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New Local Jobs Bringing Melton Botanic Garden To Life

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs in Melton as part of the Working for Victoria initiative – giving locals the chance to find work and bringing the Melton Botanic Garden to life. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford and Member for Melton Steve McGhie today visited workers at the Melton Botanic Garden, where they have been constructing an Eastern Australian garden bed with associated pathways. The Working for Victoria initiative has joined with 72 councils across Victoria, creating more than 5,200 jobs in local communities including positions in land and asset management, aged care and community support, hardship relief delivery, crisis co-ordination, cleaning, road and urban maintenance and small business support. The partnership with Melton City Council has supported the creation of 122 jobs including environmental management which will see workers remove weeds, plant trees and collect rubbish, outdoor infrastructure maintenance and cleaning of local parks. The employees have been busy creating a dog park at Navan Park, upgrading the Melton Recreation Reserve Skate Park, and removing noxious weeds from Arnolds Creek Linear Reserve to allow native grass to grow back, among other important community works. Since launching in April, the Working for Victoria initiative has created more than 12,000 jobs, including supporting people who have lost their jobs due to the impacts of coronavirus. For more information or to register for Working for Victoria go to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “We’re supporting Victorians to get back into work with jobs that benefit the whole community.” “This is creating opportunities for people who have lost work through no fault of their own and providing crucial workers for councils to undertake important projects.” Quotes attributable to Member for Melton Steve McGhie “We know that many people have been doing it tough and that’s why we’re creating jobs and providing a vital community service.” “These jobs in Melton will leave a lasting legacy for the community and for the individuals who have enthusiastically taken up the chance to re-join the workforce.”

New Local Jobs Bringing Melton Botanic Garden To Life

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs in Melton as part of the Working for Victoria initiative – giving locals the chance to find work and bringing the Melton Botanic Garden to life. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford and Member for Melton Steve McGhie today visited workers at the Melton Botanic Garden, where they have been constructing an Eastern Australian garden bed with associated pathways. The Working for Victoria initiative has joined with 72 councils across Victoria, creating more than 5,200 jobs in local communities including positions in land and asset management, aged care and community support, hardship relief delivery, crisis co-ordination, cleaning, road and urban maintenance and small business support. The partnership with Melton City Council has supported the creation of 122 jobs including environmental management which will see workers remove weeds, plant trees and collect rubbish, outdoor infrastructure maintenance and cleaning of local parks. The employees have been busy creating a dog park at Navan Park, upgrading the Melton Recreation Reserve Skate Park, and removing noxious weeds from Arnolds Creek Linear Reserve to allow native grass to grow back, among other important community works. Since launching in April, the Working for Victoria initiative has created more than 12,000 jobs, including supporting people who have lost their jobs due to the impacts of coronavirus. For more information or to register for Working for Victoria go to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “We’re supporting Victorians to get back into work with jobs that benefit the whole community.” “This is creating opportunities for people who have lost work through no fault of their own and providing crucial workers for councils to undertake important projects.” Quotes attributable to Member for Melton Steve McGhie “We know that many people have been doing it tough and that’s why we’re creating jobs and providing a vital community service.” “These jobs in Melton will leave a lasting legacy for the community and for the individuals who have enthusiastically taken up the chance to re-join the workforce.”

