The Victorian Government recognises the complementary roles played by it and councils in the planning, funding and delivery of a range of community services, including education.
This recognition was formalised in a partnership agreement between us and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
The agreement recognises the collaborative relationship between the department and councils in the planning, development and provision of education and early childhood services for young people and children.
New outdoor smoking bans for childcare centres, kinders and schools
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has written to all councils with details about implementation of new smoking bans proposed for entrances to childcare centres, kindergartens, schools, children’s indoor play centres, registered community health centres, and certain Victorian Government buildings.
Although the date for implementation of the new bans is still to be advised, DHHS is contacting affected organisations directly about the new requirements and the signage they will need to display.
Council assistance in distributing signage is being requested only in relation to children’s indoor play centres. An application process is available to councils to receive funding to support their implementation in communicating with children’s indoor play centre operators, and other education and enforcement activities.
Council environmental health units should already be aware of this information, as a series of training sessions are being arranged in coming weeks.
For further information, contact the Tobacco Control Section of DHHS.
Vocational education & training
As part of the 2012–13 state budget, the Victorian Government released the ministerial statement Refocusing vocational training in Victoria. This statement outlined a number of changes to the vocational education and training system particularly in relation to the fees and funding model.
As the owner of TAFE institutes, the state government has confirmed its preference that a strong, sustainable and efficient TAFE network continues to exist in Victoria following these changes.
The aim is to have a well-trained, job-ready workforce and to help people train in areas of jobs growth.
Youth: On Track
On Track 2014 survey results specific to local government areas are now available.
On Track is a Victorian Government initiative that surveys school leavers within six months of leaving school to see if they are on a path to further education, training or employment. It also enables young people to seek further advice and assistance via a referral service if required.
The 2014 LGA specific report includes information on:
Post-school destinations of school leavers surveyed within your LGA
Post school destinations of school leavers surveyed at each school within your LGA
Reasons why school leavers chose not to continue their education or training
Occupations of school leavers who were employed.
Additional reports can be found online.