Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today joined Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Bev Colomb, to open the Baxter Kindergarten and Children’s Centre upgrade. Ms Mikakos also announced that the centre has been awarded a rating of “Excellent” by the Australian Children’s Education and Care..
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The Andrews Labor Government is continuing the push against Tony Abbott’s haphazard and uncertain approach to early childhood education funding, which is leaving families in the lurch. Following a meeting of the nation’s Education Ministers in Brisbane today, Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos,..
Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today invited local councils and kindergartens to apply for a share of $50 million in funding to develop modern and flexible early childhood centres across Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting families and communities. The Victorian Budget..
Early intervention services for vulnerable children and families under the Liberals failed to keep up with rising demand and an increasing complexity in cases, a new Victorian Auditor-General report reveals. The Auditor-General’s report, which was tabled in Parliament today, reviewed early intervention services in 2013-14..
The power of the Children’s Court relating to restrictions on the making of protection orders for vulnerable children has been retained in legislation, fulfilling an election promise of the Andrews Labor Government. Today, important amendments have been introduced to the Children, Youth and Families Amendment..
Young people in regional Victoria will benefit from the opening of two new offices designed to connect them with education and community services, Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, announced today. Ms Mikakos said the Victorian Budget 2015-16 provided $962,000 over two years to the..
Victorian parents, carers and guardians will now have an easy way to get more involved in supporting their child’s education with the release of SchoolMate app, the first of its kind in Australia. SchoolMate has been developed for parents and caregivers by the Department of..
A nursing scholarship is being established in the name of Carol Friday, the dedicated Victorian maternal and child health nurse who was killed along with her son Greig aboard Germanwings flight 4U 9525. Ms Friday was highly regarded for her work to improve conditions and..
Member for Lara, John Eren, today joined City of Greater Geelong councillors to open the Norlane Child and Family Centre. The $5.2 million centre will support local families by offering services including kindergarten, maternal and child healthcare and immunisations. The Norlane Child and Family Centre..
A campaign to recruit more than 110 new child protection workers begins this week, Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, announced today. While addressing social work and welfare students at RMIT University, Ms Mikakos said the Andrews Labor Government’s recent Victorian Budget 2015-2016 provided..
A new award to recognise the work of a leading child protection practitioner was announced today by Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos. The Robin Clark Leadership award has been created in memory of the visionary child protection worker Robin Dennis Clark, who greatly..
The Andrews Labor Government is providing $2 million in immediate funding to support agencies that provide housing assistance and counselling services to women and children who have experienced family violence. The funding has been allocated so that $1 million is immediately available to offer crisis..
Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today joined Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, to open the Mt Piper kinder extension in Broadford. The $648,000 upgrade has enabled the Mt Piper facility to more than double the number of four-year old kindergarten places on..
Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today joined City of Melton Mayor Cr Sophie Ramsey and Member for Melton, Don Nardella, to open the Bridge Road Children’s and Community Centre in fast-growing Melton South. The $6.7 million centre will cater to local families by..
Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Victorian Magistrate Amanda Chambers as the President of the Children’s Court and as a Judge of the County Court. Ms Chambers – who has more than 25 years of legal experience – will commence in the roles..
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Victorian Government Early Years Awards, the Minister for Children and Families, Jenny Mikakos, announced today. The awards, now in their tenth year, recognise the contribution that individuals and community partnerships have made to improving the health, learning, development..
The Andrews Labor Government is helping low-income families to meet cost of living pressures, by supporting accessibility to safe, affordable and responsible financial services. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, together with Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, visited the Good Money store in Dandenong..
The future of the Centre for Multicultural Youth and its offices in Ballarat and Morwell has been secured by the Andrews Labor Government’s first Budget. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, confirmed today that the Victorian Budget..