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Remanufacturing Facility A Win For Circular Economy

A new facility in Geelong is bringing new and sustainable remanufacturing to the Australian healthcare system, thanks to support from the Allan Labor Government. Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas today opened the new manufacturing and R&D facility for the medical device remanufacturer Medsalv, which is expected to create 49 jobs over the next five years and help bolster local medical supply chains as well as exports to potential markets in the Asia Pacific and Europe. Last year, the Labor Government supported the extension of ManuFutures with a $10 million investment. Dubbed ‘ManuFutures 2’, the new facility enables businesses to access product engineering services, incubator programs and spaces for training and collaboration. The facility, located in ManuFutures at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus, will allow the company to remanufacture single-use medical devices from Australian hospitals locally for safe use. The process involves sorting, cleaning, testing, inspecting, packaging and relabelling of products to prevent them from going into landfill. The company’s product remanufacturing portfolio currently includes patient transfer mattresses, deep vein thrombosis prevention sleeves, blood pressure cuffs and tourniquets. This is set to expand through its R&D activity, which will investigate new methods and technologies for remanufacturing other single use medical devices. Being part of the ManuFutures Hub means Medsalv is in close proximity to other world leading advanced manufacturing businesses and university researchers, helping facilitate collaboration to develop, field test and make new products. The Allan Labor Government continues to work closely with the private sector. The Economic Growth Statement due out later this year will focus on growing workers’ real wages and household incomes – ensuring no Victorian is left behind as Victoria remains the best place in Australia to get a job and to grow a business. The Labor Government continues to back businesses by cutting taxes and red tape - with thousands of Victorian businesses set to benefit from our tax reforms from 1 July, saving businesses around $900 million over the next four years and delivering huge economic benefits to Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas “Congratulations to the Medsalv team on the opening of their new facility, which will deliver significant returns by bolstering our medical supply chains, providing jobs to those that need it most and will keep medical products out of landfill.” “Medsalv’s decision to establish their remanufacturing and R&D facility in Victoria demonstrates our standing as a leader in advanced manufacturing and healthcare innovation.” Quote attributable to Medsalv founder and CEO Oliver Hunt “This new facility in Geelong, our first in Australia, represents an exciting step in our drive to change healthcare for good; delivering our sector leading financial, environmental, and social sustainability benefits to more hospitals, through our next generation business model.” 

Remanufacturing Facility A Win For Circular Economy

A new facility in Geelong is bringing new and sustainable remanufacturing to the Australian healthcare system, thanks to support from the Allan Labor Government. Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas today opened the new manufacturing and R&D facility for the medical device remanufacturer Medsalv, which is expected to create 49 jobs over the next five years and help bolster local medical supply chains as well as exports to potential markets in the Asia Pacific and Europe. Last year, the Labor Government supported the extension of ManuFutures with a $10 million investment. Dubbed ‘ManuFutures 2’, the new facility enables businesses to access product engineering services, incubator programs and spaces for training and collaboration. The facility, located in ManuFutures at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus, will allow the company to remanufacture single-use medical devices from Australian hospitals locally for safe use. The process involves sorting, cleaning, testing, inspecting, packaging and relabelling of products to prevent them from going into landfill. The company’s product remanufacturing portfolio currently includes patient transfer mattresses, deep vein thrombosis prevention sleeves, blood pressure cuffs and tourniquets. This is set to expand through its R&D activity, which will investigate new methods and technologies for remanufacturing other single use medical devices. Being part of the ManuFutures Hub means Medsalv is in close proximity to other world leading advanced manufacturing businesses and university researchers, helping facilitate collaboration to develop, field test and make new products. The Allan Labor Government continues to work closely with the private sector. The Economic Growth Statement due out later this year will focus on growing workers’ real wages and household incomes – ensuring no Victorian is left behind as Victoria remains the best place in Australia to get a job and to grow a business. The Labor Government continues to back businesses by cutting taxes and red tape - with thousands of Victorian businesses set to benefit from our tax reforms from 1 July, saving businesses around $900 million over the next four years and delivering huge economic benefits to Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas “Congratulations to the Medsalv team on the opening of their new facility, which will deliver significant returns by bolstering our medical supply chains, providing jobs to those that need it most and will keep medical products out of landfill.” “Medsalv’s decision to establish their remanufacturing and R&D facility in Victoria demonstrates our standing as a leader in advanced manufacturing and healthcare innovation.” Quote attributable to Medsalv founder and CEO Oliver Hunt “This new facility in Geelong, our first in Australia, represents an exciting step in our drive to change healthcare for good; delivering our sector leading financial, environmental, and social sustainability benefits to more hospitals, through our next generation business model.” 

SHAPING THE FUTURE THROUGH YOUTH FEST GRANTS

The Allan Labor Government is supporting young people across Victoria with grants for youth-led events and activities throughout September as part of Youth Fest 2024. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Orygen and Wyndham City Council Youth Services are recipients of $2,000 each in grants to host events and activities led by and for young people in Werribee as part of Youth Fest 2024, to be held in September this year. The Labor Government is delivering $220,000 in grants for 110 recipients. Successful recipients include schools, local government, and community organisations, who will each receive a grant of up to $2000 to create exciting and interactive events for young people across Victoria. More than half of this year’s Youth Fest events will take place in Melbourne with activities in Dallas, Hoppers Crossing, Collingwood, and Berwick. Events will also take place in regional and rural locations across the state, including Bendigo, Cowes, East Gippsland, Swan Hill, Horsham, Mildura, and Daylesford. Activities in Melbourne include a clothes swap at headspace Melton to encourage social inclusion, a youth-led free basketball and soccer competition at Malahang Reserve in West Heidelberg and an Arts Festival celebrating the diverse talents of young people with disabilities in the municipality of Hume. Funding will also support the return of the Hilltop Music Festival, showcasing the musical talents of Monbulk College students. The school is looking to build on the success of the first Hilltop Music Festival which sold 660 tickets and had two stages with over 23 acts performing. Youth Fest will be held in September, with the Labor Government’s investment supporting young people to organise and deliver events, showcase their skills, share ideas, build social connections, and expand their networks. The Labor Government has funded the delivery of more than 400 Youth Fest events over the past four years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Natalie Suleyman “We are supporting Victoria’s young people to showcase their unique ideas, talents and skills.” “Youth Fest grants provide an important opportunity for young people to have their voices heard in their local communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The young people of Victoria are inspiring and talented, I’m happy we can support them share their talents with the community. “I look forward to seeing what innovative events the grant recipients create across Victoria”.

SHAPING THE FUTURE THROUGH YOUTH FEST GRANTS

The Allan Labor Government is supporting young people across Victoria with grants for youth-led events and activities throughout September as part of Youth Fest 2024. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that Orygen and Wyndham City Council Youth Services are recipients of $2,000 each in grants to host events and activities led by and for young people in Werribee as part of Youth Fest 2024, to be held in September this year. The Labor Government is delivering $220,000 in grants for 110 recipients. Successful recipients include schools, local government, and community organisations, who will each receive a grant of up to $2000 to create exciting and interactive events for young people across Victoria. More than half of this year’s Youth Fest events will take place in Melbourne with activities in Dallas, Hoppers Crossing, Collingwood, and Berwick. Events will also take place in regional and rural locations across the state, including Bendigo, Cowes, East Gippsland, Swan Hill, Horsham, Mildura, and Daylesford. Activities in Melbourne include a clothes swap at headspace Melton to encourage social inclusion, a youth-led free basketball and soccer competition at Malahang Reserve in West Heidelberg and an Arts Festival celebrating the diverse talents of young people with disabilities in the municipality of Hume. Funding will also support the return of the Hilltop Music Festival, showcasing the musical talents of Monbulk College students. The school is looking to build on the success of the first Hilltop Music Festival which sold 660 tickets and had two stages with over 23 acts performing. Youth Fest will be held in September, with the Labor Government’s investment supporting young people to organise and deliver events, showcase their skills, share ideas, build social connections, and expand their networks. The Labor Government has funded the delivery of more than 400 Youth Fest events over the past four years. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Natalie Suleyman “We are supporting Victoria’s young people to showcase their unique ideas, talents and skills.” “Youth Fest grants provide an important opportunity for young people to have their voices heard in their local communities.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The young people of Victoria are inspiring and talented, I’m happy we can support them share their talents with the community. “I look forward to seeing what innovative events the grant recipients create across Victoria”.

