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HONOURING WERRIBEE’S CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS

Nominations honouring Werribee’s dedicated individuals and teams who work to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable children are now open. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today called for nominations for the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards, which recognise excellence in service across the child protection and community sectors and celebrate the work done in child, youth and family services across Victoria. Dedicated individuals and teams provide a range of vital expert services, offering their homes as foster and kinship carers, providing education support to kids and providing leadership in child protection policy. For the first time, the awards will include a Minister’s Award for Innovative Care, recognising a carer who has found new ways to improve the lives of children or young people. The award categories are: Robin Clark Leadership Award Robin Clark Making a Difference Award Carer Award Education Initiative Award Excellence in Child Protection Award (DHHS staff) Chief Practitioner’s Award (DHHS staff) CREATE Award NAPCAN Play Your Part Award - Victoria The Modelling a Generous Community Award The Walda Blow Award Minister’s Award for Innovative Care   Nominations close on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 and winners will be announced at the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards ceremony held on 6 September as part of Child Protection Week in Victoria. The awards are named in honour of the memory of the visionary Robin Dennis Clark (1936-2001) who greatly influenced child and family related policy and practice in Victoria. In the past year more than 200 new child protection workers have been hired as part of the Andrews Labor Government investment in our state's child protection system. For further information or to nominate visit: http://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/childprotectionweek Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “It’s time to honour <location’s> dedicated child protection workforce and selfless carers for the critical work that they do.” “Every child and young person has a fundamental right to grow up feeling safe and loved. The Robin Clark Memorial Awards recognise those who work tirelessly to uphold this right for all Victorian kids.” “If you know an individual or team from <location> who is passionate about keeping children safe from harm and neglect, nominate them so their excellent work can be recognised.”

HONOURING WERRIBEE’S CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS

Nominations honouring Werribee’s dedicated individuals and teams who work to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable children are now open. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today called for nominations for the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards, which recognise excellence in service across the child protection and community sectors and celebrate the work done in child, youth and family services across Victoria. Dedicated individuals and teams provide a range of vital expert services, offering their homes as foster and kinship carers, providing education support to kids and providing leadership in child protection policy. For the first time, the awards will include a Minister’s Award for Innovative Care, recognising a carer who has found new ways to improve the lives of children or young people. The award categories are: Robin Clark Leadership Award Robin Clark Making a Difference Award Carer Award Education Initiative Award Excellence in Child Protection Award (DHHS staff) Chief Practitioner’s Award (DHHS staff) CREATE Award NAPCAN Play Your Part Award - Victoria The Modelling a Generous Community Award The Walda Blow Award Minister’s Award for Innovative Care   Nominations close on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 and winners will be announced at the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards ceremony held on 6 September as part of Child Protection Week in Victoria. The awards are named in honour of the memory of the visionary Robin Dennis Clark (1936-2001) who greatly influenced child and family related policy and practice in Victoria. In the past year more than 200 new child protection workers have been hired as part of the Andrews Labor Government investment in our state's child protection system. For further information or to nominate visit: http://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/childprotectionweek Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “It’s time to honour <location’s> dedicated child protection workforce and selfless carers for the critical work that they do.” “Every child and young person has a fundamental right to grow up feeling safe and loved. The Robin Clark Memorial Awards recognise those who work tirelessly to uphold this right for all Victorian kids.” “If you know an individual or team from <location> who is passionate about keeping children safe from harm and neglect, nominate them so their excellent work can be recognised.”

EXTRA SUPPORT FOR WERRIBEE EARLY SCHOOL LEAVERS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting locals in Werribee to access formal training, with a funding boost of $330,000 for the Wyndham Community and Education Centre. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included $20 million for the Reconnect Program to support young people who left school early or who are long-term unemployed to prepare for training and work. The Centre will use its funding to partner with a number of other organisations in the region who have experience working with indigenous, refugee, disabled and culturally diverse young people. The program will help support disengaged and vulnerable early school leavers to reengage with training and will eventually help them move into employment. The Wyndham Community and Education Centre will also support early school leavers in Laverton and Williamstown. The Labor Government is addressing disadvantage and promoting equity, helping those who have left school early or are long term unemployed to reconnect with training. The number of early school leavers in the Wyndham area not in the labour force, employment or training currently sits at the state average of 5.5 per cent, down from a high of 9.2 per cent in 2014 under the Liberals. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a big win for Wyndham locals. I’m sure the Wyndham Community and Education Centre will build on the good work they’re already doing supporting early school leavers.” “This money will help break down the barriers stopping early school leavers in our local community from accessing training.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “Often young people lack the confidence and skills to get into formal training, and  this extra funding will make sure there is support in place so vulnerable young people can improve their lives.”  

