Tim Pallas State Labor Member for Werribee

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INCREASING THE AUSLAN TEACHING WORKFORCE IN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government has added courses in Auslan to the signature Free TAFE list, helping more Victorians become Auslan interpreters and creating a stronger and more diverse community. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Labor Government has invested more than $4 million through the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to make the Diploma of Auslan and the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Auslan stream) available fee-free from 2023. The work of Auslan interpreters during the pandemic showed just how critical this interpreting work is for the wider community.  This boost to the interpreter workforce is a crucial step in better connecting Victorians who are deaf or hard of hearing and creating a more inclusive Victoria with a local pool of expert interpreters. The diploma course will be delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic and provides a foundation to students to become an Auslan interpreter, while the advanced diploma will be delivered by RMIT and is the recognised qualification to become a certified Auslan interpreter. The two courses build on the one-of-a-kind Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in Auslan offered at Melbourne Polytechnic. Free TAFE was introduced by the Labor Government in 2019 and has helped make rewarding career pathways a reality to more than 100,000 Victorians from different walks of life – saving them more than $240 million in course fees. The initiative has grown to more than 60 courses, ensuring training continues to meet key government priority areas and skills demands while also boosting the Victorian economy. The Labor Government invested $103.1 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to give more Victorians training for the jobs they want while giving mor employers the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses. Since 2014, the Government has made a record $3.2 billion investment to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career pathways. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is an important investment that will have a ripple effect throughout Werribee and the entire state by boosting the number of Auslan interpreters and making Victoria a more inclusive and diverse place.” “Our new Free TAFE courses in Auslan will meet the specific language and cultural needs of this group of students, broadening access to education and employment opportunities.”  “Free TAFE is a game-changer for Victoria – it helps make world-class training more accessible to more jobseekers, provides skilled workers for local business and boosts our economy.” Quote attributable RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Alec Cameron “Today’s announcement will go a long way to satisfying the increasing demand for Auslan interpreters, directly help students train in meaningful careers, and provide a pathway to high-demand industries.”

INCREASING THE AUSLAN TEACHING WORKFORCE IN VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government has added courses in Auslan to the signature Free TAFE list, helping more Victorians become Auslan interpreters and creating a stronger and more diverse community. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced the Labor Government has invested more than $4 million through the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to make the Diploma of Auslan and the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Auslan stream) available fee-free from 2023. The work of Auslan interpreters during the pandemic showed just how critical this interpreting work is for the wider community.  This boost to the interpreter workforce is a crucial step in better connecting Victorians who are deaf or hard of hearing and creating a more inclusive Victoria with a local pool of expert interpreters. The diploma course will be delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic and provides a foundation to students to become an Auslan interpreter, while the advanced diploma will be delivered by RMIT and is the recognised qualification to become a certified Auslan interpreter. The two courses build on the one-of-a-kind Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in Auslan offered at Melbourne Polytechnic. Free TAFE was introduced by the Labor Government in 2019 and has helped make rewarding career pathways a reality to more than 100,000 Victorians from different walks of life – saving them more than $240 million in course fees. The initiative has grown to more than 60 courses, ensuring training continues to meet key government priority areas and skills demands while also boosting the Victorian economy. The Labor Government invested $103.1 million in the Victorian Budget 2022/23 to give more Victorians training for the jobs they want while giving mor employers the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses. Since 2014, the Government has made a record $3.2 billion investment to rebuild TAFE and support universities and higher education to ensure Victorians have access to high quality education and rewarding career pathways. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is an important investment that will have a ripple effect throughout Werribee and the entire state by boosting the number of Auslan interpreters and making Victoria a more inclusive and diverse place.” “Our new Free TAFE courses in Auslan will meet the specific language and cultural needs of this group of students, broadening access to education and employment opportunities.”  “Free TAFE is a game-changer for Victoria – it helps make world-class training more accessible to more jobseekers, provides skilled workers for local business and boosts our economy.” Quote attributable RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Alec Cameron “Today’s announcement will go a long way to satisfying the increasing demand for Auslan interpreters, directly help students train in meaningful careers, and provide a pathway to high-demand industries.”

MEMBERS STATEMENT: BUDGET 2022/23 – WARRINGA PARK SCHOOL AND WERRIBEE MERCY HOSPITAL

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:53): I am pleased to update the house on my recent visit to the Warringa Park School in my electorate to congratulate this wonderful community on their funding allocation of $14.6 million through the 2022–23 state budget. A group of delightful and excited students led me on a tour, and I could see firsthand how this funding will assist the school community. Thanks to the students in the cafe for their fantastic coffee, and congratulations to principal Sharma and your team for the programs in place that help build essential life and work skills for your students. As a government we are committed to our special schools, such as Warringa Park, and believe every child should be provided with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in their studies. This investment builds on previous funding of $7.97 million and $12.4 million for the school’s Cayleys Road campus. And we are catering for our growing community across Werribee by funding the construction of three new schools and creating the jobs required to build them. This budget also provides a significant boost to our health services in Werribee. We will redevelop and expand the emergency department of Werribee Mercy Hospital with a $109.6 million investment, backing the incredible hard work of our healthcare workers so that they can keep looking after their local families. With this budget I am pleased that the Andrews Labor government is getting on with delivering for the people of Werribee.

MEMBERS STATEMENT: BUDGET 2022/23 – WARRINGA PARK SCHOOL AND WERRIBEE MERCY HOSPITAL

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:53): I am pleased to update the house on my recent visit to the Warringa Park School in my electorate to congratulate this wonderful community on their funding allocation of $14.6 million through the 2022–23 state budget. A group of delightful and excited students led me on a tour, and I could see firsthand how this funding will assist the school community. Thanks to the students in the cafe for their fantastic coffee, and congratulations to principal Sharma and your team for the programs in place that help build essential life and work skills for your students. As a government we are committed to our special schools, such as Warringa Park, and believe every child should be provided with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in their studies. This investment builds on previous funding of $7.97 million and $12.4 million for the school’s Cayleys Road campus. And we are catering for our growing community across Werribee by funding the construction of three new schools and creating the jobs required to build them. This budget also provides a significant boost to our health services in Werribee. We will redevelop and expand the emergency department of Werribee Mercy Hospital with a $109.6 million investment, backing the incredible hard work of our healthcare workers so that they can keep looking after their local families. With this budget I am pleased that the Andrews Labor government is getting on with delivering for the people of Werribee.