Robust Economy Bolsters Victorian Jobs Momentum

The Allan Labor Government is continuing to drive jobs creation, with employment hitting a new record high. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released today show that more than 18,000 Victorians found work in May, pushing the total number of Victorians in jobs to more than 3.7 million. The unemployment rate is a low 4.4 per cent. Almost than 600,000 new jobs have been created in Victoria since September 2020, cementing its status as the nation’s top job creator during this time. Workforce momentum is strong in regional Victoria where previous ABS data shows almost 840,000 Victorians are in jobs – the most ever – while the regional unemployment rate is a historically low 3.8 per cent. Almost 820,000 new Victorian jobs have been created since the Labor Government was elected nearly 10 years ago. Victoria’s 67.8 per cent workforce participation rate is at an all-time high and the 64.8 per cent share of working-age Victorians in jobs is just shy of record levels, with both above national average rates. Separate ABS data shows Victorian goods and services export volumes surged by 5.2 per cent to almost $17 billion during the March quarter, with a strong 16.6 per cent growth over the year. Victoria’s economy grew by 9.1 per cent over the past two years, outpacing New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania, with Deloitte Access Economics predicting Victoria will spearhead economic growth among all states in the next five years. Victoria’s business investment grew by more than 13 per cent last year, outpacing the rest of the country by nearly 6 percentage points, as an ABS survey points to continued business investment growth in 2024-25. Even though a record number of Victorians are in work, the Government is continuing to take action to support a growing and productive economy and will release an Economic Growth Statement later this year. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Our number one priority is protecting and creating jobs and today’s ABS results show that our strong and stable financial management remains firmly on track, despite global economic challenges.” “We will continue to back Victorian businesses and communities by supporting jobs growth momentum to provide Victorian families with a high level of workplace security, options and opportunity.”

Robust Economy Bolsters Victorian Jobs Momentum

The Allan Labor Government is continuing to drive jobs creation, with employment hitting a new record high. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released today show that more than 18,000 Victorians found work in May, pushing the total number of Victorians in jobs to more than 3.7 million. The unemployment rate is a low 4.4 per cent. Almost than 600,000 new jobs have been created in Victoria since September 2020, cementing its status as the nation’s top job creator during this time. Workforce momentum is strong in regional Victoria where previous ABS data shows almost 840,000 Victorians are in jobs – the most ever – while the regional unemployment rate is a historically low 3.8 per cent. Almost 820,000 new Victorian jobs have been created since the Labor Government was elected nearly 10 years ago. Victoria’s 67.8 per cent workforce participation rate is at an all-time high and the 64.8 per cent share of working-age Victorians in jobs is just shy of record levels, with both above national average rates. Separate ABS data shows Victorian goods and services export volumes surged by 5.2 per cent to almost $17 billion during the March quarter, with a strong 16.6 per cent growth over the year. Victoria’s economy grew by 9.1 per cent over the past two years, outpacing New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania, with Deloitte Access Economics predicting Victoria will spearhead economic growth among all states in the next five years. Victoria’s business investment grew by more than 13 per cent last year, outpacing the rest of the country by nearly 6 percentage points, as an ABS survey points to continued business investment growth in 2024-25. Even though a record number of Victorians are in work, the Government is continuing to take action to support a growing and productive economy and will release an Economic Growth Statement later this year. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Our number one priority is protecting and creating jobs and today’s ABS results show that our strong and stable financial management remains firmly on track, despite global economic challenges.” “We will continue to back Victorian businesses and communities by supporting jobs growth momentum to provide Victorian families with a high level of workplace security, options and opportunity.”

Reducing Homelessness Through Early Intervention

The Allan Labor Government is targeting family violence and homelessness through a record investment in early intervention programs. The Victorian Budget 2024/25 invests $1.1 billion in 28 early intervention programs through the Government’s Early Intervention Investment Framework (EIIF), building on $2.7 billion of funding over the past four years. This investment will fund the expansion of Sacred Heart Mission’s highly successful Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) – one of Victoria’s most effective programs targeting chronic homelessness. J2SI provides three years of extensive support to help vulnerable Victorians improve their mental health, resolve substance abuse issues, and make strong community connections so they can end their homelessness for good. The expanded J2SI program will improve lives and deliver estimated benefits of up to $80 million in avoided costs over the next decade through reduced hospital admissions, crisis accommodation and mental health services. Investment in early intervention programs means less demand on hospitals, prisons and homelessness and family violence services, with savings from EIIF reinvested in future EIIF programs. The EIIF investment in the Victorian Budget 2024/25 includes $167.5 million to address family violence, reducing pressure on services, as well as $196.9 million for homelessness prevention. Quote attributable to Minister for Housing Harriet Shing “We know that vulnerable people with often very complex needs are best supported with both housing and wraparound support - this is how we make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.” Quote attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Prevention is better than cure – we are supporting early intervention programs that reduce demand for crisis services and help Victorians build better lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Nina Taylor “The Journey to Social Inclusion started as a pilot in St Kilda – I’m proud that with our support it has grown to be one of Victoria’s most effective programs targeting chronic homelessness.” Quote attributable to Sacred Heart Mission CEO Hang Vo “Our approach, combined with ongoing support from the Victorian Government’s crucial Early Intervention Investment Framework, enables people to access and sustain safe and secure housing and rebuild their lives.” Quote attributable to J2SI participant ‘Terri’ “J2SI was a game changer. Investing three years may seem like a lot but it’s nothing to turn around a life. It’s a great investment for me to return to the community, to reconnect with my family.”

Reducing Homelessness Through Early Intervention

The Allan Labor Government is targeting family violence and homelessness through a record investment in early intervention programs. The Victorian Budget 2024/25 invests $1.1 billion in 28 early intervention programs through the Government’s Early Intervention Investment Framework (EIIF), building on $2.7 billion of funding over the past four years. This investment will fund the expansion of Sacred Heart Mission’s highly successful Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) – one of Victoria’s most effective programs targeting chronic homelessness. J2SI provides three years of extensive support to help vulnerable Victorians improve their mental health, resolve substance abuse issues, and make strong community connections so they can end their homelessness for good. The expanded J2SI program will improve lives and deliver estimated benefits of up to $80 million in avoided costs over the next decade through reduced hospital admissions, crisis accommodation and mental health services. Investment in early intervention programs means less demand on hospitals, prisons and homelessness and family violence services, with savings from EIIF reinvested in future EIIF programs. The EIIF investment in the Victorian Budget 2024/25 includes $167.5 million to address family violence, reducing pressure on services, as well as $196.9 million for homelessness prevention. Quote attributable to Minister for Housing Harriet Shing “We know that vulnerable people with often very complex needs are best supported with both housing and wraparound support - this is how we make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.” Quote attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Prevention is better than cure – we are supporting early intervention programs that reduce demand for crisis services and help Victorians build better lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Nina Taylor “The Journey to Social Inclusion started as a pilot in St Kilda – I’m proud that with our support it has grown to be one of Victoria’s most effective programs targeting chronic homelessness.” Quote attributable to Sacred Heart Mission CEO Hang Vo “Our approach, combined with ongoing support from the Victorian Government’s crucial Early Intervention Investment Framework, enables people to access and sustain safe and secure housing and rebuild their lives.” Quote attributable to J2SI participant ‘Terri’ “J2SI was a game changer. Investing three years may seem like a lot but it’s nothing to turn around a life. It’s a great investment for me to return to the community, to reconnect with my family.”