Small Business Owners Snap Up Free Mentoring Program

The Andrews Labor Government’s Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program has allowed businesses to step back from the coalface and gain advice on digital opportunities, preparing and implementing business plans, improving time management, identifying new opportunities and rethinking marketing strategies. More than 730 businesses have benefitted from 3,300 hours of one-on-one professional mentoring, with the program open for new participants until the end of the year. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford this week visited Reach Gymnasium in Pakenham to speak with owner Rebecca Tilley, who recently completed the mentoring program and found it helpful with implementing practical ideas and goals around finance, social media marketing and business planning. Reach Gymnastics runs gymnastics and ninja classes in Pakenham and Emerald with a focus on fun, ensuring that children feel supported, included and challenged. Operated in partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the $10 million Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program matches small business owners and sole traders with experienced professional mentors to help them adapt their businesses and strategies. Since launching last August, the program has conducted 1,662 free and customised mentoring sessions. More than 200 professional mentors have signed on to provide guidance in business recovery, market transformation, digital literacy and engagement, market and supply chain diversification, and reskilling and training. The Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program will run until December 2021. For more information, including on other small business initiatives ranging from online short-course training to digital adaptation grants of up to $1,200, and wellbeing and mental health support, visit business.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Businesses have faced challenges they never dreamed of, and having the ability to seek expert, tailored advice from an experienced mentor has proved invaluable for hundreds of operators.” Quote attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “This free mentoring service for businesses is well worth considering as it provides practical support, guidance and assistance to adapt and get through these challenging times.” Quote attributable to VCCI chief executive Paul Guerra “The Victorian Chamber is pleased to be partnering with the Victorian Government on the Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program, and we’ve delivered more than 3,300 hours of mentoring to date.” Quote attributable to Reach Gymnastics owner Rebecca Tilley “The mentoring sessions were a fantastic opportunity to continue growing my business knowledge and gain much-needed support during a challenging time.I genuinely believe the sessions were a game-changer for my business.” Share this page Twitter, opens a new window Facebook, opens a new window

Small Business Owners Snap Up Free Mentoring Program

The Andrews Labor Government’s Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program has allowed businesses to step back from the coalface and gain advice on digital opportunities, preparing and implementing business plans, improving time management, identifying new opportunities and rethinking marketing strategies. More than 730 businesses have benefitted from 3,300 hours of one-on-one professional mentoring, with the program open for new participants until the end of the year. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford this week visited Reach Gymnasium in Pakenham to speak with owner Rebecca Tilley, who recently completed the mentoring program and found it helpful with implementing practical ideas and goals around finance, social media marketing and business planning. Reach Gymnastics runs gymnastics and ninja classes in Pakenham and Emerald with a focus on fun, ensuring that children feel supported, included and challenged. Operated in partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the $10 million Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program matches small business owners and sole traders with experienced professional mentors to help them adapt their businesses and strategies. Since launching last August, the program has conducted 1,662 free and customised mentoring sessions. More than 200 professional mentors have signed on to provide guidance in business recovery, market transformation, digital literacy and engagement, market and supply chain diversification, and reskilling and training. The Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program will run until December 2021. For more information, including on other small business initiatives ranging from online short-course training to digital adaptation grants of up to $1,200, and wellbeing and mental health support, visit business.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “Businesses have faced challenges they never dreamed of, and having the ability to seek expert, tailored advice from an experienced mentor has proved invaluable for hundreds of operators.” Quote attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “This free mentoring service for businesses is well worth considering as it provides practical support, guidance and assistance to adapt and get through these challenging times.” Quote attributable to VCCI chief executive Paul Guerra “The Victorian Chamber is pleased to be partnering with the Victorian Government on the Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring program, and we’ve delivered more than 3,300 hours of mentoring to date.” Quote attributable to Reach Gymnastics owner Rebecca Tilley “The mentoring sessions were a fantastic opportunity to continue growing my business knowledge and gain much-needed support during a challenging time.I genuinely believe the sessions were a game-changer for my business.” Share this page Twitter, opens a new window Facebook, opens a new window

