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Serving Up More Hospitality Jobs In Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is serving up more jobs supporting hospitality venues and tourism in regional Victoria. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford today announced a $6 million initiative which will provide 240 jobseekers with hospitality and tourism traineeships to help address workforce shortages across the state. Trainees will receive 12-months of secure employment, undertaking placements across regional businesses, while completing a Certificate III in Hospitality or Tourism. To attract staff, trainees will be paid a wage supplement up to $10,000 above the relevant industry award over the 12-month period. They will also receive one-on-one mentoring in the lead up to the traineeship and while on the job. Roles will be prioritised for women over 45, people under 25, Aboriginal Victorians and people who are long-term unemployed. The initiative will roll out across regional Victoria with a focus on the hospitality and tourism centres of the South Coast, Geelong, Colac, Ballarat, Bendigo, Echuca, Mildura and Gippsland between now and mid-2023. The program is supported by the $250 million Jobs Victoria Fund, which is creating 10,000 steady and secure jobs for those most impacted by the pandemic. People looking for work can register for the Jobs Victoria Online Hub and explore a range of other free employment support services on offer by visiting www.jobs.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “We work closely with these sectors and know this is their most pressing challenge - that's why we are taking these practical steps to ensure they are supported to succeed.” Quote attributable to Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney “Hospitality staff are in short supply, and it is a wonderful career choice – that’s why we’re backing more people with the skills they need to work in industries Victoria is famous for.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This will help fill critical roles in the hospitality and tourism industry in Ballarat and throughout the Central Highlands.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “We’re investing in this initiative because it creates jobs where they are needed and supports local businesses.”

Serving Up More Hospitality Jobs In Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is serving up more jobs supporting hospitality venues and tourism in regional Victoria. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford today announced a $6 million initiative which will provide 240 jobseekers with hospitality and tourism traineeships to help address workforce shortages across the state. Trainees will receive 12-months of secure employment, undertaking placements across regional businesses, while completing a Certificate III in Hospitality or Tourism. To attract staff, trainees will be paid a wage supplement up to $10,000 above the relevant industry award over the 12-month period. They will also receive one-on-one mentoring in the lead up to the traineeship and while on the job. Roles will be prioritised for women over 45, people under 25, Aboriginal Victorians and people who are long-term unemployed. The initiative will roll out across regional Victoria with a focus on the hospitality and tourism centres of the South Coast, Geelong, Colac, Ballarat, Bendigo, Echuca, Mildura and Gippsland between now and mid-2023. The program is supported by the $250 million Jobs Victoria Fund, which is creating 10,000 steady and secure jobs for those most impacted by the pandemic. People looking for work can register for the Jobs Victoria Online Hub and explore a range of other free employment support services on offer by visiting www.jobs.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “We work closely with these sectors and know this is their most pressing challenge - that's why we are taking these practical steps to ensure they are supported to succeed.” Quote attributable to Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney “Hospitality staff are in short supply, and it is a wonderful career choice – that’s why we’re backing more people with the skills they need to work in industries Victoria is famous for.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This will help fill critical roles in the hospitality and tourism industry in Ballarat and throughout the Central Highlands.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “We’re investing in this initiative because it creates jobs where they are needed and supports local businesses.”

Putting Patients First in Lowan

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Lowan. 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. This Budget invests in regional health – because regional Victorians deserve the same level of care as people in Melbourne. At the centre of the plan is a $300m injection to upgrade regional hospitals and healthcare facilities in every corner of our state, the largest Regional Health and Infrastructure Fund boost since it was created by the Andrews Labor Government. From operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, to life saving medical equipment. We’re also providing $9 million to regional women’s health services and a further $11.5 million to deliver group parenting sessions to support families with children struggling with their mental health. Because no matter where you live, every Victorian and their family deserves great healthcare. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Lowan get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. 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. Every parent worries whether their child will be ready for school – but with an extra year of kinder, and all the learning and play that brings – we’ll make sure they are. Under the Andrews Labor Government, every Victorian child can get a good quality early education in the early years that prepares them for a strong and successful future, with up to 15 hours of free three-year-old kinder. We also know not every kid has the same access to books and toys as everyone else, so every child starting kinder will receive a brand new, free, locally made Kinder Kit with new books and toys - so they can keep learning at home.  We’re also supporting the development of Victoria’s agricultural industry with $12 million for a new alternative proteins glasshouse complex and incubation hub at the Horsham Grains Innovation Park, helping this world-class research facility to expand its vital work conserving grains and accelerate the delivery of new and improved crop varieties to Australian farmers.  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 Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “The Labor Government is getting on with delivering hospital infrastructure upgrades and more healthcare workers, so Victorians can access the care and services they need and our hardworking healthcare workers are supported to do what they do best – keep local families healthy and save lives.” “The Horsham Grains Innovation Park is a vital part of our state’s agricultural industry.  This investment will help modernise the Victorian grains sector, develop new and more climate-resilient crop innovations for our farmers and provide better food and more choices for every Victorian.”

