BOOST FOR KINDER PLANNING IN WARRNAMBOOL

Our littlest learners in Warrnambool are going to get the best possible start to life with improved kindergarten infrastructure, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Early Childhood and Pre-Prep Ingrid Stitt and Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative successfully secured $150,000 in Building Blocks Planning Grants to put…

LOCAL WESTERN VICTORIAN CLUBS SCORE FUNDING BOOST

Forty-five grassroots sport and active recreation clubs and organisations in Western Victoria are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $900,000 from the Victorian Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced the successful local applicants of the latest round of…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: WORKFORCE TRAINING INNOVATION FUND

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:17): Last week I was pleased to launch a new program that will boost skills in Victoria’s electrical workforce. Through the Workforce Training Innovation Fund the Andrews Labor government is investing more than $950 000 in a pilot program for 500 licensed electricians to…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: I am pleased and proud to acknowledge the 27 members of Western Victoria whose contribution has been recognised in our most prestigious awards, the Order of Australia. These Victorians encompass extremely varied fields,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VICTORIAN TUNNELLING CENTRE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:07): On Monday I had the privilege of welcoming the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, and the federal Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor, to the world-class Victorian Tunnelling Centre at Holmesglen TAFE, which is a great example of collaboration between the Metro…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: WORLDSKILLS COMPETITION

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:25): Today I am very pleased to advise the chamber that Victoria will host the 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Championships. WorldSkills is the nation’s largest trades and skills competition and gives hundreds of apprentices, trainees and students the chance to showcase their talents across…

APPROPRIATION (PARLIAMENT 2022-2023) BILL 2O22

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:34): I also add my voice in thanking all of the staff here at Parliament and back in our electorate offices for the work that they do day in and day out. I would encourage anyone that is listening that has not actually…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: BANNOCKBURN FOOTBALL AND NETBALL CLUB

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: Last week I had great pleasure in joining the member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, in making an important announcement in Bannockburn that will make such a difference for the community and especially for…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE GIPPSLAND

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:23): I would like to highlight another outstanding development in the support of TAFE students and regional communities that occurred last week at TAFE Gippsland, Lakes Entrance. This campus is home to a state-of-the-art marine research and education centre. It focuses on providing training…

UPGRADING SKIPTON SCHOOL BRICK BY BRICK

Students at Skipton Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with the appointment of a builder for the school’s important upgrade. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Ducon Maintenance Pty Ltd has been appointed to build Skipton Primary’s $4.197 million upgrade,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: CHISHOLM INSTITUTE, DANDENONG CAMPUS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:59): Recently I visited the Chisholm TAFE campus in Dandenong, where I was joined by the great member for Dandenong and a great minister, Gabrielle Williams, to open the new trade centre and student support hub, thanks to a $7.4 million investment by the…

MORE JOBS AND WORKER HOUSING IN PORTLAND

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Portland to create more jobs across a diverse range of industries, while providing the housing workers need through the newly opened Portland Diversification Fund. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the $7.5 million Fund is open for applications as part of the $17.4 million Portland Economic Diversification…

BANNOCKBURN TIGERS TO ROAR AT NEW NETBALL PAVILION

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Bannockburn and district netballers with the redevelopment of a new female friendly pavilion at the town’s Victoria Park. Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens and Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, today visited Bannockburn Football and Netball Club to formally announce a $1.1 million contribution towards the project which will…

VICTIMS OF CRIME (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME) BILL 2022

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:43): This is the most significant reform to financial assistance for victims of crime in over 50 years. I will detail responses to many of the matters that have been raised; however, it is important to note that the government will work with victim-survivors…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:28): Today is an important day, National Sorry Day, a day when we acknowledge the strength of stolen generations survivors. It is a day to ensure that we never lose sight of the importance of healing, focusing on strong future and the significance…

AGRICULTURE LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2022

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:19): I thank members for their contributions on this bill so far, which will support Victoria’s agriculture industry and help safeguard food security, food safety and access to export markets which are vital to the state’s economy. Ms Bath discussed some questions which have…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: PORTARLINGTON FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: This week Portarlington Demons Football Netball Club are hosting their inaugural Indigenous round, during National Reconciliation Week 2022. The AFL of course celebrates a Dreamtime round each year, where players wear unique jumpers and…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: APPRENTICESHIPS VICTORIA

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:23): I am incredibly proud to update the chamber on the important role that Apprenticeships Victoria plays in supporting apprentices and trainees to achieve qualifications that are a career passport for life. This government is absolutely committed to ensuring that apprentices and trainees…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: AUSLAN TRAINING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:57): This week is Education Week, and I am proud that the Andrews Labor government has committed to access and inclusion in education, training and skills. Last week it was my privilege to attend RMIT to announce the diploma of Auslan and the…

HONOURING AND SUPPORTING WARRNAMBOOL VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our local veteran community and honouring their incredible sacrifice with funding to Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch would receive over $12,000 to refit the veterans services entrance area and reconfigure existing office spaces to add new facilities to support…

