• State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

  • GETTING RID OF TWO MORE LEVEL CROSSINGS IN MELBOURNE’S EAST

    The Andrews Labor Government will build rail bridges to remove two more dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s East. Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino to reveal designs for the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale level crossing removals.

  • DELIVERING FOR MONBULK

    The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Monbulk, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.

  • MORE CAR PARKS AT BELGRAVE STATION A STEP CLOSER

    Geotechnical works will take place at Belgrave Station car park from next week, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with building more spaces for passengers to park.

  • FREE TAFE KICKS OFF IN MONBULK

    Students and job seekers from Monbulk can now take up Free TAFE training under the Andrews Labor Government’s $172 million program to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free from this year.

  • State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

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Topping Out At New Fishermans Bend Secondary School

Families in one of Melbourne’s newest urban renewal communities are a step closer to having an exciting new vertical school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Albert Park Martin Foley and Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor today visited the building site of Fishermans Bend Secondary School (interim name) in Port Melbourne as it reached structural completion of the four-storey vertical school. Fishermans Bend Secondary School – the school’s interim name – is one of a growing number of vertical government schools being rolled out in Victoria to help meet increasing demand. It will open in 2022 and cater for up to 1,100 students. Designed in consultation with the local community, the state-of-the art school will showcase environmentally sustainable design, housing solar panels and solar batteries, food production gardens, outdoor learning terraces, sustainable material selection, dynamic facade design to maintain thermal comfort without compromising natural light, and extensive bicycle facilities for students and staff. The school will have a strong focus on STEAM, and will feature high-tech amenities, including a fabrication lab and robotics workshop, along with an array of arts, food technology, sports and Learning Resource Centre spaces that can be shared with the community. It will expose students to career pathways that align with Fishermans Bends proposed design, engineering and manufacturing precinct. The school was funded in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 which invested $624.8 million to build new schools across the state. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re rolling out seven vertical schools to make sure there are enough school places for young Victorians across the inner city.” Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley “The community’s vision for a Fishermans Bend secondary school is now becoming a reality and students will soon get to attend a modern, innovative and important local school.” Quote attributable to Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor “Right across inner city Melbourne, we are delivering new schools and upgrading existing schools – so all Victorians can access a great local school.” Download the media release

Topping Out At New Fishermans Bend Secondary School

Families in one of Melbourne’s newest urban renewal communities are a step closer to having an exciting new vertical school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Albert Park Martin Foley and Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor today visited the building site of Fishermans Bend Secondary School (interim name) in Port Melbourne as it reached structural completion of the four-storey vertical school. Fishermans Bend Secondary School – the school’s interim name – is one of a growing number of vertical government schools being rolled out in Victoria to help meet increasing demand. It will open in 2022 and cater for up to 1,100 students. Designed in consultation with the local community, the state-of-the art school will showcase environmentally sustainable design, housing solar panels and solar batteries, food production gardens, outdoor learning terraces, sustainable material selection, dynamic facade design to maintain thermal comfort without compromising natural light, and extensive bicycle facilities for students and staff. The school will have a strong focus on STEAM, and will feature high-tech amenities, including a fabrication lab and robotics workshop, along with an array of arts, food technology, sports and Learning Resource Centre spaces that can be shared with the community. It will expose students to career pathways that align with Fishermans Bends proposed design, engineering and manufacturing precinct. The school was funded in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 which invested $624.8 million to build new schools across the state. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re rolling out seven vertical schools to make sure there are enough school places for young Victorians across the inner city.” Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley “The community’s vision for a Fishermans Bend secondary school is now becoming a reality and students will soon get to attend a modern, innovative and important local school.” Quote attributable to Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor “Right across inner city Melbourne, we are delivering new schools and upgrading existing schools – so all Victorians can access a great local school.” Download the media release

Students Receive First-Round University And TAFE Offers

The hard work of tens of thousands of Victorian students has paid off today with the release of first-round university and TAFE offers. Today more than 48,670 main round offers have been made to students for undergraduate and vocational courses in 2021. Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated students who received a first-round offer after such a challenging year. Students who may have missed out on a first-round offer should not to be disheartened with plenty of options for further study in Victoria . Students can either wait on further rounds of VTAC offers in February or change their VTAC preference, if they meet course requirements. The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring students have more options for further education and training. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 is investing more than $1 billion into skills and training to deliver an additional 80,000 new training places almost 60,000 of which will be made available to eligible Victorians to upskill and increase their employment opportunities. This follows the 18,000 new places that were already announced in July as part of the $163 million Skills for Economic Recovery package. Free TAFE for Priority Courses also provide eligible students with a pathway to the jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers. There are now even more Free TAFE courses available to students who can choose from more than 50 priority courses and pre-apprenticeship courses including the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, and the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations. For the full list of Free TAFE courses visit www.freetafe.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Congratulations to every student who has received an offer from a university or TAFE to embark on a new chapter of their education and training journey.” “There’s never been a better time for students to take up further study with a larger range, and more affordable, options across the state’s education and training sector.” Download the media release

Students Receive First-Round University And TAFE Offers

The hard work of tens of thousands of Victorian students has paid off today with the release of first-round university and TAFE offers. Today more than 48,670 main round offers have been made to students for undergraduate and vocational courses in 2021. Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated students who received a first-round offer after such a challenging year. Students who may have missed out on a first-round offer should not to be disheartened with plenty of options for further study in Victoria . Students can either wait on further rounds of VTAC offers in February or change their VTAC preference, if they meet course requirements. The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring students have more options for further education and training. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 is investing more than $1 billion into skills and training to deliver an additional 80,000 new training places almost 60,000 of which will be made available to eligible Victorians to upskill and increase their employment opportunities. This follows the 18,000 new places that were already announced in July as part of the $163 million Skills for Economic Recovery package. Free TAFE for Priority Courses also provide eligible students with a pathway to the jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers. There are now even more Free TAFE courses available to students who can choose from more than 50 priority courses and pre-apprenticeship courses including the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, and the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations. For the full list of Free TAFE courses visit www.freetafe.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Congratulations to every student who has received an offer from a university or TAFE to embark on a new chapter of their education and training journey.” “There’s never been a better time for students to take up further study with a larger range, and more affordable, options across the state’s education and training sector.” Download the media release

