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Victorian workers who play a role in preventing family violence asked for their views

11 April 2017

The family violence workforce census is seeking information from Victorian workers in order to help develop the Family Violence Industry Plan.

Stay safe on the roads this Easter holidays

11 April 2017

If you’re getting away this Easter, don’t forget to drive safely and take regular breaks. The SES’s Driver Reviver volunteers will be hosting stops at 45 locations across the state.

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Have your say on the Open Courts Act 2013

11 April 2017

A review of the Open Courts Act 2013 is seeking your opinion on how court proceedings balance people's privacy, fairness and the public's right to know. Have your say on Engage Victoria.

Community advisory group members sought for new youth justice centre

30 March 2017

The Victorian Government is seeking community members from Wyndham interested in participating in the Community Advisory Group for the new youth justice centre being built near Cherry Creek.

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Keeping Victorians safe on our roads

21 March 2017

The Towards Zero Road Safety Conference 2017 is dedicated to making Victorian roads safer for everyone.

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Crime Statistics Agency releases latest figures

16 March 2017

The Crime Statistics Agency has today released its recorded crime statistics for Victoria for the year ending 31 December 2016.

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Graffiti Grants – Applications Now Open!

15 March 2017

Victorian Councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to partner with community groups to deliver local graffiti prevention initiatives.

Coronial Council Appeals Review open for submissions

9 March 2017

The Coronial Council of Victoria is conducting a review of the Coroners Act 2008 that allow for appeals and the re-opening of investigations. Submissions close 26 May 2017.

Neighbourhood Justice Centre marks 10 years

6 March 2017

Australia's only community justice centre has celebrated its 10th birthday in Collingwood.

New long-term residential leases

3 March 2017

Changes to Victoria’s renting laws will enable long-term residential leases to be established from next year.

Emergency volunteer grants announced

24 February 2017

Victorian emergency management volunteers across the state are receiving funds to do their crucial work through the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) Grants Program.

Bail Review

7 February 2017

Victorians will get the chance to have their say on the state’s bail system, with submissions to the Bail Review officially open.

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Click With Caution This Valentine’s Day

3 February 2017

As Valentine’s Day approaches, lonely hearts should be on high alert for scammers when looking for love online.

Thunderstorm Asthma Emergency Response

1 February 2017

The preliminary report from the Inspector-General for Emergency Management on the emergency response to the thunderstorm asthma event of November 2016 is now available.

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Have Your Say On Victoria’s Renting Laws

1 February 2017

Victorians are being asked to have their say on possible changes to the rules around renting properties, as part of an overhaul of the Residential Tenancies Act.

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Victoria's most popular baby names revealed

11 January 2017

Charlotte reigned as queen of baby names for girls in 2016, while Oliver took the crown as most popular boys’ name for the third year in a row, according to the Victorian Registry of Births,

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Sheriff issues warning on fake fines

19 December 2016

Deputy Sheriff Lyn Middling has issued a warning urging Victorians to be on the lookout for a new email scam masquerading as an infringement notice.

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Victoria's aircraft fleet launched

15 December 2016

The aircraft fleet for 2016-17 was launched at Avalon Airport and includes 48 specialist aircraft that are strategically positioned across the state to support firefighters on the ground.

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Dangerous Christmas gifts crushed

14 December 2016

More than 6,000 dangerous toys, sleepwear items and luggage straps will not be in Christmas stockings this year, after they were seized and crushed by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

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$3.4 million awarded to councils to deliver 19 public safety infrastructure projects

14 December 2016

Councils across Victoria will share in almost $3.4 million in Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants to strengthen crime prevention and make communities safer.

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New grants to tackle youth crime

7 December 2016

Not-for-profit community organisations and Victorian councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $200,000 to address youth offending.

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Community Safety Statement 2017

7 December 2016

The Community Safety Statement is a comprehensive package to fight crime and make Victoria safer.

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Achievements of Victoria's emergency management sector released

6 December 2016

Emergency Management Victoria has released 3 publications which outline the work achieved in Victoria’s emergency management sector in the past year.

2016 Fire Awareness Awards

Fire Awareness Awards celebrate innovative Victorians

2 December 2016

Victorian community groups have been celebrated for their innovative fire prevention and safety work at the 2016 Fire Awareness Awards.

Water Safety Week 2016 28 November - 4 December

Drowning report a warning to play it safe around water

28 November 2016

As part of Water Safety Week, Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino launched the 2016 Victorian Drowning report and announced a new water safety campaign targeting older people.

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Victoria goes orange for 16 day family violence campaign

23 November 2016

From 25 November to 10 December 2016, Victoria Against Violence invites individuals, families, organisations, students and government to stand together to prevent family and gender violence.

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New process for Working with Children Check applicants

21 November 2016

From 5 December 2016, a new application form for Working with Children Checks will create a more user-friendly and efficient experience for applicants.

Download the new VicEmergency app from App Store or Google Play

New VicEmergency app launched

16 November 2016

Download the new VicEmergency app from the App Store or Google Play for access to warnings and incidents for fires, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and water safety.

