The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Social Inclusion Week and the work being done across the state to ensure every Victorian, no matter what their circumstances, has the chance to participate in the state’s growing economy.

Social Inclusion Week aims to help people feel valued and included and give everyone the opportunity to participate in society.

The Labor Government is promoting the benefits of a socially inclusive economy through the delivery of a range of initiatives which help people facing barriers to employment and disadvantaged Victorians.

This includes Jobs Victoria, which has supported almost 11,000 jobseekers facing barriers to employment and JobsBank, a new entity working with employers to help long-term, priority jobseekers secure stable employment.

As part of our Australia first Social Enterprise Strategy, the Government recently announced the launch of a new Social Enterprise Network – SENVIC to connect social enterprises in metro and regional Victoria and provide access to knowledge exchange and development opportunities.

It has provided funding to more than 60 social enterprises through the Boost Your Business Voucher Program. Social enterprises are encouraged to apply for the current round of the program, which is open until December 22.

The Government is also leveraging its significant buying power to build stronger and healthier local communities through the implementation of the pioneering Social Procurement Framework.

These are some of the initiatives that demonstrate how government is putting social and sustainable outcomes at the center of everything we do to support all Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“A strong economy in Victoria is about more than just growth, it’s about inclusive growth that benefits all Victorians.”

“Social inclusion underpins the work of the Andrews Labor Government in providing meaningful and sustainable opportunities to those facing barriers in our communities.”