More Support For Victorians With Eating Disorders

Victorians experiencing eating disorders will get the care, support and treatment they need – earlier and faster. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today visited Box Hill Hospital to open their new 9 bed, Adult Mental Health Unit and to announce that the Andrews Labor Government would invest $2 million to ensure people with eating disorders are getting the care they need. The new $6.3 million unit at Box Hill Hospital will boost the number of beds within the area ensuring the mental health needs of individuals, families and the community are met. While the Royal Commission into Mental Health will deliver its final report in February we are responding to the mental health needs of Victorians now. The $2 million in new funding for Victorians with eating disorders comes following a significant increasing in eating disorder presentations since the pandemic with child and youth mental health services in metropolitan Melbourne experiencing the highest impacts. The new funding includes $500,000 for Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) to continue deliver programs that improve quality of life for clients with an eating disorder and reducing hospital readmission rates. EDV will also use the funding to create a new dedicated program for people with severe and enduring eating disorders, who have disengaged from treatment and have extremely poor quality of life, including social isolation. A further $1.5 million to be invested across six metropolitan health services to provide specialist mental health clinicians to care for young people with eating disorders. Eating disorders are a serious mental illness that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Many people experiencing an eating disorder suffer from depression and anxiety with rates for anorexia 32 times higher than the general population.   The Victorian Budget 2020/21 is investing $868.6 million to ensure Victorians get the mental health support they need when they need it. This investment will fund the rollout of the interim recommendations from the Royal Commission into Mental Health. Since the start of the pandemic, the Labor Government has invested more than $220 million into mental health services, to help Victorians during and after the pandemic. Too many lives including young lives, are being lost to suicide in our state. That’s why the Victorian Government established the first Royal Commission into Mental Health. Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “We know that people with eating disorders respond best when mental health supports are provided early, these programs will give people the support they need to recover.” “The   Royal   Commission   will   prompt   significant   reform   of   our   mental   health   system   but ahead of that we are working to get Victorians affected by eating disorders the support they need for recovery.” Download the media release

More Support For Victorians With Eating Disorders

Victorians experiencing eating disorders will get the care, support and treatment they need – earlier and faster. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today visited Box Hill Hospital to open their new 9 bed, Adult Mental Health Unit and to announce that the Andrews Labor Government would invest $2 million to ensure people with eating disorders are getting the care they need. The new $6.3 million unit at Box Hill Hospital will boost the number of beds within the area ensuring the mental health needs of individuals, families and the community are met. While the Royal Commission into Mental Health will deliver its final report in February we are responding to the mental health needs of Victorians now. The $2 million in new funding for Victorians with eating disorders comes following a significant increasing in eating disorder presentations since the pandemic with child and youth mental health services in metropolitan Melbourne experiencing the highest impacts. The new funding includes $500,000 for Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) to continue deliver programs that improve quality of life for clients with an eating disorder and reducing hospital readmission rates. EDV will also use the funding to create a new dedicated program for people with severe and enduring eating disorders, who have disengaged from treatment and have extremely poor quality of life, including social isolation. A further $1.5 million to be invested across six metropolitan health services to provide specialist mental health clinicians to care for young people with eating disorders. Eating disorders are a serious mental illness that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Many people experiencing an eating disorder suffer from depression and anxiety with rates for anorexia 32 times higher than the general population.   The Victorian Budget 2020/21 is investing $868.6 million to ensure Victorians get the mental health support they need when they need it. This investment will fund the rollout of the interim recommendations from the Royal Commission into Mental Health. Since the start of the pandemic, the Labor Government has invested more than $220 million into mental health services, to help Victorians during and after the pandemic. Too many lives including young lives, are being lost to suicide in our state. That’s why the Victorian Government established the first Royal Commission into Mental Health. Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “We know that people with eating disorders respond best when mental health supports are provided early, these programs will give people the support they need to recover.” “The   Royal   Commission   will   prompt   significant   reform   of   our   mental   health   system   but ahead of that we are working to get Victorians affected by eating disorders the support they need for recovery.” Download the media release

More Students To Benefit From School Breakfast Clubs

The School Breakfast Clubs program has reached a milestone with 1,000 schools now participating across Victoria, allowing more students to learn with a full stomach and get the most out of school. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 1,000 schools will be a part of the School Breakfast Clubs program in 2021, which has so far served more than 15 million nutritious meals to students. The program, delivered in partnership with Foodbank Victoria, provides free breakfasts for kids at participating Victorian schools since it was established by the Andrews Labor Government in 2016. The Labor Government has invested $58 million to expand the program by doubling the number of participating schools from 500 to 1000, providing lunches and school holiday supplies to those most in need and will begin delivering cooking classes for parents and children at 100 schools in 2021. Despite the transition to remote and flexible learning in Term 2 and 3 2020, more that 2.5 million meals were delivered to students ensuring no student went hungry. In Term 4, a further 1.2 million meals were provided to students, along with over 6,700 school holiday packs to support students and their families over the summer holidays. The program is a part of the Labor Government’s ongoing work to ensure all students can fully participate in their learning at school and build happy and healthy lives. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know that kids can’t learn properly on an empty stomach – that’s why we expandedSchool Breakfast Clubs program to 1,000 schools to help the students who need it most.” “The School Breakfast Clubs program has gone from strength to strength making sure more students have access to healthy meals no matter what their background or circumstance.” Quotes attributable to Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara “Since 2016, Foodbank Victoria has been proud to deliver this vital program providing healthy meals to kids who might otherwise go without, giving them a happy, healthy start to the day.” “The School Breakfast Clubs program provides more than just nutritious food – it improves concentration, builds social skills, and gives kids a better chance to create a bright future for themselves through learning.” Download the media release

