Category: Minister for Families and Children

Keeping kids safe from harm

Victorian children at risk of abuse or neglect will be better protected and supported thanks a massive investment in child and family services. The Andrews Labor Government will invest an unprecedented $858.6 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to continue the transformation of Victoria’s children and family services system through Roadmap for Reform, moving it […]

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Building A Strong Future For Aboriginal Children

Aboriginal kids in care will remain better connected to culture, country and community, under new initiatives from the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $47.3 million to support implementation of Wungurilwil Gapgapduir: Aboriginal Children and Families Agreement – a ground breaking tripartite partnership between the Aboriginal communities, government and community service organisations. The […]

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Calling For New Approaches To End Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is testing new approaches to end family violence and keep perpetrators accountable with a fund available for innovative programs. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced $4.83 million will be made available to support trials of family violence perpetrator interventions that target diverse groups. These trials move away from […]

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Recognising Victoria’s Valued Volunteers

Victorians are encouraged to nominate a volunteer they want recognised as part of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened nominations for the awards, which will recognise up to 60 volunteers for their service to the community. One award recipient will be selected as Victoria’s Volunteer […]

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Introducing A New Champion For Aboriginal Young People

The Andrews Labor Government has appointed respected reconciliation advocate Justin Mohamed as the new Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People. A proud Gooreng Gooreng man from Bundaberg in Queensland, Mr Mohamed has spent much of his career working in the Aboriginal health and sport sector, improving outcomes and connections to culture for Aboriginal people, […]

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Looking Out For Siblings In Out-Of-Home Care

The Andrews Labor Government is introducing a new program to ensure siblings in out-of-home care remain together or in contact wherever possible. The Keeping Connected program is the first of its kind in Australia and is aimed at maintaining the bond between siblings by ensuring they are kept together when in care. On average, 75 […]

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Recognising The Protectors Of Vulnerable Children

The Andrews Labor Government is getting ready to celebrate those who work every day to protect vulnerable children and families in Victoria. Nominations are now open for the Victorian Protecting Children Awards – previously known as the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards – with all Victorian child protection workers, foster or kinship carers eligible. Minister […]

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Working With Perpetrators To Address Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to protect families by keeping perpetrators of family violence accountable and in plain sight. Two years on from the findings of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced $7.36 million for a new case management model – never before trialled in […]

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Giving Children With A Disability A Fairer Go

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting hundreds more children with a disability by bridging the gap while they wait to enter the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today announced $9.7 million to fund an additional 741 Early Childhood Intervention Services places for Victorian kids, giving them support ahead […]

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Recognising Victoria’s Early Childhood Heroes

The Andrews Labor Government is gearing up to celebrate the work of Victoria’s childcare sector through the 2018 Victorian Early Years Awards. Now in its 13th year, the awards recognise the best and brightest of those in the early childhood sector and acknowledge the crucial work they do to support our littlest Victorians. Minister for […]

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