PROMOTING HEALTHY MASCULINITY IN OUR SCHOOLS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victorian schools build a stronger culture of respect and gender equality and supporting students to more openly discuss their mental health, with new workshops coming to schools. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that two healthy masculinity pilot programs will be offered to government schools in the Werribee District from Term 2 – helping strengthen the teaching of consent education and promoting positive masculinity through the Labor Government’s Respectful Relationships initiative. The government will fund ‘The Man Cave’ to deliver full-day workshops to students in 100 schools – providing 12-to-16-year-old boys with the opportunity to build their social and emotional skills, and to form healthy behaviours and relationships. Since it was founded in 2014, the Man Cave has impacted more than 17,000 boys, parents and teachers across Australia with programs that allow young men to learn positive ways to look after their mental health. A partnership with Jesuit Social Services will also deliver a pilot of its Modelling Respect and Equality program in up to 100 participating Respectful Relationships schools. This professional development program for school staff will build awareness, develop skills to promote respect and equality, and model healthy behaviour and attitudes in boys and young men. These pilot programs support consent education in schools. Consent education has been mandatory in all Victorian government schools in an age-appropriate way since Term 2, 2021. The Labor Government has acquitted a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence rolling out Respectful Relationships to all government schools – and 378 non-government schools have also adopted the program. Respectful Relationships helps schools to promote respect, positive attitudes and behaviours in all aspects of their culture – in the classroom, the playground, the staffroom, and the broader school community. The Labor Government has invested $82 million in Respectful Relationships, to deliver training, support and funding to schools to implement the initiative. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re proud to be implementing every single recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence – because Victorian lives depend on it.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Respectful Relationships makes a huge difference in building a culture of respect and equality– these new pilot programs are another opportunity to support our schools to produce respectful, compassionate young adults, and to learn what we can do better in regards to respect and healthy masculinity in our education system.”

PROMOTING HEALTHY MASCULINITY IN OUR SCHOOLS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victorian schools build a stronger culture of respect and gender equality and supporting students to more openly discuss their mental health, with new workshops coming to schools. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that two healthy masculinity pilot programs will be offered to government schools in the Werribee District from Term 2 – helping strengthen the teaching of consent education and promoting positive masculinity through the Labor Government’s Respectful Relationships initiative. The government will fund ‘The Man Cave’ to deliver full-day workshops to students in 100 schools – providing 12-to-16-year-old boys with the opportunity to build their social and emotional skills, and to form healthy behaviours and relationships. Since it was founded in 2014, the Man Cave has impacted more than 17,000 boys, parents and teachers across Australia with programs that allow young men to learn positive ways to look after their mental health. A partnership with Jesuit Social Services will also deliver a pilot of its Modelling Respect and Equality program in up to 100 participating Respectful Relationships schools. This professional development program for school staff will build awareness, develop skills to promote respect and equality, and model healthy behaviour and attitudes in boys and young men. These pilot programs support consent education in schools. Consent education has been mandatory in all Victorian government schools in an age-appropriate way since Term 2, 2021. The Labor Government has acquitted a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence rolling out Respectful Relationships to all government schools – and 378 non-government schools have also adopted the program. Respectful Relationships helps schools to promote respect, positive attitudes and behaviours in all aspects of their culture – in the classroom, the playground, the staffroom, and the broader school community. The Labor Government has invested $82 million in Respectful Relationships, to deliver training, support and funding to schools to implement the initiative. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re proud to be implementing every single recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence – because Victorian lives depend on it.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Respectful Relationships makes a huge difference in building a culture of respect and equality– these new pilot programs are another opportunity to support our schools to produce respectful, compassionate young adults, and to learn what we can do better in regards to respect and healthy masculinity in our education system.”

YOUNG VOLUNTEERS LEADING NATURE PROJECTS IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering young Victorians to protect and preserve the state’s natural and cultural landscapes. Deanna Mifsud is one of eight young people who were successful in their submissions to the Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund, with each recipient receiving $1,500 to kick start their project. Deanna’s project, Werribee Plains, aims to encourage visitors to take their rubbish with them, and will include a volunteer event to pick up and separate litter for the purpose of responsible disposal and recycling. Deanna also aims to raise awareness about the consequences of littering, and will look to achieve this by creating posters emphasising on the importance of looking after the land and environment. Successful projects also include the construction of housing for native invertebrate populations, a youth led conservation project to increase native species populations, and a marine pier event to engage young people in environmental volunteering and raise awareness about caring for marine parks and waterways. The Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund encourages Victorians aged 18-29 to reimagine environmental volunteering on public land and find new ways for more young people to volunteer for nature. The award package also includes a 6-month mentorship with an expert, skills workshops, networking opportunities and learning about career pathways with Parks Victoria. The Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund will run throughout 2022, awarding up to $50,000 as part of as part of Labor Government‘s Victoria’s Great Outdoors initiative. To find out more about these projects, visit parks.vic.gov.au/news/2022/02/28/02/33/young-victorian-volunteers-with-green-solutions-receive-project-funding. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Young Victorians are our future – and we’re making sure they have the support they need to think big and deliver benefits for their local community and our precious environment.” “Deanna is a true champion for nature, constructing a trailblazing project to conserve our native species for future generations.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, the Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We congratulate those young people who have been successful in the first round and we are excited to continue investing in opportunities that inspire young people to get involved and support conservation through volunteering.”

YOUNG VOLUNTEERS LEADING NATURE PROJECTS IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering young Victorians to protect and preserve the state’s natural and cultural landscapes. Deanna Mifsud is one of eight young people who were successful in their submissions to the Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund, with each recipient receiving $1,500 to kick start their project. Deanna’s project, Werribee Plains, aims to encourage visitors to take their rubbish with them, and will include a volunteer event to pick up and separate litter for the purpose of responsible disposal and recycling. Deanna also aims to raise awareness about the consequences of littering, and will look to achieve this by creating posters emphasising on the importance of looking after the land and environment. Successful projects also include the construction of housing for native invertebrate populations, a youth led conservation project to increase native species populations, and a marine pier event to engage young people in environmental volunteering and raise awareness about caring for marine parks and waterways. The Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund encourages Victorians aged 18-29 to reimagine environmental volunteering on public land and find new ways for more young people to volunteer for nature. The award package also includes a 6-month mentorship with an expert, skills workshops, networking opportunities and learning about career pathways with Parks Victoria. The Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund will run throughout 2022, awarding up to $50,000 as part of as part of Labor Government‘s Victoria’s Great Outdoors initiative. To find out more about these projects, visit parks.vic.gov.au/news/2022/02/28/02/33/young-victorian-volunteers-with-green-solutions-receive-project-funding. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Young Victorians are our future – and we’re making sure they have the support they need to think big and deliver benefits for their local community and our precious environment.” “Deanna is a true champion for nature, constructing a trailblazing project to conserve our native species for future generations.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, the Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We congratulate those young people who have been successful in the first round and we are excited to continue investing in opportunities that inspire young people to get involved and support conservation through volunteering.”