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Sheriff's crackdown on fine evaders

11 November 2016

The Sheriff’s Office conducted an operation using automatic numberplate recognition technology to clamp down on serial fine evaders on the EastLink in Donvale.

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

New website to support victims of crime

7 November 2016

Disadvantaged Victorians will have better access to legal information online thanks to a new Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) website.

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Have your say on liquor control reform

4 November 2016

Public comments and submissions are invited in response to a review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.


Making our emergency services more diverse

26 October 2016

The Emergency Management Diversity and Inclusion Framework outlines what needs to be done to implement cultural and organisational change across Victoria's emergency management sector.

Fire Action Week the right time to prepare 23-30 October

Fire Action Week - It's time to get prepared

24 October 2016

Fire Action Week, from 23 to 30 October, signals that it's time for Victorians to start thinking about and planning for the upcoming fire season.

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Showing travelling con men the door

20 October 2016

Victorians are urged to be on alert for dodgy door-to-door tradespeople as summer approaches and the clean up from recent wild weather continues.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 17-23 October

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week 17-23 October

17 October 2016

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is about encouraging individuals, the community and industry to support the concept of responsible gambling.

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New plan to protect animals in an emergency

14 October 2016

The new Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan will drive community and emergency services planning and decision-making to protect animals in an emergency.

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New grants program a boost for emergency management volunteers

6 October 2016

The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program will work to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue their crucial work in supporting their communities.

Improving access to legal services for Victorians

4 October 2016

The Access to Justice Review has been released and it makes 60 recommendations identifying ways to help Victorians navigate the legal system and resolve everyday legal issues.

Crime Statistic Agency releases 2015/16 figures

29 September 2016

The Crime Statistics Agency has today released its recorded crime statistics for Victoria for the year ending 30 June 2016.

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Resilient Australia Awards winners announced

22 September 2016

Community connection and resilience building was on show at the 2016 Resilient Australia Awards where a number of Victorians were recognised for their innovative work.

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Councils and community groups take action to prevent crime

22 September 2016

Councils and community groups across Victoria will share in almost $800,000 worth of funding to prevent crime in their local communities with over 140 new projects funded by the government.

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Karreenga annexe opens

21 September 2016

A 216-bed annexe at Marngoneet Correctional Centre has been officially opened – improving community safety and creating more than 150 new jobs.

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The new VicEmergency app is coming this summer

20 September 2016

The VicEmergency app will provide another channel to access warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and water safety.

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Social Cohesion Research Grants now open

16 September 2016

The Research Institute on Social Cohesion supports initiatives which enhance knowledge around social cohesion, multiculturalism, community resilience and prevention of violent extremism.

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Helping better protect our kids

13 September 2016

Children will be better protected from the risks of abuse within organisations under proposed amendments to legislation introduced to the Victorian Parliament.

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Working with the community to implement meaningful family violence reform

13 September 2016

Community conversations are being held at 5 locations across Victoria to build a shared understanding about how Victoria's family violence system should work.

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Kids give showbags the thumbs up

7 September 2016

A group of kids were given a special showbag preview ahead of the Royal Melbourne Show. Consumer Affairs Victoria inspectors also approved the bags after checking the safety of each toy.

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$87 million boost for family violence support services

5 September 2016

The Victorian Government is implementing Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations through further investments in support services for victims of family violence and sexual assault.

Strengthening traditional owner rights in Victoria

1 September 2016

Victorian traditional owners will soon be able to more easily exercise their rights to Crown land and natural resources under changes to the Traditional Owner Settlement Amendment Bill 2016.


Tough new laws for carjacking and home invasions

31 August 2016

Tough new offences for carjacking and home invasion will give police the laws they need to keep the community safe, under legislation introduced today by the Victorian Government.

Tracy Jones, DPFC General Manager, Rod Wise, Deputy Commissioner Operations, Corrections Victoria, and Jan Shuard, Commissioner, Corrections Victoria

Women's prison marks 20 years of operation

26 August 2016

The Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Victoria's only maximum-security women's prison, now houses 400 prisoners and is currently undertaking a major expansion.

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Sports betting ad crackdown

22 August 2016

The Victorian Government is seeking public submissions on proposed reforms that would see sports betting advertising banned on public transport and near schools.

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Birth certificates to reflect true identity

18 August 2016

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill will remove barriers for trans, gender diverse and intersex Victorians seeking new birth certificates.

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Human Rights Commission welcomes new Chair of the Board

17 August 2016

Moana Weir will commence as Chair of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission on 23 August.

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$13 million boost for emergency services volunteers

11 August 2016

Emergency services volunteers around Victoria will share in almost $13 million in government grants to buy new equipment.

Victorian Honour Roll of women 2017

Give an outstanding woman the recognition they deserve

10 August 2016

The Victorian Honour Roll celebrates women who have made significant and lasting contributions to their local community, the nation or the world. Nominations for 2017 are open now.