Putting Patients First in Lowan

The Andrews Labor Government is putting patients first in Lowan. 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. This Budget invests in regional health – because regional Victorians deserve the same level of care as people in Melbourne. At the centre of the plan is a $300m injection to upgrade regional hospitals and healthcare facilities in every corner of our state, the largest Regional Health and Infrastructure Fund boost since it was created by the Andrews Labor Government. From operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, to life saving medical equipment. We’re also providing $9 million to regional women’s health services and a further $11.5 million to deliver group parenting sessions to support families with children struggling with their mental health. Because no matter where you live, every Victorian and their family deserves great healthcare. As we roll-out our Pandemic Repair Plan to make sure people in Lowan get the care they deserve, we're also getting on with delivering the schools, roads and public transport services they rely on. 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. Every parent worries whether their child will be ready for school – but with an extra year of kinder, and all the learning and play that brings – we’ll make sure they are. Under the Andrews Labor Government, every Victorian child can get a good quality early education in the early years that prepares them for a strong and successful future, with up to 15 hours of free three-year-old kinder. We also know not every kid has the same access to books and toys as everyone else, so every child starting kinder will receive a brand new, free, locally made Kinder Kit with new books and toys - so they can keep learning at home.  We’re also supporting the development of Victoria’s agricultural industry with $12 million for a new alternative proteins glasshouse complex and incubation hub at the Horsham Grains Innovation Park, helping this world-class research facility to expand its vital work conserving grains and accelerate the delivery of new and improved crop varieties to Australian farmers.  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 Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “The Labor Government is getting on with delivering hospital infrastructure upgrades and more healthcare workers, so Victorians can access the care and services they need and our hardworking healthcare workers are supported to do what they do best – keep local families healthy and save lives.” “The Horsham Grains Innovation Park is a vital part of our state’s agricultural industry.  This investment will help modernise the Victorian grains sector, develop new and more climate-resilient crop innovations for our farmers and provide better food and more choices for every Victorian.”

Investing In More Businesses, More Jobs, More Research

The Andrews Labor Government is getting more Victorians into jobs, helping small and family businesses grow and expanding our state’s world-leading medical research. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest more than $52 million to create jobs, help small businesses and social enterprises grow, forge new frontiers in medical research and recognise the state’s brightest innovators. The Budget invests in the establishment of Moderna’s new mRNA vaccine manufacturing and research centre in Victoria, and provides support for local manufacturing of rapid antigen tests to secure critical supplies for the state and create more local jobs in our thriving medical technology sector. Thousands of small businesses across Victoria will have subsidised access to accounting, bookkeeping, tax and legal advice through the replenished $5 million Specialist Advice Pathways program. A further $10 million in funding over two years will support Skills Solutions Partnerships, a collaboration between the Labor Government, industry, TAFEs and dual sector universities to pilot new training approaches that address skills shortages in priority areas, including short courses and work placements. The $10 million Business Acceleration Fund will streamline applications and approvals, improve information flow and provide faster licensing at local and state levels, helping new and growing small businesses. The successful Partners in Wellbeing initiative will receive $2.9 million to keep providing free and confidential mental health and wellbeing support to small business owners and their employees, seven days a week. Social enterprises will receive $760,000 to drive more job opportunities for the Victorians who need them most, including women, young people, people with disability, Aboriginal people and people from multicultural backgrounds. We know the effects of the pandemic have been felt more harshly by some communities, so $2 million will go to research focusing on the health of Victorians living in low socio-economic areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and LGBTQI+ communities. New hope for children with incurable diseases is on the horizon, with $1 million to help the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute develop a business case to supercharge research for innovative cell therapies and to support its role in the new international Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine. To recognise talented Victorian innovators and encourage the next generation of talent, around $900,000 will reignite Victoria’s Innovation Awards, while up to 400 IT students and graduates will get a chance to kickstart their careers during the summer break with $2.5 million over two years for the SummerTech LIVE program. Victoria’s resources sector will go from strength to strength with funds to stimulate industry investment to create more regional jobs. This includes $7.4 million to search for and develop rare earths and minerals critical to manufacturing renewable energy components and a range of other advanced manufacturing sectors. A further $7.8 million will support strong regulation of Victoria’s gas resources as we reduce our reliance on natural gas and transition to more sustainable options. The Budget also sets aside $2 million to streamline minerals and extractives regulation, helping quarries provide affordable materials required for Victoria’s Big Build and other major infrastructure projects. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment, Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Small Business and Resources Jaala Pulford “This Budget is backing our small businesses and supporting people to work in the industries Victoria is famous for – because it’s good for jobs and it’s good for Victorians.” “We’re looking after the health of all Victorians by securing Moderna’s manufacturing facilities and investing in the best medical researchers and innovators.”