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Werribee. Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around. When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care. Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes. But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government. And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state. We’re also going to make sure that every local community gets the health infrastructure and services they deserve. That’s why this Budget invests $2.9 billion to build new hospitals and deliver upgrades to health services in every corner of our state. By expanding our emergency departments, adding more surgical beds to get more elective surgeries done and increasing maternity care services – this Budget will ensure more Victorians get the very best of care, close to home. We're also addressing significant demand for emergency services in our west by redeveloping and expanding the emergency department at Werribee Mercy Hospital as part of a $236 million package. This will ensure locals get the very best healthcare, while giving our nurses and ED staff, extra resources and rooms to treat more patients. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Werribee get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. Local families deserve great local schools and in Werribee they will get them. We’re building three brand new schools in our growing community, Black Forest East Primary School (interim name), Lollypop Creek Secondary School (interim name) and Lollypop Creek Special School (interim name) receiving funding for construction, part of an overall budget package worth $527.233 million. This will give kids great classrooms for a great education – and at the same time creating local jobs to build them. You can't get a first-rate education, in a second-rate classroom. It’s why we’re going to upgrade Warringa Park School with $14.6 million to replace relocatable buildings with new permanent facilities at the Bethany Road and Warringa Park Crescent Campuses, because under an Andrews Labor Government, we're giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential. To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. We'll also keep supporting our growing suburbs, with an additional $50 million for our Growing Suburbs Fund so we can continue building health and wellbeing hubs, new parks, and community centres in our growing suburban and peri-urban communities. We're getting on with supporting our creative industries and artists in the West with a $2.4 million investment. As part of the Go West fund, creatives and community groups will be supported to hold festivals, family activities and performances and access more affordable creative spaces  – taking creativity to the next level, in the west. Our local history is treasured and so should be protected. So this Budget provides $6 million to Werribee Park Mansion for major repairs, ensuring this historic local site is maintained and preserved for generations to come. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs. With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our healthcare workers have worked incredibly hard to keep us safe and healthy these last few years. With this Budget, we’re backing in their hard work, investing in the extra pair of helping hands they need to keep looking after Victorians and their families.” “With 48 schools built since 2019 under the Andrews Labor Government and 14 more under construction, we’re getting on with building even more – because we want every community have great schools, close to home.”    

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Werribee. Across our nation – and around the world – the pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems. From a sharp increase of critical COVID patients to disrupted care, resulting in longer hospital recovery time, the last two years have really knocked our health system around. When we came to government, we put an end to the war on our paramedics. We took ambulance response times from the worst in our history to the best. Now – just like we did before – we’ll ease the pandemic pressure on our hospitals and our healthcare workers. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest over $12 billion to put patients first, with a Pandemic Repair Plan for more staff, better hospitals and first-class care. Our healthcare workers have been on the frontline of this pandemic, and we know how important it is that we support them into the future. We’re backing our healthcare workers with training and the extra pair of helping hands they need, so they can give you the very best care. That’s why the Budget is delivering funding to train and hire up to 7,000 new healthcare workers, including 5,000 nurses. We’ll provide 1,125 new Registered Undergraduate Nursing Positions and 75 new Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery roles over the next two years, and we’re also recruiting up to 2,000 ex-pat and international healthcare workers through a global workforce recruitment drive. Right around the nation, demand for emergency services is at an all-time high. Our Triple Zero call-takers and dispatchers are dealing with unprecedented call volumes. But when you call for an ambulance, every Victorian should have the confidence one will arrive. That’s why we’re delivering another 90 paramedics – which means we've added 790 extra paramedics to the workforce since we came to government. And to help our frontline workers reach Victorians who need help faster, we’re investing $333 million to add nearly 400 new staff to increase Triple Zero call-taking and dispatch capacity for Triple Zero services, including ambulances, and training more operators to allocate calls across the state. We’re also going to make sure that every local community gets the health infrastructure and services they deserve. That’s why this Budget invests $2.9 billion to build new hospitals and deliver upgrades to health services in every corner of our state. By expanding our emergency departments, adding more surgical beds to get more elective surgeries done and increasing maternity care services – this Budget will ensure more Victorians get the very best of care, close to home. We're also addressing significant demand for emergency services in our west by redeveloping and expanding the emergency department at Werribee Mercy Hospital as part of a $236 million package. This will ensure locals get the very best healthcare, while giving our nurses and ED staff, extra resources and rooms to treat more patients. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Werribee get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. Local families deserve great local schools and in Werribee they will get them. We’re building three brand new schools in our growing community, Black Forest East Primary School (interim name), Lollypop Creek Secondary School (interim name) and Lollypop Creek Special School (interim name) receiving funding for construction, part of an overall budget package worth $527.233 million. This will give kids great classrooms for a great education – and at the same time creating local jobs to build them. You can't get a first-rate education, in a second-rate classroom. It’s why we’re going to upgrade Warringa Park School with $14.6 million to replace relocatable buildings with new permanent facilities at the Bethany Road and Warringa Park Crescent Campuses, because under an Andrews Labor Government, we're giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential. To make sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. The VCAL reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1,000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. We'll also keep supporting our growing suburbs, with an additional $50 million for our Growing Suburbs Fund so we can continue building health and wellbeing hubs, new parks, and community centres in our growing suburban and peri-urban communities. We're getting on with supporting our creative industries and artists in the West with a $2.4 million investment. As part of the Go West fund, creatives and community groups will be supported to hold festivals, family activities and performances and access more affordable creative spaces  – taking creativity to the next level, in the west. Our local history is treasured and so should be protected. So this Budget provides $6 million to Werribee Park Mansion for major repairs, ensuring this historic local site is maintained and preserved for generations to come. We know that many Victorians are still paying too much for their energy bills – that’s why we’re stepping in to help families get the best deal. We're providing a once-off $250 payment for all Victorian households that use the Victorian Energy Compare (VEC) website – the Victorian Government’s independent price comparator website – to search for the cheapest electricity plan that suits their needs. With this Budget, we’re getting on with delivering for all Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our healthcare workers have worked incredibly hard to keep us safe and healthy these last few years. With this Budget, we’re backing in their hard work, investing in the extra pair of helping hands they need to keep looking after Victorians and their families.” “With 48 schools built since 2019 under the Andrews Labor Government and 14 more under construction, we’re getting on with building even more – because we want every community have great schools, close to home.”    

SLASHING ENERGY BILLS WITH $250 POWER SAVING BONUS

Werribee households will receive a $250 bill busting bonus if they seek out a better energy deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website – saving hundreds of dollars. As part of the Victorian Budget 2022/23, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $250 million in a new Power Saving Bonus – driving down the cost of living right across the state. From 1 July 2022, the new $250 payment will be open to all households in Werribee who use the Victorian Energy Compare website to compare their energy deal and seek out a better price. The Victorian Energy Compare website is the only free and independent online energy price comparison service available to Werribee energy consumers. User data shows that seven out of every 10 users can save money by switching energy offers, with typical annual savings of $330 on energy bills in the first year of switching alone. Combined with the Power Saving Bonus, that means Werribee households could save up to $580 a year. While the quickest way to submit an application for the $250 Power Saving Bonus will be through the website, Werribee  households that do not have access to a computer or the internet can call the Victorian Energy Compare helpline or receive support from a community outreach partners. The new $250 Power Saving Bonus, to run until 30 June 2023, follows from the success of the $50 Power Saving Bonus announced by the Labor Government as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19. It also builds on the $250 bonus for concession recipients delivered in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, which remains open to eligible concession card holders only until 30 June 2022. Eligible concession card holders include those receiving payments through the Pension Concession, JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance programs, or who hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card. The Power Saving Bonus program has already provided more than $110 million to help more than 850,000 Victorian households look for a better electricity deal. Werribee households that have previously claimed a $50 or $250 Power Saving Bonus will be eligible for this new one-off payment when the program opens in July. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re easing the cost of living for Werribee families – cutting energy bills and saving money.” “This is about putting power back in the hands of Werribee households, helping them access a better energy deal.” Quote Attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This one-off $250 payment provides immediate financial relief for those struggling to pay their power bills – while also helping Victorians find a better energy deal.” “The fastest way to bust energy bills is to look for a better offer with households able to save an average of $330 in the first year alone – that’s what this Power Saving

