Category: Media Release

Money In The Bank For Businesses And Jobs

Money is in the bank accounts of small and medium businesses – supporting them and thousands of jobs through the devastating impacts of coronavirus on the state’s economy. Premier Daniel Andrews and Treasurer Tim Pallas announced today that payroll tax refunds have now hit the bank accounts of 2,700 small businesses, putting $52 million immediately […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

On The Spot Fines To Keep Victorians Safe

The Victorian Government is working to protect our health system and those at most risk of contracting coronavirus, with Victoria Police being given the power to issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses who don’t follow the rules. The Victorian Government’s message to all Victorians […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Enforced Quarantine For Returned Travellers To Combat Coronavirus

Following agreement by the National Cabinet, all travellers returning from overseas to Victoria will be placed in enforced quarantine for a self-isolation period of 14-days to slow the spread of coronavirus. While Victoria has seen some community transmission of this virus, most cases have been the result of travellers returning from overseas who then pass […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Desalination Plant Securing Our Water Supply

The Andrews Labor Government has ordered 125 gigalitres of water from the Desalination Plant for next financial year – to secure our water supplies in the face of population growth, climate change and falling rainfall. The order mirrors last year’s and won’t result in any increase to average water bills for Melbourne households – which […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Water

Elective Surgery Wound Back To Prepare For Coronavirus

Victoria’s public hospitals have today been directed to begin winding back all non-urgent surgery, where it is safe to do so, as preparations escalate for the health system to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. While hospital admissions for coronavirus patients remain low, they are rising daily, and when peak demand from the pandemic hits Victoria’s […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Health

Statement From The Premier

Last night, National Cabinet took another big step. I want to tell you why and let you know what we need you to do right now. The Prime Minister and other first ministers recognised that Victoria is currently grappling with a more imminent threat than most other states – because we have more cases. Because […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Ros Spence Joins The Cabinet

Member for Yuroke Ros Spence has joined the Andrews Labor Government’s Cabinet today following the retirement of Gavin Jennings. As a former volunteer solicitor with the Broadmeadows Community Legal Service and Mayor of Hume, Ms Spence has devoted her life to representing and advocating for Melbourne’s growing north. Before entering the Cabinet, Ms Spence held […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Statement From The Premier

Victoria Police has established a coronavirus enforcement squad of five hundred officers to ensure containment measures that have been put in place to combat coronavirus are followed. Coordinated through the Police Operations Centre, the officers will be out in the community doing spot checks on returning travellers who are in 14-day isolation, as well as […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Statement From The Premier

I will inform National Cabinet tonight that Victoria will proceed over the next 48 hours to implement a shutdown of all non-essential activity across our state to combat the spread of Coronavirus. This is not something that we do lightly, but it’s clear that if we don’t take this step, more Victorians will contract coronavirus, […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Emergency Relief Packages For Victorians Who Need It Most

Victorians self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) with no access to food and essential supplies will receive emergency relief packages under a program introduced by the Victorian Government. The program will support people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food, and no network of family and friends to support them. Each eligible household will […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers