Topic: Families and children

Liberals Delay Crucial Bill On Youth Justice

The Andrews Labor Government’s legislation to crackdown on youth crime has been delayed by a posturing Liberal Party. For all their hyperbole about their commitment to “strengthening youth justice by stronger sentencing and less tolerance of bad behaviour,” the Liberals have again been found to be all bluff and bluster. Despite the Government adding an […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Families and Children

Upgrading Kinders And Childcare Centres Brick By Brick

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure more families can access better local kindergartens and early childhood centres by building and upgrading early year’s facilities across Victoria. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened the 2017-18 Children’s Facilities Capital Program Major Grants, which provides grants of up to $1.6 million to build new […]

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Intervening Early To Support Vulnerable Families

The Andrews Labor Government is intervening earlier so that vulnerable families and children are better supported to stay together. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $29.2 million for ChildFirst and family services to work with more than 2,000 additional families at risk of becoming involved with child protection or out-of-home care at today’s […]

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Boosting Aboriginal Maternal And Child Health Services

The Andrews Labor Government is improving access and participation in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services for Aboriginal families. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos opened grants for the Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Initiative today. Victorian data shows Aboriginal children traditionally have lower participation rates in MCH services. The gap increases from 4.8 […]

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Another Liberal MP Discredits A Distinguished Victorian

Georgie Crozier must immediately apologise after unleashing an unprecedented attack on a former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police. To label an independent review by the distinguished Neil Comrie AO APM as a “whitewash” proves that the Liberals are prepared to say anything to score cheap political points. This review into recent escapes from the Malmsbury […]

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Next Step In Building Victoria’s New Youth Justice Centre

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed an independent chair and established a Community Advisory Group to help guide development of the new youth justice centre at Cherry Creek. The CEO of Avalon Airport Justin Giddings will chair the 15-member Youth Justice Redevelopment Project Community Advisory Group, which will meet for the first time on 19 […]

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Victorian Government Welcomes Adoption Review

The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Adoption Act 1984 report. The report, tabled today in Victorian Parliament, contains 88 recommendations covering issues including: Promoting the best interests of the child, their rights and their ongoing needs Increasing openness in the adoption process Setting out special requirements and […]

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Biggest Ever Shake Up To Target Violent Crime

Victoria’s largest ever suite of legislative measures will be introduced today to crackdown on serious offenders, toughen sentences for serious and violent crimes, and increase consequences for young offenders, as the Andrews Labor Government takes further steps to keep the community safe. The Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017; the Children and Justice Legislation (Youth […]

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Building Better Kindergartens For Ballarat Families

The Andrews Labor Government is helping families in Ballarat access better kindergarten services with first-rate facilities. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and Treasurer Tim Pallas today visited Iris Ramsay Kindergarten in Redan to tour the upgraded kindergarten, which is expected to open to local families in July. The $522,235 kindergarten upgrade – an […]

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Trialling New Ways To Support Victims Of Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is trialling new ways to provide intensive therapeutic support to women, children and their families experiencing family violence. Visiting Berry Street’s Ballarat office today, Minister for Families & Children Jenny Mikakos announced $22.87 million to fund 26 projects across Victoria – four that specifically target Aboriginal people. The pilot projects will […]

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