EXTRA SUPPORT FOR WERRIBEE EARLY SCHOOL LEAVERS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting locals in Werribee to access formal training, with a funding boost of $330,000 for the Wyndham Community and Education Centre. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included $20 million for the Reconnect Program to support young people who left school early or who are long-term unemployed to prepare for training and work. The Centre will use its funding to partner with a number of other organisations in the region who have experience working with indigenous, refugee, disabled and culturally diverse young people. The program will help support disengaged and vulnerable early school leavers to reengage with training and will eventually help them move into employment. The Wyndham Community and Education Centre will also support early school leavers in Laverton and Williamstown. The Labor Government is addressing disadvantage and promoting equity, helping those who have left school early or are long term unemployed to reconnect with training. The number of early school leavers in the Wyndham area not in the labour force, employment or training currently sits at the state average of 5.5 per cent, down from a high of 9.2 per cent in 2014 under the Liberals. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “This is a big win for Wyndham locals. I’m sure the Wyndham Community and Education Centre will build on the good work they’re already doing supporting early school leavers.” “This money will help break down the barriers stopping early school leavers in our local community from accessing training.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert “Often young people lack the confidence and skills to get into formal training, and  this extra funding will make sure there is support in place so vulnerable young people can improve their lives.”  

RECRUIT SMARTER: A BETTER WAY TO DO BUSINESS

In an Australian first, the Andrews Labor Government will run a pilot program to create a fairer playing field for those applying for work, ensuring they get the best opportunities regardless of their background. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today welcomed the program, which aims to counter any potential bias during recruitment and ensure employers get the best people for the job to improve their bottom line. The 18-month pilot will assess which personal details – including name, gender, age and location – should be de-identified during the application process. The pilot will be implemented in partnership with government agencies and the private sector – including the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Treasury and Finance, WorkSafe, Victoria Police, Australia Post, Westpac, the Transport Accident Commission and VicRoads. Hiring bias, including unconscious bias, can unfairly deny many Victorians from receiving the same opportunities as colleagues of a different gender, culture and age. Over the next three months, a group of public and private sector representatives led by the Department of Premier and Cabinet will: develop an implementation plan to scope and define the pilot identify training requirements and other materials develop an evaluation tool to assess the outcomes of the pilot Research conducted by the Australian National University shows people from culturally diverse backgrounds with equivalent qualifications and experience often have to submit many more applications before they are offered an interview. Diversity Council of Australia research also highlights the economic benefits of cultural diversity in the workplace, leading to greater productivity and innovation. Higher executive and board diversity in companies produced equity returns that were 53% higher and gross earnings that were 14% higher than those with low levels of diversity. The Andrews Labor Government will allocate $200,000 to NGOs and the private sector to provide training to address hiring biases. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Every Victorian deserves the same opportunity – regardless of their name, age, gender, background or location.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “I believe in an Australia where it isn't your age, background, postcode, gender or the wealth of your parents that determines your chance for a fair go” “This initiative is the first of its kind in Australia, and an important step towards equality of opportunity in our workforce.” “We want employers from across the public and private sector to sign up to creating a level playing field for all Victorians.”   The initiative, and others aimed at reducing hiring bias across the state, will be developed in partnership with both the public and private sectors and includes: Australian Industry Group Australia Post Ambulance Victoria Australian Workers Union Centre for Ethical Leadership Community and Public Sector Union Deloitte Department of Premier and Cabinet Department of Treasury and Finance DOW Chemical Ernst & Young Hall & Wilcox Law Institute of Victoria Municipal Association of Victoria PriceWaterhouseCoopers Publicis Australia Recruitment and Consultancy Services Association The Shannon Company Transport Accident Commission University of Melbourne University United Energy and Multinet Gas Victoria Police VicRoads Victorian Public Sector Commission Victorian Trades Hall Victorian Public Sector Commission Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Westpac WorkSafe    