Opening Doors For Victorians To Move Into High-Tech Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victorians to transition into high-growth digital career pathways with a new retraining program for 200 workers launching this week. The pilot program will see participants learn new skills in hi-tech growth industries including financial technology, customer experience, cybersecurity, data science and artificial intelligence and machine learning. These positions have been advertised on the Working for Victoria online jobs platform and once accepted, participants will receive skills assessments, workshops and mentoring tailored to their needs. Following completion of a six to 12-week course, participants will be supported by consultants Think & Grow into paid internships. Industry-recognised training will be delivered by RMIT Online through a range of courses that will enhance participants’ skillsets while supporting them to add new attributes to qualify them for the industry that they are planning to work in. RMIT is offering courses that will help participants learn in-demand skills in digital transformation, digital marketing and technology including cyber security risk and strategy, and developing artificial intelligence strategy. The Labor Government recognises the importance of retraining and in coming months will unveil the $64 million Digital Skills and Jobs program, which will support mid-career Victorians displaced by coronavirus to retrain and learn new skills so that they can transition into digital careers. Since launching in April 2020, the Working for Victoria initiative has created more than 12,000 jobs, including supporting people who have lost their jobs due to the impacts of coronavirus. For more information or to register for Working for Victoria, go to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “We’re supporting Victorians looking to make a move into new, high-growth sectors – and future-proofing our economy in the process.” “Through digital upskilling, people will have the opportunity to change their career direction and open up a world of job opportunities.”

Opening Doors For Victorians To Move Into High-Tech Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victorians to transition into high-growth digital career pathways with a new retraining program for 200 workers launching this week. The pilot program will see participants learn new skills in hi-tech growth industries including financial technology, customer experience, cybersecurity, data science and artificial intelligence and machine learning. These positions have been advertised on the Working for Victoria online jobs platform and once accepted, participants will receive skills assessments, workshops and mentoring tailored to their needs. Following completion of a six to 12-week course, participants will be supported by consultants Think & Grow into paid internships. Industry-recognised training will be delivered by RMIT Online through a range of courses that will enhance participants’ skillsets while supporting them to add new attributes to qualify them for the industry that they are planning to work in. RMIT is offering courses that will help participants learn in-demand skills in digital transformation, digital marketing and technology including cyber security risk and strategy, and developing artificial intelligence strategy. The Labor Government recognises the importance of retraining and in coming months will unveil the $64 million Digital Skills and Jobs program, which will support mid-career Victorians displaced by coronavirus to retrain and learn new skills so that they can transition into digital careers. Since launching in April 2020, the Working for Victoria initiative has created more than 12,000 jobs, including supporting people who have lost their jobs due to the impacts of coronavirus. For more information or to register for Working for Victoria, go to vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “We’re supporting Victorians looking to make a move into new, high-growth sectors – and future-proofing our economy in the process.” “Through digital upskilling, people will have the opportunity to change their career direction and open up a world of job opportunities.”

Helping Create More Jobs For Rural And Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to support regional businesses and communities to thrive, with new funding now ready to help companies grow jobs and attract investment. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today launched the new round of the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs Fund with the release of updated guidelines, making more money available for businesses to help country towns become even better places to live, work and invest. The Regional Jobs Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $135 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund and is designed to support community projects and help councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need. The new round was launched during the opening of a new hay processing facility at St Arnaud, constructed thanks to a Regional Jobs Fund grant under the previous round. The facility is hay processing and export company Gilmac Pty Ltd’s sixth Australian production site and its second in Victoria with a site in Goornong, north east of Bendigo. The funding gave the company confidence to grow its business in Victoria, allowing it to create 17 new full-time equivalent roles for St Arnaud. Gilmac accounts for one quarter of Australia’s hay and straw exports. The new facility at St Arnaud will enable the processing and exporting of hay grown within a 100km radius of the town, providing a boost to the local economy. The new facility will also lead to reduced transport costs, while potentially creating new supply opportunities for other local farmers. When running at full capacity, the facility will be able to press up to 80,000 tonnes of hay per year and generate exports sales into Asian markets. The new round of the Regional Jobs Fund will be open throughout the year to companies looking to grow their operations. The Fund is key to the Labor Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at https://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/regional-jobs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “Facilities like what Gilmac have built at St Arnaud show what is possible when we support businesses to invest in local communities.” “This facility will make a real difference in St Arnaud, with more jobs for locals and a significant investment in the town. I look forward to seeing how this new round helps even more country towns across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “The grants from this program go a long way in encouraging local businesses to grow and new ones to set up shop in our country towns – making them even better places to live and work.”