10,000 SUPPORTED AS PHARMACY PILOT PASSES HALFWAY MARK

More than 10,000 consultations have been delivered as part of the Allan Labor Government’s Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot – ensuring Victorians are getting the basic care they need, without having to wait to get an appointment with a busy local doctor. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is proud that nine of the 766 participating pharmacies are here in Werribee– with the pilot helping locals as it passes the halfway mark. Women are benefitting the most from this fast and affordable everyday healthcare – with more than 5,290 consultations delivered for the treatment of an uncomplicated urinary tract infection and 3,160 for a resupply of the oral contraceptive pill. Additionally, more than 2,200 Victorians have been able to easily access travel health and other vaccines. Treatment for shingles and flare ups of mild plaque psoriasis were added to the pilot in February this year. The pilot is making it easier for Werribee residents to seek the care or advice they need, with 27 per cent of participating pharmacies and more than 20 per cent of total consultations delivered in regional Victoria. With five months left of the pilot, eligible pharmacies are still able to join the pilot with no cap on the number of pharmacies that can join. Backed by a $20 million investment – the pilot is making it easier for people to access care without having to repeatedly visit a GP, helping to free up appointments for those who need them and give more viable alternatives than delaying care, going to an emergency department or calling Triple Zero. It is a clear winner with Victorians – 97 per cent reporting they are satisfied with the service they received and most stating they did not need to seek further healthcare. The 12-month pilot is guided by experts and clinical groups representing the pharmacy and medical professions –at its conclusion, the pilot will be evaluated, and any recommendations will inform longer-term decision making. The pilot is just one in a suite of initiatives the Labor Government is undertaking to improve access to timely care, including establishing 29 Priority Primary Care Centres and the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department. More information is available at betterhealth.vic.gov.au/services-support/community-pharmacist-pilot. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas “Our Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot is giving Victorians more choice in how they get access care – making accessing everyday healthcare simple and affordable.” “Women are overwhelmingly reaping the benefits of this pilot, making what has previously been a difficult process to access basic care - a simple and cost effective one.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Alongside our other initiatives to reduce demand on our hospitals, this pilot is making it easier and cheaper for locals in Werribee to get the care they need.”

10,000 SUPPORTED AS PHARMACY PILOT PASSES HALFWAY MARK

More than 10,000 consultations have been delivered as part of the Allan Labor Government’s Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot – ensuring Victorians are getting the basic care they need, without having to wait to get an appointment with a busy local doctor. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas is proud that nine of the 766 participating pharmacies are here in Werribee– with the pilot helping locals as it passes the halfway mark. Women are benefitting the most from this fast and affordable everyday healthcare – with more than 5,290 consultations delivered for the treatment of an uncomplicated urinary tract infection and 3,160 for a resupply of the oral contraceptive pill. Additionally, more than 2,200 Victorians have been able to easily access travel health and other vaccines. Treatment for shingles and flare ups of mild plaque psoriasis were added to the pilot in February this year. The pilot is making it easier for Werribee residents to seek the care or advice they need, with 27 per cent of participating pharmacies and more than 20 per cent of total consultations delivered in regional Victoria. With five months left of the pilot, eligible pharmacies are still able to join the pilot with no cap on the number of pharmacies that can join. Backed by a $20 million investment – the pilot is making it easier for people to access care without having to repeatedly visit a GP, helping to free up appointments for those who need them and give more viable alternatives than delaying care, going to an emergency department or calling Triple Zero. It is a clear winner with Victorians – 97 per cent reporting they are satisfied with the service they received and most stating they did not need to seek further healthcare. The 12-month pilot is guided by experts and clinical groups representing the pharmacy and medical professions –at its conclusion, the pilot will be evaluated, and any recommendations will inform longer-term decision making. The pilot is just one in a suite of initiatives the Labor Government is undertaking to improve access to timely care, including establishing 29 Priority Primary Care Centres and the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department. More information is available at betterhealth.vic.gov.au/services-support/community-pharmacist-pilot. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas “Our Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot is giving Victorians more choice in how they get access care – making accessing everyday healthcare simple and affordable.” “Women are overwhelmingly reaping the benefits of this pilot, making what has previously been a difficult process to access basic care - a simple and cost effective one.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Alongside our other initiatives to reduce demand on our hospitals, this pilot is making it easier and cheaper for locals in Werribee to get the care they need.”

BOOST FOR SPORTING CLUBS

The Allan Labor Government is backing Werribee’s sporting clubs to break down barriers to participation and get more community members involved in local sport. Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence recently announced the latest recipients of the Sporting Club Grants Program with more than 400 grants of up to $4,000 going to local clubs across the state including here in Werribee. The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to clubs for uniforms and equipment that improve accessibility and engagement, projects that strengthen volunteering and officiating, new sport or recreation programs to inspire more people to get involved, and support for athlete travel to competitions. Werribee recipients include: Inspirafit Inc received $823.90 to deliver first aid kits, training football jerseys and equipment with goalkeeper kits. Werribee and District Anglers Club Ind received $1,000.00 to deliver new uniforms. Werribee Districts Football Club Inc received $1,000.00 to deliver new goal post padding for secondary ground. Werribee Masters Football Club received $1,000.00 to deliver new jerseys. In this round, the program is also investing in local athletes to help them represent Victoria on the world stage. The Australian Deaf Sports Federation received $3,000 for the travel and accommodation costs of four Victorian athletes representing Australia at the 2024 World Deaf Golf Championships in August. Since 2015 the Sporting Club Grants Program has invested more than $16.7 million to support thousands of community sport and recreation clubs across the state, helping grow grassroots sport and recreation and ensuring clubs have the skills and resources they need to succeed. For more information on the grants and a full list of recipients visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “We’re backing more clubs, volunteers and athletes across Victoria with grants to help them grow participation and serve their community in a way that matters to locals.” “These grants are opening up a range of opportunities on and off the field and ensuring clubs have the resources they need to encourage everyone to get involved in grassroots sport.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants are a massive boost for Werribee clubs and will support the purchase of new uniforms and equipment, helping the clubs to remove the barriers restricting locals from getting involved in sport.”

BOOST FOR SPORTING CLUBS

The Allan Labor Government is backing Werribee’s sporting clubs to break down barriers to participation and get more community members involved in local sport. Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence recently announced the latest recipients of the Sporting Club Grants Program with more than 400 grants of up to $4,000 going to local clubs across the state including here in Werribee. The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to clubs for uniforms and equipment that improve accessibility and engagement, projects that strengthen volunteering and officiating, new sport or recreation programs to inspire more people to get involved, and support for athlete travel to competitions. Werribee recipients include: Inspirafit Inc received $823.90 to deliver first aid kits, training football jerseys and equipment with goalkeeper kits. Werribee and District Anglers Club Ind received $1,000.00 to deliver new uniforms. Werribee Districts Football Club Inc received $1,000.00 to deliver new goal post padding for secondary ground. Werribee Masters Football Club received $1,000.00 to deliver new jerseys. In this round, the program is also investing in local athletes to help them represent Victoria on the world stage. The Australian Deaf Sports Federation received $3,000 for the travel and accommodation costs of four Victorian athletes representing Australia at the 2024 World Deaf Golf Championships in August. Since 2015 the Sporting Club Grants Program has invested more than $16.7 million to support thousands of community sport and recreation clubs across the state, helping grow grassroots sport and recreation and ensuring clubs have the skills and resources they need to succeed. For more information on the grants and a full list of recipients visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “We’re backing more clubs, volunteers and athletes across Victoria with grants to help them grow participation and serve their community in a way that matters to locals.” “These grants are opening up a range of opportunities on and off the field and ensuring clubs have the resources they need to encourage everyone to get involved in grassroots sport.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants are a massive boost for Werribee clubs and will support the purchase of new uniforms and equipment, helping the clubs to remove the barriers restricting locals from getting involved in sport.”

