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Non-Gov Schools Urged To Take Up Respectful Relationships

A new Expression of Interest process will be offered to provide another opportunity for non-government schools to take part in the Andrews Labor Government’s Respectful Relationships program. Respectful Relationships is a whole-school approach, supporting schools to embed respect and gender equality in all aspects of their culture – in the classroom, the playground, the staffroom, and the broader school community. To date, 309 non-government schools have signed up to Respectful Relationships, however, the new EOI opportunity will ensure that the program can be rolled out even further. The Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended the implementation of Respectful Relationships to promote respect, positive attitudes and behaviours, and to teach children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. It is a program that is proven to work and change the behaviours of young people. The Labor Government has invested $82 million in Respectful Relationships, to deliver training, support and funding to schools to implement the initiative. All Victorian government schools are now part of the Respectful Relationships initiative, acquitting a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Minister for Education James Merlino recently announced that, from Term 2 this year, the teaching of consent will be mandatory in all government schools in an age-appropriate way. The Victorian Curriculum requires schools to teach the focus areas of relationships, sexuality and safety. While Respectful Relationships goes directly to the issue of consent, mandating the teaching of consent will bring focus to this critical issue and ensure consistency across the state. Schools and teachers will be supported to deliver the teaching of consent with further guidance and professional development. Non-government schools can apply until 31 May 2021 to take part in Respectful Relationships at the website: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/respectfulrelationships. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino “We are leading the nation through our Respectful Relationships program that goes directly to the issue of consent.” “There are no excuses for any school not rolling out a program like this. It is proven to make a real difference and is a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.” “I want to see every single school across the country implement this program. Students have been clear they need a greater focus on the issue of consent and that is exactly what we will deliver.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison "I know, from my own experience, that kids learn so much in the classroom. They learn about maths, they learn about history, they learn about English. They should be learning about Respectful Relationships too." “The Government has worked with the University of Melbourne to make sure that this program will deliver better outcomes for students, better outcomes for families, and better outcomes for the community.”

Non-Gov Schools Urged To Take Up Respectful Relationships

A new Expression of Interest process will be offered to provide another opportunity for non-government schools to take part in the Andrews Labor Government’s Respectful Relationships program. Respectful Relationships is a whole-school approach, supporting schools to embed respect and gender equality in all aspects of their culture – in the classroom, the playground, the staffroom, and the broader school community. To date, 309 non-government schools have signed up to Respectful Relationships, however, the new EOI opportunity will ensure that the program can be rolled out even further. The Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended the implementation of Respectful Relationships to promote respect, positive attitudes and behaviours, and to teach children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. It is a program that is proven to work and change the behaviours of young people. The Labor Government has invested $82 million in Respectful Relationships, to deliver training, support and funding to schools to implement the initiative. All Victorian government schools are now part of the Respectful Relationships initiative, acquitting a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Minister for Education James Merlino recently announced that, from Term 2 this year, the teaching of consent will be mandatory in all government schools in an age-appropriate way. The Victorian Curriculum requires schools to teach the focus areas of relationships, sexuality and safety. While Respectful Relationships goes directly to the issue of consent, mandating the teaching of consent will bring focus to this critical issue and ensure consistency across the state. Schools and teachers will be supported to deliver the teaching of consent with further guidance and professional development. Non-government schools can apply until 31 May 2021 to take part in Respectful Relationships at the website: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/respectfulrelationships. Quotes attributable to Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino “We are leading the nation through our Respectful Relationships program that goes directly to the issue of consent.” “There are no excuses for any school not rolling out a program like this. It is proven to make a real difference and is a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.” “I want to see every single school across the country implement this program. Students have been clear they need a greater focus on the issue of consent and that is exactly what we will deliver.” Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison "I know, from my own experience, that kids learn so much in the classroom. They learn about maths, they learn about history, they learn about English. They should be learning about Respectful Relationships too." “The Government has worked with the University of Melbourne to make sure that this program will deliver better outcomes for students, better outcomes for families, and better outcomes for the community.”

