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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.
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.
3 February 2017
As Valentine’s Day approaches, lonely hearts should be on high alert for scammers when looking for love online.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 December 2016
The Community Safety Statement is a comprehensive package to fight crime and make Victoria safer.
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.
2 December 2016
Victorian community groups have been celebrated for their innovative fire prevention and safety work at the 2016 Fire Awareness Awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 November 2016
Disadvantaged Victorians will have better access to legal information online thanks to a new Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) website.
4 November 2016
Public comments and submissions are invited in response to a review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.
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.
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.
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.
17 October 2016
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is about encouraging individuals, the community and industry to support the concept of responsible gambling.
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.
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.
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.
29 September 2016
The Crime Statistics Agency has today released its recorded crime statistics for Victoria for the year ending 30 June 2016.
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.
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.
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.
20 September 2016
The VicEmergency app will provide another channel to access warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and water safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 August 2016
Moana Weir will commence as Chair of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission on 23 August.
11 August 2016
Emergency services volunteers around Victoria will share in almost $13 million in government grants to buy new equipment.
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.
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.
5 August 2016
Find out about new opportunities for a career in Community Correctional Services.
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.
28 July 2016
The Victoria State Emergency Service has developed a 3-year plan to build disaster resilience in Victorian communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
7 June 2016
The Victorian Government has introduced new legislation to strengthen existing sexual offence laws to better protect children from abuse.
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
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.
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.
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.
24 May 2016
Victoria has become the first Australian state to make a formal State Apology for past laws that criminalised homosexual acts.
24 May 2016
Ballarat and Bendigo residents can reduce their risk of falling victim to identity scams by taking part in ShredFest 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 May 2016
Show your support for the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer during National Volunteer Week, 9-13 May.
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.
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.
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.
24 April 2016
The Victorian Government has released 'Advice on the legislative and governance models under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009'.
21 April 2016
Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll’s report on his review of the Community Crime Prevention Program has been released.
19 April 2016
Aboriginal Victorians in regional areas have an opportunity to help shape the future relationship between the Aboriginal community and Victorian Government at 4 self-determination forums.
18 April 2016
A new initiative launched in Melbourne will help up to 11,000 asylum seekers living in Victoria get the legal assistance they need to have their claims for protection assessed fairly.
15 April 2016
Students and street art are helping to clean up Mossy Skate Park as part of a Victorian Government graffiti prevention project.
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.
14 April 2016
The Victorian Government will deliver a $23.9 million investment to hold family violence perpetrators to account and support victims.
12 April 2016
Video court hearings will reduce pressure on police cells following the introduction of new legislation.
8 April 2016
What does justice mean for victims in the 21st century? Book earlybird tickets now for the 2016 Victims and Justice National Conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 8 and 9 August.
7 April 2016
John Voyage was yesterday appointed as Victoria's new Road Safety Camera Commissioner. The Road Safety Camera Commissioner provides independent oversight of Victoria's camera network.
4 April 2016
Watch Melbourne Football Club become the latest Victorian club to walk away from sponsorships with sports betting companies and commit to furthering responsible gambling practices.
31 March 2016
Applications are open for the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program which will provide $12.8 million to help fund equipment for volunteer emergency services organisations.
30 March 2016
Victorians are urged to change their smoke alarm batteries as they put their clocks forward when daylight savings ends this Sunday 3 April.
30 March 2016
Victorians have until 2 May 2016 to comment on a proposed new fee structure for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
23 March 2016
Victorians are being warned to be wary of online scams when booking last minute accommodation this Easter.
22 March 2016
Showcase your ideas and initiatives to make the community safer during emergencies as part of the 2016 Resilient Australia Awards.
22 March 2016
Victoria's harness racing industry is set to be revitalised under the leadership of a new board, with members skilled in the areas of integrity, animal welfare, marketing and governance.
21 March 2016
The Commonwealth has introduced a national interim ban against hoverboards that do not comply with Australian electrical safety standards.
17 March 2016
Road safety statistics for October to December 2015 show there was a 4.5 per cent decrease in total infringements compared with the same quarter of the previous year.
17 March 2016
Today marks a major milestone for Greyhound Racing Victoria as it is the 20th anniversary of the first dog being adopted through its Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).
17 March 2016
Crime Statistics Agency has released statistics for the year to 31 December 2015, including summary statistics on offences, alleged offenders, victim reports and family incidents.
15 March 2016
Victorian councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to partner with community groups to deliver local graffiti prevention initiatives.
11 March 2016
An important update from Emergency Management Victoria about high levels of blue-green algae that remain in the Murray River.
7 March 2016
The community of Woomelang is better equipped to respond to emergencies with the official opening of a new joint CFA and SES facility in Berriwillock-Sea Lake Road.
4 March 2016
Proposed new laws to reform the Estate Agents Act 1980 will help give Victorians a fair go when buying a home.
3 March 2016
New murals at the Canterbury railway station have cleaned up the underpasses and will help prevent graffiti in the area.
1 March 2016
A new legal services panel commenced on 1 March to provide Victorian government departments and statutory entities with a range of cost-effective legal services options.
25 February 2016
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett have announced assistance for those affected by the Mount Bolton and Somerville bushfires.
25 February 2016
Find out at the 2016 Victims and Justice National Conference, presented by the Victims Support Agency, Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 August at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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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