WYNDHAM PARK TOOL LIBRARY

Tim PALLAS (Werribee – Treasurer, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Economic Growth) (09:40): I rise to update the house on the new Wyndham Park tool library, recently opened in my electorate. The library was made possible with $91,900 delivered through Sustainability Victoria with additional support from Wyndham City Council and Wyndham Park Community Centre. The library allows local residents to borrow up to 400 items for a low annual fee. As some people in this place may have twigged, I know a tool when I see one. The Wyndham Park tool library includes a wide array of garden tools, woodworking and carpentry tools, artists’ tools, construction tools, camping equipment and more. This initiative not only promotes sustainability by encouraging the sharing and reuse of tools but also fosters a sense of community amongst residents.   I would like to thank Wyndham mayor Jennie Barrera, who joined me to cut the ribbon, as well as Lyn Mackay, a volunteer who assists with the running of the library. This library would not be possible without the incredible work of volunteers such as Lyn. Thank you also to Dan Schultheis and Ian Fenton, the community shed and tool library manager and centre manager respectively, for their good work. Libraries like this are the glue or perhaps more appropriately the heavy-duty liquid nails that hold communities together. I look forward to seeing the library grow and to borrowing a tool now and again and encourage others to do so.

WYNDHAM PARK TOOL LIBRARY

Tim PALLAS (Werribee – Treasurer, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Economic Growth) (09:40): I rise to update the house on the new Wyndham Park tool library, recently opened in my electorate. The library was made possible with $91,900 delivered through Sustainability Victoria with additional support from Wyndham City Council and Wyndham Park Community Centre. The library allows local residents to borrow up to 400 items for a low annual fee. As some people in this place may have twigged, I know a tool when I see one. The Wyndham Park tool library includes a wide array of garden tools, woodworking and carpentry tools, artists’ tools, construction tools, camping equipment and more. This initiative not only promotes sustainability by encouraging the sharing and reuse of tools but also fosters a sense of community amongst residents.   I would like to thank Wyndham mayor Jennie Barrera, who joined me to cut the ribbon, as well as Lyn Mackay, a volunteer who assists with the running of the library. This library would not be possible without the incredible work of volunteers such as Lyn. Thank you also to Dan Schultheis and Ian Fenton, the community shed and tool library manager and centre manager respectively, for their good work. Libraries like this are the glue or perhaps more appropriately the heavy-duty liquid nails that hold communities together. I look forward to seeing the library grow and to borrowing a tool now and again and encourage others to do so.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: EMPLOYMENT

Tim PALLAS (Werribee – Treasurer, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Economic Growth) (14:21): It gives me great pleasure to announce to the house the updated and stellar performance that the state of Victoria has had in terms of jobs growth. Victorian employment rose by 10,000 new jobs in April, taking the increase in employment over the past year to more than 117,000 ‍new jobs. The number of Victorians employed has increased by over 570,000 jobs since September 2020. That is the highest growth in jobs in the nation both in percentage terms and in absolute terms. This has smashed the government’s jobs target of 400,000 jobs by 2025. This means that we have an all-time high in the number of Victorians in employment.   The visitor economy sector has also enjoyed its share of growth over this time. According to the latest figures, tourism in Victoria generated 257,500 filled jobs and contributed $28.2 billion to the economy in gross state product in 2022–23. Businesses and workers are flocking to Victoria, and it is very clear why they are doing it. The most recent ABS statistics show that Victoria created 90,000 new businesses since 2021 alone, more than any other state, and 170,000 businesses since coming to government. Indeed following the difficulties of the pandemic nearly 100,000 new jobs in the tourism sector were created in 2022–23 alone. Those opposite managed, for the whole state of Victoria in their entire term of government – get this – 11,000 new jobs. That is how pathetic they were as economic managers.

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: EMPLOYMENT

Tim PALLAS (Werribee – Treasurer, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Economic Growth) (14:21): It gives me great pleasure to announce to the house the updated and stellar performance that the state of Victoria has had in terms of jobs growth. Victorian employment rose by 10,000 new jobs in April, taking the increase in employment over the past year to more than 117,000 ‍new jobs. The number of Victorians employed has increased by over 570,000 jobs since September 2020. That is the highest growth in jobs in the nation both in percentage terms and in absolute terms. This has smashed the government’s jobs target of 400,000 jobs by 2025. This means that we have an all-time high in the number of Victorians in employment.   The visitor economy sector has also enjoyed its share of growth over this time. According to the latest figures, tourism in Victoria generated 257,500 filled jobs and contributed $28.2 billion to the economy in gross state product in 2022–23. Businesses and workers are flocking to Victoria, and it is very clear why they are doing it. The most recent ABS statistics show that Victoria created 90,000 new businesses since 2021 alone, more than any other state, and 170,000 businesses since coming to government. Indeed following the difficulties of the pandemic nearly 100,000 new jobs in the tourism sector were created in 2022–23 alone. Those opposite managed, for the whole state of Victoria in their entire term of government – get this – 11,000 new jobs. That is how pathetic they were as economic managers.

 

Making More Homes Available For Victorians

The Allan Labor Government is cracking down on vacant properties across Melbourne to make more homes available to Victorians who need them. Hundreds of properties in apartment towers have been identified as vacant for more than six months through a compliance investigation, making them liable for vacant residential land tax (VRLT). These investigations aim to make better use of empty homes by encouraging owners to put them on the rental market to avoid paying VRLT. In the five buildings targeted in the investigation, 177 properties were liable for VRLT – resulting in 337 VRLT assessments covering the 2019 to 2024 land tax years. The investigation will now expand to another 13 apartment towers, as well as houses in the inner and middle suburbs of Melbourne. From 1 January 2025, VRLT will apply to homes across all of Victoria if they are vacant for more than six months in the preceding calendar year. The tax currently only applies to Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs. The use of a vacant residential property in 2024 will impact its liability for VRLT in 2025. For example, an apartment not used as a principal place of residence will need to be rented out for at least six months to avoid receiving a VRLT assessment next year. An escalating rate of tax will also apply, based on the number of consecutive years the land has been liable for VRLT. Existing dwellings that are vacant for one year will still pay 1 per cent of the capital improved value, but those vacant for two consecutive years will pay 2 per cent and those vacant for three or more consecutive years will pay 3 per cent – encouraging owners of vacant homes to make these properties available to live in. Holiday homes are typically exempt from VLRT, and this exemption has been expanded to include properties held in trust or owned by companies. Any property that is exempt from land tax – including property used for primary production or owned by a charity – is also exempt from VLRT. From 1 January 2026, the VRLT will also apply to empty residential blocks in the inner and middle parts of Melbourne, discouraging land banking and incentivising owners to build more homes. Victorians can notify the State Revenue Office about a vacant property that could be used as a home or developed at sro.vic.gov.au/tipoffs. Information about the VRLT, including exemptions, is available at sro.vic.gov.au/vacant. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We know we need more homes for Victorians, and by cracking down on vacant properties we are easing the housing pressures being felt across the state.” “Expanding vacant residential land tax will free up empty houses for rent and sale, boosting supply and making homes more affordable.”

Making More Homes Available For Victorians

The Allan Labor Government is cracking down on vacant properties across Melbourne to make more homes available to Victorians who need them. Hundreds of properties in apartment towers have been identified as vacant for more than six months through a compliance investigation, making them liable for vacant residential land tax (VRLT). These investigations aim to make better use of empty homes by encouraging owners to put them on the rental market to avoid paying VRLT. In the five buildings targeted in the investigation, 177 properties were liable for VRLT – resulting in 337 VRLT assessments covering the 2019 to 2024 land tax years. The investigation will now expand to another 13 apartment towers, as well as houses in the inner and middle suburbs of Melbourne. From 1 January 2025, VRLT will apply to homes across all of Victoria if they are vacant for more than six months in the preceding calendar year. The tax currently only applies to Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs. The use of a vacant residential property in 2024 will impact its liability for VRLT in 2025. For example, an apartment not used as a principal place of residence will need to be rented out for at least six months to avoid receiving a VRLT assessment next year. An escalating rate of tax will also apply, based on the number of consecutive years the land has been liable for VRLT. Existing dwellings that are vacant for one year will still pay 1 per cent of the capital improved value, but those vacant for two consecutive years will pay 2 per cent and those vacant for three or more consecutive years will pay 3 per cent – encouraging owners of vacant homes to make these properties available to live in. Holiday homes are typically exempt from VLRT, and this exemption has been expanded to include properties held in trust or owned by companies. Any property that is exempt from land tax – including property used for primary production or owned by a charity – is also exempt from VLRT. From 1 January 2026, the VRLT will also apply to empty residential blocks in the inner and middle parts of Melbourne, discouraging land banking and incentivising owners to build more homes. Victorians can notify the State Revenue Office about a vacant property that could be used as a home or developed at sro.vic.gov.au/tipoffs. Information about the VRLT, including exemptions, is available at sro.vic.gov.au/vacant. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We know we need more homes for Victorians, and by cracking down on vacant properties we are easing the housing pressures being felt across the state.” “Expanding vacant residential land tax will free up empty houses for rent and sale, boosting supply and making homes more affordable.”