Six Months Of Orange Door In Central Highlands

The Central Highlights Orange Door network has helped more than 6000 people including more than 2000 children and young people since opening six months ago. The Orange Door in Central Highlands was one of two Orange Door Networks to open in October last year during COVID-19 restrictions. The Central Highlands Orange Door Network includes a primary site in Ballarat, an access point in Bacchus Marsh and outposted services planned in Ararat, Hepburn and Golden Plains. Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today toured the Ballarat site and met with staff. Following Victoria’s landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $3 billion to prevent family violence, support victim survivors and change perpetrator behaviour – more than every other government in Australia combined. The Orange Door network – a key recommendation of the Royal Commission - can be accessed via a dedicated telephone number, by referral from other support services, or by going in person to a physical site or outposted services. All 17 Orange Doors are on track to be opened by the end of the year. The Orange Door in Central Highlands is a strong partnership between Child and Family Services Ballarat, Berry Street (Western Region), Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing including Child Protection, Victoria Police and Family Safety Victoria. The Orange Door network brings together workers from specialist family violence, child and family, Aboriginal and men’s services to provide help and support for people experiencing family violence, and parents and carers needing support with the wellbeing and development of children and young people. The Orange Door in Central Highlands can be contacted on 1800 219 819 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday - except public holidays. For more information, visit orangedoor.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “The Orange Door network in the Central Highlands has already helped and supported thousands of locals when they needed that support the most.” “Orange Door networks are ensuring no matter where women and children live, they can access advice and support.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “We’ve established this service in Ballarat to ensure that women in our region can access help and support for family violence and the wellbeing of children – and I encourage anyone who needs that support to reach out.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Protecting families from violence remains a priority for our government because everybody deserves to feel safe.”

Six Months Of Orange Door In Central Highlands

The Central Highlights Orange Door network has helped more than 6000 people including more than 2000 children and young people since opening six months ago. The Orange Door in Central Highlands was one of two Orange Door Networks to open in October last year during COVID-19 restrictions. The Central Highlands Orange Door Network includes a primary site in Ballarat, an access point in Bacchus Marsh and outposted services planned in Ararat, Hepburn and Golden Plains. Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today toured the Ballarat site and met with staff. Following Victoria’s landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $3 billion to prevent family violence, support victim survivors and change perpetrator behaviour – more than every other government in Australia combined. The Orange Door network – a key recommendation of the Royal Commission - can be accessed via a dedicated telephone number, by referral from other support services, or by going in person to a physical site or outposted services. All 17 Orange Doors are on track to be opened by the end of the year. The Orange Door in Central Highlands is a strong partnership between Child and Family Services Ballarat, Berry Street (Western Region), Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing including Child Protection, Victoria Police and Family Safety Victoria. The Orange Door network brings together workers from specialist family violence, child and family, Aboriginal and men’s services to provide help and support for people experiencing family violence, and parents and carers needing support with the wellbeing and development of children and young people. The Orange Door in Central Highlands can be contacted on 1800 219 819 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday - except public holidays. For more information, visit orangedoor.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams “The Orange Door network in the Central Highlands has already helped and supported thousands of locals when they needed that support the most.” “Orange Door networks are ensuring no matter where women and children live, they can access advice and support.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “We’ve established this service in Ballarat to ensure that women in our region can access help and support for family violence and the wellbeing of children – and I encourage anyone who needs that support to reach out.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Protecting families from violence remains a priority for our government because everybody deserves to feel safe.”

New Traffic Lights Get Underway to Keep Ballarat Moving

Works to keep Ballarat moving is now underway with major construction to install traffic lights at the intersection of Gillies and Gregory streets in Lake Gardens. Aimed at reducing congestion and improving safety for tens of thousands of drivers each day, Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said the installation will commence next week (from Monday 19 April) – the first project as part of the package. A busy road, Gillies Street connects schools, Wendouree Station, recreation facilities and the nearby shopping precincts of Stockland Wendouree and Howitt St, with around 30,000 vehicles travelling through the intersection every day. With significant growth continuing in Ballarat’s west, there is the expectation overall traffic volumes will continue to increase significantly. Installing traffic lights will improve traffic flow and boost safety and safeguard against future congestion – synchronising with the existing Howitt Street traffic lights and the Gillies Street level crossing to minimise delays. Works to install these new traffic lights is expected to take around four months to complete, with traffic management in place and minor delays of approximately five minutes expected at times during this period. The Andrews Labor Government’s Keeping Ballarat Moving package is delivering improvements to six of the busiest intersections and surrounding roads in Ballarat. Next priority projects to get underway include replacing the existing roundabouts at La Trobe Street and Wiltshire Lane, and Wiltshire Lane and the Glenelg Highway, with traffic lights. To find out more, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au  and search ‘Keeping Ballarat Moving’. Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison   “As we continue to upgrade intersections across Ballarat, we’re getting on with building the infrastructure our growing community needs and supporting local jobs in delivering these projects.”  “The installation of these new traffic lights will ensure that everyone has a safer and easier journey through this busy Gillies Street intersection as our city continues to grow.”