RECRUIT SMARTER: A BETTER WAY TO DO BUSINESS

In an Australian first, the Andrews Labor Government will run a pilot program to create a fairer playing field for those applying for work, ensuring they get the best opportunities regardless of their background. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas today welcomed the program, which aims to counter any potential bias during recruitment and ensure employers get the best people for the job to improve their bottom line. The 18-month pilot will assess which personal details – including name, gender, age and location – should be de-identified during the application process. The pilot will be implemented in partnership with government agencies and the private sector – including the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Treasury and Finance, WorkSafe, Victoria Police, Australia Post, Westpac, the Transport Accident Commission and VicRoads. Hiring bias, including unconscious bias, can unfairly deny many Victorians from receiving the same opportunities as colleagues of a different gender, culture and age. Over the next three months, a group of public and private sector representatives led by the Department of Premier and Cabinet will: develop an implementation plan to scope and define the pilot identify training requirements and other materials develop an evaluation tool to assess the outcomes of the pilot Research conducted by the Australian National University shows people from culturally diverse backgrounds with equivalent qualifications and experience often have to submit many more applications before they are offered an interview. Diversity Council of Australia research also highlights the economic benefits of cultural diversity in the workplace, leading to greater productivity and innovation. Higher executive and board diversity in companies produced equity returns that were 53% higher and gross earnings that were 14% higher than those with low levels of diversity. The Andrews Labor Government will allocate $200,000 to NGOs and the private sector to provide training to address hiring biases. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Every Victorian deserves the same opportunity – regardless of their name, age, gender, background or location.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott “I believe in an Australia where it isn't your age, background, postcode, gender or the wealth of your parents that determines your chance for a fair go” “This initiative is the first of its kind in Australia, and an important step towards equality of opportunity in our workforce.” “We want employers from across the public and private sector to sign up to creating a level playing field for all Victorians.”   The initiative, and others aimed at reducing hiring bias across the state, will be developed in partnership with both the public and private sectors and includes: Australian Industry Group Australia Post Ambulance Victoria Australian Workers Union Centre for Ethical Leadership Community and Public Sector Union Deloitte Department of Premier and Cabinet Department of Treasury and Finance DOW Chemical Ernst & Young Hall & Wilcox Law Institute of Victoria Municipal Association of Victoria PriceWaterhouseCoopers Publicis Australia Recruitment and Consultancy Services Association The Shannon Company Transport Accident Commission University of Melbourne University United Energy and Multinet Gas Victoria Police VicRoads Victorian Public Sector Commission Victorian Trades Hall Victorian Public Sector Commission Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Westpac WorkSafe    

IRAMOO PRIMARY GETTING IN TUNE WITH NEW MUSIC EQUIPMENT

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Iramoo Primary School will receive funding to purchase new musical equipment. Grants of up to $5000 have been awarded to 43 Victorian schools under Round One of the Musical Instrument Grants program. Iramoo Primary School has a well developed Performing Arts program and is now involved in the Department of Education & Training’s ‘Musical Futures’ program. This grant will help to fund the electronic equipment for Musical Futures including electric drum kits and bass guitars and mixers. The school plans to repair, replace and upgrade their existing stock of keyboards, guitars and ukuleles and subsidise the cost of recorders for Grade 3 students so that they each can have their own. Across Victoria, instruments can now be purchased with the grants. These instruments include 24 pianos and keyboards, 34 guitars, 14 drum kits, 13 ukuleles, 8 amplifiers, 7 xylophones, 6 glockenspiels and a range of classical instruments including two flutes, a violin, a cello, a trumpet and a trombone. They will also be used to buy African, Koorie, and Tibetan instruments as well as up-to-date electronic music equipment including 8 amplifiers, 3 PA systems, 5 mixers, speakers, iPads and computer software. The grants are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools election commitment, which will also provide professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools without strong, school wide programs can establish quality music programs. The second round of grants will be available in 2017. Research shows that music study is good for brain development as well improving reasoning ability, communication skills and attention levels. The scheme contributes toward meeting the Education State target of more students reaching the highest levels of achievements in the arts. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Research shows exposure to music education results in better grades, better results and better attendance.” “That’s why on top of providing more than 270 instruments to schools that need them we are bringing music lessons to every Victorian school so no child misses out.” “I hope students have fun making music with these new instruments and that some of them go on to become part of our State’s bright, creative future.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We’re building the Education State right here in Wyndham! This grant will ensure that students of Iramoo will be more engaged at school as they now have the tools to develop their musical skills.”  