Helping Create More Jobs For Rural And Regional Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to support regional businesses and communities to thrive, with new funding now ready to help companies grow jobs and attract investment. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today launched the new round of the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs Fund with the release of updated guidelines, making more money available for businesses to help country towns become even better places to live, work and invest. The Regional Jobs Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $135 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund and is designed to support community projects and help councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need. The new round was launched during the opening of a new hay processing facility at St Arnaud, constructed thanks to a Regional Jobs Fund grant under the previous round. The facility is hay processing and export company Gilmac Pty Ltd’s sixth Australian production site and its second in Victoria with a site in Goornong, north east of Bendigo. The funding gave the company confidence to grow its business in Victoria, allowing it to create 17 new full-time equivalent roles for St Arnaud. Gilmac accounts for one quarter of Australia’s hay and straw exports. The new facility at St Arnaud will enable the processing and exporting of hay grown within a 100km radius of the town, providing a boost to the local economy. The new facility will also lead to reduced transport costs, while potentially creating new supply opportunities for other local farmers. When running at full capacity, the facility will be able to press up to 80,000 tonnes of hay per year and generate exports sales into Asian markets. The new round of the Regional Jobs Fund will be open throughout the year to companies looking to grow their operations. The Fund is key to the Labor Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at https://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/regional-jobs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas “Facilities like what Gilmac have built at St Arnaud show what is possible when we support businesses to invest in local communities.” “This facility will make a real difference in St Arnaud, with more jobs for locals and a significant investment in the town. I look forward to seeing how this new round helps even more country towns across Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford “The grants from this program go a long way in encouraging local businesses to grow and new ones to set up shop in our country towns – making them even better places to live and work.”

 

Support For Businesses Impacted By Circuit Breaker Action

New support has been announced for small businesses, including sole traders, most impacted by the coronavirus circuit-breaker action – with hospitality, tourism, events and creative industries operators to benefit from grants. New $200 vouchers for travel in regional Victoria and Melbourne will further bolster tourism businesses and workers, while licenced venues and accommodation businesses will receive dedicated new assistance as vibrancy returns to our night-time and visitor economies. The $143 million Circuit Breaker Support Package is expected to help more than 50,000 Victorian businesses – including restaurants, florists, confectioners, hairdressers, accommodation providers, musicians and performers – who incurred costs such as the loss of perishable goods, cancelled gigs and foregone trading. The package contains four initiatives targeted at businesses, including small and micro businesses. The new $92 million Business Costs Assistance Program will offer grants of $2,000 for eligible employing and non-employing businesses in the hospitality, food wholesaling, tourism, events and selected retail industries. Businesses with an annual payroll of up to $3 million will be eligible. A $24.9 million injection to the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will give previous recipients of this grant an automatic one-off $3,000 per premises payment. More than $165 million has already been paid to about 7,500 businesses through this fund. The Victorian Accommodation Support Program recognises the impact of cancellations on regional and metropolitan accommodation providers through a $16.2 million commitment. Accommodation providers who had 10 or fewer cancellations can apply for $2,250 per business while providers with more than 10 booking cancellations can apply for $4,500 per business. Building on the success of the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme, a further $10 million will expand the scheme to include a new Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme, offering 40,000 vouchers for $200 for travel in greater Melbourne, and an additional 10,000 vouchers to support travel in regional Victoria. The Regional Travel Voucher Scheme and Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme now spans 200,000 vouchers for eligible Victorians, providing a vital boost to the tourism sector as the state resumes its recovery. The Andrews Labor Government has provided more than $6 billion in direct economic support for businesses and workers to help them get through the pandemic and recover strongly, including $2.6 billion alone in Business Support Fund grants to 134,000 businesses – more than half of all employing businesses in Victoria. More information about the Circuit Breaker Support Package is available at business.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “Victorian businesses played their part in the circuit breaker action and this package recognises that the impact for many was severe.” Quote attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “We know it hurt businesses to shut their doors, but the long-term benefits are clear. A temporary pause has meant businesses can now get on with their rebuilding – with our full support.”

