Tim Pallas State Labor Member for Werribee

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Authorised by T. Pallas, 2/56-58 Watton St Werribee VIC 3030. Funded by Parliamentary Budget.
  • Vic Budget 21/22 Creating Jobs & Caring for Werribee

    The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee, investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

  • Another Crossing Down at Cherry Street

    The Cherry Street level crossing in Werribee is gone months ahead of schedule, and an upgrade of eight major roads is complete as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s huge investment in better transport in Melbourne’s west.

  • Werribee Street Level Crossing Gone for Good

    The Andrews Government has removed its 45th dangerous and congested level crossing – with trains now running on the new one-kilometre rail bridge at Werribee Street, safely separated from traffic.

  • Major Works Take Shape at Old Geelong Road

    Major construction has now begun to remove the level crossing at Old Geelong Road. Crews have lifted new bridge beams into place – the next steps in building a new road bridge that will remove the level crossing for good.

  • Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade Completed

    Drivers in Melbourne’s west can now enjoy safer and more reliable access to the Princes Freeway and Werribee tourism precinct, thanks to the completion of the Duncans Road Interchange Upgrade in Werribee.

  • New Riverbend Primary School

    Riverbend Primary School is officially open – catering for 575 students and includes three learning neighbourhoods, outdoor play courts, a performing arts and physical education building, and a sports field.

  • $45 Million Police Complex

    Construction begins for the new $45 million station in Werribee. The new facility delivers a state-of-the-art police station that will be able to house more than 460 staff and officers, including uniformed, crime investigation, transit safety officers and administration staff, amongst others.

  • Vic Budget 21/22 Creating Jobs & Caring for Werribee

    The Victorian Budget 2021/22 is creating jobs and caring for the people of Werribee, investing in the care, services and infrastructure our community needs.

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MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY BODIES GIVING COMMUNITIES A VOICE

The Victorian Government is continuing its work to build a reformed mental health and wellbeing system centred around community – giving people in the Werribee District access to the support they need, when they need it, close to home. As part of the work, expressions of interest are now open for the Chair of a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Interim Regional Body. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the Interim Regional Body will give a voice to local communities ─ bringing together people with local knowledge and expertise to advise and guide Government on the unique mental health and wellbeing needs of communities across the state. The Interim Regional Bodies were a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and will be based in the three metropolitan regions of North-East, South-East and Western metro as well as in the Grampians, Loddon Mallee, Hume, Gippsland and South-West areas of regional Victoria. Each body will consist of a Chair and five members – including at least one person with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress, and at least one person with lived experience as a family member or carer. In its final report, the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System set out a 10-year plan to rebuild the system from the ground up, recommending a significant transformation to the way decisions are made in relation to Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing services. The eight Interim Regional Bodies are an intermediary step towards regional governance, which will be cemented by the establishment of the legislated Regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Boards across Victoria by the end of 2023. For more information, including how to apply, visit boards.vic.gov.au. To build the state’s new mental health system that meets the needs of all Victorians, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 invested a record $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and support. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support you can call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “Our future mental health system will be responsive to people who need it most, with services that are safe, tailored and localised – and that’s why we need the expertise of community members from every corner of our state.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The opportunity for Werribee locals to be part of the planning process from the beginning will help us create the best, tailored mental health and wellbeing services, supports and treatments that will meet the needs of the community.”

MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY BODIES GIVING COMMUNITIES A VOICE

The Victorian Government is continuing its work to build a reformed mental health and wellbeing system centred around community – giving people in the Werribee District access to the support they need, when they need it, close to home. As part of the work, expressions of interest are now open for the Chair of a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Interim Regional Body. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the Interim Regional Body will give a voice to local communities ─ bringing together people with local knowledge and expertise to advise and guide Government on the unique mental health and wellbeing needs of communities across the state. The Interim Regional Bodies were a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and will be based in the three metropolitan regions of North-East, South-East and Western metro as well as in the Grampians, Loddon Mallee, Hume, Gippsland and South-West areas of regional Victoria. Each body will consist of a Chair and five members – including at least one person with lived experience of mental illness or psychological distress, and at least one person with lived experience as a family member or carer. In its final report, the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System set out a 10-year plan to rebuild the system from the ground up, recommending a significant transformation to the way decisions are made in relation to Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing services. The eight Interim Regional Bodies are an intermediary step towards regional governance, which will be cemented by the establishment of the legislated Regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Boards across Victoria by the end of 2023. For more information, including how to apply, visit boards.vic.gov.au. To build the state’s new mental health system that meets the needs of all Victorians, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 invested a record $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and support. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support you can call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “Our future mental health system will be responsive to people who need it most, with services that are safe, tailored and localised – and that’s why we need the expertise of community members from every corner of our state.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The opportunity for Werribee locals to be part of the planning process from the beginning will help us create the best, tailored mental health and wellbeing services, supports and treatments that will meet the needs of the community.”

AN EARLY CHILDHOOD CAREER PATH START FOR WERRIBEE STUDENTS

Secondary students in the Werribee District eager to work in the early childhood sector can start their career path early, thanks to a new partnership between a national early childhood provider and the Victorian Government’s Head Start program. Minister for Education James Merlino launched a Head Start partnership with Think Childcare ─ the largest brokered by the Head Start initiative for the early childhood education qualification. Trainees will receive a high-quality education from early learning training specialist Selmar Institute of Education ─ helping them gain a Certification III Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. In the first year, they will spend one to two days per week in paid employment, increasing to three to four days in their final year. More than 40 Head Start trainees are already underway ─ gaining experience and training in the growing early childhood education sector while also helping meet local workforce needs. The $49.8 million Head Start initiative is a model for apprenticeships and traineeships for school students, supporting them to complete their VCE or VCAL alongside paid on-the-job training so they can achieve both a vocational and school-based education. The Head Start initiative will deliver up to 1,700 apprenticeships and traineeships by 30 June 2022, supported by school-based staff responsible for matching students with high-quality employers – with 10 Head Start clusters already established across 130 schools in Victoria. The Government has invested $38.1 million to transform vocational and applied learning in senior secondary schooling, which includes the development of a new single integrated senior secondary certificate. The Government is also investing $210 million over seven years to attract and retain a high-quality early childhood workforce as part of the statewide roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Quote attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are thrilled to provide local opportunities to students to keep their skills in the community and have a supported pathway for them to confidently take the first step into the rewarding early childhood sector.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are creating education and training pathways for students to get the skills they need for the jobs they want, while completing their senior secondary education.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We are pleased to provide a supported pathway for students to take the first step into the growing early childhood education sector, while also helping meet local workforce demand.” Quote attributable to Think Childcare Quality Advisor Kylie Morris “This opportunity will open so many doors to the courageous trainees who choose to go on this journey with us. However, the real winners will be children who will benefit from the impact these students make in their lives.” Quote attributable to Selmar Institute of Education Chief Executive Officer Jo Asquith “We are excited to be able to provide future-ready, care and compassionate skills to young career makers aspiring to become the next leaders in a such a vital sector.”