More Students To Benefit From School Breakfast Clubs

The School Breakfast Clubs program has reached a milestone with 1,000 schools now participating across Victoria, allowing more students to learn with a full stomach and get the most out of school. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 1,000 schools will be a part of the School Breakfast Clubs program in 2021, which has so far served more than 15 million nutritious meals to students. The program, delivered in partnership with Foodbank Victoria, provides free breakfasts for kids at participating Victorian schools since it was established by the Andrews Labor Government in 2016. The Labor Government has invested $58 million to expand the program by doubling the number of participating schools from 500 to 1000, providing lunches and school holiday supplies to those most in need and will begin delivering cooking classes for parents and children at 100 schools in 2021. Despite the transition to remote and flexible learning in Term 2 and 3 2020, more that 2.5 million meals were delivered to students ensuring no student went hungry. In Term 4, a further 1.2 million meals were provided to students, along with over 6,700 school holiday packs to support students and their families over the summer holidays. The program is a part of the Labor Government’s ongoing work to ensure all students can fully participate in their learning at school and build happy and healthy lives. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know that kids can’t learn properly on an empty stomach – that’s why we expandedSchool Breakfast Clubs program to 1,000 schools to help the students who need it most.” “The School Breakfast Clubs program has gone from strength to strength making sure more students have access to healthy meals no matter what their background or circumstance.” Quotes attributable to Foodbank Victoria CEO Dave McNamara “Since 2016, Foodbank Victoria has been proud to deliver this vital program providing healthy meals to kids who might otherwise go without, giving them a happy, healthy start to the day.” “The School Breakfast Clubs program provides more than just nutritious food – it improves concentration, builds social skills, and gives kids a better chance to create a bright future for themselves through learning.” Download the media release

The Wait Is Over For VCE And VCAL Students

More than 64,800 Victorian students will receive their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) results from 7am today after an unprecedented year for students. Acting Minister for Education Gayle Tierney acknowledged that this had been an extraordinary year for Victorian students in which they demonstrated commitment and resilience as they moved between onsite and remote and flexible learning due to the pandemic. This year, 50,284 students will graduate with their VCE, which represents an increased completion rate of 98.3% of students. A record number of 14,529 students will receive their VCAL in 2020. 14,215 students received a study score of 40 or more. The release of VCE and VCAL results by VCAA and ATARs by VTAC ensures that Victorian Year 12 students can plan their next step, regardless of whether it involves further education or employment. This timing enables VCE students to receive their results, access course and careers counselling, and adjust their preferences, if needed, prior to the first round of offers from Victorian tertiary institutions. Every student has been individually assessed via the “Consideration of Educational Disadvantage” process to calculate VCE scores ensuring any adverse impacts of the pandemic or bushfires were mitigated to produce fair, valid and accurate results that are the basis of a student’s ATAR ranking. Minister Tierney reminded students that their results don’t define them and there are many opportunities and pathways available for school leavers to achieve their goals. VCE students have until 12pm on 4 January 2021 to change their preferences via their VTAC account prior to the release of Round 1 offers from Victorian tertiary institutions on 14 January 2020. Students with questions about their results can call (03) 9637 3877 (metropolitan callers), 1800 653 080(free call) from now until the end of January 2021. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Education Gayle Tierney “Congratulations to every VCE and VCAL student – this has been an incredibly challenging year but every student of the class of 2020 has shown outstanding resilience and commitment.”  “To all teachers, parents and carers thank you for supporting and guiding our VCE and VCAL students through this year.” Download the media release

The Wait Is Over For VCE And VCAL Students

More than 64,800 Victorian students will receive their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) results from 7am today after an unprecedented year for students. Acting Minister for Education Gayle Tierney acknowledged that this had been an extraordinary year for Victorian students in which they demonstrated commitment and resilience as they moved between onsite and remote and flexible learning due to the pandemic. This year, 50,284 students will graduate with their VCE, which represents an increased completion rate of 98.3% of students. A record number of 14,529 students will receive their VCAL in 2020. 14,215 students received a study score of 40 or more. The release of VCE and VCAL results by VCAA and ATARs by VTAC ensures that Victorian Year 12 students can plan their next step, regardless of whether it involves further education or employment. This timing enables VCE students to receive their results, access course and careers counselling, and adjust their preferences, if needed, prior to the first round of offers from Victorian tertiary institutions. Every student has been individually assessed via the “Consideration of Educational Disadvantage” process to calculate VCE scores ensuring any adverse impacts of the pandemic or bushfires were mitigated to produce fair, valid and accurate results that are the basis of a student’s ATAR ranking. Minister Tierney reminded students that their results don’t define them and there are many opportunities and pathways available for school leavers to achieve their goals. VCE students have until 12pm on 4 January 2021 to change their preferences via their VTAC account prior to the release of Round 1 offers from Victorian tertiary institutions on 14 January 2020. Students with questions about their results can call (03) 9637 3877 (metropolitan callers), 1800 653 080(free call) from now until the end of January 2021. Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Education Gayle Tierney “Congratulations to every VCE and VCAL student – this has been an incredibly challenging year but every student of the class of 2020 has shown outstanding resilience and commitment.”  “To all teachers, parents and carers thank you for supporting and guiding our VCE and VCAL students through this year.” Download the media release