Support For Businesses Impacted By Circuit Breaker Action

New support has been announced for small businesses, including sole traders, most impacted by the coronavirus circuit-breaker action – with hospitality, tourism, events and creative industries operators to benefit from grants. New $200 vouchers for travel in regional Victoria and Melbourne will further bolster tourism businesses and workers, while licenced venues and accommodation businesses will receive dedicated new assistance as vibrancy returns to our night-time and visitor economies. The $143 million Circuit Breaker Support Package is expected to help more than 50,000 Victorian businesses – including restaurants, florists, confectioners, hairdressers, accommodation providers, musicians and performers – who incurred costs such as the loss of perishable goods, cancelled gigs and foregone trading. The package contains four initiatives targeted at businesses, including small and micro businesses. The new $92 million Business Costs Assistance Program will offer grants of $2,000 for eligible employing and non-employing businesses in the hospitality, food wholesaling, tourism, events and selected retail industries. Businesses with an annual payroll of up to $3 million will be eligible. A $24.9 million injection to the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will give previous recipients of this grant an automatic one-off $3,000 per premises payment. More than $165 million has already been paid to about 7,500 businesses through this fund. The Victorian Accommodation Support Program recognises the impact of cancellations on regional and metropolitan accommodation providers through a $16.2 million commitment. Accommodation providers who had 10 or fewer cancellations can apply for $2,250 per business while providers with more than 10 booking cancellations can apply for $4,500 per business. Building on the success of the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme, a further $10 million will expand the scheme to include a new Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme, offering 40,000 vouchers for $200 for travel in greater Melbourne, and an additional 10,000 vouchers to support travel in regional Victoria. The Regional Travel Voucher Scheme and Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme now spans 200,000 vouchers for eligible Victorians, providing a vital boost to the tourism sector as the state resumes its recovery. The Andrews Labor Government has provided more than $6 billion in direct economic support for businesses and workers to help them get through the pandemic and recover strongly, including $2.6 billion alone in Business Support Fund grants to 134,000 businesses – more than half of all employing businesses in Victoria. More information about the Circuit Breaker Support Package is available at business.vic.gov.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula “Victorian businesses played their part in the circuit breaker action and this package recognises that the impact for many was severe.” Quote attributable to Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford “We know it hurt businesses to shut their doors, but the long-term benefits are clear. A temporary pause has meant businesses can now get on with their rebuilding – with our full support.”

Backing Victoria As A Leading AI Technology Destination

Australia’s first accelerator program to scale-up artificial intelligence companies and a $100 million venture capital fund are launching from a new base in Richmond – in a major step towards establishing Victoria as a leading destination for AI technology within the Asia Pacific. Backed by $1.5 million from the Andrews Labor Government through its startup agency LaunchVic and $8 million of private sector capital via Venture Capital manager Artesian, Boab AI’s Scaleup program is set to support 32 mature AI scaleups over four years. Boab’s first round of scaleups include Victorian companies Pi.Exchange, Plaetos and Strongroom AI and fellow Australian outfits Daitum and Remi AI. Each participating company will receive a minimum of $300,000 in capital as part of a tailored six-month program addressing the unique challenges of each company. Boab AI’s Scaleup program will be complemented by a new $100 million AI investment fund to support the growth of the best and brightest AI startups. AI is a once in a generation technology shift, with vast areas of application including technologies such as machine learning, robotics, computer vision and natural language processing. Powered by Artesian, the AI investment fund will invest in up to 150 cutting edge artificial intelligence companies with AI at their core, across all industry sectors and with a focus on the Asia Pacific. AI is projected to be worth $315 billion to Australia’s economy by 2028, requiring up to 161,000 new specialised workers by 2030. There are more than 300 AI startups in Australia – including 65 startups and scaleups in Victoria. These programs build on the Labor Government’s focus on accelerating the growth of Victoria’s innovation ecosystem and the digital economy with the Victorian Budget 2020/21 confirming $626 million to upgrade digital infrastructure and develop tech skills and more than $130 million for the startup sector. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford We are backing Victoria to be a world-leading innovation hub, and this funding will help us attract and develop the best talent, investment and artificial intelligence expertise.” “Supporting our startup and scaleup founders drives Victoria’s future economy and creates new opportunities for Victorians.” Quote attributable to LaunchVic chief executive Dr Kate Cornick “We are building a robust investor landscape in Victoria to support startups at key stages through their lifecycle.” Quote attributable to Boab AI managing director Andrew Lai “Boab AI is the first AI scaleup program targeting developed companies that have mature artificial intelligence products with significant traction and revenue, and I feel like we’ve hit a real sweet spot.”