New Traffic Lights Get Underway to Keep Ballarat Moving

Works to keep Ballarat moving is now underway with major construction to install traffic lights at the intersection of Gillies and Gregory streets in Lake Gardens. Aimed at reducing congestion and improving safety for tens of thousands of drivers each day, Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said the installation will commence next week (from Monday 19 April) – the first project as part of the package. A busy road, Gillies Street connects schools, Wendouree Station, recreation facilities and the nearby shopping precincts of Stockland Wendouree and Howitt St, with around 30,000 vehicles travelling through the intersection every day. With significant growth continuing in Ballarat’s west, there is the expectation overall traffic volumes will continue to increase significantly. Installing traffic lights will improve traffic flow and boost safety and safeguard against future congestion – synchronising with the existing Howitt Street traffic lights and the Gillies Street level crossing to minimise delays. Works to install these new traffic lights is expected to take around four months to complete, with traffic management in place and minor delays of approximately five minutes expected at times during this period. The Andrews Labor Government’s Keeping Ballarat Moving package is delivering improvements to six of the busiest intersections and surrounding roads in Ballarat. Next priority projects to get underway include replacing the existing roundabouts at La Trobe Street and Wiltshire Lane, and Wiltshire Lane and the Glenelg Highway, with traffic lights. To find out more, visit regionalroads.vic.gov.au  and search ‘Keeping Ballarat Moving’. Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison   “As we continue to upgrade intersections across Ballarat, we’re getting on with building the infrastructure our growing community needs and supporting local jobs in delivering these projects.”  “The installation of these new traffic lights will ensure that everyone has a safer and easier journey through this busy Gillies Street intersection as our city continues to grow.”

Supporting Aboriginal Students in Ballarat

Some of Victoria’s highest achieving Aboriginal students are being supported to complete Year 11 and 12, thanks to the Marrung Education Scholarships program. Juliana Addison MP today congratulated Marrung Education Scholarship recipient Latoya Gadd from Ballarat High School, who was among the 20 recipients of the scholarship from government schools across the state. Miss Gadd’s achievement was recognised at a whole school assembly at Ballarat High School today to loud and supportive applause from the students and school community. The Marrung Education Scholarships recognise students who demonstrate a high potential to succeed in their chosen pathway, including strong academic results and dedicated involvement in their local Aboriginal community. Recipients of a Marrung Education Scholarships receive up to $5,000 a year over two years – to support students to complete Year 11 and 12. More than 240 students have shared in more than $1 million worth of Marrung Education Scholarships since the program started in 2009. Through the Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026, the Victorian Government is working to improve education outcomes for Koorie Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Juliana Addison MP:  “The Marrung Scholarship Program is about creating more opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to reach their full potential in whichever career pathway they choose.”  “Congratulations to Latoya on receiving this scholarship in recognition of her hard work.” “Like many students, Latoya has shown remarkable resilience to maintain focus and commitment during the difficult year that was 2020. I know that this resilience will hold her in good stead for the final two years of school and I look forward to hearing about her future achievements.”

Supporting Aboriginal Students in Ballarat

Some of Victoria’s highest achieving Aboriginal students are being supported to complete Year 11 and 12, thanks to the Marrung Education Scholarships program. Juliana Addison MP today congratulated Marrung Education Scholarship recipient Latoya Gadd from Ballarat High School, who was among the 20 recipients of the scholarship from government schools across the state. Miss Gadd’s achievement was recognised at a whole school assembly at Ballarat High School today to loud and supportive applause from the students and school community. The Marrung Education Scholarships recognise students who demonstrate a high potential to succeed in their chosen pathway, including strong academic results and dedicated involvement in their local Aboriginal community. Recipients of a Marrung Education Scholarships receive up to $5,000 a year over two years – to support students to complete Year 11 and 12. More than 240 students have shared in more than $1 million worth of Marrung Education Scholarships since the program started in 2009. Through the Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026, the Victorian Government is working to improve education outcomes for Koorie Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Juliana Addison MP:  “The Marrung Scholarship Program is about creating more opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to reach their full potential in whichever career pathway they choose.”  “Congratulations to Latoya on receiving this scholarship in recognition of her hard work.” “Like many students, Latoya has shown remarkable resilience to maintain focus and commitment during the difficult year that was 2020. I know that this resilience will hold her in good stead for the final two years of school and I look forward to hearing about her future achievements.”