Category: Minister for Families and Children

Boosting Support For Sexual Assault Survivors

The Andrews Labor Government will provide an immediate boost of $175,000 to support sexual assault survivors ahead of the release this week of the report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.  Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced the new funding in anticipation of a spike for support services.  It is estimated […]

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Sharing Vital Information To Keep Kids Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is helping ensure no child falls between the cracks by allowing health, education and family services to share vital details of those in their care. Legislation introduced to the Victorian Parliament today will create the most streamlined information sharing system Victoria has ever seen, giving professionals the tools they need to […]

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A New Model Of Kinship Care Across Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has developed a new model for kinship care that will identify carers earlier, strengthen community connections for Aboriginal children in care and deliver better, more flexible support. The new model – part of a new package of measures for kinship carers – is supported by a $33.5 million investment and recognises […]

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New App Makes Parenting Fun

A new ground-breaking app is making parenting fun and interactive by giving parents of children from birth up to three years of age simple skills to support their child’s development. The Day by Day: Learning Together app sees parents complete activities that are organised into different everyday environments such as the kitchen, bathroom, outdoors and […]

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Empowering Aboriginal Communities To Help Their Children Receive The Care They Need

In an Australian first the Andrews Labor Government is taking the next vital step in Aboriginal self-determination with the launch of the Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care Program. The program realises the implementation of Section 18 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 giving greater responsibility for the safety and protection of vulnerable children […]

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Ending Family Violence In Aboriginal Communities

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in dozens of new projects to help Aboriginal people tackle family violence in their communities. Forty five new projects will begin this month to help prevent, reduce and respond to family violence in Aboriginal communities across Victoria. The $650,000 investment in community based projects was recommended by 11 Indigenous […]

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Giving Young Victorians A Headstart On A Science-Led Future

The Andrews Labor Government is giving children the chance to engage with the world of science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) before their first birthday, as part of a new experience at Scienceworks. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today joined leading scientists and Museums Victoria staff to announce a range of new STEM-focused […]

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Building Better Kindergartens In The Western District

The Andrews Labor Government is improving early childhood services in Colac with work set to begin on the Colac East Kindergarten upgrade. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today turned the first sod of the $389,000 upgrade which will increase capacity at the kindergarten and improve its facilities. This includes increasing the size of […]

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Improving Kindergartens Across Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering better kindergartens across Victoria as part of the latest round of the Children’s Facilities Capital Program Minor Grants. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited Geelong West Kindergarten, to announce it was one of more than 200 recipients sharing in $1 million of funding. The kindergarten will […]

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Helping Refugee Families Settle In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is helping recently arrived children and families from Syria and Iraq adapt to their new lives through targeted professional development for frontline community workers. The new investment will enable kindergarten teachers, maternal and child healthcare nurses and others to gain a better understanding of the unique challenges facing refugee families that […]

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