NEW WYNDHAM LIBRARY FOR SHARING AND BORROWING TOOLS

The Allan Labor Government is making home maintenance and DIY more affordable and sustainable for Wyndham residents, with a new Wyndham Park Tool Library to support the local community achieve and learn more with less. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today opened the new Wyndham Park Tool Library for local residents to borrow and donate tools – helping to ease cost of living pressures and reducing the need to purchase more materials and appliances that might only be used once. The library currently has over 400 items available to borrow, including garden tools, woodworking and carpentry tools, artist tools, construction tools, camping equipment and more. Studies have found that if 250 items were used from the tool library by a community that would save 1 tonne of waste from landfill, and four tonnes of new products that did not have to be manufactured. The Tool Library has been supported by the Labor Government with a grant of more than $91,900, as part of over 60 projects funded through the $7.3 million Circular Economy Councils Fund. Other projects to receive support include new transfer station equipment, organics and mulch processing facilities, tip and resale shops, circular economy hubs, textile recycling projects, and mobile recycling and waste reduction services. Projects supported have already diverted an astounding 1,700 tonnes of waste from landfill and created 63 jobs. The Tool Library is currently open on Wednesdays, with plans to open on Saturdays later this year. For more information on hours, membership and tools available to borrow visit, wyndhamparktoollibrary.com.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos “This project helps to reduce the resources that are wasted by tools sitting unused in sheds and garages, reducing waste and consumption and contributing to a more sustainable future for all Victorians.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Having the right tool for the job just got easier thanks to our new Wyndham Park Tool Library – equipping local residents with essential tools and fostering a sense of community and support.”

NEW WYNDHAM LIBRARY FOR SHARING AND BORROWING TOOLS

The Allan Labor Government is making home maintenance and DIY more affordable and sustainable for Wyndham residents, with a new Wyndham Park Tool Library to support the local community achieve and learn more with less. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today opened the new Wyndham Park Tool Library for local residents to borrow and donate tools – helping to ease cost of living pressures and reducing the need to purchase more materials and appliances that might only be used once. The library currently has over 400 items available to borrow, including garden tools, woodworking and carpentry tools, artist tools, construction tools, camping equipment and more. Studies have found that if 250 items were used from the tool library by a community that would save 1 tonne of waste from landfill, and four tonnes of new products that did not have to be manufactured. The Tool Library has been supported by the Labor Government with a grant of more than $91,900, as part of over 60 projects funded through the $7.3 million Circular Economy Councils Fund. Other projects to receive support include new transfer station equipment, organics and mulch processing facilities, tip and resale shops, circular economy hubs, textile recycling projects, and mobile recycling and waste reduction services. Projects supported have already diverted an astounding 1,700 tonnes of waste from landfill and created 63 jobs. The Tool Library is currently open on Wednesdays, with plans to open on Saturdays later this year. For more information on hours, membership and tools available to borrow visit, wyndhamparktoollibrary.com.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos “This project helps to reduce the resources that are wasted by tools sitting unused in sheds and garages, reducing waste and consumption and contributing to a more sustainable future for all Victorians.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Having the right tool for the job just got easier thanks to our new Wyndham Park Tool Library – equipping local residents with essential tools and fostering a sense of community and support.”

Southeast Asia Commissioner To Boost Economic Growth

The Allan Labor Government is creating opportunities for Victorian businesses in Southeast Asia by appointing a new Commissioner for Victoria. Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas today announced the appointment of Ms Naila Mazzucco as Victoria’s Commissioner to Southeast Asia, bringing significant experience and expertise that will boost the state’s economic activity within the region. Ms Mazzucco has led multicultural and multigenerational trade, investment, education and consular teams globally, and is coming into the Commissioner role following a tenure as Australia’s Consul-General in Milan and Trade and Investment Commissioner for Italy, Southeast Europe and Israel. Ms Mazzucco brings a wealth of experience to the role and has previously lived and worked in Asia for more than 12 years. She has worked across government, the multilateral sector and private sectors in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines. Victoria’s economic relationship with Southeast Asia is stronger than ever, with two-way merchandise trade reaching a record high of more than $27 billion in 2023 and fibre exports to Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines increasing significantly in the same year. The appointment of the new Commissioner continues the Labor Government’s engagement with the region as it grows, increasing opportunities for Victorian businesses in the Southeast Asian economy – predicted to be the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2030. The Victorian Budget 2024/25 provides $7.3 million over two years to boost trade through engagement –  strengthening Victoria’s international relationships, supporting Victorian businesses in key global markets and attracting investment into the state. The Victorian Government Trade and Investment office network is the largest and most effective international network of any Australian state or territory, with Southeast Asia offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta, where Ms Mazzucco will begin her post from mid-July 2024. Quotes attributable to Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas “Southeast Asia is an important trading partner and investor for our state – Ms Mazzucco’s experience will help us further strengthen our partnership and leverage opportunities for Victoria.” “Our network of global offices boosts Victoria’s international engagement and raises our profile, attracting investment and driving exports – creating jobs and economic growth in our state.” Quote attributable to Southeast Asia Commissioner appointee Naila Mazzucco “This is an exciting time to be taking up this role in the fast-growing Southeast Asia region and I look forward to working on the ground in Jakarta to strengthen Victoria’s regional engagement and partnerships, and deepen commercial, education, cultural and whole-of-Victorian Government relationships.”

Southeast Asia Commissioner To Boost Economic Growth

The Allan Labor Government is creating opportunities for Victorian businesses in Southeast Asia by appointing a new Commissioner for Victoria. Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas today announced the appointment of Ms Naila Mazzucco as Victoria’s Commissioner to Southeast Asia, bringing significant experience and expertise that will boost the state’s economic activity within the region. Ms Mazzucco has led multicultural and multigenerational trade, investment, education and consular teams globally, and is coming into the Commissioner role following a tenure as Australia’s Consul-General in Milan and Trade and Investment Commissioner for Italy, Southeast Europe and Israel. Ms Mazzucco brings a wealth of experience to the role and has previously lived and worked in Asia for more than 12 years. She has worked across government, the multilateral sector and private sectors in Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines. Victoria’s economic relationship with Southeast Asia is stronger than ever, with two-way merchandise trade reaching a record high of more than $27 billion in 2023 and fibre exports to Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines increasing significantly in the same year. The appointment of the new Commissioner continues the Labor Government’s engagement with the region as it grows, increasing opportunities for Victorian businesses in the Southeast Asian economy – predicted to be the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2030. The Victorian Budget 2024/25 provides $7.3 million over two years to boost trade through engagement –  strengthening Victoria’s international relationships, supporting Victorian businesses in key global markets and attracting investment into the state. The Victorian Government Trade and Investment office network is the largest and most effective international network of any Australian state or territory, with Southeast Asia offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta, where Ms Mazzucco will begin her post from mid-July 2024. Quotes attributable to Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas “Southeast Asia is an important trading partner and investor for our state – Ms Mazzucco’s experience will help us further strengthen our partnership and leverage opportunities for Victoria.” “Our network of global offices boosts Victoria’s international engagement and raises our profile, attracting investment and driving exports – creating jobs and economic growth in our state.” Quote attributable to Southeast Asia Commissioner appointee Naila Mazzucco “This is an exciting time to be taking up this role in the fast-growing Southeast Asia region and I look forward to working on the ground in Jakarta to strengthen Victoria’s regional engagement and partnerships, and deepen commercial, education, cultural and whole-of-Victorian Government relationships.”