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Time is running out to apply for Public Safety Infrastructure Grants

9 August 2016

Victorian councils can apply for grants of up to $250,000 to undertake development and improvement of public safety and security infrastructure. Applications close on 2 September.

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Change lives - change careers

5 August 2016

Find out about new opportunities for a career in Community Correctional Services.

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More firefighting aircraft to keep Victorians safe

1 August 2016

Two of the world’s biggest firefighting aircraft will be back in Victoria this summer to support our fire fighters and keep communities safe from bushfires.


Building safer and more resilient communities

28 July 2016

The Victoria State Emergency Service has developed a 3-year plan to build disaster resilience in Victorian communities.

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VEOHRC launches equity and diversity review of the fire services

26 July 2016

The Independent Review into Equity and Diversity within the MFB and CFA will look at barriers and opportunities for building safe and respectful environments in both organisations.

Government rebuilding human rights culture

22 July 2016

The government has announced it will amend the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and conduct an education program for public servants to rebuild the state's human rights culture.

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Victorian Multicultural Commission celebrates 14th year of Multicultural Awards for Excellence

18 July 2016

Nominations are now open for Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence, including two new award categories - the Youth Award and the Award for Community Innovation.

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Employment scams targeting vulnerable Victorians

11 July 2016

Victorians should be on alert for employment scams being disguised as genuine job advertisements. Jobseekers reported 65 employment scams to Consumer Affairs Victoria in 2014-15.

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Giving people and bikes a second chance

1 July 2016

Offenders on Community Correctional Orders and disadvantaged residents are restoring old bikes for their community and learning practical skills through Second Chance Cycles.


Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund

27 June 2016

The Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund grants program is a government initiative to help Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Services address current unmet demand

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VCAT will have new fees from 1 July 2016

20 June 2016

The government has announced a 3-tiered fee structure for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal that better aligns charges with an individual or organisation's financial situation.

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Community Safety Fund grants close soon

17 June 2016

Local community groups and Victorian councils have until 1 July to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support local crime prevention solutions.

Take2 Victoria's climate change pledge


10 June 2016

Pledge to be part of Victoria's action on climate change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep the global temperature rise to under 2 degrees.

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New laws to protect against child abuse

7 June 2016

The Victorian Government has introduced new legislation to strengthen existing sexual offence laws to better protect children from abuse.

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Victoria's brave triple zero stars celebrated

3 June 2016

Twenty-nine brave youngsters have been honoured for their heroic and life-saving actions in the face of an emergency at the 12th annual Junior Triple Zero Hero Awards

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Help shape the Victorian state disability plan 2017-2020

1 June 2016

People with a disability, families and carers can share their ideas about the actions they believe Victoria should take to make our state more equal and inclusive.

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New digital campaign to drive down home fire risk

30 May 2016

The Safe Mistake Zone encourages Victorians to minimise fire risks in the home, eliminating hazards that can cause fires, potentially costing people their homes and their lives.

National Reconciliation Week 2016 27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week - our history, our story, our future

27 May 2016

Learn about and celebrate our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and contribute towards reconciliation between all Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people of Australia.


Righting the wrong: Historic State Apology

24 May 2016

Victoria has become the first Australian state to make a formal State Apology for past laws that criminalised homosexual acts.

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ShredFest 2016

24 May 2016

Ballarat and Bendigo residents can reduce their risk of falling victim to identity scams by taking part in ShredFest 2016.

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Apply now for Community Safety Fund grants

18 May 2016

Local community groups and Victorian Councils can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support local based crime prevention solutions.

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Law Week is here!

17 May 2016

Law Week is running across Victoria until Sunday. Held in May each year, Law Week is a festival of events that makes learning about the law easy.

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Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants now open

13 May 2016

Victorian councils can apply now for grants of up to $250,000 for the development of public safety and security infrastructure to improve community safety and confidence in public places.


New Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner appointed

9 May 2016

Kristen Hilton will commence her role as the new Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission on 1 June 2016.

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Celebrate National Volunteer Week

6 May 2016

Show your support for the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer during National Volunteer Week, 9-13 May.

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Program to help jockeys with career options

5 May 2016

The Post Riding Career Employment Transition Program aims to provide jockeys with essential skills, training and opportunities to make a successful career transition.

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Have your say on new arrangements for emergency management planning

3 May 2016

Submissions are invited from the emergency management sector, community groups and the community on the Emergency Management Legislation Amendment (Planning) BIll 2016 Exposure Draft.

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Victorian Budget 2016-17

27 April 2016

The 2016-17 Victorian Budget released today includes funding for Community Correctional Services, emergency services, crime prevention, and the justice system's response to family violence.

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Prisoner and offender statistics now available

14 April 2016

End of month prisoner and offender numbers according to prison location and demographic characteristics are now available on the Corrections Victoria website.

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Royal Commission into Family Violence

13 July 2015

The Royal Commission into Family Violence inquired into and provided practical recommendations on how Victoria's response to family violence can be improved.

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The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.