AN EARLY CHILDHOOD CAREER PATH START FOR WERRIBEE STUDENTS

Secondary students in the Werribee District eager to work in the early childhood sector can start their career path early, thanks to a new partnership between a national early childhood provider and the Victorian Government’s Head Start program. Minister for Education James Merlino launched a Head Start partnership with Think Childcare ─ the largest brokered by the Head Start initiative for the early childhood education qualification. Trainees will receive a high-quality education from early learning training specialist Selmar Institute of Education ─ helping them gain a Certification III Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. In the first year, they will spend one to two days per week in paid employment, increasing to three to four days in their final year. More than 40 Head Start trainees are already underway ─ gaining experience and training in the growing early childhood education sector while also helping meet local workforce needs. The $49.8 million Head Start initiative is a model for apprenticeships and traineeships for school students, supporting them to complete their VCE or VCAL alongside paid on-the-job training so they can achieve both a vocational and school-based education. The Head Start initiative will deliver up to 1,700 apprenticeships and traineeships by 30 June 2022, supported by school-based staff responsible for matching students with high-quality employers – with 10 Head Start clusters already established across 130 schools in Victoria. The Government has invested $38.1 million to transform vocational and applied learning in senior secondary schooling, which includes the development of a new single integrated senior secondary certificate. The Government is also investing $210 million over seven years to attract and retain a high-quality early childhood workforce as part of the statewide roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Quote attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are thrilled to provide local opportunities to students to keep their skills in the community and have a supported pathway for them to confidently take the first step into the rewarding early childhood sector.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are creating education and training pathways for students to get the skills they need for the jobs they want, while completing their senior secondary education.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We are pleased to provide a supported pathway for students to take the first step into the growing early childhood education sector, while also helping meet local workforce demand.” Quote attributable to Think Childcare Quality Advisor Kylie Morris “This opportunity will open so many doors to the courageous trainees who choose to go on this journey with us. However, the real winners will be children who will benefit from the impact these students make in their lives.” Quote attributable to Selmar Institute of Education Chief Executive Officer Jo Asquith “We are excited to be able to provide future-ready, care and compassionate skills to young career makers aspiring to become the next leaders in a such a vital sector.”

HELPING MORE WERRIBEE LOCALS BUY THEIR OWN HOME

The Victorian Government is helping more locals in Werribee to buy their own home with the launch of the Victorian Homebuyer Fund (VHF). The government announced the $500 million VHF today, which is expected to support more than 3,000 Victorians become homeowners. The VHF shared equity arrangement reduces the amount of money eligible participants need to enter the property market and relieves Victorian homebuyers from the extra financial burden of Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance. It is an expansion of the Government’s successful $50 million HomesVic Shared Equity Initiative, a pilot program that supported more than 335 households to buy their first home including 18 in Werribee and surrounding suburbs. Eligibility criteria under the VHF will be broader than the HomesVic pilot, making shared equity accessible to more Victorians. Under the new scheme, they no longer need to be first home buyers, can buy in a broader range of locations and can have higher household incomes than compared to the earlier pilot. The VHF is available to Australian citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18 years, who currently don‘t have an interest in a property and who meet the income thresholds. Further information is available at vic.gov.au/homebuyer. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Again and again young residents of Werribee have told me about their struggle to buy a home and the State Government is taking action to support young homebuyers.” “Make no mistake, housing affordability is one of the most significant issues today. I want every young person to be able to turn their dream of home ownership into reality. The Victorian Homebuyer Fund is an innovative way of helping prospective homebuyers to achieve this dream.”

HELPING MORE WERRIBEE LOCALS BUY THEIR OWN HOME

The Victorian Government is helping more locals in Werribee to buy their own home with the launch of the Victorian Homebuyer Fund (VHF). The government announced the $500 million VHF today, which is expected to support more than 3,000 Victorians become homeowners. The VHF shared equity arrangement reduces the amount of money eligible participants need to enter the property market and relieves Victorian homebuyers from the extra financial burden of Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance. It is an expansion of the Government’s successful $50 million HomesVic Shared Equity Initiative, a pilot program that supported more than 335 households to buy their first home including 18 in Werribee and surrounding suburbs. Eligibility criteria under the VHF will be broader than the HomesVic pilot, making shared equity accessible to more Victorians. Under the new scheme, they no longer need to be first home buyers, can buy in a broader range of locations and can have higher household incomes than compared to the earlier pilot. The VHF is available to Australian citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18 years, who currently don‘t have an interest in a property and who meet the income thresholds. Further information is available at vic.gov.au/homebuyer. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Again and again young residents of Werribee have told me about their struggle to buy a home and the State Government is taking action to support young homebuyers.” “Make no mistake, housing affordability is one of the most significant issues today. I want every young person to be able to turn their dream of home ownership into reality. The Victorian Homebuyer Fund is an innovative way of helping prospective homebuyers to achieve this dream.”

PRESERVING THE SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY FOR YOUNG VICTORIANS

Werribee students with a keen interest in civics and citizenship can apply for the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and critical thinking through an immersive onshore study tour, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications are now open for the 2021-22 Premier’s Spirit of Democracy, with successful students to gain a glimpse into how ancient Greece helped shape modern Australian democracy through a five-day study tour in Melbourne and Canberra. The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy program gives students a deeper understanding of democracy through immersive learning experiences, where they can learn from the works of classical thinkers like Plato and Aristotle as well as modern expressions of civic engagement. The study tour will take place from 10-14 April 2022, and is open to all secondary students currently in Years 9, 10 and 11 from government, Catholic and independent schools – with 22 students and four teacher chaperones to be selected. Students will be encouraged to form their own perspectives on contemporary democratic systems and what they mean for young Australians, collaborate with like-minded peers, and gain the skills and understanding needed to use their voices and help shape the future. The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy program maintains strong links to learning outcomes from the Victorian Foundation to Level 10 and senior secondary curriculums. To enter, students must submit an application in the form of an essay, short story, audio or video presentation, musical composition or artwork, as well as a statement of intent with any non-essay entries. Applications close on Sunday 7 November 2021. To enter, visit go.vic.gov.au/36jjQZ. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain an understanding of how history has shaped our democratic system and values.” “We want students to be challenged to think creatively and critically, and to develop the skills they need to become leaders to bring positive change to their communities, both now and into the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage all Werribee students with an interest in civics and citizenship, history, philosophy or legal studies – as well as anyone who wants to build up their leadership skills – to apply for this exciting tour.”

PRESERVING THE SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY FOR YOUNG VICTORIANS

Werribee students with a keen interest in civics and citizenship can apply for the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and critical thinking through an immersive onshore study tour, thanks to the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications are now open for the 2021-22 Premier’s Spirit of Democracy, with successful students to gain a glimpse into how ancient Greece helped shape modern Australian democracy through a five-day study tour in Melbourne and Canberra. The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy program gives students a deeper understanding of democracy through immersive learning experiences, where they can learn from the works of classical thinkers like Plato and Aristotle as well as modern expressions of civic engagement. The study tour will take place from 10-14 April 2022, and is open to all secondary students currently in Years 9, 10 and 11 from government, Catholic and independent schools – with 22 students and four teacher chaperones to be selected. Students will be encouraged to form their own perspectives on contemporary democratic systems and what they mean for young Australians, collaborate with like-minded peers, and gain the skills and understanding needed to use their voices and help shape the future. The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy program maintains strong links to learning outcomes from the Victorian Foundation to Level 10 and senior secondary curriculums. To enter, students must submit an application in the form of an essay, short story, audio or video presentation, musical composition or artwork, as well as a statement of intent with any non-essay entries. Applications close on Sunday 7 November 2021. To enter, visit go.vic.gov.au/36jjQZ. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain an understanding of how history has shaped our democratic system and values.” “We want students to be challenged to think creatively and critically, and to develop the skills they need to become leaders to bring positive change to their communities, both now and into the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “I encourage all Werribee students with an interest in civics and citizenship, history, philosophy or legal studies – as well as anyone who wants to build up their leadership skills – to apply for this exciting tour.”