SLASHING ENERGY BILLS WITH $250 POWER SAVING BONUS

Werribee households will receive a $250 bill busting bonus if they seek out a better energy deal on Victoria’s Energy Compare website – saving hundreds of dollars. As part of the Victorian Budget 2022/23, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $250 million in a new Power Saving Bonus – driving down the cost of living right across the state. From 1 July 2022, the new $250 payment will be open to all households in Werribee who use the Victorian Energy Compare website to compare their energy deal and seek out a better price. The Victorian Energy Compare website is the only free and independent online energy price comparison service available to Werribee energy consumers. User data shows that seven out of every 10 users can save money by switching energy offers, with typical annual savings of $330 on energy bills in the first year of switching alone. Combined with the Power Saving Bonus, that means Werribee households could save up to $580 a year. While the quickest way to submit an application for the $250 Power Saving Bonus will be through the website, Werribee  households that do not have access to a computer or the internet can call the Victorian Energy Compare helpline or receive support from a community outreach partners. The new $250 Power Saving Bonus, to run until 30 June 2023, follows from the success of the $50 Power Saving Bonus announced by the Labor Government as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19. It also builds on the $250 bonus for concession recipients delivered in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, which remains open to eligible concession card holders only until 30 June 2022. Eligible concession card holders include those receiving payments through the Pension Concession, JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance programs, or who hold a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card. The Power Saving Bonus program has already provided more than $110 million to help more than 850,000 Victorian households look for a better electricity deal. Werribee households that have previously claimed a $50 or $250 Power Saving Bonus will be eligible for this new one-off payment when the program opens in July. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re easing the cost of living for Werribee families – cutting energy bills and saving money.” “This is about putting power back in the hands of Werribee households, helping them access a better energy deal.” Quote Attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This one-off $250 payment provides immediate financial relief for those struggling to pay their power bills – while also helping Victorians find a better energy deal.” “The fastest way to bust energy bills is to look for a better offer with households able to save an average of $330 in the first year alone – that’s what this Power Saving

BUILDING CONNECTIONS WITH NEW MEN’S SHEDS GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting wellbeing in communities across the state with further funding to establish, expand or improve men’s sheds. Today Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications have opened for grants through the $1 million men’s sheds program. Men's sheds provide a place for people to get together, work on common projects and contribute to their community. In the 2022-23 grant round, men’s shed groups can again apply for a grant of up to $80,000 for the construction of a new shed or the extension or refurbishment of an existing shed. There are currently more than 360 communities with men’s sheds throughout Victoria. For information about the 2022-23 Men’s Shed Funding Program and how to apply, visit  providers.dffh.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines “Men’s sheds play such an important role, providing a place to learn new skills and share interests, as well as the opportunity to make friends and contribute to the community.” “This investment will support upgrades for men’s sheds throughout the state, delivering more opportunities for Victorians to reconnect after a difficult couple of years.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants will help men’s sheds grow and welcome new members, providing a place for people across our community to connect and supporting their wellbeing.”

BUILDING CONNECTIONS WITH NEW MEN’S SHEDS GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting wellbeing in communities across the state with further funding to establish, expand or improve men’s sheds. Today Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced applications have opened for grants through the $1 million men’s sheds program. Men's sheds provide a place for people to get together, work on common projects and contribute to their community. In the 2022-23 grant round, men’s shed groups can again apply for a grant of up to $80,000 for the construction of a new shed or the extension or refurbishment of an existing shed. There are currently more than 360 communities with men’s sheds throughout Victoria. For information about the 2022-23 Men’s Shed Funding Program and how to apply, visit  providers.dffh.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-program. Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines “Men’s sheds play such an important role, providing a place to learn new skills and share interests, as well as the opportunity to make friends and contribute to the community.” “This investment will support upgrades for men’s sheds throughout the state, delivering more opportunities for Victorians to reconnect after a difficult couple of years.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants will help men’s sheds grow and welcome new members, providing a place for people across our community to connect and supporting their wellbeing.”

A GREAT SCHOOL PATHWAY FOR EVERY STUDENT IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government’s new senior secondary school certificates will combine the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) from next year – making sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $277.5 million in the biggest reform to the senior secondary system since the VCE’s inception, recognising the increased demand for careers in trades and services. From 2023, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. An investment of $120.2 million will help schools implement the new certificates and provide every student access to a core offering of 12 different Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways. The reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. This investment will also see teachers get the professional development they need to implement the curriculum, making sure schools can hit the ground running as they transition to the new certificate. In addition, every non-government school will be encouraged and supported to provide these new certificates. There is already strong interest from across the independent and Catholic sectors, and most non-government schools have started preparing to transition to the new pathways. To build on the school-based vocational and academic education in the new applied learning stream, a further $69.4 million will expand the Head Start program to every government school in the state – giving all students the opportunity to do an apprenticeship or traineeship in an in-demand sector while completing their schooling. This includes expanding the Head Start program to five government secondary schools in Werribee, to make sure students have the opportunity to develop the skills that employers will really value in years to come. Head Start gives students career planning support, a tailored pathway into the industry of their choice and a fair training wage – all while they’re earning their senior secondary certificate – in key industries like building, construction, community services and health, business, primary industries and technology. The Budget will invest $87.9 million to strengthen the teaching workforce for these new pathways – with funded study to attract 400 extra VET trainers, professional development for up to 1,900 teachers and increased funding for jobs, skills and pathways coordinators in schools. The Vocational Major will replace Intermediate and Senior VCAL, preparing students to move into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, non-ATAR university pathways or straight into the workforce. Vocational Major students will undertake specific studies – Literacy, Numeracy, Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills – as well as 180 hours of VET, their choice of other traditional VCE studies and time in the workplace, which will give them credits towards their certificate. The Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace Foundation VCAL, designed to help students transition either to the VCE, to entry level VET or employment – particularly focusing on vulnerable students at risk of leaving education or students with additional needs. The six priority pathways within the core offering will be in health, community services and early childhood education, building and construction, digital and media technologies, hospitality, and engineering – meaning students will have access to training and skills for growing industries. Additional pathways will also be available in automotive, agriculture and environment, hair and beauty, creative industries, sport and recreation, and business. Students will see a revised and enriched curriculum with more choice of subjects and a flexible structure that can be adapted to individual learners’ needs – improving their engagement, developing confidence and challenging them within a program that is accessible and achievable for everyone. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Study towards the important jobs that build and care for our state has the same value as any other education after school – and more young Victorians than ever before are pursuing careers in booming trades and services.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure every young person in Werribee has every opportunity to choose the career path that’s right for them.”  