HONOURING AND SUPPORTING TERANG VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our local veteran community and honouring their incredible sacrifice with funding to Terang RSL Sub-Branch. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Terang RSL Sub-Branch would receive over $13,000 to undertake repairs to the floor at Terang RSL Hall. It’s one of 50 projects across the state…

HONOURING AND SUPPORTING COLAC VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting our local veteran community and honouring their incredible sacrifice with funding to Colac Legacy Club. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Colac Legacy Club would receive $5,000 to undertake renovations at Legacy House. It’s one of 50 projects across the state to share in $1.1 million…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: POLICE NUMBERS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:05): Last week I was proud to announce more than $1 million to be awarded by the Regional and Specialist Training Fund to Victoria University’s policing recruitment pathways course. This important investment builds on the extremely successful Victoria Police diversity recruitment program which supports…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ADULT COMMUNITY EDUCATION

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:21): I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Swan Hill, where I met students, teachers and staff at Murray Adult Community Education, who deliver training to Swan Hill locals and the broader regional community. I was really impressed with what I saw…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ADULT COMMUNITY EDUCATION

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:21): I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Swan Hill, where I met students, teachers and staff at Murray Adult Community Education, who deliver training to Swan Hill locals and the broader regional community. I was really impressed with what I saw…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: PETER NOONAN

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:46): Today I rise to pay tribute to Professor Peter Noonan, whose leadership in policy design in the higher education, training and skills system led the way for transformational reforms in Australia. His commitment and sharp insights always put the student at the…

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR HAMPDEN SPECIALIST SCHOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Hampden Specialist School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver major upgrade for the growing school. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $4.3 million to replace relocatable buildings with new permanent facilities at Hampden…

MAJOR UPGRADE FOR GRASMERE PRIMARY SCHOOL

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students at Grasmere Primary School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will invest $2.6 million to deliver upgrades to existing facilities at the school.…

BETTER PUBLIC AGED CARE FACILITIES IN CAMPERDOWN

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with ensuring older Victorians get the high-quality care and comfort they deserve, with a modern redevelopment of the public aged care facility in Camperdown. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Victorian Budget 2022/23 will deliver the redevelopment of Merindah Lodge Nursing Home and Merindah…

SUPPORTING THE FUTURE OF OUR REGIONS

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in a suite of new projects across regional and rural Victoria to deliver the infrastructure that locals and visitors need. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle today announced $1,270,319 for the East Beach Precinct project, which is part of the Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Round 2. The…

RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED FOR STUDENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $7.5 million into Victorian not-for-profit organisations to deliver innovative educational programs that enrich the learning experience of students across the state. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG) is among almost 80 organisations who will receive a share of the funding,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: UNIVERSITY AND TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:30): As Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education I am focused on ensuring that universities and the VET sector work in unison to deliver the research to create new industries and provide the highest quality training in skills to…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: UNIVERSITY FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:04:214:): Today I am proud to advise the house of the leadership taken by Victorian universities in research and development. This has been made possible by the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund. Today I announced $17 million of funding to support 12 Victorian…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: SOPHIE MOLAN

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: On another note, how fantastic it is to see leadership from young women like Terang’s Sophie Molan, who has joined her family business to work in quarries driving 50 tonnes of earthmoving machinery.…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: BACK TO BACK THEATRE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: It is with great pleasure that I rise today to congratulate Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre for an outstanding accomplishment on the world stage, winning the International Ibsen Award. Back to Back’s ensemble…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: GEELONG TRADES TRAINING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:05): I am pleased to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is building world-class training facilities in Geelong. Last week it was great to announce a $2 million investment at the Gordon’s East Geelong campus to build new plumbing and carpentry workshops.…

Iconic Harbour Landmark In Warrnambool Reopens

The wait is over for local anglers and visitors following the completion of critical repairs at Warrnambool’s historic harbour. The Andrews Labor Government invested $250,000 in emergency funds to repair the Warrnambool Breakwater after a storm caused significant damage in April 2021. The works have restored pedestrian access to the breakwater and parapet walkway, with…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT SAFETY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:06): Yesterday the results of Universities Australia’s 2021 National Student Safety Survey were released. It is deeply concerning and an indictment on our society that sexual harassment and gender discrimination still occur at universities throughout Australia. The results reinforce the distressing fact that students,…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE GIPPSLAND MORWELL CAMPUS

MS 23TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:18): I am incredibly proud to update the chamber on how TAFE Gippsland’s Morwell campus is better than it has ever been because of the investments made by the Andrews Labor government. Our government is absolutely determined to give Gippsland locals access to…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: MARYBOROUGH EDUCATION CENTRE

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: I’m very pleased to report that last week I visited a fantastic example of a modern, inclusive educational precinct—Maryborough Education Centre—that is testimony to the priority that Labor governments have always given to…

LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT AMENDMENT (ANIMAL ACTIVISM) BILL 2021

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (15:59): I thank members for their contributions today and indeed during the previous parliamentary sitting on this important legislation. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, which recommended the measures in this legislation in their report…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:10:070:): Today I rise to talk about the Andrews Labor government’s positive plan in providing more opportunities to support Victorians to get the skills they need for the jobs that we are creating. On Sunday I was pleased to join the Premier and the…

