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YOUNG VICTORIANS TAKE OVER PARLIAMENT

The Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, officially opened the 29th YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament today. 120 Youth Parliament delegates from across the State – aged between 16 and 25 – will use the parliamentary chamber to debate 20 Bills over three sitting days. The..

VICTORIAN FAMILIES WON’T COP ABBOTT’S KINDER CUTS

The Abbott Government must rule out funding cuts to Victorian kindergartens that would see families lose 15 hours of kinder a week for their children. Leaked details from the Abbott Government’s Federation Green Paper have revealed the Liberals’ plans to walk away from kindergarten funding…

BIG BOOST WILL GIVE KINDER KIDS MORE ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION

Kindergartens across Victoria are receiving a funding boost of up to $83.7 million so they can improve their staff-to-child ratios, Premier Daniel Andrews announced today. The funding boost will support eligible community-based kindergartens to hire additional staff, giving preschool kids more individual care and attention…

BOOST TO FAMILY VIOLENCE SERVICES AND SUPPORT IN MILDURA

Vulnerable women and children living in Mildura will receive extra support and services from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, visited Mildura today to meet with community leaders and the providers of family and children’s services. While visiting the Mallee..

LABOR REPEALS CRUEL ADOPTION PENALTIES

Laws that discriminate against natural parents who attempt to contact their adult adopted children will be repealed by the Andrews Labor Government under changes to the Adoption Act 1984 that were introduced into Parliament today. Shortly after making an apology to those who were impacted..

HELP US SHAPE THE EDUCATION STATE

The Andrews Labor Government is asking all Victorians to have their say about the future of our education system. Launching discussion papers at the State Library today, alongside Minister for Education, James Merlino, the Premier said that our economy is changing, and our education system..

BOOST TO FAMILY VIOLENCE COUNSELLING SERVICES

Survivors of family violence will receive more support as the Andrews Labor Government’s $3.5 million boost to counselling services across the state begins to flow this week, Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, announced today. The funding will see the recruitment of an additional..

BOOSTING YOUTH ESTEEM ONE SELFIE AT A TIME

A new smartphone app launched today by Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, will help young Victorians to boost their self-esteem and confidence. Ms Mikakos joined the app’s developer, the Reach Foundation, and students from Bendigo South East College at the Reach Foundation’s Collingwood headquarters..

PROTECTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN 24/7 ACROSS REGIONAL VICTORIA

Children in rural and regional Victoria who are at risk of abuse or neglect are being better protected by the Andrews Labor Government. For the first time there will be teams of specialist child protection workers dedicated to providing on-call, after-hours assistance to vulnerable children..