Investing In More Businesses, More Jobs, More Research

The Andrews Labor Government is getting more Victorians into jobs, helping small and family businesses grow and expanding our state’s world-leading medical research. The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest more than $52 million to create jobs, help small businesses and social enterprises grow, forge new frontiers in medical research and recognise the state’s brightest innovators. The Budget invests in the establishment of Moderna’s new mRNA vaccine manufacturing and research centre in Victoria, and provides support for local manufacturing of rapid antigen tests to secure critical supplies for the state and create more local jobs in our thriving medical technology sector. Thousands of small businesses across Victoria will have subsidised access to accounting, bookkeeping, tax and legal advice through the replenished $5 million Specialist Advice Pathways program. A further $10 million in funding over two years will support Skills Solutions Partnerships, a collaboration between the Labor Government, industry, TAFEs and dual sector universities to pilot new training approaches that address skills shortages in priority areas, including short courses and work placements. The $10 million Business Acceleration Fund will streamline applications and approvals, improve information flow and provide faster licensing at local and state levels, helping new and growing small businesses. The successful Partners in Wellbeing initiative will receive $2.9 million to keep providing free and confidential mental health and wellbeing support to small business owners and their employees, seven days a week. Social enterprises will receive $760,000 to drive more job opportunities for the Victorians who need them most, including women, young people, people with disability, Aboriginal people and people from multicultural backgrounds. We know the effects of the pandemic have been felt more harshly by some communities, so $2 million will go to research focusing on the health of Victorians living in low socio-economic areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and LGBTQI+ communities. New hope for children with incurable diseases is on the horizon, with $1 million to help the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute develop a business case to supercharge research for innovative cell therapies and to support its role in the new international Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine. To recognise talented Victorian innovators and encourage the next generation of talent, around $900,000 will reignite Victoria’s Innovation Awards, while up to 400 IT students and graduates will get a chance to kickstart their careers during the summer break with $2.5 million over two years for the SummerTech LIVE program. Victoria’s resources sector will go from strength to strength with funds to stimulate industry investment to create more regional jobs. This includes $7.4 million to search for and develop rare earths and minerals critical to manufacturing renewable energy components and a range of other advanced manufacturing sectors. A further $7.8 million will support strong regulation of Victoria’s gas resources as we reduce our reliance on natural gas and transition to more sustainable options. The Budget also sets aside $2 million to streamline minerals and extractives regulation, helping quarries provide affordable materials required for Victoria’s Big Build and other major infrastructure projects. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment, Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Small Business and Resources Jaala Pulford “This Budget is backing our small businesses and supporting people to work in the industries Victoria is famous for – because it’s good for jobs and it’s good for Victorians.” “We’re looking after the health of all Victorians by securing Moderna’s manufacturing facilities and investing in the best medical researchers and innovators.”