IRAMOO PRIMARY GETTING IN TUNE WITH NEW MUSIC EQUIPMENT

Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced Iramoo Primary School will receive funding to purchase new musical equipment. Grants of up to $5000 have been awarded to 43 Victorian schools under Round One of the Musical Instrument Grants program. Iramoo Primary School has a well developed Performing Arts program and is now involved in the Department of Education & Training’s ‘Musical Futures’ program. This grant will help to fund the electronic equipment for Musical Futures including electric drum kits and bass guitars and mixers. The school plans to repair, replace and upgrade their existing stock of keyboards, guitars and ukuleles and subsidise the cost of recorders for Grade 3 students so that they each can have their own. Across Victoria, instruments can now be purchased with the grants. These instruments include 24 pianos and keyboards, 34 guitars, 14 drum kits, 13 ukuleles, 8 amplifiers, 7 xylophones, 6 glockenspiels and a range of classical instruments including two flutes, a violin, a cello, a trumpet and a trombone. They will also be used to buy African, Koorie, and Tibetan instruments as well as up-to-date electronic music equipment including 8 amplifiers, 3 PA systems, 5 mixers, speakers, iPads and computer software. The grants are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools election commitment, which will also provide professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools without strong, school wide programs can establish quality music programs. The second round of grants will be available in 2017. Research shows that music study is good for brain development as well improving reasoning ability, communication skills and attention levels. The scheme contributes toward meeting the Education State target of more students reaching the highest levels of achievements in the arts. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Research shows exposure to music education results in better grades, better results and better attendance.” “That’s why on top of providing more than 270 instruments to schools that need them we are bringing music lessons to every Victorian school so no child misses out.” “I hope students have fun making music with these new instruments and that some of them go on to become part of our State’s bright, creative future.”   Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “We’re building the Education State right here in Wyndham! This grant will ensure that students of Iramoo will be more engaged at school as they now have the tools to develop their musical skills.”  

 

NEW SERVICE TO HELP WESTERN MELBOURNE STUDENTS STAY ON TRACK

A new pilot to help at-risk students stay in school gets underway in the western suburbs of Melbourne today. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas and Member for Tarneit, Telmo Languiller today announced the organisations that will run the Western Melbourne pilot. Lead by Anglicare Victoria, the program will partner with Brotherhood of St Laurence. It will also work collaboratively with local schools and other support services. The Navigator program will provide assistance to disengaged students in the western suburbs of Melbourne, helping them to re-engage with education and training through regular contact and ongoing support. The Western Melbourne Navigator pilot program will cover the Wyndham, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley and Melbourne local government areas. The program will help meet the Education State target to halve the proportion of students leaving school early from years 9 to 12 over the next 10 years. Navigator is part of a suite of Andrews Labor Government services aimed at helping more Victorian students stay engaged in education and training, including; The $7.9 million re-designed School Focused Youth Service, to help schools to engage 10-18 year olds at risk of leaving school, The $14 million Reconnect: Engagement and Learning Support Program, to support selected Registered Training Organisations to help disengaged 15-24 year olds move in to further education, training or employment, The $13.2 million Lookout Education Support Centres to help around 6000 vulnerable children and young people in out-of-home care achieve their potential in education and training. Pilots are also being launched today in Mallee, Hume Moreland, Southern Melbourne, Bayside Peninsula, Ovens Murray, Goulburn and Central Highlands. The Navigator pilots will be independently evaluated and will build on our understanding about how to re-engage young people. The evaluation will then inform future initiatives across the whole of Victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas  “We need to do everything we can to help young people re-engage with education and training. It’s the best thing for them – and it’s the best thing for our community too.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Telmo Languiller “These are kids who have slipped through the cracks. Navigator will help give them the support they need so they can get the education they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy    “Not only will this help local students, the Navigator pilot will help us identify the best way to keep students engaged at school – a lesson that can be shared across the entire state.”    

