News in brief
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 email@example.com
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.
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=