CONSERVATION, FORESTS AND LANDS AMENDMENT BILL 2022

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (17:46): I move: That the second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. Motion agreed to. Ms TIERNEY: I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: Introduction The management of Victoria’s 7.8 million hectares of public native forests and…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:30): One of the fastest growing sectors in Victoria is the healthcare and social services sector. It is Australia’s largest employing industry, with nearly four in five workers being women. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on this industry. We on this…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: JACK DIAMOND

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: Last week I attended the funeral of Jack Diamond, and today I rise to pay tribute to Jack, who was a champion of public education and made an enormous public contribution to improving…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE TEACHERS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:26): As I am sure everyone in this chamber knows, a great teacher can change lives. In the TAFE network we have incredibly dedicated and passionate teachers who share their industry expertise and skills every day. I am grateful to every single TAFE…

VICTORIA POLICE AMENDMENT BILL 2022

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (19:21): I thank Ms Taylor for her introduction in terms of the government’s position in respect of this. The introduction of the new Victoria Police Act 2013 changed the powers of deputy commissioners to appoint acting assistant commissioners. However, in practice Victoria Police continued…

VICTORIA POLICE AMENDMENT BILL 2022

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (19:10): I move: That the second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. Motion agreed to. Ms TIERNEY: I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: The Bill before the House introduces urgent amendments into the Victoria Police…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: WOMEN IN TRADES

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (11:56): Today I rise to highlight the important role the post-secondary education and training system plays as a key driver to achieve gender equality in our society. TAFEs, Apprenticeships Victoria, Learn Locals and universities are instrumental in shifting cultural and societal change, and…

PROGRAM FUNDING A BOOST FOR WARRNAMBOOL COLLEGE

Warrnambool College has received funding from the Accessible Buildings Program, to improve school facilities and infrastructure that supports students and staff with disabilities, thanks to the Victorian Government. Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Warrnambool College has been allocated funding from the Accessible Buildings Program to promote inclusive learning environments, through…

DRIVING DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY ACROSS THE GREAT SOUTH COAST

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting digital technology infrastructure, skills and capability across the Great South Coast. The Labor Government’s $3.5 million Regional Digital Fund supports a broad range of important small-scale digital projects across Victoria including two regional projects in the Great South Coast region to increase digital capability, connectivity, infrastructure and inclusion. The Great…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: APPRENTICESHIPS VICTORIA

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:09): I rise today to highlight how Apprenticeships Victoria is leading a renaissance for skills and training in Victoria. Since its establishment in late 2020 Apprenticeships Victoria has put in place high-quality career pathways and has set new benchmarks for earn-and-learn opportunities for…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: REFUGEE AND ASYLUM SEEKER SUPPORT

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:33): Last week I was proud to announce the Victorian government’s expansion of the asylum seeker VET and Reconnect programs, which is a $6 million investment from the 2021–22 Victorian budget. These programs ensure people seeking asylum can access training and support in Victoria…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: AGRICULTURE TRAINING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:02): Last week it was fantastic to be in the south-west to celebrate the completion of upgrades at Glenormiston. This is the government that reopened Glenormiston, and it is this government that committed $2 million at the last election to upgrade facilities. The fantastic…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: COMMERCIAL HOTEL, TERANG

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: I rise today to inform the house of a wonderful experience I had recently, spending time at Terang’s Commercial Hotel—an emerging creative hub in the south-west. The hotel itself is a heritage site—the…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: COMMERCIAL HOTEL, TERANG

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: I rise today to inform the house of a wonderful experience I had recently, spending time at Terang’s Commercial Hotel—an emerging creative hub in the south-west. The hotel itself is a heritage site—the…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE FUNDING

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:12): I am pleased to update the chamber on how the Andrews Labor government is making record investments in TAFE and making it the best it has ever been. Late last year the Premier and I visited William Angliss Institute to announce an…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: LEARN LOCAL AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:17): Recently I was joined by parliamentary secretary Cesar Melhem to celebrate the achievements, resilience and commitment of students, teachers, trainers and industry partners in the Learn Local sector. It was a wonderful gathering of exceptional people. All have worked together in these…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: TAFE LGBTIQA+ EQUALITY

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (12:08): Last Sunday the Victorian TAFE network marched for the first time at the Midsumma Pride March. Staff and students from across Victoria came together to celebrate diversity and send a strong message that TAFEs are inclusive of every Victorian. You could not…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021: I rise today to express Western Victoria’s pride in the 30 residents who received Australia Day honours. Foremost among them are Eve Kantor and Mark Wootton of Hensley Park, who became Officers of…

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: VICTORIAN HIGHER EDUCATION STATE INVESTMENT FUND

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education) (13:25): Last week I was pleased to visit Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn campus with my Legislative Council colleagues Nina Taylor, Sonja Terpstra and Enver Erdogan and local member for Hawthorn John Kennedy MP to announce the Andrews Labor government’s $5.2 million contribution to…