A GREAT SCHOOL PATHWAY FOR EVERY STUDENT IN WERRIBEE

The Andrews Labor Government’s new senior secondary school certificates will combine the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) from next year – making sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $277.5 million in the biggest reform to the senior secondary system since the VCE’s inception, recognising the increased demand for careers in trades and services. From 2023, the new VCE Vocational Major and Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace VCAL, offering students more choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing students to jump into further study, training at TAFE or work as soon as they leave school. An investment of $120.2 million will help schools implement the new certificates and provide every student access to a core offering of 12 different Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways. The reforms will save many Victorian families up to $1000 by cutting out-of-pocket costs, with students no longer having to pay for essential learning materials for VET studies. This investment will also see teachers get the professional development they need to implement the curriculum, making sure schools can hit the ground running as they transition to the new certificate. In addition, every non-government school will be encouraged and supported to provide these new certificates. There is already strong interest from across the independent and Catholic sectors, and most non-government schools have started preparing to transition to the new pathways. To build on the school-based vocational and academic education in the new applied learning stream, a further $69.4 million will expand the Head Start program to every government school in the state – giving all students the opportunity to do an apprenticeship or traineeship in an in-demand sector while completing their schooling. This includes expanding the Head Start program to five government secondary schools in Werribee, to make sure students have the opportunity to develop the skills that employers will really value in years to come. Head Start gives students career planning support, a tailored pathway into the industry of their choice and a fair training wage – all while they’re earning their senior secondary certificate – in key industries like building, construction, community services and health, business, primary industries and technology. The Budget will invest $87.9 million to strengthen the teaching workforce for these new pathways – with funded study to attract 400 extra VET trainers, professional development for up to 1,900 teachers and increased funding for jobs, skills and pathways coordinators in schools. The Vocational Major will replace Intermediate and Senior VCAL, preparing students to move into apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and training, non-ATAR university pathways or straight into the workforce. Vocational Major students will undertake specific studies – Literacy, Numeracy, Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills – as well as 180 hours of VET, their choice of other traditional VCE studies and time in the workplace, which will give them credits towards their certificate. The Victorian Pathways Certificate will replace Foundation VCAL, designed to help students transition either to the VCE, to entry level VET or employment – particularly focusing on vulnerable students at risk of leaving education or students with additional needs. The six priority pathways within the core offering will be in health, community services and early childhood education, building and construction, digital and media technologies, hospitality, and engineering – meaning students will have access to training and skills for growing industries. Additional pathways will also be available in automotive, agriculture and environment, hair and beauty, creative industries, sport and recreation, and business. Students will see a revised and enriched curriculum with more choice of subjects and a flexible structure that can be adapted to individual learners’ needs – improving their engagement, developing confidence and challenging them within a program that is accessible and achievable for everyone. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Study towards the important jobs that build and care for our state has the same value as any other education after school – and more young Victorians than ever before are pursuing careers in booming trades and services.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure every young person in Werribee has every opportunity to choose the career path that’s right for them.”  

 

SUPPORTING OUR MUCH-LOVED COMPANION ANIMALS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting animal welfare organisations across the state to rehome more cats and dogs as well as upgrade and expand clinics. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas congratulated organisation Cat People of Melbourne on being awarded $10,000 to further grow its animal health and welfare services, as part of Round 10 of the Animal Welfare Grants (AWF) Program. Cat People of Melbourne will receive funding for their Foster Carer Development Program, which aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their foster care network by developing orientation training and support materials for foster carers. The project will include the development of a Handbook, training program and learning materials for foster carers. A total of $1.5 million will be awarded under Round 10 of the AWF Grants Program for: not-for-profit organisations, shelters and foster carers to support the rehoming of dogs and cats not-for-profit and community vet clinics to upgrade and expand as well as support new affordable clinics to be set up in areas of need around Victoria. The AWF Grants Program was established to support the improvement of companion animal welfare in the Victorian community. The Program delivers grants to eligible not-for profit and community organisations aiming to improve responsible pet ownership and provide better animal welfare services. The grants recognise that companion animals play a significant role in the lives of Victorians. Since the Labor Government was elected in 2014, $5.9 million has now been awarded for not-for-profit animal shelters, foster care organisations and community vet clinics to directly improve the welfare of pets and other animals in Victoria. For more information visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Pets are an important part of the lives of so many Victorians; we’re lucky to have community organisations like Cat People of Melbourne improving the welfare of animals across the state.” “These grants recognise the significant role that local councils, not-for-profit and community animal welfare organisations play in improving animal welfare outcomes in their communities.”  

SUPPORTING OUR MUCH-LOVED COMPANION ANIMALS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting animal welfare organisations across the state to rehome more cats and dogs as well as upgrade and expand clinics. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas congratulated organisation Cat People of Melbourne on being awarded $10,000 to further grow its animal health and welfare services, as part of Round 10 of the Animal Welfare Grants (AWF) Program. Cat People of Melbourne will receive funding for their Foster Carer Development Program, which aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their foster care network by developing orientation training and support materials for foster carers. The project will include the development of a Handbook, training program and learning materials for foster carers. A total of $1.5 million will be awarded under Round 10 of the AWF Grants Program for: not-for-profit organisations, shelters and foster carers to support the rehoming of dogs and cats not-for-profit and community vet clinics to upgrade and expand as well as support new affordable clinics to be set up in areas of need around Victoria. The AWF Grants Program was established to support the improvement of companion animal welfare in the Victorian community. The Program delivers grants to eligible not-for profit and community organisations aiming to improve responsible pet ownership and provide better animal welfare services. The grants recognise that companion animals play a significant role in the lives of Victorians. Since the Labor Government was elected in 2014, $5.9 million has now been awarded for not-for-profit animal shelters, foster care organisations and community vet clinics to directly improve the welfare of pets and other animals in Victoria. For more information visit animalwelfare.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Pets are an important part of the lives of so many Victorians; we’re lucky to have community organisations like Cat People of Melbourne improving the welfare of animals across the state.” “These grants recognise the significant role that local councils, not-for-profit and community animal welfare organisations play in improving animal welfare outcomes in their communities.”  

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

Eight grassroots sport and active recreation clubs and organisations in are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $900,000 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the successful applicants from Werribee of the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. Grant recipients in Werribee include Flames Netball Club, Elmer Netball Region, Hoppers Crossing Netball Club, Urban Magic Netball Inc, Hoppers Crossing Netball Association, Hoppers Crossing Junior Basketball Club, Manor Lakes Football Club, and Western United (Wyndham FC). The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make community sport and active recreation more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. Since 2014, the Program has injected over $13 million to support clubs and last year provided a valuable funding lifeline to more than 4,000 clubs last year to help them through the pandemic. For more information on the grants and a full list of recipients sport.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” Quote attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients. I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to the next level.”

WERRIBEE CLUBS SCORE SPORT GRANTS

Eight grassroots sport and active recreation clubs and organisations in are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $900,000 from the Victorian Government. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced the successful applicants from Werribee of the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. Grant recipients in Werribee include Flames Netball Club, Elmer Netball Region, Hoppers Crossing Netball Club, Urban Magic Netball Inc, Hoppers Crossing Netball Association, Hoppers Crossing Junior Basketball Club, Manor Lakes Football Club, and Western United (Wyndham FC). The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to make community sport and active recreation more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities, and increase local participation. Since 2014, the Program has injected over $13 million to support clubs and last year provided a valuable funding lifeline to more than 4,000 clubs last year to help them through the pandemic. For more information on the grants and a full list of recipients sport.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Werribee the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.” Quote attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients. I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to the next level.”