FUNDING TO REDUCE WASTE THROUGH DESIGN

A new round of Victorian Government funding will improve environmental and economic outcomes for Victoria by supporting collaborative projects that aim to design out waste. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said more than $750,000 of funding is available through the Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund to support collaborative projects that will accelerate the transition towards a circular economy, with grants of up to $250,000 available. Grants will focus on two areas: textiles innovation and collaborative innovation, with both streams seeking projects that design out waste in the production, distribution and use phase of a resource’s lifecycle, for example by re-designing a product to be more durable, repairable and recyclable. Types of projects funded could include those proposing products that use fewer materials and are designed to be more durable, repairable and recyclable. Grants will support collaborative projects between individual businesses, industry groups and associations, research institutions and/ or charities. Member for Werribee said the Victorian Government has also announced ten research institutes will share more than $2.1 million funding to develop new and innovative processes or products for recycled materials including plastic, paper, glass, cardboard and tyres through the Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund. Collectively the projects will fund 9 new dedicated research roles, partially fund 6 existing positions, enabling industry partners to work with leading researchers to develop new ways to use recycled products in products and infrastructure such as roads and residential housing. The funds are delivered as part of the Victorian Government’s $515 million investment to transform the waste and recycling sector, including the Victorian Government’s $380 million investment to fundamentally reduce waste, boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on. For more information on projects funded and grants available visit https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/grants-funding-and-investment/grants-and-funding. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants are fostering business innovation and collaboration across supply chains to reduce waste, increase recycling and reuse and generate new streams of revenue for businesses.”  The grants are looking to support ideas that are an innovation for Victoria – projects that have never been done previously in the state, to help accelerate Victoria towards a circular economy.” “The projects supported by these grants will help reduce waste through design innovation, supporting a more sustainable future for Victoria.”

FUNDING TO REDUCE WASTE THROUGH DESIGN

A new round of Victorian Government funding will improve environmental and economic outcomes for Victoria by supporting collaborative projects that aim to design out waste. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said more than $750,000 of funding is available through the Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund to support collaborative projects that will accelerate the transition towards a circular economy, with grants of up to $250,000 available. Grants will focus on two areas: textiles innovation and collaborative innovation, with both streams seeking projects that design out waste in the production, distribution and use phase of a resource’s lifecycle, for example by re-designing a product to be more durable, repairable and recyclable. Types of projects funded could include those proposing products that use fewer materials and are designed to be more durable, repairable and recyclable. Grants will support collaborative projects between individual businesses, industry groups and associations, research institutions and/ or charities. Member for Werribee said the Victorian Government has also announced ten research institutes will share more than $2.1 million funding to develop new and innovative processes or products for recycled materials including plastic, paper, glass, cardboard and tyres through the Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund. Collectively the projects will fund 9 new dedicated research roles, partially fund 6 existing positions, enabling industry partners to work with leading researchers to develop new ways to use recycled products in products and infrastructure such as roads and residential housing. The funds are delivered as part of the Victorian Government’s $515 million investment to transform the waste and recycling sector, including the Victorian Government’s $380 million investment to fundamentally reduce waste, boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on. For more information on projects funded and grants available visit https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/grants-funding-and-investment/grants-and-funding. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants are fostering business innovation and collaboration across supply chains to reduce waste, increase recycling and reuse and generate new streams of revenue for businesses.”  The grants are looking to support ideas that are an innovation for Victoria – projects that have never been done previously in the state, to help accelerate Victoria towards a circular economy.” “The projects supported by these grants will help reduce waste through design innovation, supporting a more sustainable future for Victoria.”

SUPPORTING OUR SENIOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

The Victorian Government is making sure every secondary school student whose Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies have been disrupted by the pandemic will receive extra support to complete their certificates. VET students will benefit from catch-up funding – helping schools and non-school providers cover costs like extra fees or materials so Year 11 and 12 students can complete their applied VET studies in Term 4. Disruptions to on-site learning have had a significant impact on many school students, but especially those in their final years of school undertaking hands-on, vocational VET subjects as part of their VCE or VCAL. This catch-up support will cover any changed VET unit enrolments, teacher release or transport costs associated with additional training that cannot be met within providers’ current VET budgets. If any students are unable to complete VET units due to disruptions, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority will consider granting credits for non-scored VET units, which can count towards a student’s VCE or VCAL qualification. On top of extra support, every Victorian student whose final year of school has been affected by the pandemic is guaranteed that the only thing that will count towards their final score is their hard work and effort, with the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage process to continue this year as it did in 2020. The process considers a range of data alongside exam results to calculate final VCE results – like the GAT, compared performance across all assessments, and other learning data – alongside the impact of the pandemic on each student including school closures, direct physical and mental health impacts and issues with remote learning. Students can submit an individual student statement detailing the impacts of coronavirus on their final year of schooling, which will be taken into consideration alongside their learning outcomes. All Year 12 VCAL students will also have access to individual consideration, with schools required to apply special consideration for all students subject to significant disruptions. More information on the VCE Consideration of Educational Disadvantage, VCAL Special Consideration and VET Unspecified Credit can be found at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know how incredibly challenging the past two years have been for all students, especially those doing hands-on VET subjects – that’s why we’re providing extra support to make sure they can complete their training in Term Four.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney “Whether it’s extra materials or additional teacher costs, we’re investing in both schools and non-school VET providers to ensure all students can finish their studies off strongly.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “This is an important step towards ensuring all students are provided the support they need to complete their studies after a difficult year of disruptions, particularly for our hands on vocational students”. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s important that all Victorian students are supported through the pandemic to do their best in their education. That’s why we’re providing VET studentsin Wyndham with the support they need in the final years of their training.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Every student deserves extra support during and beyond this pandemic – and we’re proud to provide VET students with the resources they need to build their skills and graduate.

SUPPORTING OUR SENIOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

The Victorian Government is making sure every secondary school student whose Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies have been disrupted by the pandemic will receive extra support to complete their certificates. VET students will benefit from catch-up funding – helping schools and non-school providers cover costs like extra fees or materials so Year 11 and 12 students can complete their applied VET studies in Term 4. Disruptions to on-site learning have had a significant impact on many school students, but especially those in their final years of school undertaking hands-on, vocational VET subjects as part of their VCE or VCAL. This catch-up support will cover any changed VET unit enrolments, teacher release or transport costs associated with additional training that cannot be met within providers’ current VET budgets. If any students are unable to complete VET units due to disruptions, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority will consider granting credits for non-scored VET units, which can count towards a student’s VCE or VCAL qualification. On top of extra support, every Victorian student whose final year of school has been affected by the pandemic is guaranteed that the only thing that will count towards their final score is their hard work and effort, with the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage process to continue this year as it did in 2020. The process considers a range of data alongside exam results to calculate final VCE results – like the GAT, compared performance across all assessments, and other learning data – alongside the impact of the pandemic on each student including school closures, direct physical and mental health impacts and issues with remote learning. Students can submit an individual student statement detailing the impacts of coronavirus on their final year of schooling, which will be taken into consideration alongside their learning outcomes. All Year 12 VCAL students will also have access to individual consideration, with schools required to apply special consideration for all students subject to significant disruptions. More information on the VCE Consideration of Educational Disadvantage, VCAL Special Consideration and VET Unspecified Credit can be found at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know how incredibly challenging the past two years have been for all students, especially those doing hands-on VET subjects – that’s why we’re providing extra support to make sure they can complete their training in Term Four.” Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney “Whether it’s extra materials or additional teacher costs, we’re investing in both schools and non-school VET providers to ensure all students can finish their studies off strongly.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy “This is an important step towards ensuring all students are provided the support they need to complete their studies after a difficult year of disruptions, particularly for our hands on vocational students”. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s important that all Victorian students are supported through the pandemic to do their best in their education. That’s why we’re providing VET studentsin Wyndham with the support they need in the final years of their training.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “Every student deserves extra support during and beyond this pandemic – and we’re proud to provide VET students with the resources they need to build their skills and graduate.

