Victorian Seniors Festival

29 September 2016

The 2016 Victorian Seniors Festival takes place throughout October, with more than 1,500 events and activities for older Victorians. This year’s program features entertainment, adventure and fun-focussed activities across the state, including sports, the arts and concerts. Be sure to check out what’s on and mark events in your diaries today!



Love The Game, Not The Odds

21 September 2016

With footy finals in full swing, young sports fans are being reminded that you don’t need to have a bet to enjoy the on-field action.

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz has launched the Love the Game, Not the Odds campaign.

The campaign includes new TV, radio and online ads, as well as online resources for kids and parents at, that highlight the way gambling is changing the way kids see sport.

Kids should be talking about their favourite sporting teams, not the odds of that team winning.

With the AFL Grand Final just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to for a much needed reminder to love the game, not the odds.

Sadly, it’s increasingly common for kids to link gambling with sport. But gambling isn’t an integral part of sport and as parents we have a huge role to play teaching our kids about the risks of betting.

The Victorian Maths Challenge has been launched

September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has launched the inaugural challenge for Victorian pre-school and year 5-8 students this week.

It involves activities for students and their families that link maths to real-world situations for all ages.

The challenge runs until the 29th of November 2016.

To find out more about the Victorian Maths Challenge, visit



Draft Animal Welfare Action Plan

12 September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a Draft Animal Welfare Action Plan for public feedback.

The draft 5-year action plan focusses on three key areas:

  • Contemporary animal welfare laws
  • A collaborative approach that underpins knowledge, commitment and investment in animal welfare
  • Efficient and effective compliance and enforcement

We will seek feedback on Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria from interested individuals, industry bodies and community groups from today until Tuesday, 11 October 2016.

Feedback can be provided through or by calling 136 186.





1 September 2016

Historic day for equality – adoption equality starts now

Changes to the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Act 2015 (the Act) in Victoria allow couples to adopt regardless of their sex or gender identity.

These changes mean that LGBTI couples can adopt under the same circumstances as any other couple.

The reforms are an important part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to equality for LGBTI Victorians. The Act reflects the fact that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is distinct from their capacity to be a loving and caring parent.

The increase in families applying to adopt will mean that there will be more opportunities for children to be matched with the best possible family.

The paramount consideration of courts in considering adoption applications remains the best interests of the child to be adopted. Other safeguards continue to apply, such as the requirement that applicants are fit and proper persons.

Adoption agencies in Victoria are available to assist applicants.

Intercountry Adoption Victoria (IAV) will handle queries in relation to adoption in the context of overseas surrogacy and is providing extra resources to handle these queries, including providing initial, specific advice and guidance for parents applying to adopt in this situation.

Those who are interested in applying to adopt should visit or contact their local Adoption and Permanent Care team.




2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

1 September 2016

The Minister for Youth Affairs, has officially opened nominations for the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

The awards recognise young people who have made a real difference to their communities.

The Andrews Labor Government is a proud supporter of the Victorian Young Achiever Awards through its sponsorship of the Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award.

The Awards are open to young people aged up to 29 years. Nominations are now open and close on 1 December, 2016.

For more information or to nominate a young achiever, visit