Topic: Families and children

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Early Childhood Education

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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Ready, Set, Go For Victorian Kids At Kinder

The Andrews Labor Government is leading the way to ensure all Victorian kids are ready for school, with new specialised funding to allow kinders to support them where they need it most. In an Australian first, Victorian kindergartens will be given $58.1 million worth of school readiness funding to engage experts and access innovative programs, […]

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Pick Your Project: Regional Victorians Setting The Agenda

Local projects across regional Victoria will be chosen by local residents under a new community building fund, which will see locals nominate and decide on their own funding priorities. The new grassroots democracy program, Pick My Project, will be backed by $30 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and will be spread across the state, […]

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Pick Your Project: New Fund For Locals, Decided By Locals

Local projects will be chosen by local residents under a new community building fund, which will see Victorians nominate and decide on their own funding priorities. The new grassroots democracy program, Pick My Project, will be backed by $30 million from the Victorian Budget 2018/19 and will be spread across the state, giving every community […]

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