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BACKING VICTORIAN START UPS

The Andrews Labor Government is injecting over $136 million into Victoria’s start up sector through the Victorian Budget 2020/21. Home to multiple tech ‘unicorns’ – startups that have attained billion-dollar valuations such as REA Group, Airwallex and SEEK – Victoria has the potential to become a globally-recognised startup hub. This Budget will help our founders to grow their businesses and create new high-value jobs for Victorians. We're investing a further $60.5 million to establish the Victorian Startup Capital Fund to support early-stage entrepreneurs to scale-up and create jobs. The first fund of its kind in Australia, it will help early-stage firms attract venture capital, leveraging up to $180 million of private investment. The Budget also includes $25.7 million over four years for a complementary venture growth fund. This fund will see the Government co-invest into a venture debt facility with a private investor to back later-stage and scaling startups. Some $40 million will be provided for LaunchVic over four years to continue supporting the growth of Victorian startups. And we’ll support female founders to access capital through the establishment of a Women’s Angel Sidecar Fund, with $10 million over three years. The startup sector sits at the centre of our economic recovery and an unprecedented investment in our young high-growth firms will create thousands of new-economy jobs across the state.

BACKING VICTORIAN START UPS

The Andrews Labor Government is injecting over $136 million into Victoria’s start up sector through the Victorian Budget 2020/21. Home to multiple tech ‘unicorns’ – startups that have attained billion-dollar valuations such as REA Group, Airwallex and SEEK – Victoria has the potential to become a globally-recognised startup hub. This Budget will help our founders to grow their businesses and create new high-value jobs for Victorians. We're investing a further $60.5 million to establish the Victorian Startup Capital Fund to support early-stage entrepreneurs to scale-up and create jobs. The first fund of its kind in Australia, it will help early-stage firms attract venture capital, leveraging up to $180 million of private investment. The Budget also includes $25.7 million over four years for a complementary venture growth fund. This fund will see the Government co-invest into a venture debt facility with a private investor to back later-stage and scaling startups. Some $40 million will be provided for LaunchVic over four years to continue supporting the growth of Victorian startups. And we’ll support female founders to access capital through the establishment of a Women’s Angel Sidecar Fund, with $10 million over three years. The startup sector sits at the centre of our economic recovery and an unprecedented investment in our young high-growth firms will create thousands of new-economy jobs across the state.

SUPPORTING WOMEN WITH 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

The Andrews Labor Government is launching a new campaign encouraging Victorians to unpack what respect means to them and to take a stand against family violence. Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams officially launched the Respect Women: Call It Out (Respect Is) campaign, which will run across TV, radio, print and digital media from today – also in six translated languages. The Respect Victoria campaign asked Victorians to define what respect is to them, what it looks like in their lives and why respect means calling bad behavior out – on social media, the tags to use are #RespectIs #16DaysCampaign and #CallItOut. All 79 Victorian councils have signed up, as well as 18 non-government organisations, to show their support. The campaign coincides with the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from Wednesday, 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – until Thursday, 10 December or Human Rights Day. In 2020, the impact of family violence remains pervasive – and coronavirus has heightened the risk of violence in the home. Between April and June, national support service 1800 RESPECT saw a 66 per cent increase in calls compared to the same period last year. The Labor Government is pushing ahead with its reforms, having invested more than $2.9 billion to implement all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and that work is now two-thirds complete. If you are experiencing family violence you can contact Safe Steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188, safesteps@safesteps.org.au or by webchat at safesteps.org.au/chat. The Men’s Referral Service is available on 1300 766 491 to assist those concerned about their own behaviour.

SUPPORTING WOMEN WITH 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

The Andrews Labor Government is launching a new campaign encouraging Victorians to unpack what respect means to them and to take a stand against family violence. Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams officially launched the Respect Women: Call It Out (Respect Is) campaign, which will run across TV, radio, print and digital media from today – also in six translated languages. The Respect Victoria campaign asked Victorians to define what respect is to them, what it looks like in their lives and why respect means calling bad behavior out – on social media, the tags to use are #RespectIs #16DaysCampaign and #CallItOut. All 79 Victorian councils have signed up, as well as 18 non-government organisations, to show their support. The campaign coincides with the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from Wednesday, 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – until Thursday, 10 December or Human Rights Day. In 2020, the impact of family violence remains pervasive – and coronavirus has heightened the risk of violence in the home. Between April and June, national support service 1800 RESPECT saw a 66 per cent increase in calls compared to the same period last year. The Labor Government is pushing ahead with its reforms, having invested more than $2.9 billion to implement all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and that work is now two-thirds complete. If you are experiencing family violence you can contact Safe Steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188, safesteps@safesteps.org.au or by webchat at safesteps.org.au/chat. The Men’s Referral Service is available on 1300 766 491 to assist those concerned about their own behaviour.

JOBS FOR VICTORIANS

As we rebuild from this pandemic, the Andrews Labor Government wants to make sure more Victorians can rely on a decent, steady job.

JOBS FOR VICTORIANS

As we rebuild from this pandemic, the Andrews Labor Government wants to make sure more Victorians can rely on a decent, steady job.

DELIVERING FOR DANDENONG

When the Andrews Labor Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will...

DELIVERING FOR DANDENONG

When the Andrews Labor Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will...

 

BUILDING THE FUTURE OUR KIDS DESERVE

With kids back in the classroom, the Andrews Labor Government wants to make sure our students have the gyms, libraries and learning spaces they deserve.

MELBOURNE AIRPORT RAIL TO CREATE JOBS FOR YEARS TO COME

The Melbourne Airport Rail Link route will take travellers into the heart of the CBD in less than 30 minutes following an historic agreement announced...

UPGRADING EMERSON SCHOOL BRICK BY BRICK

This year, local families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want...

VISIT VICTORIA: EXPERIENCING THE BEST AT HOME

Regional restaurants, pubs, hotels, wineries and small businesses will be at the forefront of our recovery, with a major Budget boost to attract more visitors...