Regional Workforce Surges To All-Time High

The Allan Labor Government is driving jobs creation in regional Victoria, with the total number of Victorians employed in the regions hitting a new record high. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released today show that an additional 11,000 people found jobs in the regions in April, boosting the total number of regional Victorians in work to a record 839,500. Under the Labor Government, Victoria’s regional unemployment rate remains at a historically low 3.8 per cent, driven by a strong economy fuelling business and jobs growth across the state. Unemployment in many Victorian regions is less than half of what it was in 2014 when the Labor Government took office. The ABS data confirms continuing low jobless rates across many regions, including 3.1 per cent in Ballarat and Bendigo and 2.2 per cent in Warrnambool and South West. Since the 2014 election, almost 800,000 new jobs have been created across the state, and there are a record number of Victorians in jobs. The Victorian economy expanded by 9.1 per cent in the past two years, surpassing New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania, with Deloitte Access Economics forecasting Victoria will lead all other states in economic growth over the next five years. Victoria also saw a 13 per cent surge in business investment during the past calendar year – outpacing growth in the rest of the country by nearly 6 per cent. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Today’s ABS data shows that our fiscal strategy is creating jobs and keeping unemployment low in regional Victoria, ensuring all Victorians share in the success of our state as we lead the nation in business investment.” “We have created almost 800,000 new jobs since we came to office, and our Budget sets Victoria up for continued economic growth.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Gayle Tierney "Victoria's world-class TAFE system is building a skilled workforce and helping people find in-demand jobs near where they live, right across the state." "This is coupled with our record $45 billion dollar investment in regional Victoria - ensuring our regions and towns are great places to live, work and visit, boosting local economies and the communities that call them home."

Regional Workforce Surges To All-Time High

The Allan Labor Government is driving jobs creation in regional Victoria, with the total number of Victorians employed in the regions hitting a new record high. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released today show that an additional 11,000 people found jobs in the regions in April, boosting the total number of regional Victorians in work to a record 839,500. Under the Labor Government, Victoria’s regional unemployment rate remains at a historically low 3.8 per cent, driven by a strong economy fuelling business and jobs growth across the state. Unemployment in many Victorian regions is less than half of what it was in 2014 when the Labor Government took office. The ABS data confirms continuing low jobless rates across many regions, including 3.1 per cent in Ballarat and Bendigo and 2.2 per cent in Warrnambool and South West. Since the 2014 election, almost 800,000 new jobs have been created across the state, and there are a record number of Victorians in jobs. The Victorian economy expanded by 9.1 per cent in the past two years, surpassing New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania, with Deloitte Access Economics forecasting Victoria will lead all other states in economic growth over the next five years. Victoria also saw a 13 per cent surge in business investment during the past calendar year – outpacing growth in the rest of the country by nearly 6 per cent. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “Today’s ABS data shows that our fiscal strategy is creating jobs and keeping unemployment low in regional Victoria, ensuring all Victorians share in the success of our state as we lead the nation in business investment.” “We have created almost 800,000 new jobs since we came to office, and our Budget sets Victoria up for continued economic growth.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Gayle Tierney "Victoria's world-class TAFE system is building a skilled workforce and helping people find in-demand jobs near where they live, right across the state." "This is coupled with our record $45 billion dollar investment in regional Victoria - ensuring our regions and towns are great places to live, work and visit, boosting local economies and the communities that call them home."

Supporting More Bulk-Billed Consults For Victorians

The Allan Labor Government is working with other Australian jurisdictions to support our general practitioners to provide more bulk-billed primary healthcare consultations for families. Following extensive consultation with the primary care sector and work to align settings across the country, all Victorian general practice businesses will receive an exemption from any outstanding or future assessment issued for payroll tax on payments to contractor GPs for the period up to 30 June 2024. A further 12-month exemption from payroll tax for payments to contractor GPs, through to 30 June 2025, will be available for any general practice business that has not already received advice and begun paying payroll tax on payments to their contractor GPs on this basis. This exemption will be provided through the Treasurer’s existing ‘ex gratia’ powers, and would be applied in this way under any Labor Government. To help GPs provide more bulk-billed consultations, the Labor Government will provide an exemption from payroll tax for payments to contractor GPs and to employee GPs for providing bulk-billed consultations from 1 July 2025. While there had been no change to payroll tax obligations for medical businesses, the Government has been engaging with the primary care sector for over a year about the pressures on GPs and the need for certainty – these changes will support GPs and the important work they do looking after Victorians. Following a decade of neglect from the former Federal Liberal National Government, the Labor Government has stepped in to support primary care by delivering $32 million to support graduate GPs – encouraging medical students to take up a rewarding career in general practice. The Victorian Budget 2024/25 also invests $10 million to further support primary care through a grant scheme that will be co-designed with GPs. Quote attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’ve worked closely with the primary care sector on how we can best support them – and we’re making these long-term changes to provide certainty to general practice businesses and support more bulk-billing for Victorians.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas “We know that primary care is broken following a decade of neglect from the former Federal Liberal National Government - this will deliver certainty for GPs and help to strengthen and grow bulk billing rates.”  Quotes attributable to President of Australian Medical Association Victoria Dr Jill Tomlinson “General practice is vital for keeping Victorians out of hospital. After listening to advocacy from the sector, the state government has implemented changes that deliver certainty and clarity to Victorian general practices.” “While AMA Victoria acknowledges that there will be costs associated with this transition, it is extremely positive news for general practices, general practitioners and Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Australian GP Alliance Deputy Chair Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AC “On behalf of General Practice owners and patients who we care for, AGPA has sought clarity, consistency, stability and a fair and understandable system to work with. “ “We thank the Victorian Government for their decision and commitment to the primary care sector as this outcome will support practices to remain viable into the future and help Victorians continue to have access to affordable services as we work together through the details to ensure affordability of health services to Victorians. GPs can now focus on caring for their patients and the health system.” Quotes attributable to Primary Care Business Council member Dr Rodney Aziz  “We welcome this decision by the Victorian Government which will relieve the immediate pressure on general practice and ensure primary care remains affordable for all Victorians as the cost-of-living crisis continues.” “As the representative body for more than 40% of general practice consultations across Australia, the Primary Care Business Council has advocated for a sensible approach to payroll tax and we commend the Victorian Government for making the right decision, one which will allow Victorian doctors to continue delivering the highest standards of affordable care that patients can rely on.” Quotes attributable to Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Victoria Chair Dr Anita Munoz “The prospect of retrospective tax bills on GPs was a source of enormous stress for many general practice teams and their communities. We are grateful the Victorian Government has taken retrospective taxation off the table. This move will help keep local GPs’ doors open. “We appreciate the Victorian Government coming to the table and working with us to find a middle-ground solution.” “GP practices now have the certainty we’ve been asking for and can plan for the future.” Quotes attributable to Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine President Dr Dan Halliday “The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) welcomes the Victorian Government's decision to not retrospectively apply payroll tax to specialist general practitioners.” “ACRRM appreciates the Victorian Government's decision to exempt bulk-billed consultations from payroll tax. However, national Medicare reform is still required to improve healthcare affordability.” “ACRRM welcomes the opportunity to have ongoing engagement to understand the impact on rural, remote and First Nations communities and their ability to obtain to timely, accessible and affordable primary health care.” Quotes attributable to Rural Doctors' Association of Victoria President-Elect Dr Louise Manning “The Rural Doctors' Association of Victoria (RDAV) is supportive of the announcement by the Victorian Government of the exemption of retrospective payments of payroll tax for general practice covering the period up to July 1 2025.” “The accessibility of affordable primary care is of major concern to RDAV, and broader health system reform is needed to ensure the viability of private rural general practice into the future so that all communities can access safe and appropriate care close to home.” “RDAV will continue to work with the Government to ensure that general practices in rural and regional Victoria will be able to continue to service their communities.”