NEW SERVICE TO HELP WESTERN MELBOURNE STUDENTS STAY ON TRACK

A new pilot to help at-risk students stay in school gets underway in the western suburbs of Melbourne today. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas and Member for Tarneit, Telmo Languiller today announced the organisations that will run the Western Melbourne pilot. Lead by Anglicare Victoria, the program will partner with Brotherhood of St Laurence. It will also work collaboratively with local schools and other support services. The Navigator program will provide assistance to disengaged students in the western suburbs of Melbourne, helping them to re-engage with education and training through regular contact and ongoing support. The Western Melbourne Navigator pilot program will cover the Wyndham, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley and Melbourne local government areas. The program will help meet the Education State target to halve the proportion of students leaving school early from years 9 to 12 over the next 10 years. Navigator is part of a suite of Andrews Labor Government services aimed at helping more Victorian students stay engaged in education and training, including; The $7.9 million re-designed School Focused Youth Service, to help schools to engage 10-18 year olds at risk of leaving school, The $14 million Reconnect: Engagement and Learning Support Program, to support selected Registered Training Organisations to help disengaged 15-24 year olds move in to further education, training or employment, The $13.2 million Lookout Education Support Centres to help around 6000 vulnerable children and young people in out-of-home care achieve their potential in education and training. Pilots are also being launched today in Mallee, Hume Moreland, Southern Melbourne, Bayside Peninsula, Ovens Murray, Goulburn and Central Highlands. The Navigator pilots will be independently evaluated and will build on our understanding about how to re-engage young people. The evaluation will then inform future initiatives across the whole of Victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas  “We need to do everything we can to help young people re-engage with education and training. It’s the best thing for them – and it’s the best thing for our community too.” Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Telmo Languiller “These are kids who have slipped through the cracks. Navigator will help give them the support they need so they can get the education they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy    “Not only will this help local students, the Navigator pilot will help us identify the best way to keep students engaged at school – a lesson that can be shared across the entire state.”    

EDUCATION WEEK: ROBOTS, VIDEO GAMES AND 3D PRINTERS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

Students from across Werribee will get their hands on 3D printers, Oculus virtual reality devices and iPad-driven robots, as part of this year’s Education Week. Over the next week Werribee schools will also open their doors to the local community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential. Technology is the focus of Education Week this year, with events in schools across Victoria, including: Maker Events, featuring hands-on workshops focusing on technology like robots, 3D printers, wearable technology, video games, drones and electronic building blocks called ‘little bits’ Cinema classroom sessions at ACMI, where students can learn about the design and production of games, animation and live-action films The chance for students to experience a day in the life of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in a life-sized plane simulator, complete with medical equipment and lessons on how to land a plane and rescue a patient.   The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student has the opportunity of a great education, no matter their circumstances or location. Technology has an important role to play in the Education State, ensuring students are well-rounded, critical thinkers and able to use the technology of the future. Further support for the Education State was included in this year’s budget, with an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million for capital works and an extra $200 million for maintenance. Education Week is now in its 72nd year and runs from 15-21 May. More information and details on getting involved are available online, www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Our world is changing and we want to ensure students from Werribee have the knowledge they need.” “Education Week is a chance for our kids to play with and learn about next generation technology.” “Now in its 72nd year, Education Week is a great opportunity to acknowledge the work of our teachers and principals, and to showcase the great success of students.”

