Topic: Police and emergency services

Next Step In Fire Services Reform

The Andrews Labor Government will closely consider recommendations made by the inquiry into the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017. The Inquiry has today released its final report and the Labor Government will respond to its recommendations before returning the Bill to parliament. We thank the Committee for its work […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

Work Starts On New State-Of-The-Art Police Headquarters

Construction is underway on a new state-of-the-art Victoria Police headquarters  in Melbourne’s CBD.. Minister for Police Lisa Neville and Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton inspected work on the Victoria Police Centre (VPC) on Spencer Street today, which will provide unprecedented security for frontline police and staff. The new centre will be connected to the neighbouring City […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

Doors Open On New Pakenham Ambulance Station

Local paramedics now have the facilities they need to quickly respond to local medical emergencies with the opening of a state-of-the-art ambulance station in Pakenham. Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today officially opened the new $1.1 million Pakenham Ambulance Branch on Main Street, funded by the Andrews Labor Government. The previous branch was more […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Ambulance Services, South Eastern Metropolitan Region

New Powered Stretchers Lower Paramedic Injuries

The Andrews Labor Government’s roll out of state-of-the-art powered stretchers in every ambulance is complete, making work safer and easier for all paramedics. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy visited Moe Ambulance Branch today to announce 632 of the new stretchers have been fitted as part of Labor’s $20 million upgrade of ambulance vehicles and equipment. […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Ambulance Services

Government Announces Review Into Coolaroo Fire

The Andrews Labor Government will conduct a review of last month’s fire at the SKM Recycling Plant in Coolaroo. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino announced the review today, which will be conducted by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM, Tony Pearce). The Coolaroo fire broke out on 13 July and burned for 11 days, […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

Mental Health A Key Priority At Victoria Police

Minister for Police Lisa Neville today welcomed the launch of the Victoria Police Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Action Plan 2017–2020. The strategy maps out a comprehensive three-year approach to protecting, promoting and preserving the mental health and wellbeing of officers and staff at Victoria Police. The priority focus areas include developing a leadership […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

Victoria’s First Policewoman Honoured

Minister for Police Lisa Neville today joined Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to pay tribute to Victoria’s first policewoman, Madge Connor, and to recognise her role as a pioneer for women in the force. A plaque in Ms Connor’s honour was unveiled during a gravesite rededication ceremony at the Boroondara General Cemetery in Kew, as part […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

Protecting Police In The Line Of Duty

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce tough new laws in the coming weeks to protect our dedicated police and emergency service workers from violence and harm. The Labor Government is working with Victoria Police and The Police Association of Victoria to develop comprehensive legislative reforms to crack down on offenders who harm, or seek to […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

New Laws To Support Body-Worn Cameras For Police

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new laws in Parliament today to ensure police officers can legally use body-worn cameras in their daily duties. The Justice Legislation (Body-worn Cameras and Other Matters) Bill 2017 is the first tranche of legislation to support the use of body‐worn cameras when the devices are rolled out to frontline […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Funding Boost To Natural Disaster Resilience Across Victoria

Minster for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced $10 million in funding to enhance Victoria’s preparedness for natural disasters. Minister Keenan said the funding is part of the joint Commonwealth-State $52 million National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Natural Disaster Resilience, which is targeted at supporting local communities to […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services