Major Upgrade for Wedderburn College

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Wedderburn College have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests $12.9 million to Wedderburn College, for a major upgrade and to modernise existing facilities at the school, including Block A and the Hall. Major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home. Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities.  Students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. Alongside upgrading mainstream schools like Wedderburn College, this Budget will upgrade 36 special schools. That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford  “We’re supporting every Victorian student to reach their full potential – no matter where they live.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Wedderburn College and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.” “We’re committed to upgrading schools, whether those upgrades are big or small, to make sure that every child can learn in the best possible environment.’ Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Building the Education State isn’t just about constructing new schools – we’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.”

Major Upgrade for Wedderburn College

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Wedderburn College have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 invests $12.9 million to Wedderburn College, for a major upgrade and to modernise existing facilities at the school, including Block A and the Hall. Major upgrades will be delivered at 29 mainstream schools – with funding provided to expand capacity to meet enrolment growth at an additional two established schools – making sure every Victorian family has access to the best learning facilities, close to home. Upgrades will deliver more space for schools in growing communities, improved learning spaces and sports facilities – giving students better educational outcomes in more modern facilities.  Students with special needs should receive the same opportunities as every other student in our state. Alongside upgrading mainstream schools like Wedderburn College, this Budget will upgrade 36 special schools. That means since the Labor Government was elected, every single special school in Victoria will have received funding for a major upgrade. In the past eight years, the Labor Government has invested $12.8 billion in building new schools and more than 1,850 school upgrades, creating around 17,400 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Government is well ahead of schedule in its work to deliver 100 new schools between 2019 and 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024. Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford  “We’re supporting every Victorian student to reach their full potential – no matter where they live.” “You can't get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom – this investment will go a long way towards improving the facilities for students at Wedderburn College and making their educational journey a modern and engaging one.” “We’re committed to upgrading schools, whether those upgrades are big or small, to make sure that every child can learn in the best possible environment.’ Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Building the Education State isn’t just about constructing new schools – we’re making sure every Victorian student has access to the best facilities at school, no matter where they live.”

 

More Trains More Often in Maryborough

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Maryborough residents and visitors more options to connect to Ballarat and Melbourne with an additional four weekend train services funded in the Victorian Budget 2022/23. The services will integrate with the daily coach services (via both Ballarat and Castlemaine) that also connect the town to Melbourne.  The additional weekend services will also stop at Creswick, Clunes and Talbot and will be scheduled at different times to the weekday services to take into account the different preferences of weekend users. As well as connecting passengers to Melbourne, the trains will provide better access to weekend shopping, restaurants, and entertainment in Ballarat without having to make the journey all the way to the city.  The upgrades are part of a $23 million investment through the Budget to deliver more trains, more often across the state, including more services for Waurn Ponds and longer trains for three Wyndham Vale services. The additional services are on top of the 170 extra services added in 2021 to regional Victoria, including 125 more trains every week on the Ballarat line. Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford  “I’m so excited to announce these extra weekends services for Maryborough, Clunes, Talbot and Creswick. They’ll make a massive difference for locals and visitors alike - whether you’re picking visitors up at the station or heading to Melbourne or Ballarat for the day, there will be more options.” “The local community has told us they want to see more train services to and from Maryborough and I’m delighted we’ve been able to deliver the extra weekend trains which will drive tourism and create jobs.” 

More Trains More Often in Maryborough

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Maryborough residents and visitors more options to connect to Ballarat and Melbourne with an additional four weekend train services funded in the Victorian Budget 2022/23. The services will integrate with the daily coach services (via both Ballarat and Castlemaine) that also connect the town to Melbourne.  The additional weekend services will also stop at Creswick, Clunes and Talbot and will be scheduled at different times to the weekday services to take into account the different preferences of weekend users. As well as connecting passengers to Melbourne, the trains will provide better access to weekend shopping, restaurants, and entertainment in Ballarat without having to make the journey all the way to the city.  The upgrades are part of a $23 million investment through the Budget to deliver more trains, more often across the state, including more services for Waurn Ponds and longer trains for three Wyndham Vale services. The additional services are on top of the 170 extra services added in 2021 to regional Victoria, including 125 more trains every week on the Ballarat line. Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford  “I’m so excited to announce these extra weekends services for Maryborough, Clunes, Talbot and Creswick. They’ll make a massive difference for locals and visitors alike - whether you’re picking visitors up at the station or heading to Melbourne or Ballarat for the day, there will be more options.” “The local community has told us they want to see more train services to and from Maryborough and I’m delighted we’ve been able to deliver the extra weekend trains which will drive tourism and create jobs.” 

