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New Technology To Strengthen Pet Register

Victorians looking for a new furry friend for their home can be more confident of where their pet has come from, thanks to new technology improving the Victorian Government’s Pet Exchange Register. The Government has made Application Programming Interface (API) technology available to classifieds websites,..

Agriculture Jobs Boost For Regional Victoria

Country Victorian communities will benefit from the creation of nearly 60 full time jobs over the next six months as part of the Agriculture Workforce Plan – supporting our farming community and keeping Victorians working. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced the further investment of..

Views Sought On Safely Reuniting Lost Pets With Owners

The Victorian Government is encouraging Victorians to have their say on reforms to allow vets and animal shelters to legally reunite lost pets with their owners – a key election commitment for our beloved furry friends. Under Victoria’s existing laws, any lost cat or dog..

Review To Protect Victoria’s Forests, Jobs And Timber Industry

The Victorian Government has commissioned a broad-ranging review to safeguard the Victorian Forestry Plan – and the regional jobs and environmental protections it will deliver. The 30-year plan sets out a long-term and sustainable future for Victoria’s forestry industry. As part of the plan announced..

Supporting Our Victorian And NSW Border Communities

The Victorian Government will continue to support local communities and businesses following the New South Wales Government’s decision to enforce a new border zone between the states. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes will work with ministerial colleagues to coordinate the Victorian Government’s response on..

Farm Safety Officers Keeping Victorians Safer

The Victorian Government is backing a new initiative to reduce the number of people injured and killed on farms. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) will receive a $3 million Making our Farms Safer grant to employ two farm..

Booming Resources Sector Provides Diverse Opportunities

The outstanding contribution of Victorian women to their workplaces and the global resources industry has been celebrated by the Victorian Women in Resources Awards. Hosted by the Minerals Council of Australia and supported by the AusIMM Women in Mining Network Victoria, the awards recognise individual..

Calling On Victorian Rural Women To Lead The Way

The Victorian Government is inviting women from country Victoria to build their leadership skills, with the 2021 Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program now open. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes is encouraging rural Victorian women involved in agriculture or the agricultural supply chain to..

Focus On Education Programs To Help Make Farms Safer

Two new educational programs supported by the Victorian Government will be rolled out for rural and regional school students to start changing attitudes towards safety on farms from an early age. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced the programs at the beginning of National..


Rutherglen High School is among eight schools who will receive a Lynne Kosky Memorial Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Grant. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the grants provide important financial support to the selected VCAL providers to develop outstanding learning initiatives for..

Gigabit Broadband A Win For Latrobe Valley Jobs Precincts

Businesses in or moving to the Latrobe Valley now have access to symmetrical gigabit broadband thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in a newly completed world-class local broadband network. Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced completion of the enhanced broadband pilot project,..

New Support For Victorian Communities To Stay Connected

The Victorian Government is helping communities to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic through a new grants program to support local initiatives. Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane and Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the opening of applications for the Let’s Stay..

New Online Training For Horticulture Workers

New workers starting at Victorian horticulture businesses will be quickly brought up to speed to get to work quicker thanks to an online training package supported by the Victorian Government. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced $70,000 for SuniTAFE to develop the Horticulture Farm..

Growing Forestry Jobs Through Innovation

The Victorian Government is supporting our timber industry and securing future jobs by establishing a centre for timber and forestry innovation in Gippsland. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced that the Victorian Government, in collaboration with the Commonwealth, will provide $4 million to Forest..

Improving Safety For Victorian Farms

reduce injuries and deaths of people on farms in Victoria. The Council, established by Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has been meeting to provide guidance on the activities that could be prioritised by government to make farms safer and change farm safety culture, ultimately reducing..


Thousands of accommodation providers across regional Victoria are being urged to access Victorian Government funding to cover the cost of lost refunds during the coronavirus pandemic. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced that applications for the $40 million tourism support fund under the Government’s..