Category: Minister for Families and Children

Encouraging More Girls To Take On The Guiding Adventure

More girls from regional areas, culturally diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds will be encouraged to become girl guides thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced Girl Guides Victoria will receive $1 million over the next four years to establish new groups with a focus on increasing diversity within their […]

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Increasing Support For Sexual Assault Victim-Survivors

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening support for sexual assault survivors to ensure their needs are met and their voices heard. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced an additional $417,000 to support victim-survivors of sexual assault. It includes more than $270,000 for sexual assault service CASA House to recruit more staff. CASA […]

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Keeping Children Safe Through Vital Information Sharing

The Andrews Labor Government is helping ensure no child falls between the cracks by allowing health, education and family services to share information of those in their care. Late last night, legislation passed the Victorian Parliament that will create the most streamlined information sharing system the state has ever seen, giving professional entities the tools […]

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Building Mateship With More Men’s Sheds

Communities across Victoria are encouraged to apply for an Andrews Labor Government grant to build more men’s sheds and support the emotional and social health of men. This year’s Men’s Shed Funding Program grant round – with $885,000 up for grabs – has an emphasis on supporting Aboriginal men and those from regional areas. Men’s […]

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Building Cultural Support For Aboriginal Children In Care

The Andrews Labor Government is building stronger futures for Aboriginal children in care by further strengthening connections to culture and family. At today’s Aboriginal Children’s Forum, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced an additional $440,000 to ensure continuing connection to family, country and culture for Aboriginal children in care The Foster and Kinship […]

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Liberals Ripping Away Support For Neighbourhood Houses

The Turnbull Liberal Government has quietly gutted a national childcare program which is set to leave more than 50 neighbourhood houses across Victoria without vital funding. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has confirmed he will cut the National Occasional Care Program, leaving kids, parents and neighbourhood houses out to dry in just four months’ time. […]

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More Kinder Upgrades For Ballarat Families

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting childcare services for families with young kids in Ballarat, with work starting on Girrabanya Children’s Centre upgrade. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today turned the first sod on the $1.25 million upgrade, which will expand the centre’s capacity and improve its facilities. The upgrade will create 98 […]

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Increasing Support For Aboriginal Children And Families

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in a new suite of parenting and education initiatives to provide more support for Aboriginal families and their children. Minister for Families and Children and Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today visited the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative, one of five organisations that will run the new $3.9 million […]

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Time For Turnbull To Pull His Weight On Early Childhood

A new report, endorsed by all the states and territories, has called on the Turnbull Government to finally provide adequate and permanent funding to help educate our youngest kids. Lifting Our Game, released today, is the final report of a national education review on early childhood services – and backs continued investment in the early […]

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Farewelling Our First Commissioner For Aboriginal Kids

The Andrews Labor Government has thanked Andrew Jackomos for his work and dedication as he prepares to step down as the first ever Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People after almost five years. Mr Jackomos was appointed as the first Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People and has made a significant contribution in […]

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