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Small Business Bus Delivers Support Across Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government’s Small Business Bus is back on the road, taking information and advice to owners across the state to help them recover and grow. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford and Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll today met the Small Business Bus..

New Women‘s Startup Fund Honours Great Victorian

In 2019, only 20 per cent of early-stage funding went to startups led by women. To address this imbalance, the Victorian Budget 2020/21 funded a new dedicated investment fund to be developed and led by the state’s startup agency LaunchVic. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research..

Victorian Women Leading COVID-19 Research Charge

Victoria’s female scientists have been celebrated for their dedication and excellence as they spearhead the medical research response to coronavirus. Almost 60 per cent of Australia’s medical research community are women and Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford said that..

Free Training To Help Women, Students Into Startup Jobs

Victorians who lost their job during the pandemic will have the chance to take a free skills bootcamp to help them land a role with one of the state’s burgeoning startups. A new $2 million LaunchVic initiative will provide training to 900 people in total,..

Growing Jobs At Collingwood Children’s Farm

Workers will cultivate vegetables and experience at the Collingwood Children’s Farm in the latest round of jobs created by the Andrews Labor Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. More than 145 new jobs will be supported at 20 social enterprises, benefitting the economy and the community..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

Creating More Jobs To Benefit Local Communities

As part of the Government’s Working for Victoria fund, a further 178 jobs are being created across metropolitan and regional communities, including eight jobs at McCallum Disability Services in Ballarat. Many people with disabilities have been unable to participate in their everyday lives during the..

Artists Get To Work In Schools As Kids Get Creative

The Andrews Labor Government is providing a boost for workers in creative industries through its Working for Victoria initiative, with dozens of creative professionals starting work this week on schools placements. Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford visited Brunswick North West Primary School where circus artists..

First Day Milestone For Three-Year-Old Kindergarten Kids

Thousands of Victorian children are starting at Three-Year-Old Kindergarten from this week, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark early childhood education reform. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today visited AG Leech Kindergarten in Maryborough to celebrate local children attending funded universal three-year-old kindergarten..

Tradies Pick Up The Tech Tools To Build Local Businesses

Trade Trak provides a cloud-based comprehensive tool for trades and services to manage onsite safety, job scheduling, quoting, invoicing and contractor management. Burdens Plumbing Supplies has teamed with Trade Trak to allow small business customers to use the platform, giving them access to all its..