VICTORIAN LEARN LOCAL AWARDS 2022 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Nominations are open for the Andrews Labor Government’s 16th annual Victorian Learn Local Awards, recognising excellence in the adult and community education sector. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas invited Werribee locals to nominate people whose stories illustrate the life-changing impact of the sector. Categories at this year’s event celebrate trainers, leaders and learners as well as learn local programs – including the Ro Allen Award for Pre-accredited Learner (Skills for study and life). The prize pool totals $84,000, while organisation award category winners each receive $10,000, individual category winners $5,000 and category finalists $1,000. Among last year’s winners was Omer Ntunzwenimana who received the Ro Allen Award for his participation in the Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council’s conversational English and reading program. He has since begun studying a Bachelor of Arts at LaTrobe University. Starting Work in Australia – Karen Engineering Studies, run by Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, won four categories including the Pre-accredited Program Award (for small providers) and awards for innovation and partnership. Its founder Robyn Matthews was also recognised with the Pre-accredited Trainer Award. The awards are presented by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board. Learn Local providers offer a unique, community-based learning option, with a focus on the individual needs of learners. They are particularly suited to adult learners of all ages looking to develop their digital, literacy, numeracy and employability skills for study, work and life. There are more than 240 not-for-profit community organisations registered as Learn Locals across Victoria, which deliver pre-accredited training and other programs to nearly 30,000 people each year. To explore the categories and make a nomination visit www.vic.gov.au/learn-local-awards. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our adult and community education system plays a vital role in helping Victorians build the skills they need for work and life – and the Learn Local Awards are a fantastic chance to recognise the lifechanging impact of the sector.” “Learn Locals provide life-long learning opportunities to Victorians and build more connected communities – and if you know someone in Werribee whose story illustrates excellence in the sector, we want you to nominate them for an award.” Quotes attributable to ACFE Board Chairperson Maria Peters “This year is the 16th anniversary of the Learn Local Awards and the ACFE Board is looking forward to recognising and celebrating the outstanding efforts of Learn Local learners, trainers, leaders and providers across the state.”

VICTORIAN LEARN LOCAL AWARDS 2022 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Nominations are open for the Andrews Labor Government’s 16th annual Victorian Learn Local Awards, recognising excellence in the adult and community education sector. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas invited Werribee locals to nominate people whose stories illustrate the life-changing impact of the sector. Categories at this year’s event celebrate trainers, leaders and learners as well as learn local programs – including the Ro Allen Award for Pre-accredited Learner (Skills for study and life). The prize pool totals $84,000, while organisation award category winners each receive $10,000, individual category winners $5,000 and category finalists $1,000. Among last year’s winners was Omer Ntunzwenimana who received the Ro Allen Award for his participation in the Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council’s conversational English and reading program. He has since begun studying a Bachelor of Arts at LaTrobe University. Starting Work in Australia – Karen Engineering Studies, run by Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, won four categories including the Pre-accredited Program Award (for small providers) and awards for innovation and partnership. Its founder Robyn Matthews was also recognised with the Pre-accredited Trainer Award. The awards are presented by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board. Learn Local providers offer a unique, community-based learning option, with a focus on the individual needs of learners. They are particularly suited to adult learners of all ages looking to develop their digital, literacy, numeracy and employability skills for study, work and life. There are more than 240 not-for-profit community organisations registered as Learn Locals across Victoria, which deliver pre-accredited training and other programs to nearly 30,000 people each year. To explore the categories and make a nomination visit www.vic.gov.au/learn-local-awards. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our adult and community education system plays a vital role in helping Victorians build the skills they need for work and life – and the Learn Local Awards are a fantastic chance to recognise the lifechanging impact of the sector.” “Learn Locals provide life-long learning opportunities to Victorians and build more connected communities – and if you know someone in Werribee whose story illustrates excellence in the sector, we want you to nominate them for an award.” Quotes attributable to ACFE Board Chairperson Maria Peters “This year is the 16th anniversary of the Learn Local Awards and the ACFE Board is looking forward to recognising and celebrating the outstanding efforts of Learn Local learners, trainers, leaders and providers across the state.”

SUPPORTING VICTORIAN STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting funding for Victorian schools to support kids with disability, to ensure they have the tools they need to learn and thrive in the classroom and in life. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that two government schools in Werribee will join schools across the Outer Eastern Melbourne, Mallee, and Central Highlands areas in receiving further funding support to make their school more inclusive for all students, under the Labor Government’s unprecedented Disability Inclusion reform. Schools can use the funding to implement whole-school practices that support the inclusive education of students with disability and diverse learning needs such as autism and learning difficulties. Initiatives could include professional development for staff, employing new disability and inclusion staff, and purchasing programs, interventions or specific equipment and technology – depending on the needs of their students and the school. The schools receiving the funding boost are in the second year of the five-year Disability Inclusion roll-out and will all receive a base level of funding with additional funding provided depending on the individual school’s characteristics. This new funding support is ongoing and is in addition to support already provided through other programs and initiatives, including the Program for Students with Disabilities. Schools in the first year of the Disability Inclusion roll-out, including government schools in the Barwon, Loddon Campaspe and Bayside Peninsula areas, started to receive this funding in 2021 and will receive a new allocation for the 2022 calendar year. Disability Inclusion will be rolled out progressively, reaching all Victorian government schools by 2025. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 made a record investment of nearly $1.6 billion to make sure Victorian kids living with disability are supported at school through the Disability Inclusion package. All schools across the state are also already benefitting from Disability Inclusion initiatives that will help build knowledge and skills in inclusive education across the school system, including the recently announced Diverse Learners Hub. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every Victorian kid deserves the chance to learn and thrive at school, no matter their abilities, which is why we’re boosting funding to make schools more inclusive.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The funding is the biggest change in disability support Victorian schools have ever seen, enabling schools in Werribee to support more students with disability, so that they can get the great education they deserve.”  

SUPPORTING VICTORIAN STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting funding for Victorian schools to support kids with disability, to ensure they have the tools they need to learn and thrive in the classroom and in life. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas announced that two government schools in Werribee will join schools across the Outer Eastern Melbourne, Mallee, and Central Highlands areas in receiving further funding support to make their school more inclusive for all students, under the Labor Government’s unprecedented Disability Inclusion reform. Schools can use the funding to implement whole-school practices that support the inclusive education of students with disability and diverse learning needs such as autism and learning difficulties. Initiatives could include professional development for staff, employing new disability and inclusion staff, and purchasing programs, interventions or specific equipment and technology – depending on the needs of their students and the school. The schools receiving the funding boost are in the second year of the five-year Disability Inclusion roll-out and will all receive a base level of funding with additional funding provided depending on the individual school’s characteristics. This new funding support is ongoing and is in addition to support already provided through other programs and initiatives, including the Program for Students with Disabilities. Schools in the first year of the Disability Inclusion roll-out, including government schools in the Barwon, Loddon Campaspe and Bayside Peninsula areas, started to receive this funding in 2021 and will receive a new allocation for the 2022 calendar year. Disability Inclusion will be rolled out progressively, reaching all Victorian government schools by 2025. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 made a record investment of nearly $1.6 billion to make sure Victorian kids living with disability are supported at school through the Disability Inclusion package. All schools across the state are also already benefitting from Disability Inclusion initiatives that will help build knowledge and skills in inclusive education across the school system, including the recently announced Diverse Learners Hub. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every Victorian kid deserves the chance to learn and thrive at school, no matter their abilities, which is why we’re boosting funding to make schools more inclusive.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The funding is the biggest change in disability support Victorian schools have ever seen, enabling schools in Werribee to support more students with disability, so that they can get the great education they deserve.”  