Site Secured And Builder Appointed For New San Remo Campus

Students on the Bass Coast are one step closer to getting new modern learning facilities after the Andrews Labor Government secured land for a new junior campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College to be built in San Remo. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale today announced a site has been secured and a builder appointed for the multi-million dollar campus for Year 7-9 students. The site is located on Potters Hill Road in San Remo and construction is expected to start in February 2021. SJ Higgins has been appointed as the builder. The new campus will open in 2022 and is in addition to the school’s two existing campuses, including the McBride Senior Campus that opened this year. The new junior campus will include an administration building and library, ultra-modern classrooms and separate specialist and innovation buildings. Another building will house a competition-grade gym and spaces to cater for food technology, music and performing arts. The campus will also include a football oval and outdoor sports courts. The community will get a chance to have its say on the name of both the new campus and the school when consultation opens in February 2021. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule of its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are building new and modern facilities to provide students on the Bass Coast with the learning facilities that they deserve. We made a commitment to this community to deliver this school and that is exactly what we are doing.” “We are providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.” Quote attributable to the Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “This is a huge step forward for the project that will make a real difference to the families across the Bass Coast. I can’t wait to visit the site early next year to turn the first sod and get construction underway.” Download the media release

Site Secured And Builder Appointed For New San Remo Campus

Students on the Bass Coast are one step closer to getting new modern learning facilities after the Andrews Labor Government secured land for a new junior campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College to be built in San Remo. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale today announced a site has been secured and a builder appointed for the multi-million dollar campus for Year 7-9 students. The site is located on Potters Hill Road in San Remo and construction is expected to start in February 2021. SJ Higgins has been appointed as the builder. The new campus will open in 2022 and is in addition to the school’s two existing campuses, including the McBride Senior Campus that opened this year. The new junior campus will include an administration building and library, ultra-modern classrooms and separate specialist and innovation buildings. Another building will house a competition-grade gym and spaces to cater for food technology, music and performing arts. The campus will also include a football oval and outdoor sports courts. The community will get a chance to have its say on the name of both the new campus and the school when consultation opens in February 2021. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule of its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are building new and modern facilities to provide students on the Bass Coast with the learning facilities that they deserve. We made a commitment to this community to deliver this school and that is exactly what we are doing.” “We are providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.” Quote attributable to the Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “This is a huge step forward for the project that will make a real difference to the families across the Bass Coast. I can’t wait to visit the site early next year to turn the first sod and get construction underway.” Download the media release

More Mental Health Support In More Primary Schools

More primary school students will get the mental health support they need when they need it in 2021. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced an additional 15 primary schools will join the Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot - a partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. The pilot, which began this year in ten schools, provides evidence-based training and resources to support school staff to better understand and respond to mental health issues affecting primary school students. Participating schools can employ a Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator with teaching qualifications. This new role will complement and build on existing school approaches to social and emotional learning and mental health. Schools are also being supported to build strong connections with local health services so that students and families are getting the support they need. The additional schools are located around Thomastown, in Melbourne’s north, as well as in Ararat, Stawell, Hoppers Crossing, Wyndham, and Barwon. The expansion of the pilot is part of a $28.5 million package of mental health initiatives announced in August to help make sure students can work through any mental health challenges they face due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Andrews Labor Government established a landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health and will implement every one of its recommendations. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are committed to ensuring our kids are happy and healthy, so they can focus on learning and have the best opportunity to succeed in education and in life.” “We know there is a growing need for more mental health supports in primary schools following this year, which is why this project will be so important in determining what supports will be required going forward.” Download the media release

More Mental Health Support In More Primary Schools

More primary school students will get the mental health support they need when they need it in 2021. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced an additional 15 primary schools will join the Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot - a partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. The pilot, which began this year in ten schools, provides evidence-based training and resources to support school staff to better understand and respond to mental health issues affecting primary school students. Participating schools can employ a Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator with teaching qualifications. This new role will complement and build on existing school approaches to social and emotional learning and mental health. Schools are also being supported to build strong connections with local health services so that students and families are getting the support they need. The additional schools are located around Thomastown, in Melbourne’s north, as well as in Ararat, Stawell, Hoppers Crossing, Wyndham, and Barwon. The expansion of the pilot is part of a $28.5 million package of mental health initiatives announced in August to help make sure students can work through any mental health challenges they face due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Andrews Labor Government established a landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health and will implement every one of its recommendations. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are committed to ensuring our kids are happy and healthy, so they can focus on learning and have the best opportunity to succeed in education and in life.” “We know there is a growing need for more mental health supports in primary schools following this year, which is why this project will be so important in determining what supports will be required going forward.” Download the media release

All 2021 New Schools Built Ready For Students To Attend

Thousands of students will start 2021 in new schools, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to open 100 new schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that works on all 14 new primary and secondary schools for 2021 had now been completed ahead of staff and students attending in Term 1, 2021. Construction works have recently been completed on Footscray High School’s $29.275 million Pilgrim Campus, and the following new schools already completed to open in 2021: Aintree Primary School Docklands Primary School Cranbourne West Secondary College Edenbrook Secondary College Edgars Creek Primary School Eynesbury Primary School Gaayip-Yagila Primary School Garrang Wilam Primary School Keelonith Primary School Orchard Park Primary School Oberon High School Ramlegh Park Primary School Riverbend Primary School The Labor Government’s school building boom is creating new facilities for those in Melbourne’s growing suburbs, while delivering vital jobs as we drive the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic. Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, to reduce the burden on parents and carers while continuing to build the Education State. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victorian families deserve to have access to a great local school and in 2021, we are delivering that with new schools to ensure children receive a world-class education close to home.” “Our education construction boom is the biggest in the country– proving why we are the Education State.” Download the media release

All 2021 New Schools Built Ready For Students To Attend

Thousands of students will start 2021 in new schools, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to open 100 new schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that works on all 14 new primary and secondary schools for 2021 had now been completed ahead of staff and students attending in Term 1, 2021. Construction works have recently been completed on Footscray High School’s $29.275 million Pilgrim Campus, and the following new schools already completed to open in 2021: Aintree Primary School Docklands Primary School Cranbourne West Secondary College Edenbrook Secondary College Edgars Creek Primary School Eynesbury Primary School Gaayip-Yagila Primary School Garrang Wilam Primary School Keelonith Primary School Orchard Park Primary School Oberon High School Ramlegh Park Primary School Riverbend Primary School The Labor Government’s school building boom is creating new facilities for those in Melbourne’s growing suburbs, while delivering vital jobs as we drive the state’s economic recovery from the pandemic. Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, to reduce the burden on parents and carers while continuing to build the Education State. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victorian families deserve to have access to a great local school and in 2021, we are delivering that with new schools to ensure children receive a world-class education close to home.” “Our education construction boom is the biggest in the country– proving why we are the Education State.” Download the media release