TREE PLANTING UNDERWAY FOR COOLER, GREENER WEST

More trees will begin going into the ground across Wyndham this month, establishing green canopies and creating cooler spaces, thanks to the first phase of the Victorian Government’s More Trees for a Cooler, Greener West initiative. The Government is investing $5 million to plant both mature and young trees across Melbourne’s West. This will deliver more shade and green spaces, driving down pollution, improving air quality and helping tackle climate change. Residents all across Wyndham can look forward to greener streets, schools, parks and trails with advanced trees and saplings being planted over the coming months. The first phase of the initiative will see trees planted this spring and next autumn to give them the best chance of survival. Wyndham locations included in this first phase of planting include: 1. Mossfiel Primary School, Hoppers Crossing 2. Our Lady of the Southern Cross Primary School, Manor Lakes 3. Davis Creek Primary School, Tarneit 4. Tarneit Senior College, Tarneit 5. Baden Powell College (Tarneit Campus), Tarneit 6. Tarneit P-9 College, Tarneit 7. Manorvale Primary School, Werribee 8. Suzanne Cory High School, Werribee 9. Nangiloc Crescent Reserve, Werribee (adjoining MacKillop College) 10. Parkvista Reserve, Truganina (adjoining Truganina South Primary School 11. Werribee River Regional Park, Cocoroc 12. Werribee Park, Werribee Background Local councils and public land managers were invited to apply for grants of up to $250,000 for new projects and to scale up existing planting projects with a focus on mature trees. In 2018, Melbourne's west had just 5.5 per cent canopy cover in urban areas compared to 17.4 per cent in the inner south-east and 25.9 per cent in the east. The western suburbs experience the greatest urban heat island effect across metropolitan Melbourne. The new trees will add to the thousands of hectares of new open space and parklands delivered under the $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which is providing more than 6,500 hectares of parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket parks and dog parks – including 22 new and upgraded parks in Melbourne’s west. For details about projects funded in the first phase visit environment.vic.gov.au/more-trees-for-a-cooler-greener-west. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re planting the right trees in the right places to give families more places to enjoy nature, provide shade and help cool and green the western suburbs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As Tarneit continues to grow, we’re making sure there are greener streets and open spaces for our local community to enjoy.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are thrilled to see more trees going into the ground in the suburbs that need them most in Wyndham and right across Melbourne’s west.

TREE PLANTING UNDERWAY FOR COOLER, GREENER WEST

More trees will begin going into the ground across Wyndham this month, establishing green canopies and creating cooler spaces, thanks to the first phase of the Victorian Government’s More Trees for a Cooler, Greener West initiative. The Government is investing $5 million to plant both mature and young trees across Melbourne’s West. This will deliver more shade and green spaces, driving down pollution, improving air quality and helping tackle climate change. Residents all across Wyndham can look forward to greener streets, schools, parks and trails with advanced trees and saplings being planted over the coming months. The first phase of the initiative will see trees planted this spring and next autumn to give them the best chance of survival. Wyndham locations included in this first phase of planting include: 1. Mossfiel Primary School, Hoppers Crossing 2. Our Lady of the Southern Cross Primary School, Manor Lakes 3. Davis Creek Primary School, Tarneit 4. Tarneit Senior College, Tarneit 5. Baden Powell College (Tarneit Campus), Tarneit 6. Tarneit P-9 College, Tarneit 7. Manorvale Primary School, Werribee 8. Suzanne Cory High School, Werribee 9. Nangiloc Crescent Reserve, Werribee (adjoining MacKillop College) 10. Parkvista Reserve, Truganina (adjoining Truganina South Primary School 11. Werribee River Regional Park, Cocoroc 12. Werribee Park, Werribee Background Local councils and public land managers were invited to apply for grants of up to $250,000 for new projects and to scale up existing planting projects with a focus on mature trees. In 2018, Melbourne's west had just 5.5 per cent canopy cover in urban areas compared to 17.4 per cent in the inner south-east and 25.9 per cent in the east. The western suburbs experience the greatest urban heat island effect across metropolitan Melbourne. The new trees will add to the thousands of hectares of new open space and parklands delivered under the $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which is providing more than 6,500 hectares of parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket parks and dog parks – including 22 new and upgraded parks in Melbourne’s west. For details about projects funded in the first phase visit environment.vic.gov.au/more-trees-for-a-cooler-greener-west. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We’re planting the right trees in the right places to give families more places to enjoy nature, provide shade and help cool and green the western suburbs.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly “As Tarneit continues to grow, we’re making sure there are greener streets and open spaces for our local community to enjoy.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We are thrilled to see more trees going into the ground in the suburbs that need them most in Wyndham and right across Melbourne’s west.

GROWING TEAM HELPS VICTORIAN JOB SEEKERS FIND WORK

Victorians looking for a new job or a career change can now access free advice and support from a 600-strong force of advocates, mentors and career counsellors, ensuring no Victorian is left behind in the search for work. The $260 million employment service is being established as part of the $619 million Jobs Victoria initiative, which supports people looking for work and connects employers with the staff they need. More than 420 Jobs Victoria employment service staff have now come on board, with a further 180 mentors, advocates and counsellors to be added to the burgeoning program. Staff have already started work on employment services in Western Melbourne, with 20 advocates helping jobseekers in the community. Mentors help people find a job that suits them and support them in their role for the first six months. The mentors will assist people who have been unemployed for six months or more, or are without a job and at risk of long-term unemployment, and can also connect employers with suitable local candidates. The career counsellor service helps people understand their career options and goals and give them the tools to explore different interests, identify transferable skills and create a pathway for change. Advocates will be out in communities throughout Victoria connecting people with the services that are right for them, whether it be help with their resume or help connecting them to or directing them to an employment service. Jobs Victoria employment services are delivered by a network of 75 partners across the state – local people who provide specialist employment support and advice. The services are accessible online and over the phone while restrictions are in place. Jobs Victoria also supports employers and small businesses by helping them find staff and apply for wage subsidies to grow their businesses. The $250 million Jobs Victoria Fund pays subsidies of up to $20,000 per eligible employee to businesses that employ people hardest hit by the pandemic, including women aged over 45. The Fund also supports industries facing workforce shortages by working with employers to recruit and train workers to fill roles. For more information visit jobs.vic.gov.au or call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “By helping people find a job that suits them, we’re providing thousands of Victorians with financial independence and security.” “These Jobs Victoria employment services are creating big changes in the lives of job seekers, giving them access to hundreds of people who will help them find work.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Having support staff on the ground helping people prepare for and find work will make a huge difference for jobseekers in Western Melbourne.”