Country Footy And Netball Set For Big Wins In 2022

More country football and netball clubs are in for a big score with upgrades to ovals, pavilions and courts on the way thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today visited Anakie to announce more $197,000 towards a new netball court at Anakie Recreation Reserve and Werribee to also announce $200,000 for Wyndham City Council to install new oval lighting at Galvin Park home of the Werribee Centrals ‘Centurions’ Football and Netball Club. The two upgrades are among 14 new projects to share in more than $2.3 million in funding from the 2021-22 Country Football and Netball Program. The program is a partnership with Netball Victoria, the Australian Football League, and AFL Victoria and was established in 2005 to help netball and football clubs across the state to meet growing demand. So far, the program has delivered more than $34.5 million to support more than 550 projects. Other successful grants in this round include $191,000 to East Gippsland Shire Council to install a new LED Sports Lighting at Lindenow Football Netball Club and $200,000 to Golden Plains Shire Council to redevelop Linton Oval. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles. The Labor Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sports infrastructure since 2014. Quote attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Country football and netball is the lifeblood of regional communities and plays a vital role in maintaining a positive spirit in good and tough times. We’re delighted to back even more projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “The Anakie Roos are an integral part of this close-knit regional community. They deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s fantastic that we can support clubs like the Centurions and their many players and supporters – this will allow Werribee Centrals to continue to grow and serve their community.” Quote attributable to Head of AFL Victoria Ben Kavenagh "The Country Football and Netball Program plays an important role in helping communities to benefit from new and upgraded facilities, which helps local sporting clubs thrive.” Quote attributable to Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer Rosie King “The Country Football Netball Program has been a wonderful initiative that keeps on delivering outcomes for our community right across Victoria.”

Country Footy And Netball Set For Big Wins In 2022

More country football and netball clubs are in for a big score with upgrades to ovals, pavilions and courts on the way thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today visited Anakie to announce more $197,000 towards a new netball court at Anakie Recreation Reserve and Werribee to also announce $200,000 for Wyndham City Council to install new oval lighting at Galvin Park home of the Werribee Centrals ‘Centurions’ Football and Netball Club. The two upgrades are among 14 new projects to share in more than $2.3 million in funding from the 2021-22 Country Football and Netball Program. The program is a partnership with Netball Victoria, the Australian Football League, and AFL Victoria and was established in 2005 to help netball and football clubs across the state to meet growing demand. So far, the program has delivered more than $34.5 million to support more than 550 projects. Other successful grants in this round include $191,000 to East Gippsland Shire Council to install a new LED Sports Lighting at Lindenow Football Netball Club and $200,000 to Golden Plains Shire Council to redevelop Linton Oval. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles. The Labor Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sports infrastructure since 2014. Quote attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence “Country football and netball is the lifeblood of regional communities and plays a vital role in maintaining a positive spirit in good and tough times. We’re delighted to back even more projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren “The Anakie Roos are an integral part of this close-knit regional community. They deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “It’s fantastic that we can support clubs like the Centurions and their many players and supporters – this will allow Werribee Centrals to continue to grow and serve their community.” Quote attributable to Head of AFL Victoria Ben Kavenagh "The Country Football and Netball Program plays an important role in helping communities to benefit from new and upgraded facilities, which helps local sporting clubs thrive.” Quote attributable to Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer Rosie King “The Country Football Netball Program has been a wonderful initiative that keeps on delivering outcomes for our community right across Victoria.”

NEW WERRIBEE POLICE COMPLEX FOR GROWING COMMUNITY

The new Werribee Police Complex is delivering more important specialist policing services to the booming Wyndham community, better connecting them to policing, health and court services and ensuring local police have the modern facilities they need to keep the community safe. Minister for Police Lisa Neville was joined today by Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas to officially open the new $45 million station, located on the Princes Highway, Werribee. The population served by this police station has more than doubled since the old station was built in the late 1980s. The new station will enable police to better serve locals, businesses and visitors to Williams Landing, Truganina, Tarneit, Wyndham Vale, Manor Lakes, Werribee, Werribee South, Little River, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook and Laverton North. The new facility is a 24-hour complex and has been operational since July 2021. It was designed with the diverse community in mind and provides a modern, future proofed facility to help local police continue to best serve the growing population. It can accommodate up to approximately 500 staff from several specialist areas and is now home to Werribee Uniform, Wyndham Crime Investigation Unit, Westgate Divisional Response Unit, Westgate Alliance, Westgate Proactive Policing Unit and the Wyndham Crime Scene Unit. The new complex allows for nine work units to operate from the complex, including the Uniform Branch, Crime Investigation Unit, Divisional Response Unit, Proactive Programs Unit, Executive Management, Crime Scene Unit, Transit Safety Unit, Incident Police Operations Centre, and Support Agencies and Family Violence Investigation Unit. Some of the policing priorities for the Werribee Police Complex are youth engagement, family violence, neighbourhood policing, safety and wellbeing in the workplace and much more. The new Werribee Police Complex provides a gateway for the broader Wyndham Justice Precinct, is highly visible and accessible for the public and embedded in the fabric of the local community. It includes a dedicated custody and control centre, public engagement and interview rooms, a dedicated counter for the Justice of the Peace, a public meeting room, conference facilities, Crime Scene Unit labs, a dedicated operations room, and a vehicle examination bay. The Werribee Police Station was one of ten replacement police stations built across the state, thanks to the Labor Government’s $162 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “This incredible new Werribee Police Complex will allow Victoria Police to better serve and protect the residents of the growing Wyndham community, and beyond.” “Our record $3.8 billion investment in Victoria Police ensures we have the police on the ground with the resources they need to tackle crime and keep us all safe.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re ensuring local police are more accessible for people who both live in and visit the area and delivering the fit-for-purpose facilities they to keep the Wyndham community safe as it continues to grow.”

