Category: Minister for Families and Children

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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Turnbull Government Must Do More To Support Our Carers

Victoria has joined other states and territories to demand the Turnbull Government do more to support home-based carers and improve the way they receive assistance. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos raised the need for better support for carers of children living in out-of-home care at a meeting of state, territory and Commonwealth ministers […]

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Supporting And Expanding Our Neighbourhood Houses

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering record new funding to expand the neighbourhood house network and support staff, volunteers and the local communities they serve. The $21.8 million investment will see more families able to access the activities and services they need and want, at a neighbourhood house closer to home. It’s the biggest funding […]

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Turnbull Failing Our Littlest Victorians

Victorian families with young children will be left worse off with Malcolm Turnbull delivering an $80 billion tax cut to big business while cutting funding for childcare and kindergartens. In a shock decision, the Turnbull Government has cut funding to regulate national quality standards at childcare centres across the country. The National Partnership on the […]

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Creating More Jobs To Better Protect Kids And Families

The Andrews Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative will be the latest arsenal in the bid to transform Victoria’s child and family services sector by delivering the next generation of child protection, youth and community care workers. Announced as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19, 30 priority TAFE and 18 pre-apprenticeships courses will be made fee […]

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Faster Responses To After Hours Child Protection Calls

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring child protection services are responding faster to reports of child abuse and neglect, with wait times dropping by more than 95 per cent. The After-Hours Child Protection Emergency Service is a statewide service that receives new reports of child abuse or neglect, along with concerns for existing child protection […]

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Building a strong and secure corrections system

Victoria’s prisons will be more secure than ever before, with new plans to strengthen our corrections system. To help keep our state safe, the Victorian Budget 2018/19 invests $689.5 million to build a new 700 bed maximum-security men’s prison at the Lara Prison Precinct. The expansion follows the record investment by the Andrews Labor Government […]

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