GROWING TEAM HELPS VICTORIAN JOB SEEKERS FIND WORK

Victorians looking for a new job or a career change can now access free advice and support from a 600-strong force of advocates, mentors and career counsellors, ensuring no Victorian is left behind in the search for work. The $260 million employment service is being established as part of the $619 million Jobs Victoria initiative, which supports people looking for work and connects employers with the staff they need. More than 420 Jobs Victoria employment service staff have now come on board, with a further 180 mentors, advocates and counsellors to be added to the burgeoning program. Staff have already started work on employment services in Western Melbourne, with 20 advocates helping jobseekers in the community. Mentors help people find a job that suits them and support them in their role for the first six months. The mentors will assist people who have been unemployed for six months or more, or are without a job and at risk of long-term unemployment, and can also connect employers with suitable local candidates. The career counsellor service helps people understand their career options and goals and give them the tools to explore different interests, identify transferable skills and create a pathway for change. Advocates will be out in communities throughout Victoria connecting people with the services that are right for them, whether it be help with their resume or help connecting them to or directing them to an employment service. Jobs Victoria employment services are delivered by a network of 75 partners across the state – local people who provide specialist employment support and advice. The services are accessible online and over the phone while restrictions are in place. Jobs Victoria also supports employers and small businesses by helping them find staff and apply for wage subsidies to grow their businesses. The $250 million Jobs Victoria Fund pays subsidies of up to $20,000 per eligible employee to businesses that employ people hardest hit by the pandemic, including women aged over 45. The Fund also supports industries facing workforce shortages by working with employers to recruit and train workers to fill roles. For more information visit jobs.vic.gov.au or call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “By helping people find a job that suits them, we’re providing thousands of Victorians with financial independence and security.” “These Jobs Victoria employment services are creating big changes in the lives of job seekers, giving them access to hundreds of people who will help them find work.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Having support staff on the ground helping people prepare for and find work will make a huge difference for jobseekers in Western Melbourne.”

 

TUTOR PROGRAM TO CONTINUE IN WYNDHAM SCHOOLS

The Victorian Government will make sure that not one school student in Werribee is left behind in the wake of the pandemic, with the state’s extraordinarily successful tutor program to continue until the end of 2022. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced $230.4 million will extend the single biggest boost to individual learning support in the state’s history – allowing Victorian schools to retain the tutors that have supported students throughout 2021. The tutor program has called on pre-service teachers, teachers on leave, retired teachers and casual relief teachers to sign up and get back in the classroom – with at least one tutor in all government schools to ensure every Victorian child comes out of the pandemic with the confidence that their learning is on track. While the past two years have seen some students thrive with the flexibility and self-direction remote learning gave them, for others this period has been profoundly difficult – and the tutors have worked both in the classroom and through remote learning to identify and support the students who needed extra help with their learning. Students who struggled most during the pandemic included those with low levels of English, those already at risk of disengaging from school, or those with home environments not conducive to online learning. The tutors have had a hugely positive impact on hundreds of thousands of students, with Victoria recording nation-leading NAPLAN results in August, and an independent evaluation by Deloitte concluding the initiative improved attendance, achievement, and engagement among students – and had a positive impact on their confidence. Schools are responsible for employing their tutors based on the needs of their students, with tutors offering a range of expertise, experience and support to the students who need it most. Tutors work in small groups to provide tailored support for identified students who need assistance to catch up – regardless of their circumstances or background. The extra support for onsite tutors in 2022 will also ensure teaching teams can continue to provide dedicated and individualised support for students who need help. Small schools will also see their funding allocation increased from a minimum of $15,000 to $25,000 per school – allowing them to hire more support for their students after the challenges of 2021. Individual schools will continue to determine how tutoring support is best implemented in their school, ensuring the program is tailored to the needs of each student – with a focus on ensuring all students have caught up on key skills in numeracy and literacy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “There’s no question that this pandemic has been a challenge for many students – but we’re making sure no Victorian child is left behind, with thousands of dedicated tutors to make sure everyone can catch up and prepare for a much better 2022.” “Our tutors have done incredible work throughout this year helping students succeed, and Victoria’s nation-leading NAPLAN results are a testament to their dedication and hard work in schools across the state.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure every child in Werribee is given the support they need to succeed at school.”

TUTOR PROGRAM TO CONTINUE IN WYNDHAM SCHOOLS

The Victorian Government will make sure that not one school student in Werribee is left behind in the wake of the pandemic, with the state’s extraordinarily successful tutor program to continue until the end of 2022. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced $230.4 million will extend the single biggest boost to individual learning support in the state’s history – allowing Victorian schools to retain the tutors that have supported students throughout 2021. The tutor program has called on pre-service teachers, teachers on leave, retired teachers and casual relief teachers to sign up and get back in the classroom – with at least one tutor in all government schools to ensure every Victorian child comes out of the pandemic with the confidence that their learning is on track. While the past two years have seen some students thrive with the flexibility and self-direction remote learning gave them, for others this period has been profoundly difficult – and the tutors have worked both in the classroom and through remote learning to identify and support the students who needed extra help with their learning. Students who struggled most during the pandemic included those with low levels of English, those already at risk of disengaging from school, or those with home environments not conducive to online learning. The tutors have had a hugely positive impact on hundreds of thousands of students, with Victoria recording nation-leading NAPLAN results in August, and an independent evaluation by Deloitte concluding the initiative improved attendance, achievement, and engagement among students – and had a positive impact on their confidence. Schools are responsible for employing their tutors based on the needs of their students, with tutors offering a range of expertise, experience and support to the students who need it most. Tutors work in small groups to provide tailored support for identified students who need assistance to catch up – regardless of their circumstances or background. The extra support for onsite tutors in 2022 will also ensure teaching teams can continue to provide dedicated and individualised support for students who need help. Small schools will also see their funding allocation increased from a minimum of $15,000 to $25,000 per school – allowing them to hire more support for their students after the challenges of 2021. Individual schools will continue to determine how tutoring support is best implemented in their school, ensuring the program is tailored to the needs of each student – with a focus on ensuring all students have caught up on key skills in numeracy and literacy. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “There’s no question that this pandemic has been a challenge for many students – but we’re making sure no Victorian child is left behind, with thousands of dedicated tutors to make sure everyone can catch up and prepare for a much better 2022.” “Our tutors have done incredible work throughout this year helping students succeed, and Victoria’s nation-leading NAPLAN results are a testament to their dedication and hard work in schools across the state.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure every child in Werribee is given the support they need to succeed at school.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR WERRIBEE STUDENTS

Secondary students in the Werribee District will now have access to vital mental health support at school with the roll out of mental health practitioners to every Victorian government secondary and specialist school now complete. The $51.2 million Mental Health Practitioners initiative has been finalised a year earlier than originally committed to in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding received will enable schools in Werribee to employ a practitioner for up to five days a week – with more than 250 suitably qualified and registered mental health practitioners already working across the state’s secondary schools. The mental health practitioners can include psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses delivering the unique needs of each student cohort. Already supporting around 188,000 students, these practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, help students with complex needs, connect students to broader allied and community health services and deliver whole-school mental health promotion and prevention activities – including during periods of remote learning. In August 2020, additional support for this critical program helped boost a further 51 mental health practitioners to specialist schools across the state, catering to the mental health needs of some of Victoria’s most vulnerable students. Around 4,300 secondary-aged students with disabilities currently have access to a practitioner in their school. The Mental Health Practitioners initiative is in addition to the Government’s $28.5 million package to ensure that all Victorian government school students have continued access to professional mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 has also invested $217.8 million in new support for schools, including $200 million for a new School Mental Health Fund ─ allowing schools to select and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students, while also connecting with specialist services. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment is about ensuring that Werribee students have the mental health supports in place to help them achieve their very best at school and in life.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’ve delivered the Mental Health Practitioners initiative a year ahead of schedule ─ giving students in secondary and specialist schools the direct support they need during and well beyond this pandemic.” “We’ve laid out our plan to get students back into the classroom this term, but we know some kids will need more support – and this program will make it easy for them to reach out and get the mental health care they deserve.”

MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR WERRIBEE STUDENTS

Secondary students in the Werribee District will now have access to vital mental health support at school with the roll out of mental health practitioners to every Victorian government secondary and specialist school now complete. The $51.2 million Mental Health Practitioners initiative has been finalised a year earlier than originally committed to in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding received will enable schools in Werribee to employ a practitioner for up to five days a week – with more than 250 suitably qualified and registered mental health practitioners already working across the state’s secondary schools. The mental health practitioners can include psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses delivering the unique needs of each student cohort. Already supporting around 188,000 students, these practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, help students with complex needs, connect students to broader allied and community health services and deliver whole-school mental health promotion and prevention activities – including during periods of remote learning. In August 2020, additional support for this critical program helped boost a further 51 mental health practitioners to specialist schools across the state, catering to the mental health needs of some of Victoria’s most vulnerable students. Around 4,300 secondary-aged students with disabilities currently have access to a practitioner in their school. The Mental Health Practitioners initiative is in addition to the Government’s $28.5 million package to ensure that all Victorian government school students have continued access to professional mental health and wellbeing support during the pandemic. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 has also invested $217.8 million in new support for schools, including $200 million for a new School Mental Health Fund ─ allowing schools to select and implement mental health and wellbeing programs that best meet the needs of their students, while also connecting with specialist services. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment is about ensuring that Werribee students have the mental health supports in place to help them achieve their very best at school and in life.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’ve delivered the Mental Health Practitioners initiative a year ahead of schedule ─ giving students in secondary and specialist schools the direct support they need during and well beyond this pandemic.” “We’ve laid out our plan to get students back into the classroom this term, but we know some kids will need more support – and this program will make it easy for them to reach out and get the mental health care they deserve.”

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER ACTION GRANTS ANNOUNCED

A community group in Werribee has shared in over $11,300 funding as part of the Community Volunteer Action Grants program, aimed at supporting communities and community organisations and volunteers across Victoria and in the Werribee District. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Werribee River Association as the successful local grant recipient, for their Volunteer Waterkeepers Project. The Volunteer Waterkeepers Project will support community environmental leadership, new volunteer opportunities, and deeper appreciation of the natural environment within the Werribee River catchment. New volunteers will be supported to undertake volunteer roles that contribute that support them to act for nature, to undertake citizen science mapping and environmental protection activities. The grants offer a range of positive biodiversity outcomes across the state by assisting communities to conserve, rehabilitate, restore and protect Victoria’s native flora, fauna and vegetation and supporting community groups to increase and build their capacity to act for the environment. Previous funding has assisted community groups across Victoria to engage a total of 992 community members in conservation or improved land management, with a contribution from community members of approximately 23,515 volunteer hours. The grants are spread across a range of geographic locations to align with the goals and targets identified in the Victorian Government’s plan to improve our natural environment, Biodiversity 2037. This is part of the $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package funded by the Victorian Government to support small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Werribee. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Volunteers and community organisations play a critical role in Werribee, with these grants supporting community groups to build capacity, expand and diversify the volunteer base and increase inclusivity.” “These projects will assist in conserving, rehabilitating, restoring and protecting Victoria’s native flora, fauna and native vegetation while addressing threats to biodiversity.” “It is fantastic to see this wonderful project receive funding, benefitting a local group in Werribee.”

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER ACTION GRANTS ANNOUNCED

A community group in Werribee has shared in over $11,300 funding as part of the Community Volunteer Action Grants program, aimed at supporting communities and community organisations and volunteers across Victoria and in the Werribee District. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Werribee River Association as the successful local grant recipient, for their Volunteer Waterkeepers Project. The Volunteer Waterkeepers Project will support community environmental leadership, new volunteer opportunities, and deeper appreciation of the natural environment within the Werribee River catchment. New volunteers will be supported to undertake volunteer roles that contribute that support them to act for nature, to undertake citizen science mapping and environmental protection activities. The grants offer a range of positive biodiversity outcomes across the state by assisting communities to conserve, rehabilitate, restore and protect Victoria’s native flora, fauna and vegetation and supporting community groups to increase and build their capacity to act for the environment. Previous funding has assisted community groups across Victoria to engage a total of 992 community members in conservation or improved land management, with a contribution from community members of approximately 23,515 volunteer hours. The grants are spread across a range of geographic locations to align with the goals and targets identified in the Victorian Government’s plan to improve our natural environment, Biodiversity 2037. This is part of the $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package funded by the Victorian Government to support small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Werribee. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Volunteers and community organisations play a critical role in Werribee, with these grants supporting community groups to build capacity, expand and diversify the volunteer base and increase inclusivity.” “These projects will assist in conserving, rehabilitating, restoring and protecting Victoria’s native flora, fauna and native vegetation while addressing threats to biodiversity.” “It is fantastic to see this wonderful project receive funding, benefitting a local group in Werribee.”

ACTING LOCAL: SUPPORT FOR WYNDHAM BUSINESSES TOPS $127 MILLION

Wyndham businesses most affected by recent public health lockdowns have received millions of dollars in direct support from the Victorian Government. More than $10 billion in direct economic support has been delivered to businesses across Victoria over the course of the pandemic, including $4.2 billion in cash grants paid to more than 145,000 businesses since the May/June restrictions period. The Victorian Government has provided $127 million in direct economic support between 31 May and 3 September to more than 6780 Wyndham businesses in industries ranging from hospitality to non-essential retail, accommodation, events, hairdressing and beauty services. Through targeted programs such as the Business Costs Assistance Program and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund, the Government is delivering direct support to businesses that are playing a vital role in the fight against the fast-moving Delta variant. On Sunday, 4 September, the Victorian and Commonwealth governments announced a jointly-funded package of up to $2.34 billion to provide certainty to 175,000 Victorian businesses across September. Business Costs Assistance Program payments will be automatically made at rates of $2,800, $5,600 and $8,400 a week, depending on payroll size, to eligible businesses over September – deposited fortnightly. Eligible cafes, restaurants and bars will continue to receive Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payments of between $5,000 and $20,000 per week. An Alpine Support Package will help sustain resorts through the remainder of the season with an automatic top-up payment of between $10,000 and $40,000. The $700 million Small Business Covid Hardship Fund provides $20,000 to eligible businesses who do not qualify for other Government programs and is open to all Victorian businesses, regardless of location. More than 26,000 Hardship Fund grants have so far been paid to businesses that have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent due to the effects of the pandemic. Support for small and medium-sized businesses also extends to the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, which requires landlords to provide proportionate rent relief for businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million that have experienced a fall in turnover of 30 per cent or greater, regardless of location. For more information on support programs for Victorian businesses visit business.vic.gov.au.   Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “By providing direct, targeted and meaningful support to local businesses, we’re making sure they have the best chance of moving through the restrictions period and recovering strongly.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy  “I’m so grateful to business owners and workers for their huge sacrifices to help us in the fight against the fast-moving Delta variant. Closing the doors to your livelihood is something no one should have to do - so we have to keep up the support for people to stay resilient and get through this pandemic”    Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “It’s been an incredibly tough time for local small businesses and families throughout this pandemic. Each of us now has a role to play in getting vaccinated, so businesses can reopen and we can all get back to doing the things we enjoy and seeing the people we love.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “We will continue to respond swiftly to changing circumstances and back businesses across the state.” “This support reflects how important small and medium-sized businesses are to Victoria’s economic wellbeing and social strength.” Quote attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford  “We’re continuing to support our hardest-hit sectors and businesses, to ensure they can keep paying their expenses as we work towards reaching vaccination levels which will allow us to open in a safe way.”