 

Construction Shortlist For State Basketball Centre

Construction of the $130 million State Basketball Centre expansion is set to begin mid-year with four companies today invited to submit detailed submissions to build the game-changing project. The addition of 10 new indoor courts will serve grassroots and elite basketball players and make the Wantirna South centre the largest basketball facility in the country. Hansen Yuncken, Kane Constructions, Adco Constructions and BESIX Watpac have been shortlisted from 12 companies that lodged initial expressions of interest. The successful contractor is expected to be announced in the second quarter of 2021 with construction to start shortly afterwards. The Andrews Labor Government provided a $22 million boost to the State Basketball Centre project in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, taking the Government’s investment to $105 million. The Knox City Council is contributing $25 million. Deputy Premier James Merlino said the centre would cement Melbourne’s south-east as the heartland of Australian basketball and attract more than 2 million people each year. The transformed State Basketball Centre will create a grassroots and high-performance hub featuring 16 indoor community courts, professional training facilities for the local WNBL and NBL teams and new administration spaces. The centre will be a mega base for Basketball Victoria, Deakin Melbourne Boomers (WNBL), South East Melbourne Phoenix (NBL), Basketball Australia and one of Australia’s largest basketball associations, Knox Basketball Inc. Basketball Victoria’s high-performance and pathway program will have cutting-edge training facilities to develop up and coming athletes while the expanded centre will also house a regional gymnastics facility. Quote attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “More people hit the court in Melbourne’s south-east more than anywhere else in the state – that’s why we’re delivering the ultimate home court advantage and providing facilities where they’re needed most.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “This state-of-the-art facility will provide 10 new community courts for our local basketball competitions in Melbourne’s growing south-east.” Quote attributable to Member for Mount Waverley Matt Fregon “With this project we’re making sure our community has access to the best basketball and gymnastics facilities and will provide the opportunity for more local sportspeople to participate and excel.” Quote attributable to Knox City Council mayor Cr Lisa Cooper “We are proud to see Knox maintain its reputation as the heartland of basketball and provide more people with the opportunity to participate in their favourite sports.” Download the media release

Construction Shortlist For State Basketball Centre

Construction of the $130 million State Basketball Centre expansion is set to begin mid-year with four companies today invited to submit detailed submissions to build the game-changing project. The addition of 10 new indoor courts will serve grassroots and elite basketball players and make the Wantirna South centre the largest basketball facility in the country. Hansen Yuncken, Kane Constructions, Adco Constructions and BESIX Watpac have been shortlisted from 12 companies that lodged initial expressions of interest. The successful contractor is expected to be announced in the second quarter of 2021 with construction to start shortly afterwards. The Andrews Labor Government provided a $22 million boost to the State Basketball Centre project in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, taking the Government’s investment to $105 million. The Knox City Council is contributing $25 million. Deputy Premier James Merlino said the centre would cement Melbourne’s south-east as the heartland of Australian basketball and attract more than 2 million people each year. The transformed State Basketball Centre will create a grassroots and high-performance hub featuring 16 indoor community courts, professional training facilities for the local WNBL and NBL teams and new administration spaces. The centre will be a mega base for Basketball Victoria, Deakin Melbourne Boomers (WNBL), South East Melbourne Phoenix (NBL), Basketball Australia and one of Australia’s largest basketball associations, Knox Basketball Inc. Basketball Victoria’s high-performance and pathway program will have cutting-edge training facilities to develop up and coming athletes while the expanded centre will also house a regional gymnastics facility. Quote attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “More people hit the court in Melbourne’s south-east more than anywhere else in the state – that’s why we’re delivering the ultimate home court advantage and providing facilities where they’re needed most.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “This state-of-the-art facility will provide 10 new community courts for our local basketball competitions in Melbourne’s growing south-east.” Quote attributable to Member for Mount Waverley Matt Fregon “With this project we’re making sure our community has access to the best basketball and gymnastics facilities and will provide the opportunity for more local sportspeople to participate and excel.” Quote attributable to Knox City Council mayor Cr Lisa Cooper “We are proud to see Knox maintain its reputation as the heartland of basketball and provide more people with the opportunity to participate in their favourite sports.” Download the media release

Oberon High School Site Ready For Students In 2021

Students in the southern Geelong region will soon have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities following the completion of a new campus for Oberon High School, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the site of the new campus in Armstrong Creek with Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, ahead of its opening for students in term 1, 2021. Students who are currently enrolled at Oberon High School in 2020 will be able to continue to access the free School Bus Program, or access free public transport to the new campus in 2021 as part of the Conveyance Allowance. Families that require travel assistance through either program in 2021 can apply directly through the Oberon High School. The campus at 155-175 Batten Road, Armstrong Creek, is part of the new Armstrong Creek Education Precinct and designed to cater for growing demand for education in the southern Geelong region. The new Oberon High School will help alleviate enrolment pressures for surrounding schools and ensure that there are sufficient high-quality secondary school places to cater for local population growth. It will be located next to the Armstrong Creek School, a combined primary and specialist school, ensuring quality education for Prep through to Year 12 all in the one precinct. Students and staff will relocate from the school’s Belmont campus at the start of term 1, 2021, bringing with it the school’s proud name, history and culture to continue at the new site. The new campus has places for up to 1100 students, allowing the school to grow into the future. Students and staff  will be able to share in new learning communities, a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) building, an administration building and library, food technology building, a gymnasium with two competition-grade courts, performing arts space, sports field and four outdoor play courts as part of the works. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment is not only about providing modern facilities to the current students at Oberon High School but ensuring the students across the southern Geelong region have access to a first-rate education into the future.” Download the media release