Backing Victoria As A Leading AI Technology Destination

Australia’s first accelerator program to scale-up artificial intelligence companies and a $100 million venture capital fund are launching from a new base in Richmond – in a major step towards establishing Victoria as a leading destination for AI technology within the Asia Pacific. Backed by $1.5 million from the Andrews Labor Government through its startup agency LaunchVic and $8 million of private sector capital via Venture Capital manager Artesian, Boab AI’s Scaleup program is set to support 32 mature AI scaleups over four years. Boab’s first round of scaleups include Victorian companies Pi.Exchange, Plaetos and Strongroom AI and fellow Australian outfits Daitum and Remi AI. Each participating company will receive a minimum of $300,000 in capital as part of a tailored six-month program addressing the unique challenges of each company. Boab AI’s Scaleup program will be complemented by a new $100 million AI investment fund to support the growth of the best and brightest AI startups. AI is a once in a generation technology shift, with vast areas of application including technologies such as machine learning, robotics, computer vision and natural language processing. Powered by Artesian, the AI investment fund will invest in up to 150 cutting edge artificial intelligence companies with AI at their core, across all industry sectors and with a focus on the Asia Pacific. AI is projected to be worth $315 billion to Australia’s economy by 2028, requiring up to 161,000 new specialised workers by 2030. There are more than 300 AI startups in Australia – including 65 startups and scaleups in Victoria. These programs build on the Labor Government’s focus on accelerating the growth of Victoria’s innovation ecosystem and the digital economy with the Victorian Budget 2020/21 confirming $626 million to upgrade digital infrastructure and develop tech skills and more than $130 million for the startup sector. Quotes attributable to Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford We are backing Victoria to be a world-leading innovation hub, and this funding will help us attract and develop the best talent, investment and artificial intelligence expertise.” “Supporting our startup and scaleup founders drives Victoria’s future economy and creates new opportunities for Victorians.” Quote attributable to LaunchVic chief executive Dr Kate Cornick “We are building a robust investor landscape in Victoria to support startups at key stages through their lifecycle.” Quote attributable to Boab AI managing director Andrew Lai “Boab AI is the first AI scaleup program targeting developed companies that have mature artificial intelligence products with significant traction and revenue, and I feel like we’ve hit a real sweet spot.”