Supporting More Bulk-Billed Consults For Victorians

The Allan Labor Government is working with other Australian jurisdictions to support our general practitioners to provide more bulk-billed primary healthcare consultations for families. Following extensive consultation with the primary care sector and work to align settings across the country, all Victorian general practice businesses will receive an exemption from any outstanding or future assessment issued for payroll tax on payments to contractor GPs for the period up to 30 June 2024. A further 12-month exemption from payroll tax for payments to contractor GPs, through to 30 June 2025, will be available for any general practice business that has not already received advice and begun paying payroll tax on payments to their contractor GPs on this basis. This exemption will be provided through the Treasurer’s existing ‘ex gratia’ powers, and would be applied in this way under any Labor Government. To help GPs provide more bulk-billed consultations, the Labor Government will provide an exemption from payroll tax for payments to contractor GPs and to employee GPs for providing bulk-billed consultations from 1 July 2025. While there had been no change to payroll tax obligations for medical businesses, the Government has been engaging with the primary care sector for over a year about the pressures on GPs and the need for certainty – these changes will support GPs and the important work they do looking after Victorians. Following a decade of neglect from the former Federal Liberal National Government, the Labor Government has stepped in to support primary care by delivering $32 million to support graduate GPs – encouraging medical students to take up a rewarding career in general practice. The Victorian Budget 2024/25 also invests $10 million to further support primary care through a grant scheme that will be co-designed with GPs. Quote attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’ve worked closely with the primary care sector on how we can best support them – and we’re making these long-term changes to provide certainty to general practice businesses and support more bulk-billing for Victorians.” Quote attributable to Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas “We know that primary care is broken following a decade of neglect from the former Federal Liberal National Government - this will deliver certainty for GPs and help to strengthen and grow bulk billing rates.”  Quotes attributable to President of Australian Medical Association Victoria Dr Jill Tomlinson “General practice is vital for keeping Victorians out of hospital. After listening to advocacy from the sector, the state government has implemented changes that deliver certainty and clarity to Victorian general practices.” “While AMA Victoria acknowledges that there will be costs associated with this transition, it is extremely positive news for general practices, general practitioners and Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Australian GP Alliance Deputy Chair Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AC “On behalf of General Practice owners and patients who we care for, AGPA has sought clarity, consistency, stability and a fair and understandable system to work with. “ “We thank the Victorian Government for their decision and commitment to the primary care sector as this outcome will support practices to remain viable into the future and help Victorians continue to have access to affordable services as we work together through the details to ensure affordability of health services to Victorians. GPs can now focus on caring for their patients and the health system.” Quotes attributable to Primary Care Business Council member Dr Rodney Aziz  “We welcome this decision by the Victorian Government which will relieve the immediate pressure on general practice and ensure primary care remains affordable for all Victorians as the cost-of-living crisis continues.” “As the representative body for more than 40% of general practice consultations across Australia, the Primary Care Business Council has advocated for a sensible approach to payroll tax and we commend the Victorian Government for making the right decision, one which will allow Victorian doctors to continue delivering the highest standards of affordable care that patients can rely on.” Quotes attributable to Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Victoria Chair Dr Anita Munoz “The prospect of retrospective tax bills on GPs was a source of enormous stress for many general practice teams and their communities. We are grateful the Victorian Government has taken retrospective taxation off the table. This move will help keep local GPs’ doors open. “We appreciate the Victorian Government coming to the table and working with us to find a middle-ground solution.” “GP practices now have the certainty we’ve been asking for and can plan for the future.” Quotes attributable to Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine President Dr Dan Halliday “The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) welcomes the Victorian Government's decision to not retrospectively apply payroll tax to specialist general practitioners.” “ACRRM appreciates the Victorian Government's decision to exempt bulk-billed consultations from payroll tax. However, national Medicare reform is still required to improve healthcare affordability.” “ACRRM welcomes the opportunity to have ongoing engagement to understand the impact on rural, remote and First Nations communities and their ability to obtain to timely, accessible and affordable primary health care.” Quotes attributable to Rural Doctors' Association of Victoria President-Elect Dr Louise Manning “The Rural Doctors' Association of Victoria (RDAV) is supportive of the announcement by the Victorian Government of the exemption of retrospective payments of payroll tax for general practice covering the period up to July 1 2025.” “The accessibility of affordable primary care is of major concern to RDAV, and broader health system reform is needed to ensure the viability of private rural general practice into the future so that all communities can access safe and appropriate care close to home.” “RDAV will continue to work with the Government to ensure that general practices in rural and regional Victoria will be able to continue to service their communities.”

Backing Victorian Business By Abolishing Stamp Duty

The Allan Labor Government’s landmark tax reform for Victorian businesses has passed Parliament, transitioning commercial and industrial properties away from stamp duty from 1 July 2024. The commercial and industrial property tax reform will progressively abolish stamp duty and replace it with a more efficient commercial and industrial property tax. This transformational reform will help Victorian businesses set up, invest in new land and buildings, and employ more workers. The reforms amount to a $266 million tax cut in the first your years, adding 12,600 jobs and benefiting Victoria’s economy by up to $50 billion over the next 40 years in cumulative net present value terms. Since announcing the development of this reform, the Labor Government has worked closely with industry and the property sector to finalise the design which was confirmed in the Victorian Budget 2024/25. From 1 July 2024, stamp duty will be payable one final time on commercial and industrial properties as they are transacted – with no stamp duty applicable to any future sale of those properties. The commercial and industrial property tax will apply 10 years after the next transaction and will be set at a flat rate of 1 per cent of a property’s unimproved land value per annum. As part of the transition, eligible purchasers will have the option of accessing a government transition loan for the final stamp duty payment, allowing them to avoid any up front lump sum payment – freeing up capital to invest and employ more workers. The Labor Government will provide educational support to help industry and taxpayers transition to the new scheme. Further details are available at dtf.vic.gov.au/funds-programs-and-policies. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’re encouraging more businesses to set up and expand through this transformational reform of Victoria’s property tax system.” “This reform is all about supporting business and growing the economy – it provides a $266 million tax cut in the first four years that will encourage businesses to set up, invest and employ more Victorians.” Quote attributable to Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Paul Guerra “This is a milestone moment for Victorian business that will encourage and promote growth. The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has worked with the State Government to achieve this significant tax reform and we look forward to the increased activity that this change will stimulate.”

Backing Victorian Business By Abolishing Stamp Duty

The Allan Labor Government’s landmark tax reform for Victorian businesses has passed Parliament, transitioning commercial and industrial properties away from stamp duty from 1 July 2024. The commercial and industrial property tax reform will progressively abolish stamp duty and replace it with a more efficient commercial and industrial property tax. This transformational reform will help Victorian businesses set up, invest in new land and buildings, and employ more workers. The reforms amount to a $266 million tax cut in the first your years, adding 12,600 jobs and benefiting Victoria’s economy by up to $50 billion over the next 40 years in cumulative net present value terms. Since announcing the development of this reform, the Labor Government has worked closely with industry and the property sector to finalise the design which was confirmed in the Victorian Budget 2024/25. From 1 July 2024, stamp duty will be payable one final time on commercial and industrial properties as they are transacted – with no stamp duty applicable to any future sale of those properties. The commercial and industrial property tax will apply 10 years after the next transaction and will be set at a flat rate of 1 per cent of a property’s unimproved land value per annum. As part of the transition, eligible purchasers will have the option of accessing a government transition loan for the final stamp duty payment, allowing them to avoid any up front lump sum payment – freeing up capital to invest and employ more workers. The Labor Government will provide educational support to help industry and taxpayers transition to the new scheme. Further details are available at dtf.vic.gov.au/funds-programs-and-policies. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “We’re encouraging more businesses to set up and expand through this transformational reform of Victoria’s property tax system.” “This reform is all about supporting business and growing the economy – it provides a $266 million tax cut in the first four years that will encourage businesses to set up, invest and employ more Victorians.” Quote attributable to Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Paul Guerra “This is a milestone moment for Victorian business that will encourage and promote growth. The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has worked with the State Government to achieve this significant tax reform and we look forward to the increased activity that this change will stimulate.”