Oberon High School Site Ready For Students In 2021

Students in the southern Geelong region will soon have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities following the completion of a new campus for Oberon High School, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the site of the new campus in Armstrong Creek with Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, ahead of its opening for students in term 1, 2021. Students who are currently enrolled at Oberon High School in 2020 will be able to continue to access the free School Bus Program, or access free public transport to the new campus in 2021 as part of the Conveyance Allowance. Families that require travel assistance through either program in 2021 can apply directly through the Oberon High School. The campus at 155-175 Batten Road, Armstrong Creek, is part of the new Armstrong Creek Education Precinct and designed to cater for growing demand for education in the southern Geelong region. The new Oberon High School will help alleviate enrolment pressures for surrounding schools and ensure that there are sufficient high-quality secondary school places to cater for local population growth. It will be located next to the Armstrong Creek School, a combined primary and specialist school, ensuring quality education for Prep through to Year 12 all in the one precinct. Students and staff will relocate from the school’s Belmont campus at the start of term 1, 2021, bringing with it the school’s proud name, history and culture to continue at the new site. The new campus has places for up to 1100 students, allowing the school to grow into the future. Students and staff  will be able to share in new learning communities, a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) building, an administration building and library, food technology building, a gymnasium with two competition-grade courts, performing arts space, sports field and four outdoor play courts as part of the works. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment is not only about providing modern facilities to the current students at Oberon High School but ensuring the students across the southern Geelong region have access to a first-rate education into the future.” Download the media release

Name Announced For New School In South Gisborne

The new primary school being built in Gisborne South by the Andrews Labor Government has been named following community consultation. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that the primary school will be known as Willowbank Primary School when it opens its doors in 2022. Willowbank Primary School was the clear top preference of respondents to an EngageVic survey of local families, reflecting the new school’s proximity to Willowbank Road and Willowbank Estate. The school shared in $438.6 million of funding for new schools as part of the Labor Government’s Building Works package announced in 2020. A kinder is planned to be built on the same site as the school, helping local children make a smooth transition from pre-school and reduce the number of drop-offs for some parents with kinder and school-aged children. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “Across Victoria we are building new schools where they are needed so every child can access a great local school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “The new early learning facility at the school site will give local children the smoothest start to their education.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “It’s fantastic to see works on the school progressing but it’s also great to see the community getting involved and having their say.” Download the media release

Name Announced For New School In South Gisborne

The new primary school being built in Gisborne South by the Andrews Labor Government has been named following community consultation. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that the primary school will be known as Willowbank Primary School when it opens its doors in 2022. Willowbank Primary School was the clear top preference of respondents to an EngageVic survey of local families, reflecting the new school’s proximity to Willowbank Road and Willowbank Estate. The school shared in $438.6 million of funding for new schools as part of the Labor Government’s Building Works package announced in 2020. A kinder is planned to be built on the same site as the school, helping local children make a smooth transition from pre-school and reduce the number of drop-offs for some parents with kinder and school-aged children. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “Across Victoria we are building new schools where they are needed so every child can access a great local school.” Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt “The new early learning facility at the school site will give local children the smoothest start to their education.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas “It’s fantastic to see works on the school progressing but it’s also great to see the community getting involved and having their say.” Download the media release

New ‘HOPE’ Suicide Prevention Service Opens In Shepparton

Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced the beginning of the Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service in the Greater Shepparton region. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $27.3 million to expand HOPE services state-wide, extend its service hours and referral pathways, and develop a new HOPE service for children and young people. The opening of the HOPE service into the Shepparton region will create 7 new local jobs and deliver a model of care that is individually tailored, culturally specific, and promotes healing and recovery. HOPE is a follow-up and aftercare service for people 16 years of age or more who attend a hospital in crisis or following a suicide attempt. It provides a comprehensive program of clinical and community-based support to people who are at risk, helping them to identify and build strategies to prevent suicide. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Interim Report recommended expanding the HOPE service from 12 to 21 areas throughout Victoria, ensuring greater rural and regional access to this important service. Delivered by GV Health, the Shepparton service provides a 12-week program of clinical and social support tailored to individuals and their support networks including family, friends, carers, community cultural leaders and Elders. The HOPE service responds to evidence that a previous suicide attempt is one of the strongest predictors of a future attempt. This service has been highly successful, with consumers, carers and mental health workers reporting positive experiences and improved participant recovery rates. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “Victoria’s mental health system is broken but we want to get on with the job of fixing it. The HOPE service provides holistic clinical and social support to help people get back on their feet.” “This new service in Shepparton means people who are in crisis can receive care and support in their community and is part of our commitment to building a better mental health system for all Victorians.”

New ‘HOPE’ Suicide Prevention Service Opens In Shepparton

Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced the beginning of the Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service in the Greater Shepparton region. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $27.3 million to expand HOPE services state-wide, extend its service hours and referral pathways, and develop a new HOPE service for children and young people. The opening of the HOPE service into the Shepparton region will create 7 new local jobs and deliver a model of care that is individually tailored, culturally specific, and promotes healing and recovery. HOPE is a follow-up and aftercare service for people 16 years of age or more who attend a hospital in crisis or following a suicide attempt. It provides a comprehensive program of clinical and community-based support to people who are at risk, helping them to identify and build strategies to prevent suicide. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Interim Report recommended expanding the HOPE service from 12 to 21 areas throughout Victoria, ensuring greater rural and regional access to this important service. Delivered by GV Health, the Shepparton service provides a 12-week program of clinical and social support tailored to individuals and their support networks including family, friends, carers, community cultural leaders and Elders. The HOPE service responds to evidence that a previous suicide attempt is one of the strongest predictors of a future attempt. This service has been highly successful, with consumers, carers and mental health workers reporting positive experiences and improved participant recovery rates. Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health James Merlino “Victoria’s mental health system is broken but we want to get on with the job of fixing it. The HOPE service provides holistic clinical and social support to help people get back on their feet.” “This new service in Shepparton means people who are in crisis can receive care and support in their community and is part of our commitment to building a better mental health system for all Victorians.”

