Archives for September, 2015

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EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER REGISTRATION GOES LIVE

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos has today welcomed early childhood teachers as registered teaching professionals, boosting the value and benefit Victorian families will get from early years learning services. From today early childhood teachers will need to be registered with the Victorian Institute..

SUPPORTING LOCAL CHILDREN’S WEEK CELEBRATIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting community groups and not-for-profit organisations from across Victoria with over $70,000 in small grants to help them put on local events and festivities to celebrate this year’s Children’s Week. Thousands of Victorian children will get involved in events and..

AGREEMENT REACHED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE

The early childhood education enterprise bargaining process has reached a key milestone with the parties signing a Heads of Agreement yesterday – paving the way for a deal to be finalised. Before the election, Labor made a commitment to help the employer associations and the..

IMPROVING EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN OUT-OF-HOME CARE

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to make Victoria the Education State by establishing new LOOKOUT Education Support Centres to help ensure vulnerable children and young people in out-of-home Care stay in education. Children and young people live in out of home..

$3.2 MILLION BOOST FOR FOSTER CARE

The Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos has opened Foster Care Week by announcing a further $1.7 million to improve engagement and support for Victorian foster carers. Speaking at the Foster Care Association of Victoria’s Annual General Meeting, Ms Mikakos said the funding was..

EXPERTS MEET TO ADVISE ON THE ROADMAP FOR REFORM

A wide-ranging Expert Advisory Group providing specialist advice in the development of the Andrews Labor Government’s Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children will meet for the first time today. The Roadmap for Reform will review Victoria’s entire child protection and family services system, strengthen..

YOUNG VICTORIANS MEET TO BUILD A NEW YOUTH POLICY

A new youth reference group bringing together 18 diverse Victorian youth advocates met for the first time today to help guide the Andrews Labor Government’s new youth policy framework. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos opened the meeting and set the challenge ahead for the..

AWARDS HIGHLIGHT NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION WEEK

The Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards will tonight highlight the importance of the National Child Protection Week message: protecting children is everyone’s business. National Child Protection Week runs from 6-12 September and shines a light on the importance of keeping young people in our community..

NOMINATE A VICTORIAN YOUNG ACHIEVER

Minister for Youth Affairs and Patron of the Victorian Young Achiever Awards Jenny Mikakos has today called for nominations for the 2016 Victorian Young Achiever Awards. Young achievers are the future leaders and change-makers of our State and deserve recognition for their tremendous efforts and..

LABOR GOVERNMENT BUILDING 15 NEW MEN’S SHEDS

New Men’s Sheds will be built in 15 communities across Victoria as the Andrews Labor Government announces the successful grant recipients of its $750,000 Men’s Shed grants round. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced the successful grant recipients today at the official opening..

FUNDING BOOST HELPS GIRL GUIDES VICTORIA ENGAGE DISADVANTAGED YOUTH

The Andrews Labor Government today announced a $457,000 funding boost for Girl Guides Victoria to increase engagement with young Victorian women, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Nearly a hundred girl guides from across Victoria joined the Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos on the steps..