Investing To Create Jobs And Save Lives

The Allan Labor Government is investing in a groundbreaking medical technology company to fast-track its ideas into life-saving products. Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas today announced a $5 million investment through Breakthrough Victoria in Neo-Bionica, a medtech company specialising in implantable and wearable medical device prototypes for clinical trials. The Labor Government’s investment will create 45 new jobs by 2027 and help the company commercialise medical technology that can save lives. By offering end-to-end medical device prototype development, clinical trials and initial production support, Neo-Bionica gives Victorian innovators a competitive advantage. Victoria carries out one-third of Australia’s clinical trials – more than any other state – and government investment is bolstering the state’s medtech sector, made up of 660 companies employing more than 9,000 workers. In the last decade, the Labor Government has committed over $1 billion towards medical research, including a $60 million investment towards the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) which is under construction at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital. Last year the Labor Government announced a medtech skills and device hub to be located at the AMCD, bringing together local universities, researchers and companies – including Neo-Bionica – to create life-saving medical technologies and develop the careers of the state’s future medtech workers. By investing in Neo-Bionica, Breakthrough Victoria is increasing the rate at which Victorian research and innovation is converted into real-world applications and commercialised in the state, growing our economy and creating jobs. More than 1,800 jobs will be generated from Breakthrough Victoria’s investments announced to date. Quotes attributable to Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas “Our investment is supporting medtech startups to get their innovative ideas and technology into clinical trials and then into the market, growing our world-class medtech sector and improving people’s lives.” “Victoria is a world leader in cutting-edge health and medical research, and our investment is turning this research into real products and economic growth.” Quote attributable to Breakthrough Victoria CEO Grant Dooley “Neo-Bionica is unique in Australia – it significantly speeds up the time it takes to develop and trial a medical device, which means people will benefit from the technology earlier.” Quote attributable to Neo-Bionica CEO Ludovic Labat “We are extremely excited to have Breakthrough Victoria’s support as we embark on our next growth phase. Breakthrough Victoria’s investment will enable us to accelerate our domestic and global expansion plans.”

Investing To Create Jobs And Save Lives

The Allan Labor Government is investing in a groundbreaking medical technology company to fast-track its ideas into life-saving products. Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas today announced a $5 million investment through Breakthrough Victoria in Neo-Bionica, a medtech company specialising in implantable and wearable medical device prototypes for clinical trials. The Labor Government’s investment will create 45 new jobs by 2027 and help the company commercialise medical technology that can save lives. By offering end-to-end medical device prototype development, clinical trials and initial production support, Neo-Bionica gives Victorian innovators a competitive advantage. Victoria carries out one-third of Australia’s clinical trials – more than any other state – and government investment is bolstering the state’s medtech sector, made up of 660 companies employing more than 9,000 workers. In the last decade, the Labor Government has committed over $1 billion towards medical research, including a $60 million investment towards the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) which is under construction at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital. Last year the Labor Government announced a medtech skills and device hub to be located at the AMCD, bringing together local universities, researchers and companies – including Neo-Bionica – to create life-saving medical technologies and develop the careers of the state’s future medtech workers. By investing in Neo-Bionica, Breakthrough Victoria is increasing the rate at which Victorian research and innovation is converted into real-world applications and commercialised in the state, growing our economy and creating jobs. More than 1,800 jobs will be generated from Breakthrough Victoria’s investments announced to date. Quotes attributable to Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas “Our investment is supporting medtech startups to get their innovative ideas and technology into clinical trials and then into the market, growing our world-class medtech sector and improving people’s lives.” “Victoria is a world leader in cutting-edge health and medical research, and our investment is turning this research into real products and economic growth.” Quote attributable to Breakthrough Victoria CEO Grant Dooley “Neo-Bionica is unique in Australia – it significantly speeds up the time it takes to develop and trial a medical device, which means people will benefit from the technology earlier.” Quote attributable to Neo-Bionica CEO Ludovic Labat “We are extremely excited to have Breakthrough Victoria’s support as we embark on our next growth phase. Breakthrough Victoria’s investment will enable us to accelerate our domestic and global expansion plans.”

More Homes And Jobs For East Werribee

The Allan Labor Government is one step closer to transforming the East Werribee Precinct into a vibrant urban environment that provides high quality housing, economic activity and strong employment growth. Minister for Precincts Colin Brooks today released the East Werribee Opportunity Statement, outlining the Labor Government’s vision for how the East Werribee Precinct will grow and develop over time. Development will focus on the area’s existing strengths in agriculture, manufacturing, energy and tourism, and support the growth of these key economic sectors with access to a large, diverse and increasingly skilled workforce. Economic growth in East Werribee will also build on significant investments in education and health, including the expansion of the emergency department at Werribee Mercy Hospital. Due to its size and strategic location, East Werribee is uniquely positioned to unlock the productive potential of Government land in Melbourne’s west. The removal of a further three level crossings in Wyndham and the completion of missing links along the Federation and Kororoit Creek trails will deliver improved cycling connections for the region. By 2025, the opening of the Metro Tunnel will see increased capacity on the Werribee and Williamstown lines during peak periods, and the West Gate Tunnel will slash travel times between East Werribee and the Port of Melbourne. East Werribee is part of the Werribee National Employment and Innovation Centre (NEIC) – a focus for strategic infrastructure investment to help expand employment opportunities. Find out more about the Opportunity Statement at www.dtp.vic.gov.au/EastWerribee. Quote attributable to Minister for Precincts Colin Brooks “We’re bringing the East Werribee Precinct to life, transforming it into a centre for employment and investment, surrounded by high-quality and sustainable housing and improved transport connections.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The East Werribee Opportunity Statement will transform the precinct and help unlock new business, employment and residential opportunities in one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas.” Quote attributable to Member for Point Cook Mat Hilakari "East Werribee's ongoing development is bringing more jobs closer to home, a great outcome for our growing community."

More Homes And Jobs For East Werribee

The Allan Labor Government is one step closer to transforming the East Werribee Precinct into a vibrant urban environment that provides high quality housing, economic activity and strong employment growth. Minister for Precincts Colin Brooks today released the East Werribee Opportunity Statement, outlining the Labor Government’s vision for how the East Werribee Precinct will grow and develop over time. Development will focus on the area’s existing strengths in agriculture, manufacturing, energy and tourism, and support the growth of these key economic sectors with access to a large, diverse and increasingly skilled workforce. Economic growth in East Werribee will also build on significant investments in education and health, including the expansion of the emergency department at Werribee Mercy Hospital. Due to its size and strategic location, East Werribee is uniquely positioned to unlock the productive potential of Government land in Melbourne’s west. The removal of a further three level crossings in Wyndham and the completion of missing links along the Federation and Kororoit Creek trails will deliver improved cycling connections for the region. By 2025, the opening of the Metro Tunnel will see increased capacity on the Werribee and Williamstown lines during peak periods, and the West Gate Tunnel will slash travel times between East Werribee and the Port of Melbourne. East Werribee is part of the Werribee National Employment and Innovation Centre (NEIC) – a focus for strategic infrastructure investment to help expand employment opportunities. Find out more about the Opportunity Statement at www.dtp.vic.gov.au/EastWerribee. Quote attributable to Minister for Precincts Colin Brooks “We’re bringing the East Werribee Precinct to life, transforming it into a centre for employment and investment, surrounded by high-quality and sustainable housing and improved transport connections.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The East Werribee Opportunity Statement will transform the precinct and help unlock new business, employment and residential opportunities in one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas.” Quote attributable to Member for Point Cook Mat Hilakari "East Werribee's ongoing development is bringing more jobs closer to home, a great outcome for our growing community."