Topping Out At New Shepparton Secondary School

Shepparton students and families are a step closer to having the state-of-the-art secondary school facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today attended a “topping out” ceremony at the building site of Greater Shepparton Secondary College, marking the structural completion of the school’s five separate buildings: three Neighbourhood Buildings, an Innovation and Enterprise Centre, and the gymnasium. The Neighbourhood Buildings each feature modern classrooms, a canteen, and an atrium with tiered seating and rooftop garden area. Each building incorporates three Houses, providing more intimate and inclusive settings for students. The school is being built by Hansen Yuncken, having been designed by architects Gray Puksand. It will deliver the modern, contemporary facilities Greater Shepparton’s public secondary students have lacked for decades. In May, the Labor Government announced a $119 million investment to see the project through to completion for the commencement of the 2022 school year. Hansen Yuncken has had more than 800 workers inducted on site. On average, more than 250 workers are on site every day – a number that will rise as the project progresses to completion for the start of the 2022 school year. Three-quarters of the contractors working on the school are from Greater Shepparton. 90 percent of Hansen Yuncken’s on-site workers are local. Mr Merlino also announced the House names and colours, chosen by current Greater Shepparton Secondary College students, that will follow future students of the school for generations to come. Water is the lifeblood of the Goulburn Valley, a connection reflected in the students’ selection of rivers as the theme of the House names. Neighbourhood Building 1 will be the home for students from the Ovens, Murray and Lachlan houses. Their colours will be navy, teal and lime. Neighbourhood Building 2 will be the home of Campaspe, Goulburn and Kiewa students, with their colours being red, orange and purple. Neighbourhood Building 3 will be the home of Warrego, Murrumbidgee and Loddon, with their colours being blue, yellow and forest green. Next year, the Neighbourhood Buildings will each be given Indigenous names that reflect the heritage of our longest surviving cultures. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are delivering transformational change and investing in Greater Shepparton’s young people to give them improved educational outcomes and opportunities in life.” “Students will experience a small school environment while enjoying the subject choices and pathways only a large school can provide.” “We thank builders Hansen Yuncken for their careful site management and COVID-19 precautions that have allowed this building site to continue employing local contractors and workers throughout 2020.” Download the media release

Topping Out At New Shepparton Secondary School

Shepparton students and families are a step closer to having the state-of-the-art secondary school facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today attended a “topping out” ceremony at the building site of Greater Shepparton Secondary College, marking the structural completion of the school’s five separate buildings: three Neighbourhood Buildings, an Innovation and Enterprise Centre, and the gymnasium. The Neighbourhood Buildings each feature modern classrooms, a canteen, and an atrium with tiered seating and rooftop garden area. Each building incorporates three Houses, providing more intimate and inclusive settings for students. The school is being built by Hansen Yuncken, having been designed by architects Gray Puksand. It will deliver the modern, contemporary facilities Greater Shepparton’s public secondary students have lacked for decades. In May, the Labor Government announced a $119 million investment to see the project through to completion for the commencement of the 2022 school year. Hansen Yuncken has had more than 800 workers inducted on site. On average, more than 250 workers are on site every day – a number that will rise as the project progresses to completion for the start of the 2022 school year. Three-quarters of the contractors working on the school are from Greater Shepparton. 90 percent of Hansen Yuncken’s on-site workers are local. Mr Merlino also announced the House names and colours, chosen by current Greater Shepparton Secondary College students, that will follow future students of the school for generations to come. Water is the lifeblood of the Goulburn Valley, a connection reflected in the students’ selection of rivers as the theme of the House names. Neighbourhood Building 1 will be the home for students from the Ovens, Murray and Lachlan houses. Their colours will be navy, teal and lime. Neighbourhood Building 2 will be the home of Campaspe, Goulburn and Kiewa students, with their colours being red, orange and purple. Neighbourhood Building 3 will be the home of Warrego, Murrumbidgee and Loddon, with their colours being blue, yellow and forest green. Next year, the Neighbourhood Buildings will each be given Indigenous names that reflect the heritage of our longest surviving cultures. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are delivering transformational change and investing in Greater Shepparton’s young people to give them improved educational outcomes and opportunities in life.” “Students will experience a small school environment while enjoying the subject choices and pathways only a large school can provide.” “We thank builders Hansen Yuncken for their careful site management and COVID-19 precautions that have allowed this building site to continue employing local contractors and workers throughout 2020.” Download the media release

Non-Government Schools To Share In Funding Boost

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Catholic and independent school students benefit from its record investment in infrastructure, through a new round of its $402 million contribution to fund upgrades for the non-government school sector. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened applications for round three of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund, which supports projects such as building new schools and increasing capacity or upgrading facilities at existing schools. It also provides funding for the removal of asbestos and cladding in these schools. The opening of round three has been brought forward to provide funding sooner for capital projects that ensure the creation of more local jobs for Victorians in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applications for round three close on Monday 15 February 2021. Round two of the fund delivered almost $145 million toward 56 projects in the Catholic and independent school sector. To date, the Labor Government has allocated $249 million from the fund, with co-contributions from Catholic and independent schools, for a total estimated $419 million for 99 projects. This is estimated to have supported more than 1,000 construction jobs. With more than one-third of students in Victoria attending independent and Catholic schools, the Victorian Government is ensuring all students benefit from better school infrastructure. Non-government schools can apply for grants between $50,000 and $5 million. For further details on the program and how to apply, visit: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Non-Government-Schools-Grants-Program.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities, and with more than one-third of Victorian students attending non-government schools they’ll be sharing in our record investment.” “We’re making Victoria the Education State – that means cutting-edge learning spaces and better-quality buildings across all sectors of education, including non-government schools.” Download the media release

