Category: Media Release

New Fines Scheme To Support Family Violence Victim Survivors

Victim survivors of family violence will no longer be unfairly liable for fines incurred by perpetrators, under a new scheme introduced into Parliament by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Fines Reform Amendment Bill 2017 completes the implementation of two key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence (112 and 113) and will create […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

New Legal Services Commissioner Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Fiona McLeay as Victoria’s new Legal Services Commissioner. Ms McLeay is an experienced senior executive, lawyer and board director, and will replace long-serving Commissioner Michael McGarvie who steps down on 26 September. The appointment is a dual role and Ms McLeay will also serve as CEO […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Two New Appointments To The Magistrates’ Court

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Fran Medina and Rodney Higgins to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Ms Medina has more than 26 years’ experience in family law, as well as commercial, property and general litigation. Ms Medina has also worked as a Legal Aid Panel Solicitor for family law and family […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Helping Victorian Students: VCAL Scholarships Now Open

The Andrews Labor Government is offering a helping hand to students facing financial barriers to completing their education and training. Minister for Education James Merlino today encouraged Victorian students to apply for a Lynne Kosky Memorial Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Scholarship. Students aged 17 or under planning to study VCAL in 2018 can […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Education

New Laws To Target Illegal Guns, Organised Crime And Drive-By Shootings

Victoria Police will be armed with strong new powers to target and search individuals from outlaw motorcycle gangs and serious criminal organisations – including those who associate with organised crime figures. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today introduced legislation to create new Firearms Prohibition Orders, giving police new powers to prevent people who may pose […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

Improving Education In Shepparton

The Andrews Labor Government is drawing up a blue print for improving education across Shepparton and Mooroopna through a new education plan. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the second stage of community consultation in the development of the Shepparton Education Plan – a long term plan to help young people get the best […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Education

New Website To Help Victims Navigate Justice System

Victims of crime and witnesses will find it easier to navigate the criminal justice system thanks to a new Office of Public Prosecutions’ website launched by the Andrews Labor Government today. Funded through the Labor Government’s $18.9 million package for the Office of Public Prosecutions in the Victorian Budget 2017/18, the new website links victims […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Victoria To Have Nation’s Strictest Donation Laws

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce the strictest and most transparent political donation laws in Australia. Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that the Labor Government would help put an end to individuals and corporations attempting to buy influence in Victorian politics. Across Australia, millions of dollars are donated to political parties every year. This includes […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Victorian Students Rise To The Challenge

Thousands of children and young people from across Victoria have spent the past few months enjoying their favourite books as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today congratulated more than 250,000 participants from 3,161 local schools, early childhood services and homes across […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Education

Work Starts On New Colac Police Station

Construction is underway on the new Colac Police Station as the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in regional policing continues to roll out across the state. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today met with local police officers and toured the worksite of the new station, next to the Colac Magistrates’ Court, on Queen Street. Police recently […]

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