New Entry To Transform Ballarat Base Hospital

In addition to building state-of-the-art theatres, a women and children’s hub and a new emergency department, the Andrews Labor Government will boost accessibility and safety at the Ballarat Base Hospital by creating two new entrances separating emergency vehicles and the public. Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford today released artist impressions of the new main entry off Sturt Street, which is being delivered as part of the massive $541.6 million redevelopment. The new main entry will improve access for patients, families and emergency vehicles and deliver urgently-needed short-term parking and safe drop-off zones. Community views have shaped the designs of the redevelopment with locals contributing more than 1,000 responses through online surveys and workshops. The community engagement report released today highlights major priorities for the redevelopment, including more short-term carparking, more open spaces, better signage and safer access for the public. To deliver an expanded hospital that meets future health needs, two properties on Sturt Street are in the process of being secured. This will enable the construction of a large new emergency department at ground level and address current issues around congestion and parking. Construction of the first stage is underway, with the demolition of Eildon House and the Edward Wilson Building. Once work is complete, the upgraded hospital will feature a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite, expanded ICU, new endoscopy suites consulting rooms as well as an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds. The hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients, an extra 14,500 inpatients per year and boost capacity for an extra 4,000 surgeries per year, in the process creating 1,400 local constructions jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “Our $541.6 million redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital will mean thousands more locals will get the care they need close to home.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re delivering a hospital that will meet the needs of the growing community – state-of-the-art theatres, a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, expanded ICU, new endoscopy suites and an extra 100 beds.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison "The community’s input has been critical to ensuring the redevelopment reflects the people it serves. We’re well on the way to delivering a world-class hospital that will meet the future health needs of our community.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “The lack of short-term parking and poor accessibility were all major issues - we’ve listened, and this is reflected in the new design of our hospital.”

New Entry To Transform Ballarat Base Hospital

In addition to building state-of-the-art theatres, a women and children’s hub and a new emergency department, the Andrews Labor Government will boost accessibility and safety at the Ballarat Base Hospital by creating two new entrances separating emergency vehicles and the public. Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford today released artist impressions of the new main entry off Sturt Street, which is being delivered as part of the massive $541.6 million redevelopment. The new main entry will improve access for patients, families and emergency vehicles and deliver urgently-needed short-term parking and safe drop-off zones. Community views have shaped the designs of the redevelopment with locals contributing more than 1,000 responses through online surveys and workshops. The community engagement report released today highlights major priorities for the redevelopment, including more short-term carparking, more open spaces, better signage and safer access for the public. To deliver an expanded hospital that meets future health needs, two properties on Sturt Street are in the process of being secured. This will enable the construction of a large new emergency department at ground level and address current issues around congestion and parking. Construction of the first stage is underway, with the demolition of Eildon House and the Edward Wilson Building. Once work is complete, the upgraded hospital will feature a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, state-of-the-art theatre suite, expanded ICU, new endoscopy suites consulting rooms as well as an extra 100 inpatient and short stay beds. The hospital will have the capacity to treat at least 18,000 more emergency patients, an extra 14,500 inpatients per year and boost capacity for an extra 4,000 surgeries per year, in the process creating 1,400 local constructions jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “Our $541.6 million redevelopment of Ballarat Base Hospital will mean thousands more locals will get the care they need close to home.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “We’re delivering a hospital that will meet the needs of the growing community – state-of-the-art theatres, a new emergency department, a women and children’s hub, expanded ICU, new endoscopy suites and an extra 100 beds.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison "The community’s input has been critical to ensuring the redevelopment reflects the people it serves. We’re well on the way to delivering a world-class hospital that will meet the future health needs of our community.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “The lack of short-term parking and poor accessibility were all major issues - we’ve listened, and this is reflected in the new design of our hospital.”