Non-Government Schools To Share In Funding Boost

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Catholic and independent school students benefit from its record investment in infrastructure, through a new round of its $402 million contribution to fund upgrades for the non-government school sector. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened applications for round three of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund, which supports projects such as building new schools and increasing capacity or upgrading facilities at existing schools. It also provides funding for the removal of asbestos and cladding in these schools. The opening of round three has been brought forward to provide funding sooner for capital projects that ensure the creation of more local jobs for Victorians in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applications for round three close on Monday 15 February 2021. Round two of the fund delivered almost $145 million toward 56 projects in the Catholic and independent school sector. To date, the Labor Government has allocated $249 million from the fund, with co-contributions from Catholic and independent schools, for a total estimated $419 million for 99 projects. This is estimated to have supported more than 1,000 construction jobs. With more than one-third of students in Victoria attending independent and Catholic schools, the Victorian Government is ensuring all students benefit from better school infrastructure. Non-government schools can apply for grants between $50,000 and $5 million. For further details on the program and how to apply, visit: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Non-Government-Schools-Grants-Program.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities, and with more than one-third of Victorian students attending non-government schools they’ll be sharing in our record investment.” “We’re making Victoria the Education State – that means cutting-edge learning spaces and better-quality buildings across all sectors of education, including non-government schools.” Download the media release

Upgrading Hopetoun P-12 College Brick By Brick

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring students in the Mallee will benefit from the largest school infrastructure investment in Victoria’s history. Minister for Education James Merlino visited Hopetoun P-12 College to discuss the $9.53 million upgrade which will modernise the entire school and deliver better classrooms and facilities. This builds on the more than $1 million provided to the school in October through the Government’s Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund to commence planning on the upgrade. The upgrade will include a new space for primary school students to learn about science, technology and food preparation. Secondary school students will also enjoy a new fine arts and multimedia space with facilities for visual arts, textiles, media, visual communication and integrated art. The Victorian School Building Authority will work with Hopetoun P-12 College to manage the project scope and delivery. Hopetoun P-12 College also received more than $169,000 in 2019 for a range of essential maintenance and compliance programs as part of the Labor Government’s $515 million maintenance blitz. Hopetoun P-12 College has around 80 students from Prep to Year 12 – while small it is well regarded in the community, with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, as well as an established senior years program that allows students to accelerate through courses at their own pace. Students in Year 9 have the opportunity to run their own enterprises through the school’s Business Management program, which allows them to create and sell products to the community. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule of its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This upgrade is part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “Upgrading Hopetoun P-12 College will give local students access to great classrooms and facilities - because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “Mallee families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.” Download the media release

Upgrading Hopetoun P-12 College Brick By Brick

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring students in the Mallee will benefit from the largest school infrastructure investment in Victoria’s history. Minister for Education James Merlino visited Hopetoun P-12 College to discuss the $9.53 million upgrade which will modernise the entire school and deliver better classrooms and facilities. This builds on the more than $1 million provided to the school in October through the Government’s Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund to commence planning on the upgrade. The upgrade will include a new space for primary school students to learn about science, technology and food preparation. Secondary school students will also enjoy a new fine arts and multimedia space with facilities for visual arts, textiles, media, visual communication and integrated art. The Victorian School Building Authority will work with Hopetoun P-12 College to manage the project scope and delivery. Hopetoun P-12 College also received more than $169,000 in 2019 for a range of essential maintenance and compliance programs as part of the Labor Government’s $515 million maintenance blitz. Hopetoun P-12 College has around 80 students from Prep to Year 12 – while small it is well regarded in the community, with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, as well as an established senior years program that allows students to accelerate through courses at their own pace. Students in Year 9 have the opportunity to run their own enterprises through the school’s Business Management program, which allows them to create and sell products to the community. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule of its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This upgrade is part of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “Upgrading Hopetoun P-12 College will give local students access to great classrooms and facilities - because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “Mallee families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.” Download the media release

MONBULK SCHOOLS SHARE IN OVER $8.6M MAINTENANCE FUNDS BOOST

Monbulk students will be among those at 90 schools across the state to benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced that schools across Monbulk will share in more than $8.6 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and stairs. This includes Tecoma Primary School who will receive $65,000 for high priority maintenance works on the school's Shelter in Place building. These works will be delivered by the Victorian School Building Authority on behalf of the school. The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance works based on need. Works are determined via an evaluation system designed to provide up-to-date information on the condition of school infrastructure and create a more timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding. The system also allows for the timely scheduling of works to be completed. Last year, every Victorian school shared in $515 million as part of the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken. This funding is ensuring existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “This investment will ensure that principals, teachers and staff have access to modern and safe spaces to foster the minds of our next generation and help them achieve their best.” “This program is about ensuring that every Victorian school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.”

MONBULK SCHOOLS SHARE IN OVER $8.6M MAINTENANCE FUNDS BOOST

Monbulk students will be among those at 90 schools across the state to benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced that schools across Monbulk will share in more than $8.6 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and stairs. This includes Tecoma Primary School who will receive $65,000 for high priority maintenance works on the school's Shelter in Place building. These works will be delivered by the Victorian School Building Authority on behalf of the school. The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance works based on need. Works are determined via an evaluation system designed to provide up-to-date information on the condition of school infrastructure and create a more timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding. The system also allows for the timely scheduling of works to be completed. Last year, every Victorian school shared in $515 million as part of the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken. This funding is ensuring existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022. Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “This investment will ensure that principals, teachers and staff have access to modern and safe spaces to foster the minds of our next generation and help them achieve their best.” “This program is about ensuring that every Victorian school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.”