Category: Minister for Families and Children

Getting Behind New Parents And Vulnerable Families

The Andrews Labor Government is bolstering support for vulnerable families and new parents by extending proven early intervention programs across Victoria. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced an additional $72.4 million over two years to continue services to support vulnerable families and children, through: $50.4 million to Child FIRST and family services […]

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Celebrating The Achievements Of Victorian Children

The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Victorian children by holding free and fun activities as part of Children’s Week 2018. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today invited not-for-profit organisations and local councils to apply for funding to help cover the costs of hosting an activity or event. Children’s Week will run from 20 […]

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Creating A New Aboriginal Youth Justice Taskforce

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal young people in the criminal justice system with the formation of a new taskforce. Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos said the Aboriginal Youth Justice Taskforce will be the first of its kind established in Victoria and will examine the cases of […]

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Flexible Support For Victims Of Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is doing more for thousands of family violence victim-survivors by providing practical supports to help them leave violent relationships. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced an additional $40 million over two years for more Flexible Support Packages to assist with expenses faced by those escaping family violence. More […]

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Tougher Monitoring For Young Parolees

Parolees as young as 16 could be forced to wear electronic monitoring devices, and subject to drug and alcohol tests regardless of age as a condition of their parole, under tough new laws introduced today by the Andrews Labor Government. Electronic monitoring will be targeted at young offenders who have committed serious offences such as […]

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Improving Residential Care In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is improving mandatory safety and supervision in residential care to better protect our most vulnerable children. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced $82.5 million over four years to ensure every child and young person in residential care will continue to receive a ‘complex level’ of support. This includes […]

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More Support For Sexual Assault Victim-Survivors

The Andrews Labor Government is doing more for victim-survivors of sexual assault, with funding to provide more counselling sessions and crisis support. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced an additional $8.5 million over four years for Sexual Assault Support Services, in response to increased community demand for these services across Victoria. This […]

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Supporting Men’s Sheds And The Community In Gippsland

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more men be social, create and support their local communities with the opening of two newly refurbished Men’s Sheds. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos was in Gippsland today to open the Meeniyan and Wonthaggi Woodcrafters Men’s Sheds – both which have undergone significant renovations to better serve […]

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More Support For Aboriginal Kids In Care

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding key supports for vulnerable Aboriginal children in care to ensure they remain connected to culture, community and country. At the Aboriginal Children’s Forum today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $13.7 million to continue Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care (ACAC), which enables Aboriginal agencies to assume legal […]

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Strengthening Laws On Young Parolees

The Andrews Labor Government is toughening up laws targeting the state’s most serious young offenders on parole by introducing electronic monitoring and other measures to better protect the community. In a Victorian first, electronic bracelets will be used to better monitor young offenders and ensure they are complying with the conditions of their parole, like […]

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