New Fellowship To Continue Fight Against Infectious Diseases

World-leading infectious diseases researchers from Victoria’s Doherty Institute and the Ragon Institute in Massachusetts are joining forces through an Andrews Labor Government funded fellowship. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford made the announcement while visiting the Ragon Institute in Boston, commending researchers for their pioneering work in the fight against COVID-19. The joint study initiative will enable early career researchers to complete fellowships in Massachusetts or Victoria for three to 12 months, boosting research opportunities across the two world class research institutes. The fellowships, funded through $400,000 from the Labor Government, will support up to four researchers over the next two years. Victoria’s expertise in infectious diseases is led by the Doherty Institute and fellow Australian Institute of Infectious Diseases (AIID) Foundation Partners, the University of Melbourne and the Burnet Institute. Much like the Doherty Institute and the AIID, the Ragon Institute brings together scientists and engineers from Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard to better understand the immune system and support human health. The Ragon Institute is also a global leader on HIV research, and a vaccine developed by scientists at the institute is currently being tested in a large efficacy trial in Africa. Researchers in Victoria have led the way in scientific breakthroughs during the pandemic, working on vaccines and other treatments, while also looking into the effects of the virus. In January 2020, the Doherty Institute became the first organisation outside of China to successfully grow the COVID-19 virus in a laboratory setting. The fellowship solidifies Victoria as the home of medical research in the southern hemisphere and strengthens ties with our international counterparts. It will also help attract and retain top research talent in Victoria. Doherty fellowship researchers are also sharing their knowledge with their AIID partners at the University of Melbourne and Burnet Institute. The Government is investing up to $400 million for the AIID headquarters and since 2014 has invested more than $1.3 billion to medical research. Government investment in the sector has helped create more than 73,000 direct and indirect full-time equivalent jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “Sharing the unique perspectives of infectious disease researchers will further our knowledge, cementing Victoria as a global leader in medical research.” Quote attributable to Doherty Institute Director Professor Sharon Lewin “We are delighted to be delivering this program with the Ragon Institute to build and support the infectious diseases workforce of the future.” Quote attributable to Ragon Institute Founding Director Bruce Walker “Pandemics are by definition global crises, and they require an integrated global response. By connecting the Doherty and the Ragon Institute through these fellowships, we take an important step in that direction.”

New Fellowship To Continue Fight Against Infectious Diseases

World-leading infectious diseases researchers from Victoria’s Doherty Institute and the Ragon Institute in Massachusetts are joining forces through an Andrews Labor Government funded fellowship. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford made the announcement while visiting the Ragon Institute in Boston, commending researchers for their pioneering work in the fight against COVID-19. The joint study initiative will enable early career researchers to complete fellowships in Massachusetts or Victoria for three to 12 months, boosting research opportunities across the two world class research institutes. The fellowships, funded through $400,000 from the Labor Government, will support up to four researchers over the next two years. Victoria’s expertise in infectious diseases is led by the Doherty Institute and fellow Australian Institute of Infectious Diseases (AIID) Foundation Partners, the University of Melbourne and the Burnet Institute. Much like the Doherty Institute and the AIID, the Ragon Institute brings together scientists and engineers from Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard to better understand the immune system and support human health. The Ragon Institute is also a global leader on HIV research, and a vaccine developed by scientists at the institute is currently being tested in a large efficacy trial in Africa. Researchers in Victoria have led the way in scientific breakthroughs during the pandemic, working on vaccines and other treatments, while also looking into the effects of the virus. In January 2020, the Doherty Institute became the first organisation outside of China to successfully grow the COVID-19 virus in a laboratory setting. The fellowship solidifies Victoria as the home of medical research in the southern hemisphere and strengthens ties with our international counterparts. It will also help attract and retain top research talent in Victoria. Doherty fellowship researchers are also sharing their knowledge with their AIID partners at the University of Melbourne and Burnet Institute. The Government is investing up to $400 million for the AIID headquarters and since 2014 has invested more than $1.3 billion to medical research. Government investment in the sector has helped create more than 73,000 direct and indirect full-time equivalent jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “Sharing the unique perspectives of infectious disease researchers will further our knowledge, cementing Victoria as a global leader in medical research.” Quote attributable to Doherty Institute Director Professor Sharon Lewin “We are delighted to be delivering this program with the Ragon Institute to build and support the infectious diseases workforce of the future.” Quote attributable to Ragon Institute Founding Director Bruce Walker “Pandemics are by definition global crises, and they require an integrated global response. By connecting the Doherty and the Ragon Institute through these fellowships, we take an important step in that direction.”