NEW WERRIBEE POLICE COMPLEX FOR GROWING COMMUNITY

The new Werribee Police Complex is delivering more important specialist policing services to the booming Wyndham community, better connecting them to policing, health and court services and ensuring local police have the modern facilities they need to keep the community safe. Minister for Police Lisa Neville was joined today by Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas to officially open the new $45 million station, located on the Princes Highway, Werribee. The population served by this police station has more than doubled since the old station was built in the late 1980s. The new station will enable police to better serve locals, businesses and visitors to Williams Landing, Truganina, Tarneit, Wyndham Vale, Manor Lakes, Werribee, Werribee South, Little River, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook and Laverton North. The new facility is a 24-hour complex and has been operational since July 2021. It was designed with the diverse community in mind and provides a modern, future proofed facility to help local police continue to best serve the growing population. It can accommodate up to approximately 500 staff from several specialist areas and is now home to Werribee Uniform, Wyndham Crime Investigation Unit, Westgate Divisional Response Unit, Westgate Alliance, Westgate Proactive Policing Unit and the Wyndham Crime Scene Unit. The new complex allows for nine work units to operate from the complex, including the Uniform Branch, Crime Investigation Unit, Divisional Response Unit, Proactive Programs Unit, Executive Management, Crime Scene Unit, Transit Safety Unit, Incident Police Operations Centre, and Support Agencies and Family Violence Investigation Unit. Some of the policing priorities for the Werribee Police Complex are youth engagement, family violence, neighbourhood policing, safety and wellbeing in the workplace and much more. The new Werribee Police Complex provides a gateway for the broader Wyndham Justice Precinct, is highly visible and accessible for the public and embedded in the fabric of the local community. It includes a dedicated custody and control centre, public engagement and interview rooms, a dedicated counter for the Justice of the Peace, a public meeting room, conference facilities, Crime Scene Unit labs, a dedicated operations room, and a vehicle examination bay. The Werribee Police Station was one of ten replacement police stations built across the state, thanks to the Labor Government’s $162 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “This incredible new Werribee Police Complex will allow Victoria Police to better serve and protect the residents of the growing Wyndham community, and beyond.” “Our record $3.8 billion investment in Victoria Police ensures we have the police on the ground with the resources they need to tackle crime and keep us all safe.” Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re ensuring local police are more accessible for people who both live in and visit the area and delivering the fit-for-purpose facilities they to keep the Wyndham community safe as it continues to grow.”

BIG PLANS FOR NEW REGIONAL PARK IN WERRIBEE

The community is invited to have their say on the draft Strategic Directions plan for the new Werribee Township Regional Park. The plans set the long-term vision and priorities for the park, which is one of the parks brought to life as part of the Victorian Government’s $315 million Suburban Parks Program. Community members are invited to share their feedback on the draft plan for the new Werribee Township Regional Park from 9 April to 15 May through surveys available on Engage Victoria, participating in an online session or by speaking to the Parks Victoria team when they pop-up around the community during March and April. The new Werribee Township Regional Park will be a 340-hectare park located in Tarneit and Wyndham Vale, sitting on both Wadawurrung and Bunurong Country. The plans propose facilities including picnic and BBQ areas, public toilets, a network of walking trails, nature play facilities, large gathering spaces, a canoe launch, café and opportunities for bird watching and community education activities. The park’s natural setting will enable the surrounding communities to step out of the urban landscape and connect with nature and will provide opportunities for active recreation, socialisation, education and connection to waterways. The park will also nurture and enhance a diverse ecosystem of wetland and waterways as a great habitat for the endangered Growling Grass Frog and unique birdlife. The Strategic Directions Plans for the park has been developed using feedback and ideas received during community consultation in 2021. The draft Werribee Township Regional Park plan will be finalised using input from the community during this consultation period and released later this year. The park will help improve health and wellbeing; increase community connectivity and decrease social isolation; protect creek corridors, conservation areas and native flora and fauna; create jobs and increase climate change resilience. The community can also have their say on draft plans for new regional parks at Clyde and Kororoit Creek. The Suburban Parks Program is creating more than 6,500 hectares of new and upgraded parks, tracks and open space, aiming to provide more opportunities for Melburnians to exercise and connect with nature and their community. For more information and to have your say, please go to https://engage.vic.gov.au/parks. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment in large regional parks in Melbourne’s west will provide our growing communities with more accessible, green and open space where we can connect with nature, exercise, socialise and learn about and protect the important natural and cultural values of park.” “We’re creating these new parks for our community to enjoy for generations to come, so we want you to tell us if we’ve got the vision and priorities right before we move to the next stage for these exciting regional parks.”

BIG PLANS FOR NEW REGIONAL PARK IN WERRIBEE

The community is invited to have their say on the draft Strategic Directions plan for the new Werribee Township Regional Park. The plans set the long-term vision and priorities for the park, which is one of the parks brought to life as part of the Victorian Government’s $315 million Suburban Parks Program. Community members are invited to share their feedback on the draft plan for the new Werribee Township Regional Park from 9 April to 15 May through surveys available on Engage Victoria, participating in an online session or by speaking to the Parks Victoria team when they pop-up around the community during March and April. The new Werribee Township Regional Park will be a 340-hectare park located in Tarneit and Wyndham Vale, sitting on both Wadawurrung and Bunurong Country. The plans propose facilities including picnic and BBQ areas, public toilets, a network of walking trails, nature play facilities, large gathering spaces, a canoe launch, café and opportunities for bird watching and community education activities. The park’s natural setting will enable the surrounding communities to step out of the urban landscape and connect with nature and will provide opportunities for active recreation, socialisation, education and connection to waterways. The park will also nurture and enhance a diverse ecosystem of wetland and waterways as a great habitat for the endangered Growling Grass Frog and unique birdlife. The Strategic Directions Plans for the park has been developed using feedback and ideas received during community consultation in 2021. The draft Werribee Township Regional Park plan will be finalised using input from the community during this consultation period and released later this year. The park will help improve health and wellbeing; increase community connectivity and decrease social isolation; protect creek corridors, conservation areas and native flora and fauna; create jobs and increase climate change resilience. The community can also have their say on draft plans for new regional parks at Clyde and Kororoit Creek. The Suburban Parks Program is creating more than 6,500 hectares of new and upgraded parks, tracks and open space, aiming to provide more opportunities for Melburnians to exercise and connect with nature and their community. For more information and to have your say, please go to https://engage.vic.gov.au/parks. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This investment in large regional parks in Melbourne’s west will provide our growing communities with more accessible, green and open space where we can connect with nature, exercise, socialise and learn about and protect the important natural and cultural values of park.” “We’re creating these new parks for our community to enjoy for generations to come, so we want you to tell us if we’ve got the vision and priorities right before we move to the next stage for these exciting regional parks.”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR THOMAS CHIRNSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Werribee students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Thomas Chirnside Primary School. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced works are now complete on Thomas Chirnside Primary School’s project to deliver an upgrade to the senior playground. The Labor Government provided $66,120 for the project through the 2020 Minor Capital Works Fund.   In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. More than 300 Victorian government schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families can now enjoy great new facilities at Thomas Chirnside Primary School.”

UPGRADED FACILITIES FOR THOMAS CHIRNSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE

Werribee students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Thomas Chirnside Primary School. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced works are now complete on Thomas Chirnside Primary School’s project to deliver an upgrade to the senior playground. The Labor Government provided $66,120 for the project through the 2020 Minor Capital Works Fund.   In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, this fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs. The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools. More than 300 Victorian government schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria’s school building boom is all about making sure our kids have the classrooms – and the bright futures – they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Local families can now enjoy great new facilities at Thomas Chirnside Primary School.”