Archives for December, 2015

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LABOR GOVERNMENT BRINGING ADOPTION LAWS INTO THE 21st CENTURY

The Andrews Labor Government is updating Victoria’s adoption laws, with a review of the 30 year-old Adoption Act to be undertaken by the Victorian Law Reform Commission. The Commission has been asked to provide advice to the Labor Government on the modernisation of the Adoption Act..

SAFER FUTURE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Women and children who experience family violence will soon have access to innovative technology to help keep them safe in their homes and communities, under the Andrews Labor Government’s Personal Safety Initiative pilot. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Minister for Prevention of..

SURVIVE THE HEAT THIS SUMMER

The Andrews Labor Government today launched a new campaign to help Victorians prepare for, and survive, a potentially deadly summer. The new Survive the Heat campaign raises awareness about the seriousness of extreme heat, and shares important tips on how to stay safe in the dangerous summer..

FLEXIBLE CHILD CARE FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL FAMILIES

Rural and regional Victorian families will have a greater choice of child care options under an agreement to fund more casual and emergency child care places. Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced..

MAKING NORTHERN METRO MULTICULTURAL FESTIVITIES BIGGER AND BETTER

The Andrews Labor Government has today opened a new grants program to provide support to community organisations and groups to run multicultural celebrations, festivals and events across Victoria.  Minister for Families and Children and Minister for Youth Affairs and Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, Jenny..

IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR VICTORIA’S CARERS

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting the general carer allowance and making the system simpler for Victorians caring for our most vulnerable children. The Labor Government is providing a $31.4 million funding boost – the biggest in a decade. In Victoria, assessed and approved foster..

BUILDING AND UPGRADING KINDERGARTENS FOR VICTORIAN FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to build and upgrade kindergartens and children’s centres for Victorian families. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced 20 Victorian children’s centres and kindergartens will benefit from more than $13.6 million in capital..

EARLY SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering early intervention and support services to help more vulnerable Victorian families and children, with the allocation of $36.7 million over four years. Visiting Anglicare in Frankston today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced funding..

EXTRA LEARNING SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The Andrews Labor Government is introducing new learning resources to help young Victorian children with additional needs reach their full learning potential. The Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (Early ABLES) assessment tool helps early childhood educators working with children with a disability or..

MUSIC INDUSTRY MENTORS HELPING YOUNG VICTORIANS

The Andrews Labor Government is inviting young people with a passion for the music industry to get hands-on experience through the 2015-16 FReeZA Mentoring Program. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced the opening of applications for the mentoring program, delivered by youth music..