careers.

Early Childhood Education

I am very pleased to rise on Early Childhood Educators Day to make an announcement to the house. The Andrews Labor government will be providing $8 million towards more than 400 scholarships to help more people pursue a rewarding career as an early childhood teacher.

Parenting and Child Health

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is helping parents and carers give their children the best possible start to life.

Child Protection

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is expanding the Victorian child protection workforce.

Family support programs

To update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is delivering more support for vulnerable families at risk of becoming involved with child protection or out-of-home care.