EDUCATION WEEK: ROBOTS, VIDEO GAMES AND 3D PRINTERS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

Students from across Werribee will get their hands on 3D printers, Oculus virtual reality devices and iPad-driven robots, as part of this year’s Education Week. Over the next week Werribee schools will also open their doors to the local community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential. Technology is the focus of Education Week this year, with events in schools across Victoria, including: Maker Events, featuring hands-on workshops focusing on technology like robots, 3D printers, wearable technology, video games, drones and electronic building blocks called ‘little bits’ Cinema classroom sessions at ACMI, where students can learn about the design and production of games, animation and live-action films The chance for students to experience a day in the life of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in a life-sized plane simulator, complete with medical equipment and lessons on how to land a plane and rescue a patient.   The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student has the opportunity of a great education, no matter their circumstances or location. Technology has an important role to play in the Education State, ensuring students are well-rounded, critical thinkers and able to use the technology of the future. Further support for the Education State was included in this year’s budget, with an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a record $924 million for capital works and an extra $200 million for maintenance. Education Week is now in its 72nd year and runs from 15-21 May. More information and details on getting involved are available online, www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas “Our world is changing and we want to ensure students from Werribee have the knowledge they need.” “Education Week is a chance for our kids to play with and learn about next generation technology.” “Now in its 72nd year, Education Week is a great opportunity to acknowledge the work of our teachers and principals, and to showcase the great success of students.”

TURNBULL IS WALKING AWAY FROM WERRIBEE SCHOOLS

Tuesday night’s Federal Budget was a bitter pill to swallow for Werribee students and their families. The Department of Education has undertaken an analysis to outline the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to education announced in this Budget, including its shameful decision to walk away from the Gonski Agreement. The analysis shows Victorian schools will be almost $1 billion worse off in 2018 and 2019, and every single year beyond that. Victorians won’t be fooled: a slight increase to indexation with absolutely no additional needs based funding is a broken promise. The measly amount of money put on the table for schools also has strings attached, with conditions like performance pay for teachers that the Andrews Labor Government will not support – because evidence shows it simply does not work. In addition they have also cut funding to school chaplains, 4 year-old kinder and made further cuts to skills and training. The analysis has broken down the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to individual Werribee schools, for example: Manor Lakes P-12 College– up to $2.4 million worse off Warringa Park School up to $2 million worse off Werribee Secondary College up to $1.3 million worse off Wyndham Central Secondary College up to $1.3 million worse off Iramoo Primary School – up to $900,000 worse off Westgrove Primary School – up to $800,000 worse off Suzanne Cory High School– up to $700,000 worse off Werribee Primary School– up to $600,000 worse off Wyndham Park Primary School – up to $600,000 worse off Manorvale Primary School – up to $400,000 worse off Thomas Chirnside Primary School – up to $400,000 worse off Woodville Primary School – up to $400,000 worse off Wyndham Vale Primary School– up to $200,000 worse off   Little River Primary School – up to $100,000 worse off It doesn’t matter which way the Liberal Party tries to spin it, there can be no innovation without a strong school system. Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party are short-changing Werribee students by walking away from Gonski.

TURNBULL IS WALKING AWAY FROM WERRIBEE SCHOOLS

Tuesday night’s Federal Budget was a bitter pill to swallow for Werribee students and their families. The Department of Education has undertaken an analysis to outline the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to education announced in this Budget, including its shameful decision to walk away from the Gonski Agreement. The analysis shows Victorian schools will be almost $1 billion worse off in 2018 and 2019, and every single year beyond that. Victorians won’t be fooled: a slight increase to indexation with absolutely no additional needs based funding is a broken promise. The measly amount of money put on the table for schools also has strings attached, with conditions like performance pay for teachers that the Andrews Labor Government will not support – because evidence shows it simply does not work. In addition they have also cut funding to school chaplains, 4 year-old kinder and made further cuts to skills and training. The analysis has broken down the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to individual Werribee schools, for example: Manor Lakes P-12 College– up to $2.4 million worse off Warringa Park School up to $2 million worse off Werribee Secondary College up to $1.3 million worse off Wyndham Central Secondary College up to $1.3 million worse off Iramoo Primary School – up to $900,000 worse off Westgrove Primary School – up to $800,000 worse off Suzanne Cory High School– up to $700,000 worse off Werribee Primary School– up to $600,000 worse off Wyndham Park Primary School – up to $600,000 worse off Manorvale Primary School – up to $400,000 worse off Thomas Chirnside Primary School – up to $400,000 worse off Woodville Primary School – up to $400,000 worse off Wyndham Vale Primary School– up to $200,000 worse off   Little River Primary School – up to $100,000 worse off It doesn’t matter which way the Liberal Party tries to spin it, there can be no innovation without a strong school system. Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party are short-changing Werribee students by walking away from Gonski.

