Topic: Families and children

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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Giving our kids the very best start

Victorian kids will get the best start in life with new investments in kinders and Australian-first language programs. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes a $135.9 million boost to early childhood education to make sure our kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. It delivers the kinder infrastructure boost our growing […]

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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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Kicking Goals In The Early Years Reading Game

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging parents to read more books with their young children to inspire a love of reading and set them up for success later in life. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today launched the Premiers’ Reading Challenge for the Early Years, which encourages reading to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. […]

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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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