New Biomedical Centre To Supercharge Research

Australia’s first hospital-based biomedical engineering research centre has been given the green light for construction by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford, announced planning has been approved for the $206 million Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) to be built at St Vincent’s Hospital. The new facility will support more than 300 jobs across the medical research sector and house specialised laboratories enhancing the capabilities of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct in Parkville Nine partner organisations will come together under the one roof – St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, St Vincent’s Institute, the Bionics Institute, Centre for Eye Research, University of Melbourne, RMIT, Swinburne University of Technology, Australian Catholic University and the University of Wollongong Australia. The facility is currently operating on a small scale at St Vincent’s Fitzroy campus and when the ACMD opens in 2024, the research institute will be able to upscale device innovation and chronic disease research. The ACMD will include 3D printing laboratories, a kinetics lab and rooms for sensitive hearing and vision technologies. It will also be home to engineering workshops to produce medical device prototypes and robotics for fast-tracked clinical trials. A new education centre will accommodate a dedicated teaching facility for future clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals and biomedical researchers. The Labor Government’s $60 million backing of the ACMD is part of record investment in Victoria’s innovation capabilities, cementing our state’s international reputation as a premier destination for investment, medical research and global talent. Victoria’s medical research sector supports more than 30,000 jobs across institutes, universities and industry, with more than 40 per cent of Australian-based biotechnology and medical technology companies based in Melbourne. Quote attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “We’re bringing together the worlds brightest minds to take on tough healthcare challenges, all the while creating jobs and supporting new scientific breakthroughs.” Quote attributable to St Vincent’s Hospital CEO Angela Nolan “We are excited to be entering this next important chapter for ACMD and are grateful for the incredible support our partners and the State and Federal governments have provided that has enabled this project to become a reality.” Quote attributable to ACMD CEO Dr Erol Harvey “ACMD’s new and unique setting will break down barriers to bring the best and brightest minds, and a wide variety of skill sets, together, in a dedicated building, that is right in the heart of St Vincent’s Hospital, to solve some of the world’s toughest healthcare challenges – something that has never been done before.”

New Biomedical Centre To Supercharge Research

Australia’s first hospital-based biomedical engineering research centre has been given the green light for construction by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford, announced planning has been approved for the $206 million Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) to be built at St Vincent’s Hospital. The new facility will support more than 300 jobs across the medical research sector and house specialised laboratories enhancing the capabilities of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct in Parkville Nine partner organisations will come together under the one roof – St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, St Vincent’s Institute, the Bionics Institute, Centre for Eye Research, University of Melbourne, RMIT, Swinburne University of Technology, Australian Catholic University and the University of Wollongong Australia. The facility is currently operating on a small scale at St Vincent’s Fitzroy campus and when the ACMD opens in 2024, the research institute will be able to upscale device innovation and chronic disease research. The ACMD will include 3D printing laboratories, a kinetics lab and rooms for sensitive hearing and vision technologies. It will also be home to engineering workshops to produce medical device prototypes and robotics for fast-tracked clinical trials. A new education centre will accommodate a dedicated teaching facility for future clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals and biomedical researchers. The Labor Government’s $60 million backing of the ACMD is part of record investment in Victoria’s innovation capabilities, cementing our state’s international reputation as a premier destination for investment, medical research and global talent. Victoria’s medical research sector supports more than 30,000 jobs across institutes, universities and industry, with more than 40 per cent of Australian-based biotechnology and medical technology companies based in Melbourne. Quote attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford “We’re bringing together the worlds brightest minds to take on tough healthcare challenges, all the while creating jobs and supporting new scientific breakthroughs.” Quote attributable to St Vincent’s Hospital CEO Angela Nolan “We are excited to be entering this next important chapter for ACMD and are grateful for the incredible support our partners and the State and Federal governments have provided that has enabled this project to become a reality.” Quote attributable to ACMD CEO Dr Erol Harvey “ACMD’s new and unique setting will break down barriers to bring the best and brightest minds, and a wide variety of skill sets, together, in a dedicated building, that is right in the heart of St Vincent’s Hospital, to solve some of the world’s toughest healthcare challenges – something that has never been done before.”