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Jobs Victoria Wage Subsidies Deliver Jobs

Scores of Victorians each week are finding permanent work with the help of a Victorian Government program that pays part of the worker’s wage – providing a major boost to small businesses gearing up as the economy re-opens. More than 800 businesses across Victoria have..

More Support For Victorian Aboriginal Businesses

Victorian Aboriginal businesses affected by the pandemic will be able to apply for additional financial support to cover expenses, adapt to changing conditions and plan for a strong future. The $1 million extension of the First Peoples’ COVID-19 Business Support Fundwill provide certainty to businesses..

Taking It Outdoors: Supporting A Safer Way To Open

The Victorian Government will help businesses and the community breathe new life into local neighborhoods as vaccination progressively delivers greater freedoms across the state from Friday. With summer drawing near and Victorians warming to the promise of a return to bars, cafes and restaurants, new..


The Andrews Labor Government is making sure all children in Hindmarsh Shire attending a funded kindergarten program in 2022 have the right support in place to help them transition from early childhood education to the start of their formal school life.  Labor Member for Western..


The Victorian Government is continuing its work to build a reformed mental health and wellbeing system centred around community – giving people in Grampians Region access to the support they need, when they need it, close to home.  As part of the work, expressions of..


The Victorian Government is ensuring people living in Ararat Rural City have access to the world-class care they deserve close to home.  Nearly 80 rural and regional hospitals, community health services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations will share in $120 million from the Regional..


More Ararat students will be protected from the sun’s damaging rays thanks to a Victorian Government funding to provide more shade in school playgrounds and outdoor areas. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced three schools in the Ararat Rural City will share..

Pioneering Children‘s Research Project Arrives In Ballarat

More families in Ballarat and around regional Victoria are joining Australia’s largest-ever child and parent research project, helping drive better health outcomes for the next generation of young Victorians. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today welcomed the Murdoch Children’s..

Renewing Support For Victoria’s Social Enterprise Sector

Victorian social enterprises and the people they support will benefit from a renewed focus on sustainably growing the sector, with the Victorian Government launching the new Social Enterprise Strategy 2021-25 today. The Strategy will help social enterprises create greater opportunity and inclusion for Victorians and..

Growing Team Helps Victorian Job Seekers Find Work

Victorians looking for a new job or a career change can now access free advice and support from a 600-strong force of advocates, mentors and career counsellors, ensuring no Victorian is left behind in the search for work. The $260 million employment service is being..

New Laboratory To Support Local Medical Innovations

A new facility opening at St Vincents Hospital will fast-track the time it takes to develop and trial medical devices, including new treatments for people with diabetes. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today opened Neo-Bionica – a joint venture..

Buy Local Campaign Supports Small Businesses

Small businesses will get a boost throughout spring, with a new Buy Local this Weekend campaign to call on Victorians to shop in their local communities. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today launched the campaign, encouraging Victorians to enjoy produce and products from their..

Business Consultation Helps Shape Path Out Of Pandemic

A comprehensive program of consultation between the Victorian Government and business and industry continued today as the state embarks on the next steps along the path to re-opening. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford chaired two roundtables with leaders from bodies representing thousands of businesses..

Keeping The Community Safe With New COVID Immunity Test

A new finger prick test that can quickly assess a person’s immunity to COVID-19 and whether they need a coronavirus booster shot is being developed with funding support from the Victorian Government. In less than 20 minutes, the COVID-19 NAb-Test shows the level of immunity..

Supporting Regional Businesses When They Need It Most

Support for licensed bars, cafes, hotels and clubs across regional Victoria will continue through September, and other businesses in regional areas will also be supported where ongoing restrictions severely affect operations. With the City of Ballarat entering a seven-day lockdown, all eligible businesses in that..

Grants For Commercial Landlords Doing The Right Thing

The Victorian Government is supporting landlords who are waiving rent for their businesses during the pandemic, offering grants to those who are doing the right thing by their tenants. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today opened the $20 million Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund to..

Jobs Boost For Disability Sector A Win-Win For Victorians

The Victorian Government will create 600 new disability support jobs as part of a program to help people learn new skills and support Victorians with a disability. Through the $619 million Jobs Victoria initiative, the Government will invest $5 million to fund training and facilitate..

Support Continues For Victoria’s Regional Businesses

Cash grants for regional businesses most affected by the current lockdown will proceed next week, unaffected by today’s announcement that restrictions in most areas outside of Melbourne will be lifted from Friday. Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula and Minister for Small Business..