Review of Victorian Adoption Laws

August 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to conduct a review of the Adoption Act 1984 (Vic).

In December 2015, the Government requested the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) conduct a review of Victoria’s adoption laws to promote the best interests of children, their rights and their ongoing needs, align with other key pieces of Victorian legislation and better reflect a contemporary understanding of family and community.

This review builds on the Government’s existing changes to adoption laws, which included removing barriers to same-sex couples and amendments that repealed contact statements.

I encourage interested constituents to send a submissions on the VLRC’s consultation paper. Submissions are due by 16 September.

For further information on the process for public submissions, along with the terms of reference and the consultation paper, please visit the VLRC website at http://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au/all-projects/adoption-act.


Victoria: A State of Momentum

25 August 2016

Premier Daniel Andrews has launched a $2.5 million ‘Victoria: A State of Momentum’ campaign, which showcases the state’s strengths as a business destination.

Highlighting our skilled workforce, the lowest business costs on the eastern seaboard and the world’s most liveable city, the campaign aims to encourage investment, grow exports and promote Victoria’s businesses to the rest of the world.

As well as encouraging greater international investment, the campaign builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to job creation.

To date, more than 150,000 Victorian jobs have been created since the Labor Government came to office – and we’re doing everything we can to make sure we’re attracting more businesses to our state.

The campaign site can be found here : tradeandinvestment.vic.gov.au

More information:

Economic Building Blocks for Victoria (PDF download).

Jobs for Victoria (PDF download).

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Geelong Hospital and Ambulance Improved Performance

August 2016

As a result of the 2016-17 budget, the Geelong Hospital received $33 million extra on top of the extra $20 million in last year’s budget to deliver more care, sooner to their local community.

This included funding to start to open 32 more beds in the new Baxter Wing. The hospital admitted 1,579 more patients compared to the same quarter last year and 1,232 more patients attended emergency.

The elective surgery waiting list was reduced to 1,079 patients (39 fewer than the same time last year). The waiting list, statewide, is the lowest in 6 years.

[Please read more here]

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