ACTING LOCAL: SUPPORT FOR WYNDHAM BUSINESSES TOPS $127 MILLION

Wyndham businesses most affected by recent public health lockdowns have received millions of dollars in direct support from the Victorian Government. More than $10 billion in direct economic support has been delivered to businesses across Victoria over the course of the pandemic, including $4.2 billion in cash grants paid to more than 145,000 businesses since the May/June restrictions period. The Victorian Government has provided $127 million in direct economic support between 31 May and 3 September to more than 6780 Wyndham businesses in industries ranging from hospitality to non-essential retail, accommodation, events, hairdressing and beauty services. Through targeted programs such as the Business Costs Assistance Program and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund, the Government is delivering direct support to businesses that are playing a vital role in the fight against the fast-moving Delta variant. On Sunday, 4 September, the Victorian and Commonwealth governments announced a jointly-funded package of up to $2.34 billion to provide certainty to 175,000 Victorian businesses across September. Business Costs Assistance Program payments will be automatically made at rates of $2,800, $5,600 and $8,400 a week, depending on payroll size, to eligible businesses over September – deposited fortnightly. Eligible cafes, restaurants and bars will continue to receive Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payments of between $5,000 and $20,000 per week. An Alpine Support Package will help sustain resorts through the remainder of the season with an automatic top-up payment of between $10,000 and $40,000. The $700 million Small Business Covid Hardship Fund provides $20,000 to eligible businesses who do not qualify for other Government programs and is open to all Victorian businesses, regardless of location. More than 26,000 Hardship Fund grants have so far been paid to businesses that have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent due to the effects of the pandemic. Support for small and medium-sized businesses also extends to the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, which requires landlords to provide proportionate rent relief for businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million that have experienced a fall in turnover of 30 per cent or greater, regardless of location. For more information on support programs for Victorian businesses visit business.vic.gov.au.   Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “By providing direct, targeted and meaningful support to local businesses, we’re making sure they have the best chance of moving through the restrictions period and recovering strongly.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy  “I’m so grateful to business owners and workers for their huge sacrifices to help us in the fight against the fast-moving Delta variant. Closing the doors to your livelihood is something no one should have to do - so we have to keep up the support for people to stay resilient and get through this pandemic”    Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “It’s been an incredibly tough time for local small businesses and families throughout this pandemic. Each of us now has a role to play in getting vaccinated, so businesses can reopen and we can all get back to doing the things we enjoy and seeing the people we love.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “We will continue to respond swiftly to changing circumstances and back businesses across the state.” “This support reflects how important small and medium-sized businesses are to Victoria’s economic wellbeing and social strength.” Quote attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford  “We’re continuing to support our hardest-hit sectors and businesses, to ensure they can keep paying their expenses as we work towards reaching vaccination levels which will allow us to open in a safe way.”

GO WHERE YOU‘RE NEEDED – A REWARDING CAREER KEEPING KIDS SAFE

The Victorian government is launching a new recruitment drive to help keep children safe and families strong, calling on new graduates and career changers in Werribee to consider joining the ranks of Victoria’s child protection workforce. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is calling on locals to consider a rewarding career in child protection following the launch of the Go Where You’re Needed campaign, which aims to recruit more than 280 new child protection practitioners across metropolitan and regional Victoria. The campaign, which will run across radio, print and online, showcases the benefits of a career in child protection, which provides many opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families. There are a broad range of roles to choose from across various levels, which offer professional development, career progression and the chance to work with diverse and dynamic teams across the state. With enhanced workforce support, job flexibility and training, there’s never been a better time to consider a career in child protection. Ben Dunn is proud to have worked as a child protection practitioner for almost three years and encourages people to “just give it a go”. “The reward from the job far outweighs any challenges or difficult days, and you get to keep children safe and see families change for the better,” he said. “There are small, beautiful moments all the time and the kids just make you smile – like when you see how far they’ve come in situations due to those supports we’ve put in place.” The campaign follows the launch of the Child Protection Workforce Strategy 2021 and was created with input from practitioners and industry experts. The Government has invested an unprecedented $2.2 billion in transforming the children and families system over the last two Victorian Budgets – including $171 million to boost the number of child protection staff on the frontline in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. This brings the total to more than 1,180 new positions since 2014. To learn more about available child protection jobs, visit vic.gov.au/childprotectionjobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan “Growing up my own mum worked in child protection, so I know first-hand how this sector offers a challenging and rewarding career for anyone wanting to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “If you want a meaningful career that can change the lives of vulnerable children and keep families strong, child protection offers a range of roles for different skillsets.” “Whether you’re a recent graduate, changing careers or already work in human services, I urge you to consider a job in child protection.”

GO WHERE YOU‘RE NEEDED – A REWARDING CAREER KEEPING KIDS SAFE

The Victorian government is launching a new recruitment drive to help keep children safe and families strong, calling on new graduates and career changers in Werribee to consider joining the ranks of Victoria’s child protection workforce. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is calling on locals to consider a rewarding career in child protection following the launch of the Go Where You’re Needed campaign, which aims to recruit more than 280 new child protection practitioners across metropolitan and regional Victoria. The campaign, which will run across radio, print and online, showcases the benefits of a career in child protection, which provides many opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families. There are a broad range of roles to choose from across various levels, which offer professional development, career progression and the chance to work with diverse and dynamic teams across the state. With enhanced workforce support, job flexibility and training, there’s never been a better time to consider a career in child protection. Ben Dunn is proud to have worked as a child protection practitioner for almost three years and encourages people to “just give it a go”. “The reward from the job far outweighs any challenges or difficult days, and you get to keep children safe and see families change for the better,” he said. “There are small, beautiful moments all the time and the kids just make you smile – like when you see how far they’ve come in situations due to those supports we’ve put in place.” The campaign follows the launch of the Child Protection Workforce Strategy 2021 and was created with input from practitioners and industry experts. The Government has invested an unprecedented $2.2 billion in transforming the children and families system over the last two Victorian Budgets – including $171 million to boost the number of child protection staff on the frontline in the Victorian Budget 2021/22. This brings the total to more than 1,180 new positions since 2014. To learn more about available child protection jobs, visit vic.gov.au/childprotectionjobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan “Growing up my own mum worked in child protection, so I know first-hand how this sector offers a challenging and rewarding career for anyone wanting to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “If you want a meaningful career that can change the lives of vulnerable children and keep families strong, child protection offers a range of roles for different skillsets.” “Whether you’re a recent graduate, changing careers or already work in human services, I urge you to consider a job in child protection.”