Serving Up Employment For All At Australian Open

The Australian Open is providing a vital stepping stone for jobseekers who are experiencing barriers to gaining work, including people who are long-term unemployed, have a disability or speak English as a second language. A partnership between JobsBank and Tennis Australia has supported 25 people into roles at Melbourne Park ranging from retail and hospitality to event management, providing experience working at one of the world’s great sporting events. The partnership demonstrates the benefits of diversity in the workforce and is helping Tennis Australia to become a best-practice employer by supporting workers regardless of background. Doubling the number of program participants from last year, Tennis Australia and JobsBank are helping people like Kelsey Carlisle, who is working in retail at the Open. Kelsey has an intellectual disability and has found it challenging to secure and retain work. She tells prospective employers about her disability to allow for appropriate adjustments (such as minor simplification of instructions and a little more time to absorb tasks) but feels that this results in rejections. Rebecca Desiree is a mother of two from France, of African heritage, and has been in Australia for 18 months. She had previously worked in hotels but since arriving in Australia has found it hard to find work and has been working as a volunteer in a Brotherhood of St Laurence shop. Rebecca is working in hospitality at the Australian Open and is excited about the opportunities this role will provide in her efforts to find permanent work. Lauren Quittner recently completed a TAFE diploma in travel and tourism. Given the disruption to this industry over the past year, she has pursued work in events and event management, as it is closely related to her field, and hopes it will enable her to gain valuable knowledge as she looks to builds a career. JobsBank partners with employers to secure the benefits of inclusive employment and create more jobs for priority jobseekers. To learn more, visit jobsbank.org.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “Kelsey, Rebecca and Lauren are showing what people can do when they are given a chance, and it’s fantastic to hear how excited they are about their jobs at the Open and their plans for the future.” Quote attributable to JobsBank chief executive Corinne Proske “JobsBank and Tennis Australia are providing jobseekers with a life-changing opportunity through our partnership at the Australian Open. We are equipping them with the tools they need to enter the workforce.” Quote attributable to Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley “We’ve said a key focus of AO 2021 was to play a key role in the economic and psychological reinvigoration of Melbourne and Victoria, and this partnership enables us to help get jobseekers back into the workforce.” Quote attributable to Australian Open worker Kelsey Carlisle “It's amazing to be working at the AO after years of loving tennis. I'm excited to get some good work experience for my resume and very happy to be part of an organisation that promotes diversity and inclusion.”

Serving Up Employment For All At Australian Open

The Australian Open is providing a vital stepping stone for jobseekers who are experiencing barriers to gaining work, including people who are long-term unemployed, have a disability or speak English as a second language. A partnership between JobsBank and Tennis Australia has supported 25 people into roles at Melbourne Park ranging from retail and hospitality to event management, providing experience working at one of the world’s great sporting events. The partnership demonstrates the benefits of diversity in the workforce and is helping Tennis Australia to become a best-practice employer by supporting workers regardless of background. Doubling the number of program participants from last year, Tennis Australia and JobsBank are helping people like Kelsey Carlisle, who is working in retail at the Open. Kelsey has an intellectual disability and has found it challenging to secure and retain work. She tells prospective employers about her disability to allow for appropriate adjustments (such as minor simplification of instructions and a little more time to absorb tasks) but feels that this results in rejections. Rebecca Desiree is a mother of two from France, of African heritage, and has been in Australia for 18 months. She had previously worked in hotels but since arriving in Australia has found it hard to find work and has been working as a volunteer in a Brotherhood of St Laurence shop. Rebecca is working in hospitality at the Australian Open and is excited about the opportunities this role will provide in her efforts to find permanent work. Lauren Quittner recently completed a TAFE diploma in travel and tourism. Given the disruption to this industry over the past year, she has pursued work in events and event management, as it is closely related to her field, and hopes it will enable her to gain valuable knowledge as she looks to builds a career. JobsBank partners with employers to secure the benefits of inclusive employment and create more jobs for priority jobseekers. To learn more, visit jobsbank.org.au. Quote attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford “Kelsey, Rebecca and Lauren are showing what people can do when they are given a chance, and it’s fantastic to hear how excited they are about their jobs at the Open and their plans for the future.” Quote attributable to JobsBank chief executive Corinne Proske “JobsBank and Tennis Australia are providing jobseekers with a life-changing opportunity through our partnership at the Australian Open. We are equipping them with the tools they need to enter the workforce.” Quote attributable to Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley “We’ve said a key focus of AO 2021 was to play a key role in the economic and psychological reinvigoration of Melbourne and Victoria, and this partnership enables us to help get jobseekers back into the workforce.” Quote attributable to Australian Open worker Kelsey Carlisle “It's amazing to be working at the AO after years of loving tennis. I'm excited to get some good work experience for my resume and very happy to be part of an organisation that promotes diversity and inclusion.”

