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Fo­cus on wa­ter safety

VIC­TO­RI­ANS can have their say on how to im­prove safety and ac­cess around the recre­ational use of wa­ter­ways across the state.

Min­is­ter for Ports Luke Don­nel­lan re­cently launched a dis­cus­sion pa­per to help shape the de­vel­op­ment of a Safe and Ac­ces­si­ble Vic­to­rian Wa­ter­ways Strat­egy.

Have your say on the fu­ture of Vic­to­rian wa­ter­ways by com­plet­ing the feed­back form on the web­site, or email safeac­ces­si­ble.wa­ter­ways@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Sub­mis­sions close on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 14.

The dis­cus­sion pa­per is avail­able at eco­nomicde­vel­op­ment.vic.gov.au/trans­port/ports

Clean­ing up long ser­vice

THE state gov­ern­ment has ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tions of a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on the in­tro­duc­tion of por­ta­ble long ser­vice leave in the com­mu­nity ser­vices, se­cu­rity and con­tract clean­ing in­dus­tries.

Em­ploy­ees in these sec­tors are of­ten un­able to con­tinue work­ing for a sin­gle em­ployer long enough to qual­ify for long ser­vice leave due to the na­ture of the in­dus­tries and a va­ri­ety of short term fund­ing ar­range­ments.

The gov­ern­ment will now look at op­tions for de­sign of por­ta­ble long ser­vice leave schemes for these in­dus­tries to de­ter­mine how to make a scheme vi­able.

The gov­ern­ment recog­nises the need for laws to change to keep pace with how these in­dus­tries evolve, en­sur­ing em­ploy­ees are not dis­ad­van­taged.

Preda­tor pro­tec­tion

NEW re­sources for Vic­to­rian schools and par­ents will help keep stu­dents safe from sex­ual preda­tors and abuse.

They have been cre­ated to help par­ents, stu­dents and school staff iden­tify warn­ing signs of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren, in­clud­ing groom­ing, and how to re­spond to con­cerns of abuse.

A guide to iden­ti­fy­ing and re­spond­ing to stu­dent sex­ual of­fend­ing has also been cre­ated to help school staff un­der­stand their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for re­spond­ing to and re­port­ing sex­ual of­fend­ing by stu­dents.

It in­cludes a check­list for prin­ci­pals and a re­port­ing tem­plate to make it sim­pler for schools to meet their re­port­ing obli­ga­tions.

More in­for­ma­tion on the new guide­lines, re­sources and child safe stan­dards is avail­able at http:/ /www.ed­u­ca­tion.vic.gov.au/ about/pro­grams/health/pro­tect/Pages/de­fault.aspx? Re­di­rect=

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