WERRIBEE KINDERS SHARE IN TECH UPGRADE BOOST

The Victorian Government is helping children in Werribee get the best start to life by supporting local kindergartens with access to state-of-the-art technology to help deliver their funded kinder programs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Building Blocks Improvement Grants for four services in Werribee to buy new IT equipment to support their funded kinder programs. These include Balim Balim Kindergarten at the Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre, Riverwalk Primary School Kindergarten, Quantin Binnah Community Centre Inc, and Goodstart Early Learning Werribee. Almost 570 kindergarten services operating a funded kindergarten program have received IT grants of up to $1,500 from the latest round of the Building Blocks Improvement Grants funding, sharing more than $796,000 in total for technology support. These IT grants will help pay for new equipment such as computers, iPads and interactive TV aids that can be used for administration or to help deliver learning programs. Building Blocks Grants is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services. To find out more about Building Blocks Grants, visit: schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Building-Blocks. In an Australian-first, the Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. As part of the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has co-invested $1.68 billion with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state over this decade. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children right across the state can get the most out of their great local kindergartens ─ giving them the best start to life.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is vital that our early childhood services are equipped with modern technology to make sure that children in Werribee get a great start in life.”

WERRIBEE KINDERS SHARE IN TECH UPGRADE BOOST

The Victorian Government is helping children in Werribee get the best start to life by supporting local kindergartens with access to state-of-the-art technology to help deliver their funded kinder programs. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced Building Blocks Improvement Grants for four services in Werribee to buy new IT equipment to support their funded kinder programs. These include Balim Balim Kindergarten at the Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre, Riverwalk Primary School Kindergarten, Quantin Binnah Community Centre Inc, and Goodstart Early Learning Werribee. Almost 570 kindergarten services operating a funded kindergarten program have received IT grants of up to $1,500 from the latest round of the Building Blocks Improvement Grants funding, sharing more than $796,000 in total for technology support. These IT grants will help pay for new equipment such as computers, iPads and interactive TV aids that can be used for administration or to help deliver learning programs. Building Blocks Grants is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services. To find out more about Building Blocks Grants, visit: schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Building-Blocks. In an Australian-first, the Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs. From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. As part of the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has co-invested $1.68 billion with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state over this decade. Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children right across the state can get the most out of their great local kindergartens ─ giving them the best start to life.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It is vital that our early childhood services are equipped with modern technology to make sure that children in Werribee get a great start in life.”

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS IN WERRIBEE

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program, which supports wildlife shelters across the state. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged wildlife shelter operators and foster carers based in Werribee to apply for these grants to support this important work. Wildlife rehabilitators play an important role in Werribee by dedicating their time and money to rescue and rehabilitate injured or displaced wildlife and release them back into the wild. To support this vital work, the Victorian Government is providing a total of $230,000 for wildlife rehabilitators through the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program. Authorised wildlife shelter operators and foster carers can apply for grants of up to $3,000 for equipment, infrastructure, consumables, education and training. Applications close at 3.30pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021. For more information and to apply, visit wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildlife-rehabilitator-grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants help wildlife carers cover the day-to-day costs of running their service including vet fees and supplies, feed for the animals, and enclosures for the wildlife to live in while they are rehabilitated.” “This is about supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most.” “It’s important to acknowledge and support the selfless work of our dedicated wildlife shelter operators and foster carers in Werribee.”

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS IN WERRIBEE

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program, which supports wildlife shelters across the state. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas encouraged wildlife shelter operators and foster carers based in Werribee to apply for these grants to support this important work. Wildlife rehabilitators play an important role in Werribee by dedicating their time and money to rescue and rehabilitate injured or displaced wildlife and release them back into the wild. To support this vital work, the Victorian Government is providing a total of $230,000 for wildlife rehabilitators through the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program. Authorised wildlife shelter operators and foster carers can apply for grants of up to $3,000 for equipment, infrastructure, consumables, education and training. Applications close at 3.30pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021. For more information and to apply, visit wildlife.vic.gov.au/grants/wildlife-rehabilitator-grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants help wildlife carers cover the day-to-day costs of running their service including vet fees and supplies, feed for the animals, and enclosures for the wildlife to live in while they are rehabilitated.” “This is about supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most.” “It’s important to acknowledge and support the selfless work of our dedicated wildlife shelter operators and foster carers in Werribee.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR LIBRARIES IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is supporting public libraries to expand and adapt their services for local communities, providing connection and learning opportunities during the pandemic. Local libraries across Wyndham will receive a funding boost of 3.5 per cent to expand library collections, online services and programs under the $47.4 million Public Libraries Funding Program. More than $1.56 million is being invested into Wyndham in 2021-22 for the purchase of library collection items, information technology resources, children and outreach programs, and other library services. Public libraries are vibrant community hubs that offer a safe space for social interaction, digital connection, lifelong learning and rich cultural experiences. As Victorians continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, libraries have demonstrated dedication to their communities by delivering online programs, adopting a book delivery partnership with Meals on Wheels, offering a click and collect model as well as checking in with members over the phone. The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding for councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia to support a range of activities and library services across 277 branches. This funding contributes to the purchase of physical and electronic collection items, information technology, library and outreach programs, and other services provided by Victorian public libraries. Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested more than $306 million through the Public Libraries Program. For more information, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “Our public libraries provide endless access to knowledge, social connection and entertainment and this record investment ensures they can continue to deliver for all Victorians.” “Victorians have embraced libraries during the pandemic, and I commend library staff for continually looking for ways to connect with their communities and give people access to books, resources and support networks.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our libraries across Wyndham are critical and have played a key role in helping people feel less lonely and isolated during the pandemic, it is important that they receive the resources to continue this great work.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy  “I love our public libraries and I know how much they mean to our community for so many reasons - library services can be a crucial part of the support networks that people need in order to stay connected to community.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Libraries are an important part of our community, and this funding will ensure they get the boost they need to continue providing crucial services that keep us connected.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR LIBRARIES IN WYNDHAM

The Victorian Government is supporting public libraries to expand and adapt their services for local communities, providing connection and learning opportunities during the pandemic. Local libraries across Wyndham will receive a funding boost of 3.5 per cent to expand library collections, online services and programs under the $47.4 million Public Libraries Funding Program. More than $1.56 million is being invested into Wyndham in 2021-22 for the purchase of library collection items, information technology resources, children and outreach programs, and other library services. Public libraries are vibrant community hubs that offer a safe space for social interaction, digital connection, lifelong learning and rich cultural experiences. As Victorians continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, libraries have demonstrated dedication to their communities by delivering online programs, adopting a book delivery partnership with Meals on Wheels, offering a click and collect model as well as checking in with members over the phone. The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding for councils, regional library corporations and Vision Australia to support a range of activities and library services across 277 branches. This funding contributes to the purchase of physical and electronic collection items, information technology, library and outreach programs, and other services provided by Victorian public libraries. Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested more than $306 million through the Public Libraries Program. For more information, visit localgovernment.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Local Government Mary-Anne Thomas “Our public libraries provide endless access to knowledge, social connection and entertainment and this record investment ensures they can continue to deliver for all Victorians.” “Victorians have embraced libraries during the pandemic, and I commend library staff for continually looking for ways to connect with their communities and give people access to books, resources and support networks.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our libraries across Wyndham are critical and have played a key role in helping people feel less lonely and isolated during the pandemic, it is important that they receive the resources to continue this great work.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy  “I love our public libraries and I know how much they mean to our community for so many reasons - library services can be a crucial part of the support networks that people need in order to stay connected to community.” Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly  “Libraries are an important part of our community, and this funding will ensure they get the boost they need to continue providing crucial services that keep us connected.”