More Research To Improve Survival Rates For Cancer

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victoria’s best and brightest researchers discover new breakthroughs in cancer prevention, treatment and care. Minister for Health Martin Foley today announced the 21 recipients from the Victorian Cancer Agency’s latest grants round, who will share in more than $10 million in research grants to work on ground-breaking discoveries. Dr Paul Beavis from Peter MacCallum Cancer Center is investigating a new way to make CAR T-Cell therapy, a breakthrough treatment for blood cancer, also work against solid tumours. Dr Laura Forrest also from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center is testing a new screening tool designed to identify the best support for people with genetic risk factors for cancer. The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24 sets an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer by 2025. In Victoria, the five most common cancers are prostate, breast, bowel and lung cancer, and melanoma. Participating in cancer screening and finding cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed gives the best chance of survival. More than 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if found early. All eligible Victorians aged 50-74 should screen every two years for bowel cancer by completing a free, at-home screening test sent in the mail. Due to early detection and better treatment, more Victorian women are surviving breast cancer, with the five-year survival rate now at 91 per cent compared to 73 per cent in 1986. Eligible women aged 50-74 are invited to screen for breast cancer every two years. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers with regular cervical screening tests for women aged 25-74 and the HPV vaccination. This funding takes the total investment by the Victorian Cancer Agency to more than $250 million since it was established by the Victorian Government in 2006. As part of its dedication to cancer research, the Labor Government allocated a further $2.447 million in the 2020/21 State Budget to increase access to clinical trials and teletrials for regional patients. To view all grant recipients, visit victoriancanceragency.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “When it comes to cancer, early diagnosis is the key to survival. These grants are supporting researchers and fast-tracking new breakthroughs to improve survival rates in Victoria.” “Victoria is home to some of the world’s best and brightest clinicians, scientists, and researchers and these fellowships will help support them to continue and build on their inspiring work.” Quote attributable to Minister for Medical Research Jaala Pulford “We’re backing our medical researchers to make the breakthroughs that change lives, improve outcomes for patients and save more families the heartache of losing a loved one to cancer.”

More Research To Improve Survival Rates For Cancer

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victoria’s best and brightest researchers discover new breakthroughs in cancer prevention, treatment and care. Minister for Health Martin Foley today announced the 21 recipients from the Victorian Cancer Agency’s latest grants round, who will share in more than $10 million in research grants to work on ground-breaking discoveries. Dr Paul Beavis from Peter MacCallum Cancer Center is investigating a new way to make CAR T-Cell therapy, a breakthrough treatment for blood cancer, also work against solid tumours. Dr Laura Forrest also from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center is testing a new screening tool designed to identify the best support for people with genetic risk factors for cancer. The Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24 sets an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer by 2025. In Victoria, the five most common cancers are prostate, breast, bowel and lung cancer, and melanoma. Participating in cancer screening and finding cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed gives the best chance of survival. More than 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if found early. All eligible Victorians aged 50-74 should screen every two years for bowel cancer by completing a free, at-home screening test sent in the mail. Due to early detection and better treatment, more Victorian women are surviving breast cancer, with the five-year survival rate now at 91 per cent compared to 73 per cent in 1986. Eligible women aged 50-74 are invited to screen for breast cancer every two years. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers with regular cervical screening tests for women aged 25-74 and the HPV vaccination. This funding takes the total investment by the Victorian Cancer Agency to more than $250 million since it was established by the Victorian Government in 2006. As part of its dedication to cancer research, the Labor Government allocated a further $2.447 million in the 2020/21 State Budget to increase access to clinical trials and teletrials for regional patients. To view all grant recipients, visit victoriancanceragency.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley “When it comes to cancer, early diagnosis is the key to survival. These grants are supporting researchers and fast-tracking new breakthroughs to improve survival rates in Victoria.” “Victoria is home to some of the world’s best and brightest clinicians, scientists, and researchers and these fellowships will help support them to continue and build on their inspiring work.” Quote attributable to Minister for Medical Research Jaala Pulford “We’re backing our medical researchers to make the breakthroughs that change lives, improve outcomes for patients and save more families the heartache of losing a loved one to cancer.”