HELPING DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE FIND WORK AND STAY EMPLOYED

The Andrews Labor Government today launched the Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN), which will help disadvantaged Victorians find meaningful work and stay employed. Round one of JVEN will provide $25 million worth of grants to specialist employment providers, to help them connect disadvantaged jobseekers with job opportunities and support them once they are employed. It will target groups that traditionally face the most complex barriers to employment and are not well-serviced by the Commonwealth system. These groups include refugees, retrenched workers, the long-term unemployed, disengaged young people, people with disabilities, public housing tenants and Aboriginal Victorians. Assistance tailored to the particular needs of each jobseeker, preparing them for work and supporting them once they have a job, to address personal or work-related challenges that affect their employment. Applications through round one of the program will open on 4 May 2016, with projects to begin this year. For program guidelines, eligibility criteria, and how to apply, visit www.business.vic.gov.au/jobsvictoria. JVEN is a key initiative of the newly established Jobs Victoria, funded with $53 million in last week’s Victorian Budget 2016/17. Jobs Victoria will provide targeted support services for people looking for work and employers looking for workers, and will consolidate all Victorian employment services into one system. The Victorian Budget also includes $12.4 billion in job-creating infrastructure, $116 million to establish 10 new Tech Schools and continued investment in our TAFE system, to give young people the skills they need for the job they want. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas  “Jobs Victoria Employment Network will give disadvantaged people in Werribee and across Victoria a helping hand to get a foot in the door.” “It will provide  vulnerable jobseekers the opportunities they need to find a job and the support they need to keep it.” “I encourage employment providers in Werribee to visit the website, find out more and get involved.” “The Andrews Labor Government is giving young workers a head start, disadvantaged workers a fresh start, getting Victoria back to work.”

HELPING DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE FIND WORK AND STAY EMPLOYED

The Andrews Labor Government today launched the Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN), which will help disadvantaged Victorians find meaningful work and stay employed. Round one of JVEN will provide $25 million worth of grants to specialist employment providers, to help them connect disadvantaged jobseekers with job opportunities and support them once they are employed. It will target groups that traditionally face the most complex barriers to employment and are not well-serviced by the Commonwealth system. These groups include refugees, retrenched workers, the long-term unemployed, disengaged young people, people with disabilities, public housing tenants and Aboriginal Victorians. Assistance tailored to the particular needs of each jobseeker, preparing them for work and supporting them once they have a job, to address personal or work-related challenges that affect their employment. Applications through round one of the program will open on 4 May 2016, with projects to begin this year. For program guidelines, eligibility criteria, and how to apply, visit www.business.vic.gov.au/jobsvictoria. JVEN is a key initiative of the newly established Jobs Victoria, funded with $53 million in last week’s Victorian Budget 2016/17. Jobs Victoria will provide targeted support services for people looking for work and employers looking for workers, and will consolidate all Victorian employment services into one system. The Victorian Budget also includes $12.4 billion in job-creating infrastructure, $116 million to establish 10 new Tech Schools and continued investment in our TAFE system, to give young people the skills they need for the job they want. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas  “Jobs Victoria Employment Network will give disadvantaged people in Werribee and across Victoria a helping hand to get a foot in the door.” “It will provide  vulnerable jobseekers the opportunities they need to find a job and the support they need to keep it.” “I encourage employment providers in Werribee to visit the website, find out more and get involved.” “The Andrews Labor Government is giving young workers a head start, disadvantaged workers a fresh start, getting Victoria back to work.”