Media Releases – July 2016

Small Business Regulation Review

July 2016

This week, the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Phil Dalidakis, launched the Issues Paper of the first Small Business Regulation Review.

The review will ask small business owners, industry stakeholders and other interested parties in the retail sector to address which areas of regulation they find most burdensome in all stages of the business cycle so the Andrews Labor Government can work towards reducing burdensome regulation.

Retail contributes $25 billion to the Victorian economy every year and employs 500,000 Victorians.

These reviews will address a number of our election commitments – firstly, to give small businesses a direct role in in the review of government regulatory measures to ensure the compliance burden is minimised, and secondly, to develop a small business deregulation agenda that considers tax reform, initiatives to improve regulatory practise and contribute the reduction of the regulatory burden by 25%.

The review should be completed by the end of the year with an Action Statement recommending regulatory improvements given to Minister Dalidakis for consideration.

If you are a small business owner, please take the opportunity to have your say in the first Small Business Regulation Review.

Attached is the Issues Paper, the Issues Paper in its brochure format which is more accessible for time-poor small business owners.

Links to contribute to the Small Business Regulation Review:
Visit the website – vic.gov.au/smallbizreview
Write to the review – smallbiz.review@ecodev.vic.gov.au
Attend a roundtable in the regions (check the website for more details).


Applications Open: $60 million for medical equipment and engineering infrastructure

July 2016

Health  services  across  Victoria are eligible to apply for a share in the $35  million  Medical  Equipment  Replacement  Program  and the $25 million Engineering  Infrastructure Replacement Program and we encourage them to do so.

The Labor Government is ensuring all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they deserve, no matter where they live, and this means funding the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment.

The  Medical  Equipment  Replacement  Program supports hospitals to replace ageing  life-saving  pieces  of  medical  equipment  with  the cutting edge technology to improve patient outcomes.

These  could  include the latest model CT scanners, x-ray rooms, MRI units, gamma cameras and angiography units.

Meanwhile,  the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program will enable hospitals  to replace ageing heating and air conditioning systems and nurse call communication systems, as well as upgrading electrical, water and fire services and lifts.

All hospitals around the state can apply for an eligible project.

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International Health Strategy

July 2016

The Andrews Labor Government last night released a new plan to create local jobs and grow the economy by selling innovation and expertise from Victoria’s world-class health system to international markets.

Victoria’s International Health Strategy 2016-2020: Partnering for a healthy and prosperous future outlines the Government’s vision to grow Victoria as a global exporter of goods and services in health, health education, aged care and health and medical research.

Victoria is a leader in health and medical research, as well as in the delivery of high quality health services and health education that are improving care and outcomes for patients.

This strategy will showcase Victoria’s achievements in health across the globe, while also generating revenue and creating new jobs in the health sector at home.

Victorian patients will benefit from health services that, with additional revenue, will have greater capacity to deliver the care they need, sooner.

Here is a link to the Strategy.


Caucus information – Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund

July 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $148.3 million over four years for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CESF) to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

The CSEF was implemented in mid-2015 and provides eligible government and non-government school students with a school credit of $125 annually for primary school students and $225 annually for secondary school students.

Funds under the program are distributed during Term 1 and Term 2 of each year.

This year CSEF payments of $33.5 million were made for more than 205,000 students, all CSEF payments for 2016 have been allocated.

Attached is a spreadsheet outlining the total payment amounts per electorate for 2016. In total CSEF payments of $33.5 million were made to more than 205,000 students.

I encourage you to contact your local schools to see the benefits of the fund first hand.

Further information about the CSEF is available via this link.

Electorate Breakdown.
CSEF Flyer.

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Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20

July 2016

The Minister for Health today launched the Victorian Cancer Plan and announced the second phase of the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program grants.

The new grants come as the Labor Government launches the Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 that pulls together a range of initiatives in prevention, detection, treatment and research to support people who develop cancer and give them the best chance of beating it.

The plan set the ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer in the next 10  years. It also aims to halve the proportion of people diagnosed with preventable cancers by 2040.

The  plan  is  the  first developed under the Improving Cancer Outcomes Act 2014, and reflects the Labor Government’s commitment to a healthy future by providing Victoria with a long term approach to cancer.

It  sets long term goals to 2040, establishes policy, planning and research priorities  and provides key directions for specific action areas to reduce the burden of cancer and ensure Victorians living with the disease have the best treatment, support and care.

A  key  plank  of Victoria’s fight against the disease is the new Victorian Comprehensive  Cancer  Centre  (VCCC)  – a $1 billion purpose-built facility that  will drive future innovations in cancer research, treatment, care and education.

The  VCCC  is delivering space for up to 1,200 cancer researchers, featuring new  state-of-the-art  research  and  clinical  facilities  for  Peter Mac, Melbourne  Health,  research facilities for the University of Melbourne and education facilities.

The Government is committed to developing a cancer plan every four years to ensure  we  are building on our success and establishing new objectives and priorities.

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Breakfast clubs supporting our dairy farmers

July 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $13.7 million to deliver the School Breakfast Clubs program.  The program is supporting Victorian farmers as well as ensuring every child, regardless of their postcode, has access to a first-rate education.

Please find below some key information and graphic’s for you to use on social media.

Key Facts

  • Next year 400,000 litres of milk will be served to primary school students through the Governments School Breakfast Clubs program.
  • School Breakfast Clubs not only help improve student learning and attendance but will support Victorian dairy farmers.
  • We’re putting students first by providing them with quality dairy products from Victorian dairy producers to promote stronger bones and better health.
  • Up to 25,000 kids in 500 of Victoria’s government primary schools are receiving a free breakfast through the School Breakfast Clubs program.
  • Not all children have access to a healthy breakfast. One in seven children arrive at school with an empty stomach. Without breakfast, growing kids struggle to pay attention throughout the day, affecting their ability to learn and do their best.
  • School Breakfast Clubs help to ensure that children are provided with the nutrition they need in order to improve their social and academic outcomes.

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